Yale Law Library - Foreign and International Blog
July 2008 - Posts
Guantanamo Bay Cases
The U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia has created a webpage of public information on the Guantanamo Bay cases. Find the court schedule, court orders and opinions, and press releases and notices.
Meanwhile, back at the camp, the trial of Osama Bin Laden's driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, began about 10 days ago, as reported on NPR. In 2006, Yale law students worked closely with Mr. Hamdan's lawyer, Neal Katyal, a YLS grad, in his challenge of the use of military commissions; they were victorious. As a result, Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006.
Another Guantanamo prisoner, Omar Khadr, has been in the news recently as a result of the release of a videotaped interrogation conducted on the island. The video was released by Mr. Khadar's defense team, as explained in this story on NPR. An interesting history of Mr. Khadar's life and eventual detention at Guantanamo can be read in a 2006 article in Rolling Stone; a summary of his legal history can be found on Human Rights First.
The U.S. Dept. of Defense, Military Commissions, has a website with court filings and documents pertaining to Mr. Khadr's and Mr. Hamdan's cases, as well as other Guantanamo Bay detainees facing trial. The Military Commissions Act and Military Commissions Manual can also be found here.
The Yale Law Library has several recently published book on the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and the Guantanamo detainees:
We also have interesting historical works on military commissions in the U.S.:
There are several online, free research guides pertaining to the Military Commissions Act of 2006:
Paraguayan President Granted Holy Dispensation
In an unprecedented decision the Vatican has granted Paraguayan President-elect Fernando Lugo dispensation of "all obligations as a priest, as a bishop and as a religious man of the Divine Word" (my translation). The dispensation by Pope Benedict XVI was formally announced today in Paraguay by Orlando Antonini, Apostalic Nuncio of the Vatican. Antonini also stated that this decision was reached after several years of research and analysis into Canon Law.
President-elect Lugo resigned from the priesthood in 2006 when he decided to run for president. His victory in April 2008 ended the 61-year rule of the Partido Colorado in Paraguay. He will officially take office on August 15, 2008. At the time of his 2006 resignation, he was advised that he might be excommunicated for violating the Vatican's rule against clerical involvement in politics. Read more...
Yale has a fantastic Canon Law collection located on the LES (Lower East Side) of the library, with current and historical texts in many languages, such as:
There are also several law reviews dedicated to Canon Law, such as:
There are several excellent, free, online research guides to assist with Canon Law research:
There is even a blog dedicated to Canon Law by Prof. Edward N. Peters, J.D., J.C.D., Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, MI:
Recueil de Cours - online! Part II
Recently I wrote that The Hague Academy of International Law's Recueil des Cours de l'Academie de la Haye was online with free browsing but at the time the Yale Law Library had not yet purchased a subscription to the full-text.
Today I am happy to write that we have subscribed and you can now browse, search and access all the full-text articles.
"The Academy is a prestigious international institution for the study and teaching of Public and Private
International Law and related subjects. The work of the Hague Academy receives the support and recognition of
the UN. Its purpose is to encourage a thorough and impartial examination of the problems arising from
international relations in the field of law. The courses deal with the theoretical and practical aspects of
the subject, including legislation and case law. All courses at the Academy are, in principle, published in the language in which they were delivered in the
Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law.
You can also access our complete print collection in the Yale Law Library on L1, Call
No. KZ 3092 .R43.