Foreign, Comparative & International Law

Special Interest Section

Welcome to the online headquarters of the FCIL-SIS

The FCIL-SIS serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on foreign, comparative and international law and legal research. The SIS also represents members' interests and concerns within AALL.

News and Events

Congratulations to Ms. Irene Kraft, 2014 recipient of the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians!
Ms. Irene Kraft is the Associate Library Officer at the International Criminal Court (ICC) Library, The Hague, Netherlands. In this position, she answers complex inquiries on foreign, comparative, and international criminal law, and is responsible for the reference and reader services offered to staff, interns, and visiting fellows at the ICC, including the Office of the Prosecutor, Chambers, and Defense Counsel. Her work includes implementing the ICC publication archive, and along with the ICC Head Librarian, developing the ICC Library Permanent Premises project. Read more here...

AALL Annual Meeting registration is now open, so please register ASAP for what promises to be a down-home, Texas-style conference in San Antonio, July 12-15, 2014!.  An exciting Mexican law session is scheduled, and supplemental FCIL educational programming will be held during selected meetings.  And, we encourage FCIL-SIS members to increase the overall FCIL programming by submitting proposals for Hot Topics, Coffee Sessions, and Poster Sessions.  Our Education Committee Co-Chairs, Teresa Miguel and Dennis Sears, are eager to help FCIL-SIS members craft their proposals.

The FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee would like to introduce you all to "DipLawMatic Dialogues," the newly redesigned FCIL-SIS blog, now available for viewing at: http://fcilsis.wordpress.com.

We hope that the new blog will serve as yet another great way for our group to share information, connect with other special interest sections and caucuses, and reach out to readers from other professions.

The Committee is currently working with the FCIL-SIS board to establish guidelines for the blog's content.  Potential columns and content that have already been identified include book and movie reviews, monthly member spotlights, collection highlights, and a regular column on legal translation.

Although we are still working out the details of which types of content will be included, we welcome your suggestions and ideas.  If you are interested in contributing to the blog or have ideas for columns or other content, please contact us at aall.fcil.blog@gmail.com or fill out the comment form on our Blog Administrators page to submit them for consideration.  As the new blog takes shape, we will be reaching out to the group and soliciting contributions via our listserv, website, and/or social media.  In the meantime, we hope that you will enjoy looking around and forwarding us your suggestions.

Susan Gualtier, Neel Agrawal, and Loren Turner, FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee