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Cite as: (2004) 78(4) LIJ, p.72

This month we bring you the laws of the sea, the World Health Organisation, and the Irish equivalent of AustLII. Closer to home, we highlight the Australian Red Cross in Victoria, the Australian Pro Bono Manual and the LIV events calendar.

Oceans and Law of the Sea

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which came into force on 16 November 1994, provides a universal legal framework for the rational management of marine resources and their conservation for future generations. The Convention was adopted by consensus of the world community and it remains the central instrument for promoting stability and peaceful uses of the seas and oceans throughout the world. Information about the Convention, settlement of disputes, related agreements and bodies and relevant laws is available on this website. Don’t overlook the link to the UN Atlas of the Oceans. This atlas is a portal to a vast amount of information about the oceans, from descriptions of their uses to issues such as sustainability, security and emergencies.

World Health Organisation

Since 1948 the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been working as the UN’s specialised agency for health. Its objective is the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health, encompassing complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. For this reason the WHO website supplies information about humanitarian crises and emergency situations as well as news and developments about diseases. Comprehensive information (refreshingly free from sensationalism) is available on a wide range of health issues, including unfolding epidemics. The latest issue of the WHO Bulletin can be perused online, free of charge. Previous issues of the bulletin can be found in the archives, which date back to 1947.

Irish Legal Information Initiative (IRLII)

In cooperation with the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII), the University College Cork Law Faculty runs IRLII – the Irish Legal Information Initiative. The IRLII website, which has a far superior design to that of BAILII and AustLII, is easy to use and navigate. Access is provided to a comprehensive, free and up-to-date collection of Irish legal materials including Irish legislation from 1999, statutory instruments from 2002, a periodical index from 1997, case law from 1996 and a database of leading Irish cases that contains the full text of significant cases from over the decades. Although the material doesn’t date back very far, the IRLII site is a growing repository that is worth bookmarking.

Australian Red Cross, Victoria Services

At the core of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are seven fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. These words appear to the right of the screen when you visit the website of the Australian Red Cross, Victoria Services division. Current programs and services operated by the Australian Red Cross in Victoria include the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme, which provides support for asylum seekers in the community, Tracing and Refugee Services, which endeavour to locate, reunite and support families separated by war, conflict and disaster, and International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which offers training to civilians and defence force personnel in IHL.

The Australian Pro Bono Manual

The Australian Pro Bono Manual is published by the National Pro Bono Resource Centre (see the October 2003 LIJ, page 84 for a review of the Centre’s website) and the Victoria Law Foundation. Hard copies may be purchased for $35. The complete manual is also available free on the website listed above and may be downloaded as a Word or PDF document. This publication has been divided into four parts, covering planning, developing and maintaining a program, procedures and practical issues, precedents and pro formas in Word format including sample letters of engagement and secondment agreements, and information and resources.

LIV Events Calendar

The LIV events calendar has been redesigned and restructured to make it easier to find events you are interested in. You can peruse events by date or event type, or use the calendar-specific search engine. You will find many events that will enable you to meet other legal professionals and that provide cross-industry networking opportunities.

From President’s Luncheons to sporting events, all the Law Institute events are listed. Events contain date, time, venue and contact and registration information. To register for an event, simply download the PDF brochure or contact the person listed at the bottom of each event.


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