This month marks the premier of season six of the wildly popular television series Game of Thrones, based on the fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin. Our current display, “Game of Thrones and the Law,” highlights some of the legal themes in the series, such as trial by combat, which in the series closely mirrors trial by battle for criminal appeals under English common law. Another issue analyzed is that of chemical warfare, which was employed during the Battle of the Blackwater and compared to the history of chemical warfare leading up to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Various materials in the library’s collection are also displayed, including The Last Duel, Living Weapons, and our newest addition – Law and Law Breaking in Game of Thrones.
“My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much Jon Snow.”
-Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones
This Friday, April 22, in celebration of Earth Day, leaders from around the world will gather in New York at the United Nations to sign the Paris Agreement.
The signing ceremony takes place on the first day that the Agreement will be open for signatures and marks the first step toward ensuring that the Agreement enters into legal force. All events will be streamed live on the United Nations Web TV.
The agreement will enter into force 30 days after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification.
The Paris Agreement was adopted by all 196 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP21 in Paris on 12 December 2015.
At COP 21 in Paris, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.
The Paris Agreement builds upon the UNFCCC and – for the first time – brings all nations into a common cause to undertake take ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so.
The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives.
Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, organized by the Association of Research Libraries, is “an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing.” Events are coordinated around the world.
Participate in a virtual Q&A event this week, hosted by the Organization for Transformative Works. Ask OTW your question by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, February 23, noon-1:00pm ET, MIT and Harvard University are hosting a panel discussion, “Fair Use and Scholarly Journal and Book Publishing.” Join live streaming of this event.
On January 27, despite the inclement weather, the Burns Law Library’s 7th annual legal research fair, Lawlapalooza 2016, took place as scheduled. GW Law students got to meet with exhibitors from online research services and learn about the many services and resources they offer. The Library’s reference librarians were there as well, providing demonstrations of the research guides
and services that they provide to the GW Law community. In addition to learning about the research sources available to them, students who spoke to multiple exhibitors got pizza, and those who spoke with six or more vendors were entered in a prize drawing for a $25, a $50, and a $100 Visa gift card. The lucky winners are:
- Candice Bang – $25 Visa Gift Card
- Wendy Simon-Pearson – $50 Visa Gift Card
- Doris Yeun – $100 Visa Gift Card
We’d like to thank all the exhibitors, GW Law staff, and of course the GW Law students who made Lawlapalooza 2016 such a success!
The most recent display mounted by the staff of the Jacob Burns Law Library offers examples of illustrated law books. The display, “Picturing the Law,” features items published as early as 1500 and as recently as 2006. It includes two examples of the very important Arbor Consanguinitatis, which was used for centuries to dictate inheritance rights and familial limitations for marriage—one a manuscript commonplace book written around 1470, and one a book printed in Vienna in 1500. The stories of notorious trials often have included illustrations, and the display offers an artist’s conception of the murder of Phillip Barton Key II, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, by Daniel Sickels, a Congressman from New York, in Lafayette Park.
The Burns Law Library is able to create these displays in its new case made possible by a generous gift from an alumnus, Robert Emery.