Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich – Further Reading

The Osgoode Hall Law School Library is very pleased to be currently hosting the exhibit Lawyers Without Rights Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich, which can be viewed in the library until Sunday, November 22.  This exhibit deals with the experiences of Jewish lawyers in Germany before, during and after the Nazi era.  It also highlights individual Jewish lawyers and describes their fate.  For those interested in reading more about the events in the exhibit, here are some further titles the library has:

The exhibit is open when the library is open.  The hours are 8:00 am-10:00 pm Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm on Friday, and 10:00 am-6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Library Research Session

The Law Library is pleased to offer a research workshop on May 13. While the session is geared primarily to Research Assistants, graduating students 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 resources
– Zotero bibliographic management service

Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time:  11 AM to 1 PM
Location: Room 2027

Refreshments will be served.

To reserve a spot send an email message to

Refresher sessions for Westlaw, Quicklaw/LexisNexis and CCH Online

Brush up on your online searching skills!

The library is pleased to offer the following training sessions for upper year and graduate students:

  • Westlaw: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Quicklaw/LexisNexis: Monday, March 2, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
  • CCH Online Wednesday March 18, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

All sessions will take place Room 2011.

To register email, specifying which session/s you would like to attend.

Research sessions for upper year and graduate students

The library is pleased to offer the following research sessions for upper year and graduate students:

1. Working with Case Law – January 21
2. Working with Legislation – January 28
3. Finding Journal Articles – February 4
4. Working with eBooks – February 11
5. Working with Legal Citation – March 4
6. Working with Zotero – March 11

All sessions will take place from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm in Room 2011.

To reserve a spot please email indicating which number session/s you would like to attend.

Libraries Celebrate Open Access Week with screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy”

York University Libraries will celebrate International Open Access Week from Oct. 20 to 26. Open Access Week is a global campaign that promotes open access as an ideal for the dissemination of scholarship and research. On Oct. 24, to reflect this year’s theme “Generation Open,” the libraries will host a movie screening and talk by Carys Craig, renowned copyright scholar and associate dean research and institutional relations at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Osgoode Prof Carys Craig

Osgoode Prof Carys Craiig

Professor Craig shares the enthusiasm of the global campaign. “I’m delighted that York University Libraries is celebrating Open Access Week. This is truly one of the most important social movements of the digital age, and one in which universities like ours have a vital role to play.” Open Access Week serves to highlight the successful realization of viable and sustainable business models for open access scholarship, particularly in the science, technology and medicine disciplines, and also provides an opportunity to identify, discuss and address barriers to adoption. The ultimate goal is to ensure that publicly funded research is available to the public, and that all global citizens have equal and barrier-free access to the wealth of the educational commons, regardless of their economic means.

Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy is a documentary highlighting the extraordinary life of Aaron Swartz. A key author of the RSS standard at the age of 14, Swartz was also a tireless advocate against censorship, co-founding the Demand Progress organization, which successfully halted SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation from coming into force. In the course of his pursuit of public access to academic research, Swartz was apprehended for a mass downloading attempt of JSTOR holdings. Facing excessive punitive charges from a regime determined to make an example of him, he took his own life.

The screening will be introduced by Prof Craig. “This powerful documentary is not just a tribute to Swartz’s life and legacy, but is also a call to action for all of us.”  As author of Copyright, Communication & Culture: Towards a Relational Theory of Copyright Law (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Press, 2011), Craig asks people to broaden their view of copyright beyond its tradition of possessive authorship to allow space for collective communication with the broader community with an eye for the greater public good. In her work, she calls on people to reimagine copyright and to correct the imbalance that Swartz fought to bring to the attention of the public sphere. Her insights will foster a nuanced and deeper appreciation for the causes Swartz so bravely hoped to further, highlighting the tragedy of his loss.