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Opinio Juris - November 2012

Scroll down to read about an updated SSRN App., a new historical database on foreign, international, and comparative law, Oxford Scholarship Online, a DOJ/SEC Foreign Corrupt Practices Act resource guide, and The Law of Superheroes.


The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has launched version 2.0 of its free iPad/iPhone app., iSSRN. The app. provides convenient mobile access to SSRN's extensive library of research papers in law, the social sciences, and the humanities. The app. offers basic keyword searching and allows users to sort results by title, number of downloads, and date posted. Version 2.0 offers an upgraded layout for better iPad compatability.

The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926

The Moritz Law Library is now providing access to a new Making of Modern Law database: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926. The database offers extensive historical material including treatises and monographs on various aspects of international and comparative law, in addition to works on foreign law including Roman, Jewish, and Islamic texts. Full-text searching is possible as is limiting searches by fields like country, subject area, year(s) of publication, and language. The database is accessible on-campus or off-campus.

Oxford Scholarship Online

Many law and law-related works published as e-books by Oxford University Press are accessible through the database, Oxford Scholarship Online. In addition to law, topics include economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, public health, and more. The database website is optimized for easier viewing on mobile devices. Downloading a chapter in pdf form is possible for some titles. Access Oxford Scholarship Online on-campus or off-campus.

DOJ/SEC Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Resource Guide

The Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice Department and the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission recently released a 130-page resource guide on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The "non-binding, informal" guide aims to provide helpful information to all types of enterprises regarding the Act. The guide covers a variety of topics including who and what is covered by the anti-bribery provisions, the definition of "foreign official," and what constitute proper and improper gifts.

The Law of Superheroes

The two attorneys who co-author Law and the Multiverse, a blog on "superheroes, supervillains, and the law," recently published a book titled, The Law of Superheroes. The book, like the blog, applies real legal doctrine to fictional scenarios from the comic book world. Stanford law library director Paul Lomio recently praised the book for its sound legal research explanations. See a review published in the Wall Street Journal. A Moritz Law Library copy of the book is on its way.