This Week in the Law Library …

This week in the Law Library we’re introducing students to Administrative Law research, highlighting human rights resources, raising awareness of stalking, and celebrating Data Privacy Week.

This Week’s Research Sessions

Monday, Jan. 22, 2024

Advanced Legal Research Criminal Law
Associate Dean Michael Whiteman and Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Ashley Russell
Room 107
2:00pm – 2:55pm

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024

Advanced Legal Research Civil Litigation
Associate Director Susan Boland & Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Laura Dixon-Caldwell
Room 135
2:00pm – 2:55pm

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024

Advanced Legal Research Ohio
Electronic Resources Instructional Services Librarian Ron Jones
Room 107
2:00pm – 2:55pm

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024

Advocacy, Lawyering II, Cohort 1
Instructional & Reference Services Law Librarian Ashley Russell
Room 245
10:40am – 12:05pm
Introduction to Administrative Law Research

Advocacy, Lawyering II, Cohort 2
Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Laura Dixon-Caldwell
Room 230
10:40am – 12:05pm
Introduction to Administrative Law Research

Advocacy, Lawyering II, Cohort 5
Associate Director Susan Boland
Room 245
3:05pm – 4:30pm
Introduction to Administrative Law Research

Advocacy, Lawyering II, Cohort 6
Instructional & Reference Services Librarian Laura Dixon-Caldwell
Room 230
3:05pm – 4:30pm
Introduction to Administrative Law Research

Friday, Jan. 26, 2024

Advocacy, Lawyering II, Cohort 3
Associate Director Susan Boland
Room 230
10:40am – 12:05pm
Introduction to Administrative Law Research

Featured Study Aids

International Human Rights in a Nutshell

Available via the West Academic Study Aid subscription, this nutshell provides a comprehensive overview of the international, regional and domestic human rights systems. Reviews recent developments in the field, including in the UN, European, OAS and African human rights systems and the adoption of new conventions such as those on forced disappearances and persons with disabilities. Includes chapters on the treatment of human rights treaties and norms within the U.S. legal system as well as on the role of non-governmental human rights organizations.

International Law: Examples & Explanations

Available via the Aspen Learning Library, this study aid begins  with an introduction to the main principles and sources of international law. This study aid covers specific areas of international law, covering a wide array of topics from human rights and extradition, to the law of the sea and the laws of war. From start to finish this text offers a succinct but comprehensive overview of public international law.

Understanding International Law

Available via the LexisNexis Digital Library, this text explains what international law is, why it exists, and the basic subjects it covers. The law of treaties is given particular attention. Understanding International Law also provides introductory coverage of topics of current relevance, such as terrorism, international criminal law, use and applicability of international law in United States courts, and the law governing the use of military force.

Featured Guide

International Human Rights

Human rights may be inalienable rights but they depend on State actors to enforce through laws and policies. This guide helps you research those laws and policies.

Featured Treatise

Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Available in the Urban Morgan Collection at K 3240.094 2013, this volume explores the principle and history of international human rights law. It addresses questions regarding the sources of human rights, its historical and cultural origins and its universality. It evaluates the effectiveness of procedures and international institutions in enforcing and ensuring compliance with human rights. This volume investigates the underlying structural principles that bind together the internationally-guaranteed rights and provide criteria for the emergence of new rights. It also evaluates whether the international human rights project has made a difference in the lives and well-being of individuals and groups around the world.

Featured Website

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, also known as the Human Rights Reports, cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.

Featured Video

Foreign & International Law Research Video: IGOs & NGOs

This video shows how to research Intergovernmental Organizations and Non-governmental Organizations. Particular attention is paid to the UN. It also covers private international law conventions and customary law. It introduces state norms, Opinio Juris, Jus Cogen, and  Lex Mercatoria. It is 15:33 minutes long and is closed captioned.

This Week Is Data Privacy Week!

Data Privacy Week 2024
Data Privacy Week is an international effort to empower individuals and business to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust. The goal of Data Privacy Week is to spread awareness about online privacy. Data is collected everyday — your computer, smartphone, and every other internet-connected device gathers data. Personal data can be stored indefinably. Data can be used to make inferences about your socioeconomic status, demographic information, and preferences. Even seemingly innocuous information can be used to make assumptions about you and your habits. Many companies sell data on their customers for a profit. In addition to selling this data to others, they can also sell it to the government and police. Companies may not securely store your data, allowing bad actors to access it for nefarious purposes.

Learn More About Data Privacy

Manage Your Privacy Settings — Use these direct links from the National Cybersecurity Alliance to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services or read about your platforms’ privacy policies and statements.

Talking Data — The National Cybersecurity Alliance is sponsoring a new series of conversations about how to keep your data private and safe. Each day, they will be hosting 30-minute conversations with industry leaders to discuss all things data privacy.

Jen Caltrider, et al., Mozilla Foundation, Our Longest Naughty List Ever, *Privacy Not Included (Nov. 14, 2023) — A review of the safety and security of over 100 connected products.

Electronic Frontier Foundation, Surveillance Self-Defense: Tips, Tools and How-tos for Safer Online Communications — An expert guide to protecting you and your friends from online spying.

Educause, Privacy and Cybersecurity 101

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, The Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights — A guide for a society that protects all people from threats and uses of technologies that violate privacy and other civil rights.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

National Stalking Awareness Month: Know It Name IT Stop It

January 2024 marks the twentieth annual National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking. Last week we identified University of Cincinnati resources. This week, in conjunction with Data Privacy Week, we look at resources to assist when technology is used for stalking.

More Resources to Help You Know It, Name It, and Stop It

The Cyber Helpline, Cyberstalking Action Plan

A guide to arm you with the knowledge to regain your security, privacy and online confidence., What Is Cyberstalking (PDF)

A toolkit to help you understand what cyberstalking is so you can better assess and understand your situation. Inside you’ll find links to helpful articles, recommended books, checklists, relevant survivor survey results, support communities and how to find help.

Federal Trade Commission, Stalking Apps: What to Know

Information about what stalking apps are, how to tell if they’re on your device, and what to do if they are.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Safety Net Project

Safety Net focuses on the intersection of technology and abuse, and they work to address how that abuse impacts the safety, privacy, accessibility, and civil rights of survivors. They provide expert training and technical assistance, create and disseminate resources, and influence conversations on technology abuse and safety globally.

Take Back the Tech, Cyberstalking Strategies

Strategies for people experiencing cyberstalking or worried that it might happen.

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