Foreign, Comparative & International Law 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.

Dan Wade

Remembering Dan L. Wade – the FCIL Giant (March 6, 1944 – May 28, 2020)

We invite you to read the July 2020 Special Issue of the FCIL-SIS Newsletter, which was compiled to honor and remember the late Dan L. Wade, our colleague, mentor, and friend. We thank our members who came together to share their kind words, heartfelt memories, and thoughts in this tribute. Our deepest sympathies go to Dan’s family and we thank them for sharing Dan with us all these years.


Current Projects

Our members are busy at work, engaged in a variety of interesting projects. The African Law IG is currently in the midst of a project creating a Repository of African Primary Source Holdings in Print. The Latin American IG created a group titled Law Librarians Monitoring COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean to monitor, issue biweekly reports, and help identify trustworthy sources on legal response to COVID-19 crisis throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Asian Law IG, too, has launched Asia Legal Responses to COVID-19 project to capture and track primary and secondary legal resources related to Asian countries’ and jurisdictions’ legislative, regulatory and judicial responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Similar project is on its way by the European Law and African Law IG. The Electronic Research IG is updating our Jumpstart Your Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Research and continues to author reviews of notable F/I E-resources, published in our FCIL Newsletter. Our Teaching Foreign & International Legal Research IG has been working on updating the Syllabi & Course Materials Repository. Please visit the individual pages of our committees and interest groups to learn more.

Continuing Education

In line with our Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the SIS created a Continuing Education Committee, which has organized a variety of educational programs (in person and virtual) throughout the year. See the Continuing Education page that lists information about upcoming events and archives past events with related documentation. Additionally, our members can visit our repository of Annual Meeting Programs for more educational opportunities.

2020 Awards

Due to COVID-19, we were unable to welcome the FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians recipient this year but we encourage our foreign colleagues to consider re-applying next year. The 2020 recipient of the Daniel L. Wade Outstanding Service Award is Heidi Frostestad Kuehl, Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University College of Law, for her exemplary services to our SIS. The 2020 Reynolds & Flores Publication Award goes to Thomas Mills, Associate Dean and Director of Kresge Law Library at the University of Notre Dame Law school, for his editorial work of the Book Review section of the International Journal of Legal Information for the past thirteen years. The 2020 Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award goes to three recipients: Caitlin Hunter, Reference Librarian and Lecturer in Law at the UCLA School of Law, Jessica Pierucci, Research Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International law at University of California, and to Marcelo Rodriguez, Research and Training Librarian at the U.S. Courts for the Second Circuit Library System.

Newly this year, the FCIL-SIS also recognizes Alison A. Shea, Research and Instructional Librarian / Foreign, Comparative, and International Law at Cornell Law School, for the Blog Post of the Year Award titled Locating EU and UK Guidance on Brexit. The Newsletter Article of the Year Award goes to Julienne E. Grant, Reference Librarian / Foreign & International Research Specialist, for her article titled An Introduction to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Legal Heritage & Carpenter v. Murphy, FCIL Newsletter, Vol. 33, Issue 3 (May 2019). The Interest Group / Committee Project of the Year Award goes to the FCIL-SIS Latin American Law IG for its collaboration with Latino Caucus to monitor legal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean.


We encourage you to check out our FCIL Newsletter published three times a year as well as the FCIL-SIS associated blog, DipLawMatic Dialogues, both serving as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on foreign, comparative, and international law and legal research. Consider writing for either publication!