LégisQuébec Collection of Quebec Statutes and Regulations Now Available Free

publications-quebecLégisQuébec, the website that contains the official versions of Quebec laws and regulations and which used to require a subscription to access, is now available free on the web. Of course, the site is available in both French and English versions. Documents are available in HTML, PDF or EPUB formats.

LégisQuébec is produced and made available by the Éditeur officiel du Québec, Quebec’s government printer, and is a part of their commitment to making official legal information widely accessible to the public. The site offers a very useful and informative FAQ. Here’s a summary of the contents:

Other publications of the Quebec National Assembly can be found here.

Legal Resources on the Brexit

BrexitThe United Kingdom European Union Membership Referendum, also known as the EU referendum or Brexit referendum (because of the potential exit of Britain from the EU), is a plebiscite scheduled to take place in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar on June 23, 2016. Membership in the European Union has been a topic of debate in the United Kingdom since before the country joined the European Economic Community (EEC or “Common Market”), as it was known then, in 1973.

To help inform a broader cross-section of the public and provide them with authoritative analysis on questions that relate to the highly contentious possibility of a Brexit, Oxford University Press has now made freely available a large selection of materials from the Oxford Public International Law database relating to the Brexit debate. To keep track of recent commentary on and information about the legal consequences of a Brexit, they have also made available a new Brexit Debate Map.

Readers can also keep themselves informed by consulting theBBC’s All You Need to Know page on the Brexit referendum debate.

 

 

 

You’re invited to a library research workshop on April 27

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.
The workshop will cover the following areas:

Legislation & case law
Journal indexes & articles
Foreign, comparative and international law sources
Multidisciplinary Sources
Zotero bibliographic management service

Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time:  10 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Room 2003

Refreshments will be served.

To reserve a spot send an email message to library@osgoode.yorku.ca.

Quebec and Federal Content Enhancements to CanLII

CanLII has recently announced some significant content enhancements to their offerings of federal Quebec materials – and an exciting development for freely available legal information.

In collaboration with the Quebec Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (CAIJ), the following substantial caselaw offerings have been added to the Quebec databases:

Further, we should all be particularly excited that CanLII has now added Quebec and Federal annual statutes:

Again, thanks to their supplier Lexum‘s programmatic wizardry, CanLII not only hosts the annual statutes as static documents but integrates them dynamically to the rest of their legislation collections.

Let’s hope this is just the beginning, and that we will soon be able to see even more annual statutes for all provinces and territories on CanLII in the future.

We have also been able to add the following caselaw to our Quebec databases:

This is an exciting development for freely available legal information, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with CAIJ to leverage lawyers’ investments in both our organizations.

You can read the press releases from CanLII, CAIJ and Lexum.

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.
Use the following link to register for this session:

https://lexisnexiscanada.webex.com/lexisnexiscanada/k2/j.php?MTID=t87e757dcb4e9f7a2c4ef8cc9fb9151a7

Once you register, you will receive an email invitation to the session which provides all the instructions on how to join the session.  You will only need a computer and a phone to dial into the audio portion.

New Legal History Journal Subscription

Jus Gentium Front CoverThe Osgoode Library now subscribes to JUS GENTIUM: Journal of International Legal History, the first issue of which has just recently been published. Jus Gentium is the first American journal dedicated to addressing the history of international law. Much of modern scholarship on the history of international law is preoccupied not with international law, but with international legal doctrine; the doctrinal writings of remarkably few individuals dominate the discourse while the rest remain unseen or overlooked. This journal will encourage further exploration in the archives, for new materials and confirmation of the accuracy of past uses, but welcoming the continued reassessment of international legal history in all of its dimensions.

Our subscription is online only and is available on the HeinOnline Law Journals Library.