Saturday, September 11, 2010

"Beyond Case Reporters: Using Newspapers to Supplement the Legal-Historical Record"


I'm happy to report that my article Beyond Case Reporters: Using Newspapers to Supplement the Legal-Historical Record has been accepted for publication in the Drexel Law Review. The article uses unreported blasphemy prosecutions in Canada as a case study on the advantages of newspaper research.

A draft of the article is available on SSRN, and here is the abstract:

"Judicial opinions selected for inclusion in case law reporters are only a small fraction of the universe of legal materials that may provide insight into the history of how legal concepts work in practice. This article examines a neglected source of information: newspaper archives, many of which are becoming available in full-text electronic databases. This article argues that newspapers are a valuable supplement and corrective to legal research performed through traditional means. It includes a test case of how research on a discrete legal topic (Canada's prohibition on blasphemous libel) turns up very different results in newspaper archives compared to case reporters."

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