Legal resources on the Trump administration

If you’re scratching your head about what’s going on south of the border, here are  some recently compiled legal resources on the Trump administration from academic, reliable sources. Beats “alternative facts” any time!


Oxford Public International Law has compiled 10 Questions of International and Constitutional Law and the Trump Administration about the law and policy of the early days of the Trump Administration.

1. What are the limits of Presidential power under the US Constitution?
Powers of the President<http://oxcon.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856213.001.0001/acprof-9780199856213-chapter-3> from Lou Fisher’s The Law of the Executive Branch

2. What limits apply to the President’s power to wage war?
The President’s War Powers and the War on Terrorism<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217761.001.0001/acprof-9780190217761-chapter-10> from Curtis Bradley’s International Law in the US Legal System

The President’s War Powers and the War on Terrorism<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217761.001.0001/acprof-9780190217761-chapter-10> from Curtis Bradley’s International Law in the US Legal System

3. Can the US make Mexico pay for the wall?
Economic Coercion<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law:epil/9780199231690/law-9780199231690-e1518> from The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
Commentary on Article 2.1 of the UN Charter<
http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law/9780199639762.001.0001/law-9780199639762-chapter-7> (on sovereign equality of states) from Simma (Ed.) The Charter of the UN – A Commentary 3rd Edition

4. Can the US unilaterally suspend and renegotiate NAFTA?
Treaties, Suspension<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law:epil/9780199231690/law-9780199231690-e1490> from the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

5. Is it legal to discriminate against refugees and immigrants on grounds of religion or country of origin?
Xenophobia<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law:epil/9780199231690/law-9780199231690-e892> from the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
Commentary on Article 3<
http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/actrade/9780199542512.001.0001/actrade-9780199542512-chapter-19> from Zimmermann (Ed.) 1951 Refugee Convention – A Commentary
Discrimination on the Basis of Religion or Belief/Interreligious Discrimination/Tolerance<
http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law/9780198703983.001.0001/law-9780198703983-chapter-17> from Bielefeldt et al (Eds.) Freedom of Religion or Belief – an international law commentary

6. How can the promise to set up “safe zones” in Syria be delivered?
Protected Areas<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law/9780199675449.001.0001/law-9780199675449-chapter-18> from Clapham, Gaeta, and Sassoli (Eds.) The 1949 Geneva Conventions – A Commentary

7. How does the Keystone XL pipeline fit with existing US and international law?
US Climate Change Law<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law/9780199684601.001.0001/law-9780199684601-chapter-27> from Carlarne et al (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of International Climate Change Law

8. What are the legal limits on the interrogation of suspected terrorists?
Torture, Interrogation, Counter-terrorism and the Rule of Law<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608928.001.0001/acprof-9780199608928-chapter-020> from Samuel et al (Eds.) Counter-terrorism Law and Practice

9. What legal issues would relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem raise?
Jerusalem<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law:epil/9780199231690/law-9780199231690-e1303> from the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

10. What is the legal basis of the US commitment to NATO?
North Atlantic Treaty Organization<http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law:epil/9780199231690/law-9780199231690-e662> from the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

The University of Washington Gallagher Law Library has compiled a Guide to Presidential Power with links to readings and resources concerning presidential power as well as online videos and podcasts.

From University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse: Civil Rights Challenges to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees. Provides documentation on the litigation against Trump’s travel ban.

From the Columbia Human Rights Law Review: Trump Human Rights Tracker Regularly updated tool to keep track of Trump’s actions and their impacts on human rights. Summarizes the action taken by the President, identifies the human rights implications, and provides links to sources where readers can find more detailed analysis.


Pegasus Librarian 
has a post on Trump’s Immigration Actions: The source documents behind the news. Answers the following questions and provides links to primary documents:

    Who does the Executive Order restrict from entering the United States, and for how long?

    Are Muslims banned?

    Is the Executive Order Legal?

     Is this Executive Order like Obama Administration Immigration changes?

 

WestlawNext Canada training

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WestlawNext Canada offers access to unique content, similar but different to Lexis Advance Quicklaw. Knowing which sources are available on the different services will help you do your legal research effectively.

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The Law Library is pleased to offer a research workshop to all students on April 27. While the session is geared primarily to Research Assistants, all JD and graduate students who want to improve their research skills are also welcome to attend.
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Legislation & case law
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Multidisciplinary Sources
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Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time:  10 AM to 12:30 PM
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Lexis Advance Quicklaw webinar

The library has organized a Lexis Advance Quicklaw webinar on Wednesday February 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Here are some of the new features and functionality that will be highlighted in the webinar:

Learn to search the broadest collection of Canadian primary and secondary sources using a  new design that features a streamlined single intuitive search box allowing you to search as you like. As well, you will learn how selecting favorite sources or pre-search filters can help narrow your starting point.

Discover how to search by name, by source or topic, citation or keyword; navigate and refine search results; deliver documents; note up cases and statutes using the QuickCITE Case Citator and the QuickCITE Legislation Citator.

Discover how the ‘History Content Pod’ can help you streamline your workflow by viewing your search history, search terms, most recently opened documents, or, by viewing a graphical map of your search activities allowing you to jump right back into any part of your research.

See how highlighting and annotating can help you keep track of important and relevant material by saving them to customizable and sharable folders.
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The Law Library has arranged a WestlawNext Canada training webinar this Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

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