Martinus Nijhoff was the name of a prestigious publishing house founded in the 19th century in The Hague. (The Dutch poet bearing the same name was a grandson of the company’s founder). Martinus Nijhoff’s publishing program focused on the humanities and the, with an especially strong list for law. Nijhoff’s publishing record of extremely well produced and edited and widely-respected titles in both international and humanitarian law is commendable.
In the 1970′s the Nijhoff publishing house was acquired by Kluwer. Within Kluwer, the imprint Martinus Nijhoff Publishers was retained for its publication program in international law, human rights law, humanitarian law and international relations.
In 2003, the Martinus Nijhoff imprint was acquried from Kluwer by Brill. Since its beginnings in 1683, Brill has been based in Leiden, home of the oldest university in the Netherlands. Founded during the golden age of Dutch history and culture, Brill has had a rich publishing history, including the publication of Bayle’s influential Dictionnaire Historique et Critique, the inception of one of the first scholarly journals in Chinese studies T’oung Pao, the publication of the Nag Hammadi codices for UNESCO and a wealth of other major scholarly reference works.
When the Martinus Nijhoff Publishers program came to Brill from Kluwer in 2003, MNP was retained as one of Brill’s imprints and 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of that association. During this time, the Law publishing program developed into an important part of the overall Brill portfolio. Concomitant with the introduction of the new typographic style, the Martinus Nijhoff Publishers logo and branding will gradually be replaced by Brill Nijhoffin all books, journals, and associated marketing sites and materials.
The library has been busy lately augmenting its International Law collection.
The London Review of International Law is a brand new journal from Oxford (Volume 1 Issue 1 was published September 2013) to which we now have access. It is not available through the catalogue or eResources yet, but it will be.
We have also acquired the comparative and international law handbooks available through Oxford Handbooks Online (Law): The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law; The Oxford Handbook of International Investment Law; The Oxford Handbook of International Trade Law; The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law; The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law; and The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law.
As well, we subscribe to the Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law, which includes the Oxford Reports on International Law, and we have acquired the Brill collection of International Law e-books.
The International Law Association has just published its Index of the Reports of Conferences, and we have added a copy to our collection. The ILA has been holding conferences biennially for 140 years and the Index allows those who wish to follow the development of international law over that time to find the reports, recommendations, draft conventions, guidelines, model laws and best practices presented by scholars and practitioners at those conferences.
According to the ILA’s website:
The ILA was founded in Brussels in 1873 and its objectives are “the study, clarification and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understanding and respect for international law”. The ILA has consultative status as an international non-governmental organisation with a number of the United Nations specialised agencies.
Its objectives are pursued primarily through the work of its International Committees, and the focal point of its activities is the series of Biennial Conferences. The Conferences, of which 74 have so far been held in different locations throughout the world, provide a forum for the comprehensive discussion and endorsement of the work of the Committees.
The Index is divided into three parts: the list of conferences from 1873 to 2010 (the 2012 conference is not included in the Index, but is in the Hein collection), the index of subjects, and the index of authors and presenters. The subject index is extensive and easy to use. It refers the user to the conference number and the page numbers in that conference’s materials where the subject is discussed.
After consulting the Index, the ILA’s conference materials are available online through HeinOnline’s Foreign and International Law Service (1873-2012). The library also has print copies from the conferences of 1988 to 2010, and the electronic database, Making of Modern Law, has the Transactions of the ILA from 1873 to 1924.
LexisNexis Canada recently celebrated the completion of the first edition of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada with the publication of the 77th and final volume this past February. Halsbury’s Canada began publication in 2006 with the volume on Conflict of Laws by Osgoode’s own Janet Walker. Now complete,Halsbury’s covers 117 legal subjects from all 14 Canadian jurisdictions, making it the only truly national legal encyclopedia, providing an authoritative, reliable and elegant statement of Canadian law.
Halsbury’s Laws of Canada is available both in print (in the Osgoode Library’s Core Collection) and also online as part of the LexisNexis Quicklaw legal information service. For more information about this signal event in Canadian law publishing, please see the press release here.
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As librarians, part of our day-to-day responsibilities involve dealing with vendors who provide resources to us, the library, to pass along to you, the patrons. This is a big business, as anybody who has ever been to a major library conference and seen the impressive displays and salesmanship on offer. This all highlights the impressively idiosyncratic twist on the idea of a book vendor that is has been established by impressively idiosyncratic Toronto book store the Monkey’s Paw – an actual vending machine that dispenses completely random books.
Called the Bibliomat, the vending machine will dispense a book for a mere toonie, with the catch being that you will not know what you’ll be getting until you buy it and it spits out your new purchase. Given the nature of the bookstore (which is to say, a very unusual but well-curated selection of ephemera), it is safe to say that it is unlikely that it will be something that you own already.
Check out a video of the machine at work here:
The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo.
The first issue of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights has just recently been published. The CJHR is a new academic journal from the Robson Hall Faculty of Law of the University of Manitoba. An interdisciplinary, peer-reviwed journal of human rights law and policy with a national and international scope, it is the first and only journal of its kind in Canada.
As the Canadian Museum for Human Rights nears completion in Winnipeg, the CJHR seeks to attract human rights research from around the world. Its editors are committed to exploring varied areas of research from diverse perspectives — from queer rights in Africa and Aboriginal rights in Australia to the European Court of Human Rights and Human Rights tribunals in Canada.
In addition to being available open-access on the web (for which its editors are to be commended), the journal is also available on HeinOnline.
The Children’s Legal Rights Journal is a quarterly periodical co-edited by the ABA Center on Children and the Law and the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, in cooperation with the National Association of Counsel for Children. The journal focuses on the broad range of legal issues confronting children. Its goal is to provide practitioners in law and related fields with the practical resources they need to be effective advocates for their child clients.
Though the journal has been published for more than twenty-five years, this is a new subcription for the Osgoode library. It’s also a new “current subscription model” publication on HeinOnline, so the journal is available online before it’s available in print. If you’re interested in reviewing the issues of this journal regularly as published, please link to the journal and click “Create a TOC Alert” to receive the table of contents of each new issue by email, complete with links to the full text of each article.
The Oxford University Undergraduate Law Journal has recently published its inaugural edition. The Journal features submissions from undergraduates from the University of Oxford pertaining to the UK jurisdiction: this issue features a diverse array of articles, ranging from deportation to the family home.
The journal will be available exclusively online, both on HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library and open-access on the web.
The Journal was founded with a view to facilitating and reinforcing the already strong academic ethos in the study of law at the University of Oxford. It has the aim of providing students a platform from which to explore legal topics pertaining to the UK jurisdiction which are germane to the Jurisprudence curriculum; encouraging and promoting excellence in learning, debate and independent thought. This is further reflected in the democratising ‘by the students, for the students’ set-up, upon which the Journal is based.
The Honorary Board features distinguished members of the legal profession, such as Lord Phillips, Lord Neuberger and Michael Mansfield QC. More information, as well as the current issue, is available on the Journal’s official website, http://ouulj.law.ox.ac.uk.