In the words of President Obama, the library is horrified at the events in Dallas on July 7.
- The White House’s live-updated page including a transcript of President Obama’s statement and video of his remarks at the memorial.
- USC law professor Seth Stoughton’s Washington Post op-ed: “Is the police-community relationship in America beyond repair?”
- New York Times coverage with details about the individual officers.
Award issued July 12, 2016
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Netherlands, issued its award regarding the dispute between the People’s Republic of China and the Philippines over territorial claims in the South China Sea.
- a press release describing the Award
- the full text (501 pages) of the Court’s Award
- the Peace Palace Library’s blog entry on the case
- statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
- statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines
Permanent Court of Arbitration
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is an intergovernmental organization established by the 1899 Hague Convention on the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes. The PCA has 121 Member States. Headquartered at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands, the PCA facilitates arbitration, conciliation, fact-finding, and other dispute resolution proceedings among various combinations of States, State entities, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties.
Today the library is, in the words of President Obama, deeply troubled by the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
- President Obama’s July 7 statement
- USC law professor Seth Stoughton’s analysis on Twitter
- a law journal article: “Restoring Community Dignity Following Police Misconduct” by John F. Acevedo
Coleman Karesh Law Library has joined a special initiative to digitize the early records of the thirteen original colonies. LLMC Digital, a consortium of law libraries, is tackling the complex project of digitizing the Early State Records, an extraordinary trove of primary source materials from early British, Spanish and French colonial times to the eve of the American Civil War. The first phase of this project will focus on the thirteen original colonies and will include 1,100,000+ pages or 4,166 volumes of primary source material. In addition, LLMC Digital will catalog each document, providing title access previously not available.
Questions of jurisdiction are often threshold questions that must be answered before further legal analysis can take place. Simply knowing what state you’re in seems basic and straightforward. But that can change.
The South Carolina legislature recently clarified the boundary between North Carolina and South Carolina. 2016 S.C. Act No. 270. As a result, parts of North became South, and parts of South became North.
Take a look at the act, and notice all the S.C. Code sections the legislature identified as being affected by that one simple change of jurisdictional boundary. The one that caught the library’s eye addresses the question of in-state tuition. To find it, go to the full text of the act, then type Ctrl+f or Command+f, and search for the word tuition.
In a historic vote, the UK voted in a non-binding referendum to leave the European Union (BBC).
The withdrawing State notifies the European Council of its intention and thereafter has two years to negotiate a withdrawal agreement before the EU treaties cease to apply to the withdrawing State.
As this withdrawal procedure has never been implemented before, next steps and the outcome of the negotiations between the UK and the EU are uncertain.
The scholarly interests of our Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library, Duncan Alford, include international banking law. As this process unfolds, there will certainly be implications for that area in particular.
“Tucker Hipps Transparency Act” is the popular name of a South Carolina law in the news. 2016 S.C. Act No. 265. Read more about who Tucker Hipps was and how his name became associated with this legislative act in The State, The Post and Courier, and the The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Highlights of the Act
The act is an attempt to address hazing and other misconduct by fraternities and sororities. It requires all universities in the state to keep records of student-conduct violations. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-101-210(A)(1). According to the Chronicle, several universities had already been doing this recordkeeping, but the law provides new specifications as to what information the records must contain, where the reports must be sent and posted, and how often the reports must be updated.
For instance, the act requires universities to publish reports of student-conduct violations in a “prominent location,” S.C. Code Ann. § 59-101-210(A)(6), on the university’s website and to provide a printed handout at student orientation, S.C. Code Ann. § 59-101-210(A)(7), with the web address of the report. As one example, the University of South Carolina publishes its report on the Organizational Student Conduct page.
Legal Research Perspective
Note the federal and state laws referenced in the text of the act. Law students, consider how this new state law (the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act) relates in different ways to an existing federal law (FERPA) and an existing state law (the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act).
Note also that the act expires June 9, 2019 if not extended or reenacted by the legislature. Advance warning to lawyers of the future: update your research by checking whether the legislature extends or reenacts the act, or lets it expire.