New online resource – The Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law

It is good news for everyone studying or researching international law that Taylor Library has online access to The Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law. This online resource includes two encyclopaedias: Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law. The latter was only recently launched. The encyclopaedias provide comprehensive, analytical entries containing peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of international law.

Follow the hyperlink above to get access to The Max Planck Encyclopedias of International Law. On the top right of the Home page, under the title, you can find three tabs: Browse all, Subject and Author. Click on the ‘Browse all’ tab to see the alphabetical list of the encyclopaedia entries. You can narrow down your results by selecting Module, Subject or Author on the left-hand side of the page. In the Module section, you can specify which encyclopaedia you want to browse: Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law or Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law. Clicking on Subject will open the alphabetical list of different topics, e.g., ‘Air law & law of outer space’, ‘Diplomacy or consular relations’, ‘History of international law’, etc. If you are interested in the entries of particular authors, please click on the Author tab, and select their names. The Subject and Author tabs are also available on the top of every page, next to the Browse all tab.

Once you have opened an encyclopaedia entry, you can read the full text online or save it for a later time by selecting a delivery option, such as print, download and email from the top right of the page. The Contents tab, on the left-hand side of the screen, will give you visual aid. You can quickly navigate to different sections of the encyclopaedia entry by selecting an appropriate title from the Contents tab.

If you need further assistance, please let us know. Also, remember that the volumes of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law are available in hard copy in the library.

Taylor Library Team

Contemporary Intellectual Property Law – Textbook updates

Are you studying Intellectual Property Law?

Well, if the answer is yes, you might like to read the textbook entitled Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy (by Waelde et al.). The Library has several copies of the 3rd edition – published in 2013 – in the Heavy Demand Room.

There have been so many developments in this field of the law recently that the publisher, the Oxford University Press and the authors have decided to revise the content of the book. A webpage for the Updates has been created where the readers could find all the relevant information regarding the changes happened in the last two years.

The webpage currently provides access to case and policy updates to August 2015. Please, sign up the mailing list to be alerted when a new update is added to the page.

Good reading and research everyone.

Taylor Library Team


Finance (No.2) Act 2015

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The Finance (No.2) Act 2015 is now on Westlaw UK with all amendments and commencement information.

Westlaw UK aims “to publish all new legislation the morning after publication, with new amendments highlighted within 48 hours. Case digests are written for the most influential cases on the day the judgment is delivered, with Status Icons of all the affected cases updated within 24 hours.”

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law & Business

HeinOnline: New titles added to the Scottish Legal History Collection

HOL_fullcolorIn March 2015 HeinOnline added nine new titles to their Scottish Legal History collection:

  • Erskine, J. Institute of the Law of Scotland in Four Books: In the Order of Sir George Mackenzie’s Institutions of That Law, 2v. Edinburgh: Printed for John Bell, 1773.
  • Stair, JD. Institutions of the Law of Scotland, Deduced from Its Originals, and Collated with the Civil, Canon, and Feudal Laws, and with the Customs of Neighbouring Nations. 1v. Edinburgh: Printed by the heir of Andrew Anderson, 1693 2nd ed., rev., corr., and much enl.
  • Forbes, W. Methodical Treatise concerning Bills of Exchange. 1v. Edinburgh: Printed by John Mosman, 1718 2nd ed., corr., enl.
  • Adam, W. Practical Treatise and Observations on Trial by Jury in Civil Causes, as Now Incorporated with the Jurisdiction of the Court of Session. 1v. Edinburgh: Thomas Clark, 1836.
  • Summary View of the Feudal Law, with the Differences of the Scots Law from it; together with a Dictionary of Select Terms of the Scots and English Law. 1v. Edinburgh: s.n., 1710.
  • Forbes, W. Treatise of Church-Lands & Tithes: In Two Parts. 1v. Edinburgh: Printed by the heirs and successors of Andrew Anderson, 1705.
  • Bell, R. Treatise on the Election Laws, as They Relate to the Representation of Scotland, in the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 1v. Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay and Co. for Archibald Constable, 1812.
  • Connell, J. Treatise on the Law of Scotland, Respecting the Erection, Union, and Disjunction of Parishes; the Manses and Glebes of the Parochial Clergy, and the Patronage of Churches. 1v. Edinburgh: Printed for Peter Hill and Co., 1818.
  • Burnett, J. Treatise on Various Branches of the Criminal Law of Scotland. 1v. Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay and Co. for Archibald Constable, 1811.

A full list of new titles added to HeinOnline in March 2015 is available here.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law and Business

Isle of Man Legislation website is better than ever

For anyone wishing to look up Isle of Man legislation you may find the recent upgrade to the website of interest.

The Attorney General’s Chambers in the Isle of Man has announced the launch of the latest upgrade to the Isle of Man Legislation website. The new version is fully operational with effect from 16 March 2015. Included below is further information supplied by the Isle of Man Legislation Website Administrator, Jayne Hubble.

“The Isle of Man Legislation website provides free, open access to all current Acts of Tynwald consolidated to show all amendments. Their target is to publish the current Acts showing all amendments consolidated to the beginning of the previous month.

The upgraded site has a more modern appearance and has been optimised for smart phone and tablet compatibility. Other features of the upgraded site include:

  • Current Acts presented alphabetically or by subject
  • A point in time function allowing previous versions of Acts to be viewed
  • Table of changes made to Acts showing the source of amendments and the date they came into effect
  • All Acts published “as enacted” since 2001
  • All Acts repealed since September 2012
  • Improved search facility

There are also links to:

  • Current Isle of Man Orders in Council
  • Secondary Legislation
  • Social Security LegislationFuture improvements include the publication of Appointed Day Orders.”

Any queries concerning the website should be addressed to:
Jayne Hubble (Legislation Website Administrator)
Telephone: 01624 685452


Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law and Business

UK Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes ‘Human Rights Judgements’ report


Have some newspapers been misleading the public in the way they use statistics of judgement of the European Court of Human Rights to overestimate the times the Court finds against the UK?

This and other issues are discussed in a report entitled Human Rights Judgments by the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights.
(available to Aberdeen University users)

More information about this report is at:


Other UK and Scottish Government reports are available on the Public Information Online database available through Primo

Tax Foundation Archive now available on HeinOnline

HeinOnline have added new content:

“The complete archive of the publications of the Tax Foundation are now available in an easy-to-use, fully searchable format in HeinOnline. The Tax Foundation, founded in 1937, collects data and publishes research studies on tax policies at both the [US] federal and state levels. Many of the titles that are now readily available and easily accessible in HeinOnline have long been out-of-print, and others are still being published today. [Particularly useful] for researchers interested in taxation, fiscal policy, and finance.”

To view the content open the Catalog Search tab on HeinOnline and search for Tax Foundation.

Elaine Shallcross

More new books in Taylor!

The latest additions to our collection are listed on the new acquisitions page. Have a look here to see what we acquired in September. You can click on the shelfmark for each entry and it will take you to that book’s record on PRIMO. From there you can view further details and make reservations where applicable.

Happy reading!

Ross McClure
Senior Information Assistant
Taylor Library and EDC (European Documentation Centre)

New HeinOnline Collection Available: Women and the Law (Peggy)

We have access to an exciting new collection on HeinOnline, Women and the Law (Peggy). Dedicated to Hein President Kevin Marmion’s mother, Peggy, this unique collection of books, biographies and journals covers the progression of women’s role in society over the past two hundred years. Also included are more than seventy titles from Emory University Law School’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project, covering the effect of law and culture on the female gender.

Women and the Law (Peggy)

Notable works included in this library are History of Woman Suffrage (1881-1922), and the Documentary History of the Legal Aspects of Abortion series. Also featured are other works on abortion, biographies of famous women, works on legal rights and suffrage, and books and journals on the role of women in education and employment.

To browse the collection on HeinOnline look up Women and the Law (Peggy) in either the Collection Name or the Collection Type indexes on the home page. 

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant (Law)