Islamic Law Materialized : Corpus of Arabic Legal Documents

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|September 25, 2014|History, Law, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

Discover this new browsable and searchable database of medieval Arabic legal documents at CALD  (Corpus of Arabic Legal Documents) is the outcome of the ERC-Project “Islamic Law Materialized” led by the Arabic section of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT – CNRS) in Paris. It presents primary sources for Islamic law and legal practice in pre-modern Muslim societies. This online presentation is the first ever collection

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Opening up your research: a guide to self-archiving

By David Pearson|September 1, 2014|Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, China and Inner Asia, Development Studies, Financial and Management Studies, Gender, History, Information Literacy, Japan, Korea, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, Religions, South Asia, South East Asia, Unknown|0 comments

Making your research available on open access services increases citation and helps ensure greater impact, argues Deborah Lupton. In this post she has advice for sociologists in particular on different ways to self-archive, formatting and how to overcome barriers such as complex copyright legislation. Read the full article here. Deborah Lupton is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney. She blogs at This Sociological Life and tweets @DALupton and is currently writing

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Database of the Constitutions of Sub-Saharan Africa

By Bob Burns|March 7, 2014|Africa, Law|0 comments

The Database of the Constitutions of Sub-Saharan Africa, containing constitutional documents for 52 Sub-Saharan countries since their independence is now available online. The collection contains constitutions, as well as amendments and constitutional bills. The documents are provided in their original language, and, if available, in their English translation. The database was set up with support of the German Foundation for Peace Research (Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung) for the research project “Traditional

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New international law databases available at SOAS

By Bob Burns|February 27, 2014|Law|0 comments

We now have access to two additional major international law e-resources. Hague Academy Collected Courses Searchable full text of all volumes from the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law. Coverage back to 1923 with several new volumes added each year. Please note this database is not yet configured for use on tablets or smartphones. To view full documents, save and print use a PC, laptop or Mac.

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UN report on Human Rights in North Korea

By Victoria Bird|February 18, 2014|Korea, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The UN Report containing the findings of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was published yesterday. The report documents in great detail the wide-ranging array of crimes against humanity allegedly being committed in the country. “The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” it states. The Commission will formally

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Law – November 2012 to November 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|January 9, 2014|Law|0 comments

Social and legal norms : towards a socio-legal understanding of normativity / by Matthias Baier. Property : meanings, histories and theories / Margaret Davies. Challenging diversity : rethinking equality and the value of difference / Davina Cooper. Normal life : administrative violence, critical trans politics, and the limits of law / Dean Spade. Foreign direct liability and beyond : exploring the role of tort law in promoting international corporate social

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New look for LexisLibrary

By Bob Burns|October 2, 2013|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Information Literacy, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

    The law database LexisLibrary is relaunching with a new look on Saturday October 5th.  All the current functionality and content will remain and logging in, both on and off campus, will continue to be with your SOAS username & password. The aim of the relaunch is to make the appearance of LexisLibrary cleaner and less cluttered, enabling use to be more intuitive. To find out more about the

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Trial ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection

By Victoria Bird|April 9, 2013|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

We currently have trial access to the ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection until 7 July 2013. The trial provides access to the following resources, in addition to those the Library already currently subscribes to from ProQuest: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) (1987 – current) ERIC (1966 – current) PAIS International (1914 – current) PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress (1871 – current) ProQuest Criminal Justice (1981 – current) ProQuest

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Keeping up-to-date with law blogs

By Gerald Power|March 26, 2013|Law|0 comments

Blawg Search provides an effective and digestible way of keeping up-to-date with the latest posts from approximately 4000 law blogs i.e. blawgs!  The search is provided by the US information service Justia.  It is easy to use.  Much of the content covered is from the US, but about 400 blogs from other countries are included, e.g. China, Bangladesh, India, The Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, among others.  Law blogs are

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