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Opinio Juris - April 2011

Scroll down to read about HumanRights.gov, an Oyez Project iPhone app., the FOIA Project, ProQuest Congressional, and digitized Harvard Law School exams. For information on other topics, see the Moritz Legal Information Blog and the newly-created Facebook page.


The U.S. State Department recently launched HumanRights.gov. The site is a portal to information generated by the U.S. government about international human rights issues. At present, the site mostly contains information from the State Department, though content will eventually expand to include information from partnering agencies such as the Agency for International Development and the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, and Labor. The site includes reports, press releases, and speeches by U.S. government officials on human rights. International human rights treaties and other significant human rights documents are also accessible.

Oyez iPhone App.

The Oyez Project has teamed with Chicago-Kent College of Law to launch OyezToday, a new application providing up-to-date information about U.S. Supreme Court cases. Users can quickly access the latest Supreme Court opinions and listen to oral argument audio synchronized with the transcript. Users can search the text of the transcript and skip ahead to different portions of the argument. A preview of the app., which is free, is available on iTunes. The original Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court and its work. The archive contains oral argument audio from as early as the mid-1950s.

The FOIA Project

Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse has created a new website called The FOIA Project that seeks to "bring transparency to the process by which the U.S. government withholds information." The project initially features documents from Freedom of Information Act cases filed in U.S. District Court since October 1, 2009. Users can browse FOIA cases by geographic location or search for specific cases by key word, filing date, case number, district court, or party.

ProQuest Congressional

ProQuest has purchased the Congressional Information Service (CIS) product line from LexisNexis. The service formerly known as LexisNexis Congressional is now known as ProQuest Congressional and occupies a slightly different position in our alphabetically-arranged research databases list. Other than the name change, it is the same legal research product, serving as an important tool for locating digitized versions of federal legislative history material.

Harvard Law School Exams, 1871-1998

Want to see the exams Harvard law students faced in 1875? Want to revisit an old exam you took as a student? The Harvard Law Library has digitized and made available nearly the complete run of the school's exams through the mid-1990s. The collection is entitled 1871-1998, though only 1870-1871 to 1994-1995 appear available at the moment. Users of the collection can browse exams by year and search within each year's exams. Among the many exams included is Professor Williston's contracts exam from 1918-1919.