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Neutral Citation, Court Web Sites, And Access To Case Law, Peter W. Martin Dec 2006

Neutral Citation, Court Web Sites, And Access To Case Law, Peter W. Martin

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

In 1994 the Wisconsin Bar and Judicial Council together urged the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take two dramatic steps with the combined aim of improving access to state case law: 1) adopt a new system of neutral citation and 2) establish a digital archive of decisions directly available to all publishers and the public. The recommendations set off a storm, and the Wisconsin court deferred decision on the package. In the years since those events, the background conditions have shifted dramatically. Neutral citation has been endorsed by the AALL and ABA and formally adopted in over a dozen states, including ...


Saddam Hussein's Trial In Iraq: Fairness, Legitimacy & Alternatives, A Legal Analysis, Christian Eckart May 2006

Saddam Hussein's Trial In Iraq: Fairness, Legitimacy & Alternatives, A Legal Analysis, Christian Eckart

Cornell Law School J.D. Student Research Papers

The paper focuses on Saddam Hussein’s trial in front of the Iraqi High Criminal Court in Baghdad. After providing an overview of the facts surrounding the court’s installation, the applicable international law is identified and the fairness and legitimacy of the current proceedings are analyzed. The paper finishes by considering whether the trial should be relocated and addresses alternative venues that could have been chosen to prosecute Iraq’s ex-dictator.


Non-Governmental Organizations And The International Criminal Court: Changing Landscapes Of International Law, Zoe Pearson Jan 2006

Non-Governmental Organizations And The International Criminal Court: Changing Landscapes Of International Law, Zoe Pearson

Cornell International Law Journal

An exploration of claims that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) influence the formation of international law focuses on NGO participation in the multilateral negotiations to form the International Criminal Court. It is shown that, although NGO's can contribute to international lawmaking processes, their participation remains ad hoc, contingent, & characterized by conflicting viewpoints. However, existing international lawmaking is attempting to accommodate the diversity of global civil society actors even though deeply entrenched traditional constructions of international law tend to limit their involvement. Adapted from the source document.


Living On The Past: The Role Of Truth Commissions In Post-Conflict Societies And The Case Study Of Northern Ireland, Christopher K. Connolly Jan 2006

Living On The Past: The Role Of Truth Commissions In Post-Conflict Societies And The Case Study Of Northern Ireland, Christopher K. Connolly

Cornell International Law Journal

Examines the possibility of applying the truth commission model in Northern Ireland where the past plays a significant role in shaping daily lives & worldviews. A review of the theory & practice of truth commissions is followed by a description of Northern Ireland's long & complex conflicts that point to the need for some form of truth-seeking. Attention is given to the difficulties such a process would face. Three recent truth-seeking initiatives are critiqued: the Northern Ireland Victims' Commissioner; the Bloody Sunday Inquiry; & a series of decisions by the European Court of Human Rights. A framework is presented for the basic shape of a future truth commission in Northern Ireland in light of its particular historical & political situation. Limitations & benefits of the truth commission model are pointed out for both its implementation in Northern Ireland & other post-conflict societies. It is concluded that a truth commission in Northern Ireland offers hope of allowing the past to help ...