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Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section


Foreign, Comparative & International Law

Special Interest Section

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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.


Congratulations to Atarino Helieisar
of Micronesia:
Recipient of the 2015 FCIL Schaffer Grant
for Foreign Law Librarians

Mr. Atarino A. Helieisar, recipient of the 2015 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians, is the Chief Law Librarian of the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Law Libraries, and is responsible for overseeing the operations of its four library locations in the FSM island states of Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap, and Kosrae. Comprised of 607 islands, FSM is located in the Caroline Islands Archipelago, just above the Equator.

Mr. Helieisar will give a talk entitled “The Federated States of Micronesia Supreme Court Law Libraries: Bridging Legal Information in the FSM States & Beyond” on July 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Marriott Grand Ballroom Salon D. His talk will discuss the information available to legal researchers interested in FSM law, as well as the outreach efforts the library has engaged in to bring the law to the community. This event is open to the entire AALL membership. 

For more information about Mr. Helieisar and his presentation, please visit his page on our website.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Atarino A. Helieisar to Philadelphia in July!

   Message from the Chair

June 2015:

Dear Colleagues: It has been an honor to serve as the 30th Chair of the FCIL-SIS. I can't believe my year at the helm is almost over! We are in good hands with Lucie Olejnikova taking over as Chair, with Alison Shea and Loren Turner joining the Executive Committee as Vice Chair/ Chair Elect and Secretary/ Treasurer respectively. Many thanks to outgoing Immediate Past Chair, Don Ford, and Secretary/ Treasurer Roy Sturgeon for their dedication and service to the FCIL-SIS.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Philadelphia in July. Please see our May Newsletter for a full schedule of events and programs. Below I've listed many of them:

Below is a list of several programs presented by our FCIL-SIS Colleagues:

Saturday, July 18:

9:30am - 4:45pm - Researching the European Union (pre-conference workshop; pre-registration required)
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Sunday, July 19:

11:30am - 12:45pm - AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers - Recipient: Ryan Harrington will present his paper on Researching International Agreements other than Article II Treaties

1:00 - 2:00pm - Cross Border Disputes: Dissecting the International Investment Arbitration
(PCC Room 201BC)

4:00 - 5:00pm - Designers' Workshop: Subject Guides that Create the Effect You Want
(PCC Room 103BC)

Tuesday, July 21:

8:30 - 9:30am - Mighty MT: Enhancing the Value of Machine Translation Tools for FCIL Reference and Collection Development
(PCC Room 103BC)

Below is a list of our FCIL-SIS Meetings:

Sunday, July 19:

11:30 – 12:45 – Jurisdictions Interest Groups Joint Meeting (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, Indigenous Peoples, Customary & Religious Law).

  • Welcome and Introduction (Joan Policastri) – 5 minutes
  • Customary & Religious Law: First year and future projects (Susan Gualtier) – 10 minutes
  • Africa: Launch of African Primary Source project (Victor Essien) – 5 minutes
  • Asia: ASEAN Update (Evelyn Ma) – 10 minutes
  • Europe:  Ukraine and ICC (Peter Roudik and Lucie Olejnikova) – 30 minutes
  • Individual Interest Group business meetings – 15 minutes

5:15 – 6:00pm – Foreign Selectors Interest Group

6:00 – 7:00pm – Publicity Committee

6:00 – 7:00pm – Internships and International Exchanges Committee

Monday, July 20:

7:15 – 8:30am – Business Meeting

3:15 – 4:15pm – Teaching Foreign and International Legal Research Interest Group

4:00 – 4:30pm – FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Fundraising Committee

4:30 – 5:30pm – FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarian Recipient’s Presentation

5:45 – 6:45pm – AALL/FCIL/IALL Joint Reception for International Attendees

Tuesday, July 21:

12:30 – 2:00pm – Roman Law Interest Group (joint meeting with the Legal History and Rare Book SIS)

1:00 – 2:00pm – Education Committee

1:00 - 2:00pm – Electronic Research Interest Group

Teresa Miguel-Stearns
FCIL-SIS Chair 2014/15

News and Events

Propose a program for AALL 2016!

It may be a year away, but it's time to start thinking of program ideas for AALL 2016 in Chicago!  Please consider sharing your programming ideas, as well as your willingness to speak on certain topics, on the 2016 FCIL-SIS Program Proposal workspace we have set up: 2016 FCIL-SIS Program Proposal workspace.   Instructions on how to share your program ideas and your interest in speaking can be found on the page; however, to participate in this workspace you will need to first contact Alison for permission to edit.

Alison Shea and Dennis Sears, FCIL-SIS Education Committee co-chairs, are both available and happy to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

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:

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 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 and Loren Turner, FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee