AUSTIN, Texas — Today Sir Basil Markesinis QC, chairman of UT's Institute of Transnational Law, announced the posting of nearly 1,000 translated foreign judgments and statutes on the UT Law school Web site.
"This Web site creates an unprecedented opportunity to understand how different courts react to the same set of facts. We congratulate Sir Basil and Jörg Fedtke on their excellent work," said Dean Bill Powers.
Sir Basil, who holds the Jamail Regents Chair in Law, wrote in his foreword to the Web site:
"As Chairman of UT's Institute of Transnational Law I am pleased to see the fruits of our labours during the past three years be put 'on line' by our Faculty's internet services. For as of today, October 3rd 2005, nearly one thousand leading decisions from leading foreign courts (as well as many important foreign statutes) will be made available in the English language as part of UT's own efforts to strengthen interest in the study of foreign law and comparative methodology. We hope that the work, (which began and continues as a collaborative venture with the Law Faculty of University College London) will progress further as we redouble our efforts to select and translate more leading legal documents from systems which, for language reasons, are otherwise not accessible to many Anglo-American students and teachers. We hope that, in the fullness of time, this task will be further enriched by the addition of short notes stating, to the extent that this is possible, subsequent developments.
"This colossal but also innovative exercise could not have been undertaken without the generous financial assistance of the M. D. Anderson Foundation provided as a result of the most helpful initiative of a great friend of this Law School and this State, Mr. Gibson Gayle. The co-operation of the French and German Supreme Courts is also gratefully acknowledged along with the untiring efforts of Professor Jörg Fedtke, Visiting Professor at UT, who is the Director in charge of the website. Last but by no means least I wish to express my profound thanks to Dean William Powers Jr. for supporting this initiative from the very outset in more ways than one in the belief that it not only enhances the international reach of our School but also provides an important service to all those who wish to enhance their understanding of their own law by being aware of what is happening around us."