Tuesday, 11 April 2017

UN Human Rights Treaties Travaux Préparatoires

A group of University of Virginia law librarians, faculty, and alumni has used published guides to travaux préparatoires and the United Nations’ UNBISNET database to assemble a database of drafting histories from the major post-World War II human rights treaties. This database includes materials and documents covering nine conventions: International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), 1965; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), 1966; International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966; Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), 1979; Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 1984; Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 1989; International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, 1999; Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2006, and International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, 2006.

All documents have been made to be fully searchable text.

For full details about the database, please visit: http://hr-travaux.law.virginia.edu/

UN Human Rights Treaties Travaux Préparatoires

Searchable Text

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Open Access Library - The Humanities Digital Library (HDL)

The Humanities Digital Library (HDL) is an open access library and catalogue for books published by the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The HDL includes resources such as monographs, edited collections and shorter form works.

The books on the HDL are available in PDF full-text format, and can also be purchased in print or ebook format.

Currently, the HDL is featuring Electronic Signatures in Law (4th edition) written by Stephen Mason.

For more details about the Humanities Digital Library, please visit: http://humanities-digital-library.org/index.php/hdl

The Humanities Digital Library created by School of Advanced Study, University of London

Featuring book  - Electronic Signatures in Law (4th edition) by Stephen Mason

Monday, 27 February 2017

Launch of Hong Kong e-Legislation (HKeL)

The Department of Justice of the HKSAR has launched a new legislation database, namely the Hong Kong e-Legislation (HKeL), to replace the Bilingual Laws Information System (BLIS). Users who access the BLIS website will be automatically redirected to the HKeL homepage.

Hong Kong e-Legislation (HKeL) is an electronic database of Hong Kong legislation established under section 3 of the Legislation Publication Ordinance (Cap. 614). It is maintained by the Department of Justice. HKeL provides current and past versions of consolidated legislation dating back to 30 June 1997 and PDF copies marked “verified copy” have official legal status. Different searching and viewing modes are available to facilitate access to law.

Verified copies of legislation with legal status will be progressively made available on HKeL for official use. In parallel, the existing Loose-leaf Edition of the Laws of Hong Kong will be phased out gradually.

Special features have been added to HKeL including: Table of Content for each ordinance (you can select, view and/or print  for specific parts only); past versions of legislation (Timeline is included), hyperlinks  to HKSAR Gazette and different caps/sections, subscription to email alerts for new amendments, and pencil mark / icon for legislation not yet inserted to HKel but hyperlinks will be provided to HKSAR Gazette etc. Users are able to search range of caps by entering e.g. “1-10” or 1, 3, 5 rather than being able to search just one ordinance/cap.  

For detailed guide on how to use on Hong Kong e-Legislation, please go: https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/howtouseeleg. To watch a video on an overview of HKeL, please go to: https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/faq#faq16

HK e-Legislation

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