Law and the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), headquartered in Switzerland, is the governing body of the Olympics. Its rules and bylaws are contained in the Olympic Charter. The Olympic organization also includes the Olympic Congress, National Olympic Committees, and International Sports Federations.

Under the Olympic Charter, disputes must be submitted to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) . The CAS is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, with additional offices in Australia and the United States.  It is administered by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS). The CAS has close to 300 arbitrators from 87 countries.  Any disputes related to sport, including commercial or disciplinary matters, may be submitted to the CAS.  Recent and selected older decisions of the CAS are available on its website here.

A useful research guide on International Sports Law is available on Globalex—a website sponsored by NYU School of Law providing guides to Foreign, International, and Comparative Law.


The “Scholarly Impact” of Law School Faculty

A University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) professor and three of the school’s law librarians have authored a citation analysis of scholarly writing by faculty in the “top third of ABA-accredited law schools.” The authors calculate a “Scholarly Impact Score” based on “the mean and the median of total law journal citations over the past five years” by tenured members of each law faculty.

George Mason School of Law is tied for 21st with Boston University. The most cited faculty members are Professors Bernstein, Butler, Claeys, Greve,  Kobayashi,  Lund,  Mossoff, Muris, Somin, and Zywicki.

The paper, titled Scholarly Impact of Law School Faculties in 2012: Applying Leiter Scores to Rank the Top Third, is available on SSRN here.


Moving Days

On Wednesday, July 25 we will begin moving books from the third to the fourth floor of the library. This project will be completed by Friday, July 27. The fourth floor will now house our International and Foreign Law materials.

During the move, please plan to use the main or second floor of the library for quiet study.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


The Second Anniversary of Dodd-Frank

Tomorrow it will be two years since Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The law was designed to provide comprehensive reform to financial regulation in response to the major crisis that hit the U.S. financial system in 2008. The law’s stated purpose is:

To promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end ‘‘too big to fail’’, to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices, and for other purposes.

This voluminous statute has spawned thousands of pages of regulation. Its provisions include the establishment of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, chaired by the Treasury Secretary and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

A Congressional Research Service Report summarizing the policy issues and provisions of the law is available here.  Not surprisingly, the law has generated vocal adherents and detractors.  A Google News search for “Dodd-Frank” and/or a search limited to “Blogs”* will reveal many of these opinions.

*To find blogs on Google: Search for the desired keyword>From the results page, expand the left hand toolbar at “More”>Select “Blogs”


Intersession Library Hours

July 24 – August 11

  • Sunday  Closed
  • Monday – Saturday  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Reference librarians will be available Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Future of Law Reviews

An article by Walter Olson in the Atlantic titled Abolish the Law Reviews! adds another chapter to the debate about the value and future of scholarly legal journals.  Membership and publication in a law journal no doubt remains a valued credential.  But will this continue to be the case?  Olson posits that the real future for valuable academic scholarship is the blawgosphere and other virtual forums.

Olson also cites GMUSL’s Professor Ross Davies’s report, Law Review Circulation 2011: More Change, More Same.  Davies finds that diminishing subscriptions “have ranged from near-freefall to mere steep-slide.” He notes that in the last year “no major law review had more than 2,000 paying subscribers.”

One positive aspect of the law review saga is the growth of freely available content. Many journals—including those produced by so-called “top tier” law schools— make at least the most recent issue of their publication available free online.  Here are some resources for locating this content:

  • ABA Legal Technology Resource Center.  Search more than 400 online full-text journal/law reviews and related sources, including Congressional Research Service Reports.  Coverage varies.
  • BePress.  Browse or Search over 90 law journals published in the Digital Commons open access repository.
  • Dragnet. Browse or search approximately 150 law journals that provide free online content, including their most current issue.  Searches may be limited to International or Environmental Law.
  • Google Scholar.  Limits Google search to academic journal articles, conference papers, dissertations, theses, indexes articles and abstracts from major academic publishers.  Coverage and access to full-text varies.
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Widely used by scholars to share papers and articles in several topical networks.  Legal Scholarship Network includes over 130,000 papers searchable by keyword, title, author or date.


Extended Library Hours

The library will have extended Summer hours July 5 – July 22:

  • Sunday  10:00 am  – 11:00 pm
  • Monday – Friday  8:00 am  – 11:00 pm
  • Saturday  9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Reference Librarians will be available Monday – Thursday  9:00 am-9:00 pm, and Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Monday, July 23:
Library Hours:  8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Reference Hours:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm