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Jan 15, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 2)

Ecolex: A Gateway to Environmental Law

URL:www.activemotif.com
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True to its name, Ecolex provides visitors with access to an extensive database of topics on environmental law. Organized in four topic areas (Treaties, National Legislation, Court Decisions, and Literature), Ecolex is a sprawling site, with numerous fields for specification in each search. For example, I expected that by picking National Legislation, I’d be restricted to the U.S., but I was pleasantly surprised (and overwhelmed) to discover a range of countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Probing a bit, I was unable to uncover much in out-of-the-way places, like American Samoa, but I was very impressed at the power provided to users to specify numerous criteria for searches. A lot of effort, well done.
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