Northeast Foreign Law Librarians Cooperative Group
The Group met in the fall at the Harvard Law School on October 23, 2006. Amy Burchfield, Georgetown, reported on the IALL Annual Course in St. Petersburg, and Teresa Miguel shared with the group her attendance at the Spanish Book Fair. The Group discussed several databases: International Law and Domestic Courts and vLex (Spanish legislation), Aranzadi, Kodeks, and Indlaw and Manupatra. While virtually all members would have International Law and Domestic Courts, holdings varied with respect to the others.
The Group's spring meeting took place on March 5th at Fordham. Thomas Mills reported that Cornell will host the American Society of Comparative Law Meeting, November 9-11th, 2007. The theme is "Comparative Law and Culture." In an attempt to get librarians more involved, the third day of the conference will be a workshop featuring Rob Britt and Bill McCloy who specialize in Asian materials at the University of Washington.
A question was raised as to legal translation services. Experience among the group was very limited.
A lengthy discussion ensued on JurisClasseur. While this seems to be a fine tool for French legal research, many of the group felt it was overpriced for the amount of use it would get. Victor Essien offered to write a letter to Lexis-Nexis United States explaining the Group's frustrations with the pricing structure.
A number of new legal databases are emerging out of Africa: South-Africa Lexis-Nexis, DataCenta/Law in Ghana, Lawafrica.com, Juriburkina (Center for Legal Information in East Africa), SAFLII (The Southern African Legal Information Institute), ZamLII (Zambia). Lawyee is a new Chinese-only case law database.
Mention was made of Hurisearch.org and the new foreign and international material on HeinOnline.
While the list of the collecting responsibilities is not made available to the public, Yale has made a strong commitment to collect Italy and Spain.