ARCHIVED: 2008: Harmonization and Confrontation: Integrating Foreign and International Law into the American Legal System

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Welcome to the United States and to its capital city — Washington, D.C.

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 2008 Joint Study Institute — "Harmonization and Confrontation: Integrating Foreign and International Law into the American Legal System." Our Institute theme captures the uniqueness of the Joint Study Institutes — an opportunity for law librarians from around the world to discuss common, current and relevant issues facing us in the practice of law librarianship. Programs at the 2008 JSI will explore the historical use of international law in United States Supreme Court jurisprudence, the appropriateness of using international rules and norms in U.S. judicial decision making, as well as issues dealing with federalism, researching foreign and international law, the Web 2.0, and other related topics. We know that you will find the programs invigorating and intellectually stimulating.

Washington, D.C. offers the same excitement and stimulation. The diversity of the City — its population, its many and varied tourist sites, its cuisine, etc. — means that you will have great opportunities for exploration in this capital city. The 2008 JSI Planning Committee has planned visits to some D.C. favorite locations, such the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress and the Law Library of Congress. You will have ample time to explore other City sites with your colleagues. You also will enjoy the location for the 2008 JSI — the new John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library at Georgetown University Law Center.

Plan now to attend the 2008 Joint Study Institute - mark Wednesday, June 25 – Saturday, June 28, 2008 on your calendar. We hope that you will enjoy this great opportunity to network with your law librarian colleagues from around the world, to learn from inspiring speakers, and to participate in wonderful activities within the United States' capital city.

Timothy L. Coggins
University of Richmond School of Law

Darcy Kirk
University of Connecticut School of Law