Category Archives: Law

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

5-OPIL-MPEPILThe July 2015 update to the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEIL) is now live, bringing 18 new articles and 9 updated articles to the collection.

A range of different topics are covered including; war crimes, non-performance of treaty obligations, bioethics and much more.  A full listing of the update content is available here

MPEIL is part of the online Oxford Public International Law collection. You can search it alongside Oxford Reports on International Law and Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law.

For full text access, you will need to be logged in as a University of Exeter user.  Select University of Exeter when prompted, or login via the Library Catalogue or the Electronic Library.

Learn more about OPIL from the online video

Get insights and more into Human Rights Law with RightsInfo

rightsinfo-logoThe RightsInfo website was launched in 2015. It makes great use of inforgraphics and social media to share clear and reliable human rights information.  The project is the brainchild of leading barrister Adam Wagner, founder of the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog.

As explained on RightsInfo 

“Human rights in the UK have an image problem. The public debate is based on misinformation and lack of understanding. Laws and judgments are aimed at specialists. This means that most people are ambivalent or negative towards human rights.

That is where RightsInfo comes in. We believe there is huge potential to do a better job at explaining why human rights matter and how they can change people’s lives. RightsInfo is about using social media to find new ways to talk about and deliver human rights stories and information.”

Take a look at this short video to learn more or have a browse around the site.  You can keep up to date via Twitter and Facebook too.

Introducing the World Treaty Library

WTLThe University has access to the World Treaty Library via Hein Online.  You can access it via the library catalogue or the Electronic Library.

Here is a flavour of this great new resource:

 “Various efforts have been put forth over the past decades to create a universal collection of all the treaties of the world. We have created a solution. Now for the first time, through the cooperation of Tufts University, Brill Publishing, the United Nations, and various others, you will be able to search across all the major treaties in the world in one database.

We are pleased to present HeinOnline’s World Treaty Library. This monumental collection brings together works from Rohn, Dumont, Wiktor, and Martens to create the richest collection of world treaties ever available, covering the time period from 1648 to the present.

All together more than 180,000 treaty records have been identified. Through in-depth indexing of all the treaties and cross citation linking, we have created a powerhouse search tool. Use it to locate treaties using such fields as keyword, country, treaty number, treaty type, party, subject, and many more!”

To find out more about the content coverage and how to search, see the quick reference guide, brochure or training video available via Hein.

Understanding Parliament

Parliamentparliament-uk-logo examines what the Government is doing, makes new laws, holds the power to set taxes and debates the issues of the day. The House of Commons and House of Lords each play an important role in Parliament’s work.

The workings and processes of Parliament can be difficult to understand at first.  However, the Parliament website is full of really useful information, guides, training materials and much more to help you build your knowledge and understanding.

You can find out how law is made, find out which are the key issues for the 2015 Parliament to debate and consider, plan a visit or take an online tour, find out how you engage with Parliament as well as delve into many more aspects of Parliamentary business.

Take some time to explore the Parliamentary website to find out how it can help with your learning or research.  You can also contact various Parliamentary departments and staff contacts direct if you need further assistance.