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Feb. 27, 2006.
Kristy Moon, editor.

New Display – Nuremberg Tribunal

This past weekend, the Law School hosted the Amnesty International USA Lawyers’ Conference, in conjunction with the Law School’s Fitzpatrick Fund and Condon-Falknor Lecture. The theme of the conference was “Fulfilling the Legacy: International Justice 60 Years After Nuremberg.” In honor of the event, the Law Library is featuring a new display on the Nuremberg Tribunal. The display is located in the two glass cases, just outside of the Library’s doors.

The Law Library is fortunate to have in its collection trial documents from the Nuremberg Tribunal: a set of the original transcripts of proceedings and English translations of documents submitted to the International Military Tribunal (Nov. 1945 - Oct. 1946) and the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunal “Subsequent Proceedings” (Nov. 1946 – Nov. 1948). These materials were distributed to thirteen organizations by the Office of the U.S. Chief of Counsel for War Crimes. This set of over 1200 bound volumes include trial transcripts, exhibits (e.g., translated documents, photographs), and procedural material.

Due to the rare and fragile nature of these materials, they’re kept in a nonpublic area; you can make special arrangements to use them. Many materials and some transcripts from the trials are available online at the Harvard Law Library’s Nuremberg Trials Project,, and the Yale Law School’s Avalon Project,

Free Movie Rentals

-- Ann Hemmens

Do you need a break from studying? Are you living on a budget and tired of paying for movie tickets? Maybe you subscribe to NetFlix (where you can rent DVDs online for a monthly fee). Or maybe you just stop in your neighborhood video rental store (Scarecrow, Broadway Market Video, Rain City Video) on Friday night looking for a good video. But you can also rent videos for free from the UW Libraries. The Media Center in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library (on Red Square) has more than 25,000 items in a variety of formats (VHS, DVD, compact discs, and audiotapes).

How can you find a video? Search the UW Libraries Catalog by author, title, or keyword. One tip: use the Advanced Keyword Search, type the name of an actor (e.g., Johnny Depp) in the “Any Field” segment, select the “Videos, Slides, Media” in the “Publication Type” segment, and select the location of “Odegaard Undergraduate Library.” You’ll see that the movies Finding Neverland, Benny & Joon, and Chocolat are available.

Another way to find videos is to browse the lists of videos, DVDs, and CDs. This webpage includes links to titles of videos organized by the following categories:

  • New Arrivals
  • Films by Genre (e.g., comedy, detective & mystery, documentary, horror)
  • Films by Country (e.g., Brazil, Japan, Netherlands)
  • Other Genres (e.g., biographical, travelogues, music videos)
  • Television Genres (e.g., animated, reality programs, television programs (e.g., 24, Alias, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer))

If you are still searching for the perfect video to watch, check out the Internet Movie Database. Search this free “catalog of movies” by title or keyword, or browse their lists of “Top 250 films” and “Award Winners.” Once you find a title you want, search the UW Libraries Catalog to see if it is available on campus.

UW Libraries Media Center videos have a three-day loan period. An item can be renewed online up to three times, if no one else has placed a hold on it. There is a four-day “grace period” to return the item, but they do charge overdue fines. Pick up a free video at the Media Center in Odegaard Library to watch tonight.


Book of the Week: Rights and Liberties in the Biotech Age: Why We Need a Genetic Bill of Rights

-- Mary Whisner

In 2000, the Council for Responsible Genetics – a non-profit group based in Cambridge, MA – proposed a Genetic Bill of Rights. The ten articles of the Bill of Rights address such diverse topics as biodiversity, patent rights in living organisms, genetically modified food, genetic discrimination, and defendants’ access to DNA testing in criminal proceedings.

Last year, the Council for Responsible Genetics brought out a book with essays addressing each article. The authors are activists, scientists, and scholars from many disciplines.

As you would think from the subtitle (“Why We Need a Genetic Bill of Rights”), the editors did not try to present all sides of each issue, although there is some diversity among the positions favoring the Bill of Rights. For instance, Article 3 provides: “All people have the right to a food supply that has not been genetically engineered.” The three authors writing in that section of the book raise different concerns, from uncertainty about the safety of genetically engineered food to the need for Third World farmers to be independent of multinational seed companies to the cultural importance of different strains of maize to the Mexican people.

Professor Paul Steven Miller, who used to be a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, wrote a piece in the section about genetic discrimination, with a focus on discrimination in the workplace.

Students interested in criminal work might be interested in the two pieces on exculpatory DNA evidence. One of the pieces was written by two lawyers from the Innocence Project at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

The book is at TP248.23 .R545 2005 at Classified Stacks (on L2).

For more information on the Council for Responsible Genetics, see Information about the Genetic Bill of Rights is at