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Cite as: Cite as: (2009) 83(02) LIJ, p. 72

In keeping with this edition's Special Issue, reviews this month cover several resources for international law.

Audiovisual Library of International Law

Originally conceived as a lending library by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, the Audiovisual Library of International Law has recently made its collection available for all online. The site is divided into three sections, each arranged by subject. “Historic Archives” contains mainly PDF and HTML historical documents, with each Convention or Declaration including a list of relevant resolutions, the procedural history and the current status. “Lecture Series” is the audio-visual “meat” of the site, containing
a great number of lectures (audio or video) from leading experts
in international law. “Research Library” is largely an online
reference to web-based international law resources, including resources outside the UN website. All in all, a great resource with
one disappointment – all audio and video is only available in one format, Real Media.


For those not up to date with the modern vernacular, “grrls” is an alternative spelling of “girls”. IntLawGrrls is an international law blog created by women. But don’t be fooled by the cute name and pink furnishings – this is a substantive “blawg”, with almost 30 full-time contributors and as many guest bloggers. Following a fairly standard blog layout of posting mostly links and commentary on topical news, IntLawGrrls excels in its effort to hyperlink almost everything, meaning that even a quick glance at the site will probably introduce you to an international law net resource you were unaware of.

International Law Observer

Another international law blog worthy of adding to your RSS feed is International Law Observer, a blog dedicated to “the discussion of topical issues of Public International Law as well as EC/EU-Law”. Although at the time of review new posts were not quite a daily affair, the posts are a thoughtful and often quite substantial commentary on recent issues, with much original content and opinion. Like most blogs, this one hasn’t really succeeded in engaging its readers with an active comments section, though perhaps this is a sign that the individual articles have covered the relevant issues reasonably accurately. One unexpected find on this site is a comprehensive calendar of upcoming international law conferences and events from around the world.

Garnaut Climate Change Review

The Garnaut Climate Change Review needs no special introduction or explanation. The website is essentially the review in digital format, so this insite serves mainly as a reminder to bookmark the page. The review is downloadable in separate chapters only. This is a bit puzzling at first, but given the size of the review it would have been a fairly large download and a quite unwieldy PDF to navigate. For those who have purchased the hard copy, the website does contain many original technical reports, background papers, discussion papers etc. that were unable to be included in the print version.

eGovernment Resource Centre

Victoria’s eGovernment Resource Centre was recently voted one of the “Top Ten Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics” by PoliticsOnline. The site offers a comprehensive list of resources that the Brumby government has amassed on the topic of information and communications technology, from website accessibility guidelines to articles on the use of technology in the behavioural targeting of consumers. If all this sounds rather “off the topic”, a quick visit to the site will convince that there are many issues covered here that the modern lawyer may like to keep abreast of. We recommend perusing the “Law and Justice” section of the site (click on Government Initiatives). It is a great way to read up on government initiatives (or lack thereof, the site is surprisingly well-balanced in its linking), such as e-discovery.

Law Journals on the World-Wide Web

Hosted by Cambridge University Faculty of Law, Law Journals on the World-Wide Web is a simple and clutter-free list of online legal journals that have all or substantial amounts of their content available for free online. At the time of review it was not a huge list – a little over 100 titles – but it is great to find any list that sticks with freely accessible journals and chances are you will find a journal of interest that you did not know was open access. Unfortunately the site does not appear to be updated regularly (we found some broken links), but is still worth a visit if only to add some journals to your own list of useful resources.

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