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The Competitive Edge is the blog of the Cornell Law Library, dedicated to the advancement of legal research, scholarship, and education among Cornell Law students, faculty, and the transnational research community.

Every month the Cornell Law Library adds new titles to its collection. The most recent additions for February 2014 are posted, here. A few highlights from this month’s additions are featured below.

Minds, Brains, and Law : The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience – Michael S. Pardo; Dennis M. Patterson

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Law and Gender – Joanne Conaghan

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Framing the Net : The Internet and Human Rights – Rikke Frank Jørgensen

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The law library is pleased to announce the launch of a newly redesigned platform for the Donovan Nuremberg Trials Collection website at: http://ebooks.lbrary.cornell.edu/n/nur/

The redesign features an improved interface, increased searchability and browsability, as well as the added ability to browse by witness.

The collection consists of nearly 150 bound volumes of Nuremberg trial transcripts and documents from the personal archives of General William J. Donovan (1883-1959). The Donovan papers contain both original statements from the defendants in German and typed translations in English prepared by the Allies.

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Net neutrality has been back in the news in a big way following the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision in Verizon v. F.C.C.  to strike down many key provisions of the agency’s open-internet rules.  The decision was a monumental one, but far from then end of the debate with President Obama indicating Friday that he expects the FCC to revisit the issue in some fashion. The immediate fallout from the decision and what happens next remain to be seen, but in the meantime here’s a few links from around the web covering the issue from a variety of perspectives.

“Disruptions: Paying to Travel in the Internet’s Fast Lanes” – Nick Bilton- New York Times

“A FEMA-level fail’: The Law Professor who Coined ‘Net Neutrality’ Lashes Out at the FCC’s Legal Strategy” – Brian Fung – Washington Post

“Verizon’s Net Neutrality Victory Means More Fighting to Come – Joshua Brustein” – Bloomberg Businessweek

“Calm Down. The Courts Didn’t Just End the Open Internet.” – Ezra Klein – Washington Post 

“Netflix Neutrality: Court Ruling Won’t Boost Your Netflix Bill. Yet.” – Joan E. Solsman- CNET

With the new semester underway, check out our latest research guide on how to take advantage of all we have to offer.

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Would you like to enhance your resume?  The Law Library Research Fellow Program has an opening for a second or third-year Cornell Law student.  Fellows conduct research for faculty who do not have their own research assistant, or who need additional help with a project.  Research Fellow’s hours are flexible, and they have the same pay rate as other Law School faculty RAs.  To apply, send your resume to Matt Morrison, mmm72@cornell.edu.

Now that the new semester is in full-swing, here are a few notes to keep in mind as things get underway:

Library Fines

  • Effective January 22, 2014, the maximum fine for overdue equipment and reserves has been changed from $35 to $150.  These changes were made on a University-wide level to ensure that materials are returned in a timely manner for the use of the next borrower.

Lost and Found

  • The circulation desk has a large number of lost and found items that accumulated over break. If you are missing any books, flash drives, clothing, study guides, coffee mugs, etc., please see us to retrieve your materials before February 1.

  • Carrels located on the first, fourth, new ground, and basement floors may be reserved for one semester at a time by 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and exchange students.
  • Each carrel must be shared by two students. Students may select a carrel partner or choose to have the library assign one.
  • Carrels located on the second floor may not be reserved and are available daily on a first-come, first served basis to all law students.
  • See Janet Gillespie personally in room 352 to reserve a carrel.
  • Questions may be directed to Janet at jmg32@cornell.edu or 607-255-5854.
  • All carrels are numbered. A map of the carrels will be made available with the signup form for easy identification.

SPRING 2014 SIGN UP DATES:

Wednesday, January 22 8am-12pm

1pm-5pm

For students serving on journals, moot courts, or working for a professor
Thursday, January 23 8am-12pm

1pm-5pm

For all other 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and exchange students

Every month the Cornell Law Library adds new titles to its collection. The most recent additions for January 2014 are posted, here. A few highlights from this month’s additions are featured below.

Law and Social Theory – Reza Banakar; Max Travers

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Research Methods in Law – Dawn Watkins; Mandy Burton

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Neutrality and Theory of Law – Jordi F. Beltran; Jose J. Moreso; Diego M. Papayannis

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Law Library services will be limited to the circulation desk on Monday, January 20.  The desk will open at 8am and close at 5pm.  All other library services will resume at 8am on Tuesday, January 21.

The end of one year and the begenning of a new one always seems to bring with it a trove of lists taking stock of the best and worst of the previous year. Never one to miss an opportunity to list things, we thought we’d highlight one of our own featuring the top ten most downloaded papers in the history of the Scholarship@Cornell Law Repository. Some on the list are more recent publications, while one others have been around for a decade or more.

Top Ten Downloads:

African Customary Law, Customs, and Women’s Rights
Muna Ndulo

Basic Indian Legal Literature for Foreign Legal Professionals
Uma Narayan

Overview of Legal Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region: India
Navoneel Dayanand

Overview of Legal Systems in the Asia-Pacific Region: South Korea
Oh Seung Jin

Legal Education in China: English Language Materials
Roderick O’Brien

Legalization of Prostitution in Thailand: A Challenge to Feminism and Societal Conscience
Virada Somswasdi

A Study of Islamic Family Law in Malaysia: A Select Bibliography
Raihana Abdullah

Introduction to the Italian Legal System. The Allocation of Normative Powers: Issues In Law Finding
Marinella Baschiera

Larger Board Size and Decreasing Firm Value in Small Firms
Theodore Eisenberg, Stefan Sundgren, and Martin T. Wells

Legal Treatment of Cohabitation in the United States
Cynthia Grant Bowman

 

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