FCIL Newsletter, October 1998
v. 13, no. 1
Asian Law Working Group Business Meeting
July 1998, Anaheim
Submitted by Wei Luo
Attendees: Bill McCloy, University of Washington Law Library; Maria
Smolka-Day, University of Pennsylvania Law Library; Dan Wade, Yale University
Law Library; Mirela Roznovschi, New York University Law Library; Faith
Gan, Drew and Napier, Singapore; Rebecca Rungsang, Tilleke & Gibbins;
Wei Luo, Washington University Law Library
The Asian Law Working Group business meeting was held at the Anaheim
Hilton on July 15, 1998. Wei Luo, the chair of the group, convened the
meeting. Because the meeting schedule was on Wednesday and started so early
(7:30 am), only eight people attended the meeting this year. A significantly
fewer number of librarians joined the meeting than did last year. The meeting
started with librarians introducing the current status of Asian law collections
from their institutions. A number of interesting topics and issues were
raised and discussed during the meeting.
Faith Gan is the first law librarian from Singapore participating in
the meeting. She offered her willingness to help us with Singapore law
if we have reference questions. She can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
Rebecca Rungsang mentioned that her firm in Thailand publishes and maintains
a series of introductory articles to Thailand's laws on her firm's Web
site at http://www.tginfo.com. These publications are very helpful for
those who are not familiar with Thailand's laws.
Bill McCloy reported the University of Washington Law Library has finished
its recon project of all CJK and the new bibliographical records should
be downloaded into RLN soon. He is now undertaking a cooperative project
to help New York University Law Library to catalog its CJK law collections
on RLN. Bill also shared his discovery of the Japanese Supreme Court Web
site at http://www.courts.go.jp/english/ehome.htm,
which includes Japanese Supreme Court decisions published in Japanese.
Maria Smolka-Day reported that her library may begin collecting Chinese
law books sometime in the future because her law school has hired a tenure-track
professor who teaches Chinese law.
Dan Wade reported that his library may expand the Chinese law collection
because one of the members of the law faculty was appointed by the White
House to be an advisor to a program promoting the rule of law in China.
Also, many of the law students at Yale are requesting the addition of Chinese
law courses to the curriculum.
Mirela Roznovschi raised the issue that the general public cannot access
the GLAN database. All the attendees agreed that they would like the FCIL
of AALL to negotiate with the Library of Congress to seek the possibility
of letting law librarians get access to the GLAN database.
Wei Luo reported that Washington University Law Library (in St. Louis)
has been trying to build up its Chinese law collection since 1997. Recently,
the law library acquired 400 volumes of Chinese law books published in
China in recent years. Among these books, two case report publications
are worthy of mention here. They are:
- (1) Renmin fayuan anli xuan = Jen min fa yuan an li hsuaan (Selective
Compilation of the People's Courts Cases), Pei-ching : Jen min fa yuan
ch'u pan she, 1992- , 4 issues annually. This is an official compilation
of cases published by the People's Court Press. The Supreme People's Court
authorized the Chinese Practicing Law Institute (Zhongguo Yingyong Faxue
Yanjiusuo) to select and compile this publication from the influential,
important or controversial cases which were tried and decided by various
level of courts. In 1997, four volumes of 1992-1996 Cumulative Compilation
- (2) Zhongguo shenpan anli yaolan = Chung-kuo shen p'an an li yao lan
(Important Collections of Chinese judicated Cases), Pei-ching : Chung-kuo
jen min kung an ta hsueh ch'u pan she, 1992-, annually. This publication
is compiled and edited by the Training Center for Chinese Senior Judges
and People's University School of Law and published by Chinese People's
Public Security University.
The Washington University School of Law Library also subscribes to CEILaw:
CEI Chinese Law and Regulation (http://www.ceilaw.com.cn/)
on the Web. This Web site is hosted by the State Information Center, a
Chinese central government agency. The contents are in Chinese but some
laws and regulations have an English version as well. It includes two major
databases: the National Laws and Regulations Data Bank which is a free
and searchable database for Chinese laws and regulations covering from
Oct. 1, 1949 to the end of 1996; and the New Laws and Regulations Online
Searching which is free for searching although only subscribers can download
the text of laws. The New Laws and Regulations database is updated daily
and includes a list of laws published in the last 60 days. The databases
include not only Chinese laws and regulations, but also cases and judicial
interpretations. This Web site is probably the most reliable place to search
and retrieve Chinese laws and regulations on the Internet. However, to
download the files from the New Laws and Regulations Online Searching Database
is quite complicated. Wei Luo wrote detailed instructions on how to set
up the computer system to download the files. This instruction can be accessed
Joan Liu, Serial Librarian from New York University School of Law Library,
did not attend the meeting this year because she went to Beijing, China
with her boss, Kathleen Price, the Director of NYU Law Library, during
the AALL Annual Meeting. She reported they attended a workshop called CHINA
CENTER FOR AMERICAN LAW STUDY (July 3-18, 1998) held by the PRC's State
Education Commission and Ministry of Justice and the US Committee on Legal
Educational Exchange with China. Kathleen Price co-directed the workshop.
She and Joan Liu did a program to show how to do legal research via the
Internet. Besides introducing the American/Chinese law databases and other
resources on the web to the participants, they also emphasized research
methodology and reviewed the most current development of legal information
access in the world. They received very good feedback from the participants
via e-mail after the workshop.
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