Can I Have Your Attention Please? 2017 Grafstein Lecture Reading List

March 20, 2017

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, Professor Tim Wu will be presenting the 2017 Grafstein Lecture in Communications on his book The Attention Merchants.

Professor Wu, an Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, teaches copyright, communications law and policy, antitrust, and more. He also acts as a policy advocate and has been a Senior Advisor of the Federal Trade Commission, Senior Enforcement Counsel and Special Advisor of the New York Attorney General’s Office, and a Special Advisor of the National Economic Council. Professor Wu’s latest book, The Attention Merchants, describes the evolution and rise of industries that “feed on human attention.”

All of Professor Wu’s books are available at U of T:

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside our Heads

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (with Jack Goldsmith)

Including those for which he’s been a contributing author:

Securing Privacy in the Internet Age

Law and Economics with Chinese Characteristics: Institutions for Promoting Development in the Twenty-first Century

Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change

His academic articles can be found here.

And his popular writing can be found here.

Professor Wu recently discussed his new book on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin:

The Grafstein Annual Lecture in Communications was established by Senator Jerry S. Grafstein, QC, Class of 1958, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his graduation from the Faculty of Law and the 10th anniversary of the graduation of his son, Laurence Grafstein and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Grafstein (nee Weatherhead), both from the Class of 1988.

Past speakers include Konrad von Finckenstein, Former Chairman of the CRTC and Justice of the Federal Court, and Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Webcasts, complete descriptions, or abstracts of past Grafstein Lectures can be found here.

New and Noteworthy – March 2017

March 14, 2017

#Research4Refugees Update:

The final report of the #Reseach4Refugees research-a-thon has been published. It questions the legality of Canada’s participation in the Safe Third Country Agreement as it violates both the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canada’s international obligations.

Research Resources:

Climate Change and Law Collection (Brill)
This comprehensive collection of climate change and law documents contains original source, non-edited and non-redacted “grey literature” on climate change and the law, including corporate law, environmental law, and human rights law. Materials in the collection originate from a wide range of organizations in the public and private sector, institutions, and/or individuals, world-wide. (The Library is trialing this product; we welcome feedback about it.)

HeinOnline Update:

After completing trials of the following, the Library is now subscribing to HeinOnline’s Immigration Law & Policy and History of Supreme Court Nominations collections.

HeinOnline now features a large number of provincial statutes in their Provincial Statutes of Canada collection. Current, revised, and historical content is available for Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. Historical and revised content only is available for Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

Stay dry:

While it may still feel like Winter, Spring and its eponymous showers are just a week away. As such, the Library now lends umbrellas. They can be signed out for 24 hours from the Circulation Desk.

Extended hours:

With exams soon upon us, the Library’s extended hours begin on March 20, 2017. For more information, please see here.

And now for something completely different …

If you’ve ever ordered an item from U of T’s Downsview storage facility, you probably didn’t think twice about it as the item was seamlessly and quickly delivered to St. George campus. Well, as this video shows us, it’s worth thinking twice about.

New Books in the Library – February 2017

March 9, 2017

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

Human rights and disability : interdisciplinary perspectives /

K637 .H856 2017

Title: Human rights and disability : interdisciplinary perspectives / edited by John-Stewart Gordon, Johann-Christian P, and Holger Burckhart.
Publication info: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017.
Subject: People with disabilities–Civil rights.
Subject: People with disabilities–Legal status, laws, etc.
Subject: Human rights.



Human rights and personal self-defense in international law /


K5087 .S4 H47 2017
Title: Human rights and personal self-defense in international law / Jan Arno Hessbruegge. Edition: First edition.
Publication info: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Subject: Self-defense (Law)
Subject: International law and human rights.




The literary and legal genealogy of Native American dispossession : the Marshall Trilogy cases /

KF8205 .P37 2017

Title: The literary and legal genealogy of Native American dispossession : the Marshall Trilogy cases / George D. Pappas.
Publication info: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2017.
Subject: Indians of North America–Legal status, laws, etc.–History.
Subject: Indians of North America–Relocation.
Subject: Indians of North America–Land tenure.
Series: Indigenous peoples and the law (Routledge (Firm))

Boat refugees and migrants at sea : a comprehensive approach : integrating maritime security with human rights /
KZ6530 .B625 2017
Title: Boat refugees and migrants at sea : a comprehensive approach : integrating maritime security with human rights / edited by Violeta Moreno-Lax, Efthymios Papastavridis.
Publication info: Leiden ; Boston : Brill/NIjhoff, [2017]
Subject: Refugees–Legal status, laws, etc.
Subject: Boat people–Legal status, laws, etc.
Subject: Refugees–Government policy.
Series: International refugee law series ; volume 7.







Recent Tables of Contents – February 2017

March 2, 2017

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

Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue canadienne d’économique – Volume 49 no. 4 (November 2016)

Canadian Journal of Law & Society/Revue canadienne droit et société – Volume 31 no. 3 (2016)

Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques– Volume 42 no. 4 (December 2016)

Canadian Tax Journal/Revue fiscal canadienne– Volume 64 no. 4 (2016)

Dalhousie Law Journal– Volume 39 no. 2 (Fall 2016)

Estates Trusts & Pensions Journal– Volume 36 no. 1 (December 2016)

Journal of Environmental Law and Practice– Volume 30 no. 1 (December 2016)

Ottawa Law Review/Revue de droit d’Ottawa – Volume 46 no. 1 (2014/2015)

Queen’s Law Journal – Volume 42 no. 1 (Fall 2016)

Review of Constitutional Studies/Revue d’études constitutionnelles – Volume 21 no. 2 (December 2016)

Supreme Court Law Review. Second Series – Volume 77 (2017)


A year later …

February 28, 2017

Who can believe it’s been a year since we opened in the beautiful new Jackman Law Building? We’re loving the new Library and the students are too. The group study rooms and bright airy study spaces, like Torys Hall, are always busy with our diligent and earnest students. The Library has proved to be an enviable space that supports collaborative and accessible learning.

Thanks to the students, staff, faculty, and the greater U of T community for making our first year here a success!


Students enjoying some coffee and cookies at our anniversary party.



A Herculean Task: Archiving Canadian Government Websites

February 24, 2017

Gone are the days of printed pamphlets, flyers, booklets, and reports describing government programs and information — most of it is now available exclusively online. While more citizens now have greater access to government information, it has become increasingly difficult to preserve this information. Content on government websites is constantly changing without warning or reference to the obsolete information and, worse, some government sites are removed from the web completely.

To ensure that most of the information found on Canadian government websites is not lost, U of T Libraries have been archiving them on a regular basis. This effort began in 2013 after the federal government shut down numerous government websites with little warning. Realizing the information on the sites was going to be lost, academic and government librarians across the country began archiving the websites themselves.

Emboldened by this effort, U of T Libraries purchased and compiled captures of earlier Canadian government websites from the Internet Archive and continues to capture government sites on a regular basis. Tirelessly led by librarians Sam-Chin Li and Nicholas Worby, U of T Libraries actively maintain an archive of Canadian government websites from December 2007 onward.*

While they are eager to add more government sites to the archive, Sam-Chin and Nicholas have been encountering copyright issues in archiving them. As these issues are rectified, more sites will be included in the collection.

We are grateful for Sam-Chin and Nicholas’s efforts in preserving Canadian government websites. While government information can form a large part of legal research, preserving government information affects us more widely including helping to ensure government accountability and a more democratic society.

U of T Libraries currently maintains the following government information archives:


*Library and Archives Canada started archiving government websites in 2013, however, they are not publicly available.

New Books in the Library – January 2017

February 14, 2017

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


Accusation : creating criminals /

HV6629 .A23 2016
Title: Accusation : creating criminals / edited by George Pavlich and Matthew P. Unger.
Publication info: Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2016]
Subject: Malicious accusation.
Subject: Criminal justice, Administration of.
Series: Law and society series (Vancouver, B.C.)




Private law and the value of choice /

K600 .V69 2017

Title: Private law and the value of choice / Emmanuel Voyiakis.
Publication info: Oxford [UK] ; Portland, Oregon : Hart Publishing, 2017.
Subject: Civil law.
Series: Law and practical reason ; volume 8.





Legal reason : the use of analogy in legal argument /


K213 .W45 2016
Title: Legal reason : the use of analogy in legal argument / Lloyd L. Weinreb, Harvard Law School.
Edition: Second edition.
Publication info: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Subject: Law–Methodology.





Corporate acquisitions and mergers in Canada /


KE1462 .B36 2016
Title: Corporate acquisitions and mergers in Canada / Timothy M. Banks; updated with the assistance of Vanja Ginic.
Edition: Second edition.
Publication info: Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands : Kluwer Law International, [2016]
Subject: Consolidation and merger of corporations–Law and legislation–Canada.