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.


Asha MoncrieffeMs. Asha O. H. Moncrieffe, a native of Jamaica, is the Law Librarian at the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Beginning in 2021, Ms. Moncrieffe is a solo librarian at the newly established law library, and she performs all duties including acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection development, and provides reference and research support. She is in the early stages of developing policies that will govern the overall development and management of the library.

Prior to arrival in Saint Kitts and Nevis, Ms. Moncrieffe worked in several library positions in Jamaica, and in Trinidad and Tobago, with the last 5 years at the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago. In this position, Ms. Moncrieffe developed and managed library services to meet the legal information requirements of the Judiciary, the legal profession, and all library users. Other primary duties included liaising and interacting with Judicial Officers, including the Judges, Masters, Magistrates, and Registrars, as well as providing research, reference, and database training and orientation to all library users.

Ms. Moncrieffe holds her B.A. in Library and Information Studies from the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI), and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Strategic Leadership and Management at UWI, St. Augustine.  Learn more about Asha O. H. Moncrieffe.

The FCIL-SIS welcomes all AALL attendees to Ms. Moncrieffe’s presentation titled Law Librarianship from a Caribbean Law Librarian’s Perspective where she will discuss the challenges faced by law librarians in the Caribbean, as well as the limitations of the profession.

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Moncrieffe to Denver in July and join us for her presentation on Monday July 18, 2022 at 5:30-6:30 pm (MDT) in the Hyatt Centennial Ballroom FPlease continue to check the schedule for any changes.

FCIL-SIS greatly acknowledges the generous contributions of many Donors.

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.


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!