New and Noteworthy – May 2017

May 17, 2017

New Online Resources at the Library

Constitutional Law of South Africa (Jutastat)

Constitutional Law of South Africa is “the definitive work on constitutional law in SA. The work deals with both the local case law and overseas jurisdictions and engages at length in legal theory. It offers complete reconstructions of legal doctrine, alternative readings of constitutional provisions, and appropriate criticism of judgments and legislation. This comprehensive commentary on the South African Constitution also contains the Constitution, 1996 and Rules, links to head and flynotes of cases and added relevant legislation.” Password available via

Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law

Published in association with METRO, the Maastricht Institute for Transnational Legal Research of Maastrichht University, the Netherlands, the journal publishes articles, case notes, legal debates, legal developments, commentaries and book reviews in the areas of European and Comparative Law and covers areas of interest in both European Law and in the comparative laws of European states. Available via the Library catalogue.

New Trial

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

It offers a “high level of analytic coverage of constitutional law topics in a comparative context. The encyclopedia articles —modeled on those in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law— address a focused range of topics that seek to provide the best coverage of the essence, character, development, and history of constitutional law from a global perspective.” The trial ends on June 15, 2017. Please send us your feedback about it.

New Websites

The House of Commons has redesigned its website. The already robust website now features even more parliamentary information and is easier to navigate, especially on mobile devices.

The United Nations has launched its United Nations Digital Library, which incorporates official UN documents and selected UN maps, as well as speech and voting records. The database features various search options (simple keyword, advanced, Boolean, etc.); makes links between related documents; an interface in multiple languages; and a mobile-friendly user interface.

New Books in the Library – April 2017

May 3, 2017

Below are just a few of our new books. Check out the entire April 2017 Acquisitions List to see all the new books in the Library.

K3262 .I57 2017
Title: International farm animal, wildlife and food safety law / Gabriela Steier, Kiran K. Patel, editors.
Publication info: Switzerland : Springer, 2017.
Subject: Food law and legislation.
Subject: Food supply–Law and legislation.
Subject: Food industry and trade.





KE3109 .S38 2017
Title: Unions in court : organized labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms / Larry Savage and Charles W. Smith.
Publication info: Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, 2017.
Subject: Canada. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Subject: Labor laws and legislation–Canada.
Subject: Labor unions–Canada.
Series: Law and society series (Vancouver, B.C.)



American conservatism /

JC573.2 .U6 A45 2016
Title: American conservatism / edited by Sanford V. Levinson, Joel Parker, and Melissa S. Williams.
Publication info: New York ; London : New York University Press, [2016]
Subject: Conservatism–United States.
Series: Nomos ; 56.


Update on UTmail+ scheduled maintenance

May 1, 2017

Scheduled Maintenance – UTmail+ Outage April 28 – May 1.

Update: Microsoft is experiencing an account synchronization issue for all email accounts with and addresses.

All efforts are being made to correct the problem and move forward with the completion of the UTmail+ email service move to the Canadian data centres.

Due to this, restoration of UTmail+ email service will be delayed for users with and email addresses. Updates on the progress of the UTmail+ move will be posted here.

All new email account creation, activation and provisioning and account password changes will not be available until the completion of the move.

Recent Tables of Contents – April 2017

May 1, 2017

The Advocate’s Quarterly – Volume 46 no. 4 (March 2017)

Canadian Business Law Journal – Volume 59 no. 1 (March 2017)

Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice/Revue canadienne de criminologie et de justice pénale – Volume 59 no. 1 (April 2017)

Canadian Public Administration/Administration publique du Canada – Volume 60 no. 1 (March 2017)

Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques – Volume 43 no. 1 (March 2017)

Estates Trusts & Pensions Journal – Volume 36 no. 2 (February 2017)

University of British Columbia Law Review – Volume 50 no. 1 (February 2017)

Calling All Summer RAs

April 28, 2017

Are you a Faculty of Law Summer Research Assistant? If yes, then please let us know. The Library has planned Research Instructional Sessions for you in order for your research projects to go as smoothly as possible.

These sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May and June and they cover everything from inter-library loans, to copyright, to searching online databases.

Our first session will take place on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 12:30pm in the Library Training Room (Room P363). If you are unable to attend, please introduce yourself to one of the librarians (John Bolan, Sooin Kim, Alexia Loumankis) when you start working.

At this Orientation session, we will go over important information that you will need in order to do your research and use the Law Library over the summer, including:

  • Extending access to Quicklaw and WestlawNext
  • Borrowing on behalf of your Professor(s)
  • Photocopying, printing, and scanning in the Library and other administrative details
  • Copyright and Open Access

Throughout the summer, we will offer a series of lunch-time research instructional sessions for you on the following topics:

May 9               Orientation, Copyright, & Open Access
May 11*           Zotero citation tool (tentative date/time)
May 16             Books
May 18             Journals
May 23             Historical Databases with Professor Simon Stern
May 25             International and Human Rights
May 30             WestlawNext Canada
June 1              Lexis Advance Quicklaw
June 6              Cases
June 8              Legislation

The sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 12:30pm-1:30pm in the Library training room (P363).

We encourage you to attend; reminders will be sent out in advance of each session.

If you have any questions about the Summer 2017 RA Library Research Instructional Program, please feel free to contact any one of us: John Bolan, Sooin Kim, or Alexia Loumankis.

*Photo of Torys Hall by Stephanie Coffey

So now what?

April 20, 2017

School’s out for summer: the last of the exams was written yesterday afternoon and 10:00am this morning was the deadline for written assignments.

But before you start studying for the bar ads or get busy with your summer job, relax and distract yourself with the following events around campus.

Check out the beautiful cherry blossoms at Robarts Library.


You can also watch their progress on twitter by following #cherryblossom

You were probably too busy to participate in Canadian Film Day, but, don’t worry, you can borrow over 700 Canadian feature films from U of T’s Media Commons.

Continue your #ReconciliationResolution by visiting two new exhibits at Hart House that were created by faculty and students from U of T’s Department of History to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Calls to Action and Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebrations. Canada by Treaty features historical maps, paintings, text, and archival photographs, while Words to Form – The Shape of Reconciliation is a proposed monument devoted to residential schools and the issue of reconciliation by student James Bird. (For more information about both exhibits, please see here.)

Take in some art at U of T’s Art Centre. It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment is on from May 3 until mid-July.

Or catch a falling star at U of T’s Planetarium.

Whatever your next steps are — we wish you continued success and congratulate you on another positive and engaging year. We hope to see you soon!


*Photo courtesy of U of T.

New Books in the Library – March 2017

April 12, 2017

Below are just a few of our new books. Check out the entire March 2017 Acquisitions List to see all the new books in the Library.


E78 .C2 I66 2017
Title: Indigenous peoples and resource development in Canada / edited by Robert Bone, Robert Anderson
Publication info: Concord, Ontario : Captus Press, 2017.
Subject: Indigenous peoples–Canada–Economic conditions.
Subject: Natural resources–Canada.
Subject: Natural resources–Government policy–Canada.


Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services
K120 .G66 2016
Title: Robots in law : how artificial intelligence is transforming legal services / Joanna Goodman.
Publication info: London, United Kingdom : ARK Group, [2016]
Subject: Law offices–Automation.
Subject: Artificial intelligence.
Subject: Legal research–Data processing
Location: Reserves





KE1067 .I5 K45 2017
Title: Insider trading in Canada : a practical guide to the law / Norman Keith.
Edition: Second edition.
Publication info: Toronto, Ont. : LexisNexis Canada, 2017.
Subject: Insider trading in securities–Law and legislation–Canada.