What is a bank holiday?

Any British person will tell you that there are two bank holidays in May, one at the beginning and one at the end: indeed the government itself lists them as such on its own website, but although that is how they’re commonly known, in England and Wales they are arrived at by two different legal […]

The St Cross Building and its architects

As we begin preparations for our participation in “Oxford Open Doors” in September, we realize that many people may not be aware of the commemorative book that we published for the 50th anniversary of the Law Library last year.  The book included an architectural introduction which is reproduced below. The entire book (Celebrating 50 Years […]

Oxford legal research library

No – not a definition of the Law Bod, but the name of another platform of e-books from Oxford University Press – known as OLRL for short! The subject areas of this e-library are titles on International Commercial Arbitration (ICMA), International Commercial Law (ICML), Financial and Banking Law (FBL), and Private International Law (PRIL). The […]

Finding EU documents: good news for EU researchers

Where can I find … Jean Monnet’s speeches at the inauguration of the European Coal and Steel Community High Authority in August 1952, Luxembourg … or … a 2010 EU study of gender differences in educational outcomes … or …a 1976 study on the mobility of performing artists within the European Community? At one time, […]

Cambridge University Press law e-books – an update

In July 2014, the Law Library subscribed to Cambridge Books Online’s Law Collection, a selection of the University Press’ legal scholarly e-publications. You may remember Elizabeth Wells’ blog post at the time, explaining how this type of subscription works; you can view this at https://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/lawbod/2014/07/18/cambridge-university-press-law-e-books/. This is an update on readers’ reception of the new […]

Online US legal research community

Whether you are feeling cut off and isolated from the familiar, or just starting off with US law as a foreigner and wondering what the buzz is over there, then a site such as casetext.com may be just what you are looking for! Casetext came out of Beta in autumn 2014 – and already claims […]

Monroe Price – More than just a legal scholar

Readers of this blog will probably know of Monroe Price as a prominent legal scholar, chiefly in the area of media law.  He was the founding director of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme was named in his honour.  His […]

Mistletoe and the law

Mistletoe seems an unlikely candidate for falling foul of the law but it has happened. I’m not going to venture into office parties as that has already been covered earlier in the blog. The recognised way for harvesting mistletoe in the rural areas in America, most commonly, seems to be with a shotgun. There are […]

Pantomime Problems

It’s the height of the pantomime season, but a fairy godmother can stop time, so she’s kindly found the time to respond to some legal problems submitted by her friends… I found this cool old lamp in a cave – can I keep it? Aladdin Ooh, treasure! That’s now defined by the Treasure Act 1996 […]