The online resource Getting the Deal Through provides summaries of the laws of many countries on business-related topics (called “Practice Areas”) such as banking regulation, the environment, shipping, mergers & acquisitions, and product liability. The summaries, which are written by practicing attorneys throughout the world, are organized in a Q&A format. Getting the Deal Through has summaries for more than 40 practice areas and 100 jurisdictions, although not every jurisdiction is covered for each practice area. Material is up to date within the past year or so. Summaries for a practice area/jurisdiction (e.g. banking regulation in Argentina) can be downloaded in PDF. You can create a custom report by selecting only the countries and questions that interest you. To get to the database, do a title search in the Cornell Library catalog for “Getting the Deal Through” OR use the link on the Law Library’s Online Legal Resources page for Corporate & Securities.
The Law Library has recently subscribed to the electronic version of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL). The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, located in Heidelberg, Germany, is one of the foremost research centers for international law. The Max Planck Encyclopedia, first published in paper between 1991 and 2001, is an essential resource for researching international law. Now in an electronic format published by Oxford University Press, the MPEPIL offers a comprehensive, searchable database of frequently updated and new articles by highly regarded scholars from around the world. Articles within the MPEPIL are fully cross referenced and linked to other articles in the database. There are also links to other Oxford University Press databases to which the Law Library subscribes:
- Oxford Reports – International Law in Domestic Courts (ORIL)
- Oceana Treaties and International Agreements Online (TIAO)
Access is by IP address, so you can access MPEPIL from any computer in the Law School or from http://uportal.cornell.edu.
Another recommended Oxford encyclopedia relating to international law is the Encyclopedia of Human Rights, also available online.