Good luck with your exams

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As law exams start from today, we would like to wish you all the best. We hope you are well and well prepared for the exams. During revision time, quite a few of you asked about online resources. You know very well how to access e-books and electronic journals through Primo, but not everybody is aware of the fact that more and more publishers give us free access to their academic collections. This means that there are more law resources available online than before. This post will highlight a few notable collections:

Bloomsbury Professional

The publisher, Bloomsbury Professional, has given us free access to the following law textbooks:

  • Gretton & Steven: Property Trusts & Succession
  • MacQueen & Thomson: Contract law in Scotland
  • Thomson: Family Law in Scotland
  • Dewart & MacQueen; Studying Scots Law
  • Himsworth & O’Neill: Scotland’s Constitution Law & Practice
  • Guthrie: Social Work Law in Scotland

Please email us at lawlib@abdn.ac.uk for the link to the collection and for username and password.

Oxford Law Trove

Another important resource is Oxford Law Trove, which is Oxford University Press’s online platform for law textbooks. You can get temporary access to more than 190 titles there.

To access this collection, follow this link to the Library’s web page at:
  1. On the library page, go to the Temporary Access to Additional E-Resources section.
  2. Scroll down to Oxford Law Trove, and click on the arrow next to the title.
  3. Follow the link provided in that section to log in to the collection.
  4. On the publishers’ login page, check the left hand side of the screen under the Law Trove logo, and in the pale blue login box, click on Sign in via your Institution.
  5. On the next page, find and select University of Aberdeen.
  6. An authentication box will appear, and you will need to enter your university IT username and password to log in to Law Trove.

Within the collection:
– You can click on the Subject tab (on the top left of the screen, under the Law Trove logo) to see the different categories there,
– or, you can use the Search box in the top right corner of the screen.

Westlaw UK

Finally, do not forget that there are law textbooks available on Westlaw UK. The route to the Westlaw UK database is the same as it was: through Primo.  Once you have logged in, click on the arrow next to the Westlaw logo (on the top left corner of the screen), and select Books from the drop-down menu. On the Westlaw Books page, browse through the 336 book titles available to you.

Starting today, you will have a few days to finish your law exam questions online. If you need further help with accessing or using databases or the above mentioned collections, please contact us at lawlib@abdn.ac.uk.

Taylor Library Team 

 

New Look Westlaw UK is live

Westlaw UK has recently undergone some major interface changes, refining many features and bringing the general look and feel in line with Westlaw International.

As before you should access Westlaw UK via Primo, our resource discovery tool. Users familiar with the previous Westlaw UK interface will have no trouble locating cases, legislation and articles etc, as the content header tabs are similarly displayed at the top of the page in the collections navigation bar. Clicking on any of the main content tabs opens up a second layer of tabs, providing in depth searching and browsing options. You can also search across all collections or browse by topic right from the home page. The Options button allows you to select specific collections to search across.

Westlaw UK new look homepage:

Westlaw UK new look homepage: The collections Navigation Bar, Options button and Browse by Topic highlighted

Cases

The Cases tab opens up to Cases Home in the second layer of tabs giving you the option to search for specific cases by Free Text, Subject/Keyword, Party Names or Citation. The next two tabs in the second layer provide browsing options, so you can browse by court or by law report series title.  The fourth tab allows you to search for Quantum Reports. This one is a new addition, stay tuned for updates.

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Westlaw UK Cases Home page: Second layer of tabs highlighted at the top, and More Options for advanced searching

Legislation

Clicking the Legislation tab takes you to Legislation Home and allows access to a complete collection of consolidated UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Acts and Statutory Instruments which you can browse or search directly. Clicking More Options at the bottom of the search box enables you to search across historical and prospective legislation. The rest of the second layer of tabs provides options to browse organized lists of:

  • UK Primary & Secondary legislation
  • UK Bills & Drafts
  • Policy & Guidance
  • Latest Legislation
  • Key Legal Concepts

Journals

The Journals tab is where you can find full text UK legal journal articles from major publishers such as Sweet & Maxwell, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.  You can also link to over half a million article abstracts from UK and EU legal journals.

Within any collection search page you can open up collection-specific advanced searching facilities by clicking on More Options at the bottom of the search box. This way you can refine your search to show only the most relevant results.

Westlaw UK’s document display pages include smartly organised links to a variety of supporting materials in the menu bar to the left of the display window. To the right of the display window are various Delivery options that allow you to email, print, download, you will also find options to organize documents using the Personalisation Tools:

Personalisation Tools

At the top of the Westlaw UK interface there are some features that allow you to personalise your research experience, such as: Favourites, Folders, History and Alerts. To make the most of the personalisation tools click on User Guides in the grey footer at the bottom of Westlaw UK and click Personalisations in the menu on the left side of the page for step by step instructions.

For more information and help using the database, Westlaw UK has a comprehensive User Guides section which you can access from within Westlaw via the link in the grey footer at the bottom of the page.

Our detailed library guides on Westlaw UK will be going live on the University Website later this week. And once term starts there will be regular library workshops on how to make the most of this resource.

Useful information to you for your first assignment – Library Exercise required by Legal System (LS1025) course

As a first year law student, you will be required to complete a mandatory Library Exercise in the Legal System course in late September. In this exercise, students have to come to the Taylor Library, and find answers to around 30 questions set by the School of Law. This activity introduces two very basic collections to you: the Law Report Series and Official Publications collections. It helps you navigate through legal cases and primary legislation, and it shapes your knowledge on legal terminology.

This is the very first assignment you have to face, and students are often overwhelmed by the challenge. To make the completion of the Library Exercise easier, and more successful, we put together the following list of instructions.

Cases

  1. Read the questions carefully! You will find questions related to court cases. To find the right answers, you need to know what the case citation means in a particular case.
  2. Decoding citation is not always straightforward, especially if you have never done this before. Please follow the hyperlink to get help with understanding case citation.
  3. In the Taylor Library, there are posters everywhere which can explain what the different abbreviations stand for. Look for posters like this at the end of the shelves.Abbreviation posters
  4. Once you know the meaning of the abbreviation, you are on the right track to find the resource you need. For example, if the abbreviation is SC, and you have figured out that this stands for Session Cases, then the next step is to locate this law report series in the library.
  5. Law reports are stored on the right hand side of the lower level in Block C and Block D, and they are arranged in alphabetical order.

Legislation

  1. Around half of the questions concern legislation. And, just as with legal cases, legislation also has its own citation regime. Please follow the link to learn more about citing legislation.
  2.  The Official Publications collection which contains the resources you need is found at the back of  lower Block D, on the right hand side. Block D downstairs
  3. In order to answer the questions, you will need these publications:Statutes
  4. There are always a few questions concerning the Current Law Statutes Annotated collection which can be found on the lower level in Block C, opposite the Help Desk.

TIPS!

  • This is an individual assignment and not group work. Please work alone, and ask the library staff, and not your fellow students, if you need help.
  • Certain resources are stored downstairs in Block D. We would like to remind you that it is a Silent Study Zone, so talking is not allowed there.
  • And finally, this is a paper exercise. You are expected to find the answers in the library and not online. Please try to avoid using electronic legal databases.

We hope that this exercise will be a pleasant and rewarding experience. Do not worry if you cannot find the answers right away, you still know where you can find us. Please, come to the Help Desk or to the Issue Desk in the Taylor Library, and do not be afraid to ask for help.

Good luck with your Library Exercise!

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

New books in Taylor Library

See below for a selection of highlights from our July acquisitions. An excerpt from the publishers description follows the bibliographic details. Click on the shelfmark links to view the book records on Primo.

You can also view the complete list of the last three month’s acquisitions here.

Failure to flourish: how law undermines family relationships
Clare Huntington
Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2014
346.73015 HUN

“Exploring the connection between families and inequality, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships argues that the legal regulation of families stands fundamentally at odds with the needs of families. Strong, stable, positive relationships are essential for both individuals and society to flourish, but from transportation policy to the criminal justice system, and from divorce rules to the child welfare system, the legal system makes it harder for parents to provide children with these kinds of relationships, exacerbating the growing inequality in America” (OUP)

Tallinn manual 2.0 on the international law applicable to cyber operations
Michael N. Schmitt  (ed)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
341.63 SCH

“The focus of the original Manual was on the most severe cyber operations, those that violate the prohibition of the use of force in international relations, entitle states to exercise the right of self-defence, and/or occur during armed conflict. Tallinn Manual 2.0 adds a legal analysis of the more common cyber incidents that states encounter on a day-to-day basis and that fall below the thresholds of the use of force or armed conflict.

The expanded edition of the Tallinn Manual, like its predecessor, represents the views of its authors, and not of NATO, the NATO CCD COE, its Sponsoring Nations, or any other entity. ” (CCDCOE)

The UK and European human rights: a strained relationship? 
Katja S. Ziegler (ed)
Oxford : Hart Pub., 2015
341.48094 ZIE

“The UK’s engagement with the legal protection of human rights at a European level has been, at varying stages, pioneering, sceptical and antagonistic. The UK government, media and public opinion have all at times expressed concerns about the growing influence of European human rights law, particularly in the controversial contexts of prisoner voting and deportation of suspected terrorists as well as in the context of British military action abroad. British politicians and judges have also, however, played important roles in drafting, implementing and interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights. Its incorporation into domestic law in the Human Rights Act 1998 intensified the ongoing debate about the UK’s international and regional human rights commitments. Furthermore, the increasing importance of the European Union in the human rights sphere has added another layer to the relationship and highlights the complex relationship(s) between the UK government, the Westminster Parliament and judges in the UK, Strasbourg and Luxembourg.

The book analyses the topical and contentious issue of the relationship between the UK and the European systems for the protection of human rights (ECHR and EU) from doctrinal, contextual and comparative perspectives and explores factors that influence the relationship of the UK and European human rights.” (Hart Pub)

New Books in Taylor Library

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The latest additions to the Taylor Library general book collection have now been added to the new acquisitions page. See the list below for details and links to the book entries on Primo.

June 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Acharya, Rohini (ed) Regional trade agreements and the multilateral trading system Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016 382.9 ACH
Alexander, Isabella (ed) Research handbook on the history of copyright law Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., c2016 346.0482 ALE
Aplin, Tanya Frances Intellectual property law: text, cases, and materials Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2017 346.048 APL
Barr, Warren (ed) Modern studies in property law
Volume 8
Oxford : Hart Pub., 2015 346.04 MOD
Bennett, Howard N. (ed) Carver on charterparties London : Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2017 343.096 BEN
Boushey, Heather (ed) After Piketty: the agenda for economics and inequality Cambridge, Mass. ;   London : Harvard University Press, 2017 332.041 PIK BOU
Butler, William Elliott Russian law Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009 349.47 BUT
Byers, Michael International law and the Arctic Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013 341.45 BYE
Calvo Caravaca, Alfonso-Luis (ed) The EU Succession Regulation: a commentary Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016 346.24052 CAL
De Jonge, Alice (ed) Research handbook on transnational corporations Cheltenham ; Edward Elgar Pub., 2017 338.883 De
Derrington, Sarah C. The law and practice of admiralty matters Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016 343.096 DER
Dickinson, Andrew (ed) The Brussels I Regulation recast Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2015 340.9094 DIC
Dixon, Martin Modern land law London : Routledge, c2016 346.42043 DIX
Dreyfuss, Rochelle Cooper Intellectual property at the edge: the contested contours of IP Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014 346.4048 DRE
Fox, Lorna Conceptualising home: theories, laws and policies Oxford : Hart Pub., 2007 346.043 FOX
Gilmore, Stephen (ed) Landmark cases in family law Oxford : Hart Pub., 2016 346.42 GIL
Ginsburg, Tom (ed) Assessing constitutional performance Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016 342 GIN

e-book version available

Goode, Royston Miles Goode on Commercial law London : Penguin Books, 2016 346.4107 GOO
Gravells, N.P. (ed) Landmark cases in land law Oxford : Hart Pub., 2013 346.42043 GRA
Hønneland, Geir (ed) Handbook of the politics of the arctic Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., c2015 327.98 JEN
Jänterä-Jareborg, Maarit (ed) The child’s interest in conflict: the intersections between society, family, faith and culture Cambridge : Intersentia, c2016 346.0135 JAN
Keenan, Sarah Subversive property: law and the production of spaces of belonging Abingdon : Routledge, 2016 340.115 KEE
Kerschischnig, Georg Cyberthreats and international law The Hague : Eleven International Pub., c2012 344.05325 KER
Klabbers, Jan International law Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017 341 KLA
Koivurova, Timo (ed) Arctic law and governance: the role of China, Finland and the EU Oxford : Hart Pub., 2017 341.44 KOI
Kruiniger, Pauline Islamic divorces in Europe: bridging the gap between European and Islamic legal order The Hague : Eleven International Pub., c2016 340.59097 KRU
Lowe, N. V. Lowe, Everall Nicholls International movement of children: law, practice and procedure Bristol : LexisNexis, 2016 344.410328 LOW
Magnus, Ulrich Brussels Ibis regulation: commentary Köln : Otto Schmidt ; c2016 347.2405026 MAG
McDonagh, Luke (ed) European patent litigation in the shadow of the Unified Patent Court Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, c2016 346.40486 MCD
McFarlane, Ben Land law: text, cases, and materials Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2015 346.42043 MCF
Moelle, Moritz P. The international responsibility of international organisations: cooperation in peacekeeping operations Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017 341.584 MOE
Moses, Jonathon Wayne Managing resource abundance and wealth: the Norwegian experience Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017 333.709481 MOS
Nollkaemper, André (ed) Principles of shared responsibility in international law: an appraisal of the state of the art Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014 341.26 NOL
Peel, Jacqueline (ed) The role of international environmental law in disaster risk reduction Leiden : Brill Nijhoff, 2016 344.0534 PEE
Pobjoy, Jason M. The child in international refugee law Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017 341.486083 POB
Rothwell, Donald (ed) The Oxford handbook of the law of the sea Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015 343.096 ROT
Schabas, William An introduction to the International Criminal Court Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017 341.77 SCH
Sendall, Jane Family law Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2017 346.42015 SEN
Stark, Barbara (ed) Human rights and children Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., 2017 323.352 STA
Treitel, G. H. Carver on bills of lading London : Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2017 346.41025 TRE
Triffterer, Otto Rome Statute of the international Criminal Court: a commentary München : C.H. Beck ;   London : Hart, 2016 345.0235 TRI
Tusiani, Michael D. LNG: fuel for a changing world: a nontechnical guide Tulsa : PennWell, c2016 338.27285 TUS
May 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Adodo, Ebenezer O. I. Letters of credit: the law and practice of compliance Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014 346.096 ADO
Bertrams, R. I. V. F. Bank guarantees in international trade: the law and practice of independent (first demand) guarantees and standby letters of credit in civil law and common law jurisdictions The Hague : Wolters Kluwer, c2013 346.074 BER
Buchanan, Bonnie G. Securitization and the global economy New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2017 332.632 BUC
Calnan, Richard Principles of contractual interpretation Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017 346.41022 CAL
Clarke M. A. Commercial law: text, cases and materials Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017 346.4107 CLA
Cuniberti, Gilles Conflict of laws: a comparative approach – text and cases Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, c2017 340.9 CUN
Dalhuisen, J. H. Dalhuisen on transnational comparative, commercial, financial and trade law (3 volume set) Oxford : Hart Pub., 2016 346.07 DAL
Enonchong, Nelson The independence principle of letters of credit and demand guarantees Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011 346.073 ENO
Koutrakos, Panos (ed) Research handbook on the law of the EU’s internal market Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., 2017 343.2408 KOU
Leeuwen, Barend van European standardisation of services and its impact on private law: paradoxes of convergence Oxford : Hart Pub., 2017 343.24078 LEE
Matsushita, Mitsuo The World Trade Organization: law, practice, and policy Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017 382.92 MAT
Silveira, Mercedeh Azeredo da Trade sanctions and international sales: an inquiry into international arbitration and commercial litigation Alphen aan den Rijn : Wolters Kluwer, 2014 341.582 SIL
Trebilcock, M. J. Advanced introduction to international trade law Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., c2015 343.087 TRE
Wadlow, Christopher The law of passing off: unfair competition by misrepresentation London : Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2016 346.41048 WAD
Wells-Greco, Michael Status of children arising from inter-country surrogacy arrangements The Hague, the Netherlands : Eleven International Pub., c2016 341.5 WEL
April 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Simpson, Andrew R. C. Continuity, change and pragmatism in the law: essays in memory of professor Angelo Forte Aberdeen : Aberdeen University Press, 2016 349.411 SIM

UK primary and secondary legislation

The present post gives you a short summary of the primary and secondary legislation in the United Kingdom in accordance with the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA, 4th edition).  It could be particularly useful for students who are writing their dissertations over the summer and want to cite UK legislation. For more information, please see pp. 23-28 in the OSCOLA user guide.

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© UK Parliament

UK primary legislation:

  • Acts of the UK Parliament
  • Bills
  • Acts of the Scottish Parliament
  • Scottish Parliament Bills
  • Acts of the Welsh Assembly (previously known as Welsh Measures)
  • Welsh Assembly Bills
  • Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly
    (or previously, Acts of the Parliament of Northern Ireland)
  • Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

UK secondary legislation:

  • UK Statutory instruments (previously known as Statutory rules, regulations
    or orders)
  • Rules of court
  • Statutory instruments of the Welsh Assembly
  • Statutory instruments of the Scottish Parliament
  • Northern Ireland statutory rules.

 

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

New books in Taylor Library

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Dr Andrew Simpson with the essay collection

The latest additions to the Taylor Library general book collection have now been added to the new acquisitions page. See the list below for details and links to the book entries on Primo.

As we near the end of term, the number of books coming in naturally goes down, however April’s sole addition is one of note –  a collection of essays in memory of Professor Angelo Forte (1949 – 2012),  who held the Chair of Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen from 1993 – 2010. The volume is contributed to and edited by Aberdeen Law Lecturer Dr. Andrew Simpson, and in addition to being available to borrow from the Taylor Library, the collection is also available to purchase here.

The volume was successfully launched in the Craig Suite of the Sir Duncan Rice Library on 20th January of this year.

April 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Simpson, Andrew R. C. (ed) Continuity, change and pragmatism in the law: essays in memory of professor Angelo Forte Aberdeen : Aberdeen University Press, 2016 349.411 SIM
March 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Dixon, Martin Cases and materials on international law Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016 341.026 DIX
Flyn, Derek Crofting law Edinburgh : Avizandum Publishing Ltd., 2017 343.411076 FLY
Guilfoyle, Douglas International criminal law Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016 345 GUI
Klip, André Annotated leading cases of international criminal tribunals. Special Tribunal for Lebanon 2009 – 2013 Cambridge : Intersentia, c2017 Rep 340 Ann
McNeill, Peter G. B. Adoption of children in Scotland Edinburgh : W. Green/Thomson Reuters, 2016 346.0178 MCN
Sutherland, Elaine (ed) Implementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: best interests, welfare and well-being Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016 344.0317 SUT
       
February 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Gill, Brian Agricultural tenancies*

*Previous editions titled Law of agricultural holdings in Scotland.

Edinburgh : W. Green/Thomson Reuters, 2017 346.41104348 GIL
McKendrick, Ewan Contract law Basingstoke : Macmillan Education/Palgrave, 2015 346.4202 MCK

 

Rotabi, Karen Smith From intercountry adoption to global surrogacy: a human rights history and new fertility frontiers London : Routledge, 2016 306.8743 ROT

 

University of Aberdeen law students win National Client Consultation competition

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(L-R) Euan and Jennifer with the winners’ trophy and University law lecturer Malcolm Combe

Congratulations go to University of Aberdeen Law Diploma students Jennifer Baird and Euan Thompson, who jointly won the recent Scottish Client Competition, earning the opportunity to represent Scotland internationally.

 The competition’s theme this year was ‘residential neighbours’ and involved mock scenarios including a hedge dispute and property damage caused by children. Jennifer and Euan took part in a simulated lawyer/client interview and were competing against five other teams from Scottish universities. A panel of expert judges marked each performance and gave feedback.
“I think the competition has been invaluable to both of us, through gaining interview skills, the experience of working under pressure to find solutions and managing client expectations.” -Jennifer Baird
Jennifer and Euan will take their skills to the international stage at the University of Kent later this year.
Congratulations once again to Jennifer and Euan and best of luck for the next stage!
 More information here.

Talk this evening-“Cycling and the Law”

brendamitchellcyclingandthelawBrenda Mitchell, the founder and Senior Partner at Cycle Law Scotland, will give a talk this evening on the subject of Cycling and the Law. She will be discussing real case studies, case law, video footage and what to do in the event of a collision. This promises to be an engaging event with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.

The event will last from 7pm-8:30pm and takes place in New King’s 1 (New King’s is building 22 on the campus map).

Registry for this event is free. For more information and to book your place see the Eventbrite page .