January 2018 Newsletter – New Print Publications

January 2018 Newsletter


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Content Summary

  • Updated Databases: 52
  • New titles: 8,747
  • New volumes: 2,824
  • New pages: 808,175
  • Total Pages: 154,214,510

Legal History of Mexico: From the Era of Exploration of the New World to the Present


  • This up-to-date and unique resource outlines the complete legal history of Mexico
  • Extensive scope plus author expertise provides a comprehensive guide for researchers at all levels
  • Details important events, discusses socio-political realities, and covers major legal and social institutions for the executive, legislative, and judicial arms of government for each historical period
  • Provides extensive bibliographies and citations for key primary and secondary sources
  • Only work of its kind!

About This Title


This book is an important and comprehensive guide to the historical periods of Mexico: Aztec Empire; Conquest; Colonial; Independence; French Occupation; Post-French Occupation; Porfidio Diaz; Revolutionary; Post-Revolution Period; PRI; and Current. It covers the origins and legal basis of the laws (constitutional, criminal, civil, commercial, administrative), and the legal institution of each of the historical periods (executive, legislative, judicial), giving citations to all of the primary documents and secondary materials. This book also discusses the laws as written and as applied in the society of the time and mentions the important personages of each period with sources for further investigation.

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About the Author


Francisco A. Avalos retired in 2009 from the College of Law Library, University of Arizona with the title of Law Librarian & Associate Professor for Legal Research after thirty years of service. He taught first-year legal research and he lectured on the Civil Law Tradition, the Mexican Legal System and International Law research. He is the author of the Mexico section of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, which he updates for every new edition. He is also the author of An Electronic Guide to Mexican Law and Basic Information and Online Sources for NAFTA and CAFTA Research which he created for the Hauser Global Law School Program, New York University School of Law. Mr. Avalos has also published several journal articles concerning the legal foundation of the Aztec Empire, the Colonial period of Mexico, legal translating, NAFTA and other related matters. His books include The Mexican Legal System, 3rd ed. (Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co., 2013) and Latin American Legal Abbreviations: A Comprehensive Spanish/Portuguese Dictionary with English Translations (New York: Greenwood Press, 1989). Mr. Avalos has spoken extensively throughout the nation on the Mexican Legal System and the intricacies of legal translations.

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Charting the Legal Systems of the Western Pacific Islands: A Legal Research Guide


  • Only available resource on researching early and current legal systems of the Western Pacific Islands
  • Helps researchers easily identify current and historical primary and secondary sources on this topic
  • Links historical resources to current legislation in force
  • Outlines key untraditional resources which fill documentation gaps in pre-independence legal systems
  • Succinctly summarizes Great Britain’s involvement in the Western Pacific
  • Key research guide for anyone with an interest in the region’s colorful but difficult legal landscape!

About This Title


The Pacific region holds a cluster of emerging nations that are attempting to reconcile a British-styled legal system with indigenous customary law. This union often creates conflict, especially in areas of criminal law, human rights, family law, hereditary rights, and property law. This guide provides a framework to support historical and current research on the legal systems of Pacific island nations which were under control of the British High Commissioner of the Western Pacific prior to their independence in the latter half of the 20th century: Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Parts I and II highlight difficulties researching these legal systems and suggest solutions. Part III reviews the legal history of the former British dependencies including the roles of prerogative instruments, British Parliamentary laws, localized legislation, and case law. Part IV provides strategies to fill gaps in documentation. Part V assesses research tools in the current legal system. The guide concludes with an appendix of primary resources for both pre-independence and post-independence legal authority.

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About the Author


Victoria J. Szymczak is the Law Library Director, Legal Research Coordinator and an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hawai‘i, William S. Richardson School of Law. Professor Szymczak received her J.D. and LL.M. in Comparative and International Law from Duke University School of Law, and her M.S.L.I.S. from Pratt Institute. At Richardson, she is responsible for institutionalizing legal research programming for first year and upper-class students in addition to her activities as the Law Library Director. Collections at the University of Hawaii School of Law Library include historical and current legal materials of Pacific island nations. This publication is a direct result of her collection analysis regarding the areas of focus for the Law School and her classes on Pacific Island legal systems.

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