Initiatives and News
FLAG Foreign Law Guide
FLAG Rebuild Project 2013. A project is commencing at IALS to undertake a major update of the FLAG Foreign Law Guide which is freely available as a national resource for law on the web http://ials.sas.ac.uk/flag.htm. The project will involve re-assessing the collections of foreign primary law print materials in UK libraries and rebuilding the FLAG database. The project, overseen by David Gee, IALS Deputy Librarian, will benefit from the expertise of Dr Peter Clinch, the original project manager and creator of FLAG; Gerry Power, FLAG rebuild project manager; Hester Swift - IALS Foreign and International Law Librarian; assisted by Lindsey Caffin and systems colleagues at IALS Global Law Library.
The FLAG Rebuild Project is being supported by the Flare Foreign Law Research group of libraries, the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL), and the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London.
FLARE Index to Treaties
The Flare Index to Treaties http://ials.sas.ac.uk/treatyindex.htm has been made freely available on the IALS website. The Index is a searchable database of basic information on over 1,500 of the most significant multilateral treaties from 1856 to the present, with details of where the full text of each treaty may be obtained in paper and, if available, electronic form on the Internet. The Index includes only those treaties where there are three or more parties to the instrument. The selection has been based on entries in Multilateral Treaties: index and current status, compiled and annotated within the University of Nottingham Treaty Centre by M.J. Bowman and D.J. Harris (London: Butterworths, 1984, ninth supplement, 1992) and International Legal Materials (Washington, D.C., American Society of International Law, 1962-). The Index is freely available on the Web and was conceived and compiled by Dr Peter Clinch, Cardiff University. Both the MS Access database into which data have been keyboarded and the web-based search interface were devised by Steven Whittle, Information Systems Manager, IALS. Funding for the project was made available through a successful bid to the University of London Vice Chancellor's Development Fund. Your reactions to and comments on the Index and suggestions for multilateral treaties which should be included are welcomed and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about the Flare Index to Treaties on the IALS website.
FLARE Union List of Official Gazettes: Europe
Recognition of the role of FLARE in the Research Information Network report, Uncovering Hidden Resources: Extending the coverage of online catalogues (November 2007),