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FAO Treaties, Laws and Regulations database
For over 40 years legislation on food and
agriculture was collected and disseminated by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) through a publication
called Food and Agricultural
Since the advent of the digital in
formation age, the FAO Legal Office has taken up the challenge to provide its
user community with an accessible, more comprehensive and up-to-date legal
information service through its online database, FAOLEX.
FAOLEX contains treaties, laws, and
regulations on food, agriculture, and renewable natural resources from all
over the world. Most of the material comes from the official gazettes sent by
FAO's Member Nations pursuant to Article XI of the FAO Constitution. Upon receiving such material, the
FAO Legal Office selects, indexes, and summarizes in English, French, or
Spanish significant texts pertaining to FAO’s mandate, i.e. legislation
on agriculture, livestock, environment, fisheries, food, forestry, land
& soil, cultivated plants, water, and wild species & ecosystems.
Records are provided in either English, French or
Spanish or the language of communication used by the originating country.
War Crimes Research Portal and Webcasts
The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve law school has developed an exiting new War Crimes Research Portal. The portal has four features:
- the portal contains over a thousand links to websites related to international humanitarian law, arranged alphabetically by subject area and including a summary of the content of each site;
- the portal contains the text of over 120 research memoranda on issues pending before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the International Criminal Court. The memos can be searched by date published, title, or keywords. (Cites to the memos should take the following form: [Author’s name], [Title of Memo], Research Memorandum Prepared for the Office of the Prosecutor of the [Name of Tribunal], [Date].);
- there is a Research Guide to international humanitarian law and tribunals, prepared by the Case Law School Law Library, which includes a bibliography of relevant articles and books, as well as links to international law journals on the Web;
- the portal contains "instant analysis" articles, written each month by the members of the American Branch of the International Association of Penal Law, on the hottest topics in international criminal law.
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center also has webcasts available of recent events:
When searching for books on war crimes and humanitarian law in Morris, try searching by the following Subject Headings:
- war crime trials
- war (international law)
- guerillas (international law)
HeinOnline's new United Nations Law Collection
HeinOnline is a subscription database collection available to the Yale community.*
HeinOnline's United Nations Law Collection will allow you
to access UN research materials quickly and easily using the Finding Aids
available from the collection home page.
The Finding Aids include the ability to:
- Find and retrieve a UN Treaty by entering the UNTS Citation
- Search for
a UN Treaty by treaty/registration number, country, short title, popular name
- Search by
subject, as all treaties have been assigned a Kavass Subject
- Find and
link directly to law review articles that cite a UN Treaty
Hein has also developed user guides, video tutorials,
FAQ’s, and more. Training Resources Include:
The United Nations Law Collection Wiki page contains
links to the Quick Reference Guide, Video Tutorial, FAQs, How-To information,
search examples, and more!
Hein further invites users to collaborate and join in discussions via HeinOnline’s 2.0 Community.
Friend Hein on Facebook, collaborate on Hein's Wiki, subscribe to Hein's Blog,
watch Hein on YouTube, or follow Hein on Twitter!
Visit Hein at http://www.heinonline.org/home/training/Educational_Resources.html
to find out more about our virtual community.
*In order to access HeinOnline and other Yale subscription database from
off-campus, you must be connected to the Yale network via VPN.
UNdata - a New Portal for UN Statistical Data
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the statistical arm of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), has launched a new web-based data service UNdata. Instead of clicking through data sets scattered in the websites of different UN agencies, users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system through a single entry point.
The new portal provides useful features such as Country Profiles, Advanced Search and Glossaries to aid research. Currently, there are 14 databases and 6 glossaries containing over 55 million data points and covering a whole range of statistics relating to Population, Industry, Energy and the Environment, Trade and National Accounts. The UNdata wiki provides links to the sources' homepages and includes information about the methodology by which data sets are collected.