OSCOLA citation questions
June 1, 2021
edited June 1, 2021
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Thanks to the developers, and my experience with using Zotero for a PhD thesis
June 1, 2021
I'm writing my master thesis in law and have an issue with how to class official Reports of the ICC (e.g. 2007 SWGCA Report (January) ICC Doc. ICC-ASP/5/35 (2007). There is a book that cites all the reports, but if I try to use the 'book section' item type, it keeps showing me the editors in the footnotes, as the reports don't have an author to cite.
Different issue: how to cite things like the UN Charter, Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties,... - so far I am using the item type 'statute', but I'm not entirely sure that that is the correct one.
Any ideas on how to approach this?
June 4, 2021
Yes, Zotero isn't set up for the very complex structures of citation of international legal materials! If you are working in international law, there is a project called JurisM which builds on Zotero for those working in legal fields (esp international and comparative). It used to be a version I used, but it's changed a lot since I stopped using it:
If you have just have a few here and there, then I use a combination of statute (for treaties) and reports for other items. You can usually figure out a way to get the fields to display close enough to what you want. For complex styles like OSCOLA, it won't do it perfectly, but you can do two things - you can edit them directly using the Add Classic Citation dialog (might be able to do it from the default one too, but I don't use that) using the 'Show editor' to display how you want, or you can just fix them at the end after de-linking the citations from Zotero if you want.