William and Mary Law School

Project Updates

Hi Readers,

I will start posting once a week because my schedule gets pretty hectic here on out.  And I like longer posts anyways. 

Well the Eritrea (I can spell the country now) and Ethiopia project has stalled.  I covered most of the law journals and moved onto books.  Possible, I will hit up the New York Law School Library since I already perused NYU’s shelves.  It is a lot easier to do journal searches because the individual words are keyed.  Book searches are much harder, at most you get chapter headings.  Out of the 20 books I searched only one had Claims Commission material.  However, the process of searching is a lot of fun.  Sort of like a law scavenger hunt.  And I developed a better technique.  Find a snippet online and then find the book.  This way I do not have to read the whole book to find relevant information.  Reason books might be rare: the EECC verdict is a recent event (2004).  I was going to list a few more reasons, but that is the main one.  There have been tribunals and panels of judges deciding claims.  But the EECC is unique, largely in part because of the uniqueness of the situation that created it. 

I also found a lot on the Eritrea Ethiopia Border Commission, EEBC.  Research for the EECC often intersects.  It is interesting there isn’t just one big commission; I imagine that would save money and training.  Further, judges would have a clearer idea of what actually went on. 

Anyways onto the next project: The defining the scale of land use for private land use project or I nicknamed it the Ecoscale project is going well.  In this case I am back to studying wetlands.  Had a lot of interesting reading but a lot of it was irrelevant to the project.  The international twist is finding well… international ways to define Ecoscale.  And the country will the best way I found so far (by far the clearest) is Germany.  Germany has a complete handbook on Ecoscale.  The disappointing thing about the handbook is it is in English.  I imagine the Germans thought it would be a good idea for Americans to read it.  Perusing through it, I decided it was an excellent backbone for my project.  Europeans look at Ecoscale very differently than Americans.  I will take a look at Asia too to determine if their Ecoscale is different as well.

Hmm… last project is a Constitutional law project.  So I won’t talk about that right now. 

Okay and for my work.  Patents and trademarks are incredible because of their diversity.  You literally never see the same thing twice.  Hmm… this post is sort of long.  I will save my experience for another time.

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Tony