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  • Ben Ferencz Videos

    Documenting the Nuremberg Trials

    January 18, 2018

    The Harvard Law School Library uniquely owns and manages approximately one million pages of documents relating to the Nuremberg Trials: thirteen trials conducted just after World War II to prosecute leaders of the Nazi regime. To preserve the contents of these documents—which include trial transcripts and full trial exhibits—the library has undertaken a multi-stage digitization project to make the collection freely accessible online.

  • A photograph of the reading room established in honor of Elihu Root

    The Root Room

    November 29, 2017

    A room that was meant to offer a respite from the rigors of the Harvard Law School curriculum became a portal to exploring some of the most important issues in American law.

  • Two women sitting at a table reading a paper

    Connecting beyond the classroom

    April 21, 2017

    More than 60 Harvard Law students and 27 HLS faculty members took over the typically quiet tables of the library reading room for the first “Notes and Comment” event.

  • Gish Jen

    ‘Baggage’ claims Gish Jen

    April 5, 2017

    During a Library Book Talk at Harvard Law School, writer Gish Jen discussed her latest book, “The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap,” making the case for the sociological and cultural patterns that influence many aspects of identity.

  • Cass R Sunstein in his office

    Danger in the internet echo chamber

    March 24, 2017

    In a new book, “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media,” Harvard Law School’s Cass R. Sunstein argues that social media curation dramatically limits exposure to views and information that don’t align with already-established beliefs, which makes it harder and harder to find an essential component of democracy — common ground.

  • Jonathan Zittrain

    Zittrain appointed to National Museum and Library Services Board

    January 18, 2017

    On Jan. 5 President Barack Obama ’91 announced several key administration posts, including Jonathan Zittrain ’95 as appointee for member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB).

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    Devils in the details

    October 28, 2016

    In 1949, four years after the Nuremberg war crime trials began, the Harvard Law Library received the most complete set of documents from the Nazi prosecutions outside that of the National Archives; now, a small team is working on analyzing and digitizing the documents--often, a difficult and haunting task--for the HLS Nuremberg Trials Project.

  • Caselaw Access Project Launches API and Bulk Data Service

    Library Innovation Lab leader talks ‘unbinding the law’ with the Caselaw Access Project

    September 2, 2016

    Historically, libraries have been collections — books, multimedia materials and artwork. But increasingly they're about connections, linking digital data in new and different ways, but Harvard Law's Caselaw Access Project is a state-of-the-art example of that shift.

  • Harvard Law Library, fashion forward

    August 8, 2016

    The latest exhibit from the Harvard Law School Library, "What Not to Wear: Fashion and the Law," looks at some of the intersections of fashion and the law, from historic laws setting strict class distinctions for fashion, to modern intellectual property law’s approach to protecting those who design and create fashion.

  • HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    Brown-Nagin, Zittrain elected members of American Law Institute

    July 28, 2016

    HLS Professors Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Jonathan Zittrain ’95 have been elected members of the American Law Institute--the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

  • Paul Beran joins SHARIAsource as executive director

    July 27, 2016

    Dr. Paul Beran will join the Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program as executive director of SHARIAsource—the online platform designed to provide content and context on Islamic law.

  • Matt Seccombe at work

    Notes of a Nuremberg Documentarian

    July 19, 2016

    In his role at the HLS Library, Matt Seccombe spends much of his day sorting through roughly a million pages of horror, analyzing documents in the HLS Library’s Nuremberg Trials Collection—one of the most extensive collections in the world of documents from the trials of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany and other accused war criminals.

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    MacArthur Foundation awards $425,000 to SHARIAsource project led by Intisar Rabb

    October 22, 2015

    The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $425,000 over two years for the development of SHARIAsource—an online Islamic law resource founded and directed by Harvard Law School Professor Intisar Rabb.

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    Historical Treasures: A look at HLS’s Special Collections

    September 14, 2015

    Over 300,000 rare books, 3,500 linear feet of manuscripts, and 70,000 visual resources—photographs, prints, paintings, and objects—make up Harvard Law School’s Historical and Special Collections. Here's a look inside one of the world’s most comprehensive archives of research materials for study of the history of law.

  • An old weathered book page written in elaborate script

    What precedes precedent? Hint: The answer goes back to the 13th century

    September 9, 2015

    According to Professor Charles Donahue, the best-known innovation in legal academia— the case method of legal teaching—may have had an early precursor dating all the way back to the 13th century.

  • Intisar A. Rabb headshot

    Luce Foundation Awards $400k to Harvard Law for the development of SHARIAsource

    June 30, 2015

    The Henry Luce Foundation recently awarded $400,000 over two years for the development of SHARIAsource, a project designed to be an online portal of resources and analysis on Islamic law and directed by Harvard Law School Professor Intisar A. Rabb.

  • HLS scholar explores the complicated legacy of the Magna Carta

    June 12, 2015

    Many scholars argue that the Magna Carta’s importance through the centuries has been greatly exaggerated. Yet for others, its status as a symbol of freedom and a check on absolute power is undeniable. Elizabeth Papp Kamali ’07, sees merit in both arguments.

  • Page of the Magna Carta

    Magna, Cum Laude

    May 1, 2015

    800 years later, the ‘great charter’ still fascinates