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Opinio Juris - November 2011

Scroll down to read about the Constitution Explorer project, HeinOnline's World Constitutions Illustrated, Affordable Care Act resources, the release of President Nixon's grand jury testimony, and law & technology resources. For information on other topics, see the Moritz Legal Information Blog and the Moritz Law Library Facebook page.

Constitution Explorer Project

Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and its Program on Liberation Technology are creating a "Constitution Explorer" website that will feature a structured database of constitutions across the globe. According to project organizers, researchers will "tag" each constitutional article by subject, allowing users to search across the world's constitutions for information about specific constitutional concepts. English translations of constitutions will be available when possible. Other plans for the website include a discussion platform and articles by legal and political experts on constitutional themes. The Program on Liberation Technology site provides further information. The project already has a running prototype so stay tuned.

HeinOnline's World Constitutions Illustrated

Stanford's Constitutional Explorer project will complement another resource available through the Moritz Law Library: HeinOnline's World Constitutions Illustrated. This collection includes every nation's constitution, available in the constitution's original language and in English translation. For each constitution, the collection includes commentaries, links to scholarly articles, and bibliographies of select constitutional works. Substantial constitutional histories are available for such countries as Australia, Brazil, China, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The collection also provides external links to sources such as official government websites, legal research guides, and the CIA's World Fact Book. HeinOnline's World Constitutions Illustrated is accessible on-campus or off-campus with OSU authentication.

Affordable Care Act Resources

The U.S. Supreme Court has created a web page providing access to Supreme Court filings related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Filings at this point include petitions for writ of certiorari, appendices, briefs in opposition, and reply briefs for six cases, including the three from the 11th Circuit that the Court recently agreed to hear. The ACA litigation blog, whose primary contributors include Santa Clara law professor Bradley Joondeph, provides links to documents filed in the Supreme Court as well as the Circuit Courts of Appeal and District Courts. The blog also provides links to academic writing on the Act's constitutionality. Finally, the American Constitution Society's ACA resource page provides links to a variety of materials including expert commentary, panel discussion video, guest blog posts, video podcasts, and recent news stories.

Nixon Grand Jury Records

The National Archives recently released the records of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force including transcripts of President Nixon's grand jury testimony on June 23-24, 1975. In a separate release, the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum released segments of transcripts from taped White House conversations relevant to the grand jury proceedings. All of these records are available at the Government Printing Office's FDsys website and the Our Archives Wiki. Nixon's testimony begins at Folder 9/16. For background information, see the National Archives' press release.

Law and Technology Resources

Forbes magazine's law and technology contributor Ben Kerschberg recently wrote about "Six Savvy Law & Technology Resources." Kerschberg posted a similar list in September, which included well-known resources like SCOTUSblog and Above The Law. The latest list contains some lesser-known resources like ESI Bytes, which features a series of freely downloadable podcasts of experts discussing e-discovery related topics. Another on the list is Shear on Social Media, where D.C.-area attorney Bradley Shear regularly posts on the legal issues confronting those using social media. For a broader view of technology's impact on such fields as business, biomedicine, energy, and computing, Kerschberg suggests MIT's Technology Review.