The Latin American Law Interest Group of the FCIL-SIS serves as a forum for the exchange of information related to the legal regimes of Latin American countries. Latin America, in this case, refers to the geographic area encompassing Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The Latin American Law Interest Group traditionally meets at the AALL Annual Meeting, and is led by the Chair, who generally serves a two-year term. All are welcome! We encourage you to join the FCIL-SIS Latin American Law IG Discussion Group in My Communities and become part of our ongoing conversation. If you are unable to attend the annual meeting or if you have any questions about this group, its mission, or how to join, you may also reach out to the interest group chair for additional information.
In mid-March 2020, Marcelo Rodríguez created a group titled Law Librarians Monitoring COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of this group is to monitor, issue biweekly reports and help identify trustworthy sources on the legal response to the COVID-19 crisis throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. See publications and presentations for more information. The 7 law librarians monitoring the region are:
- Dr. Michelle A.L. Villagran – Argentina, Chile, Uruguay
- Yasmin Morais – CARICOM + OECS
- Victoria De La Torre – Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador
- Mary Abigail Dos Santos – Brazil
- Ana Delgado – Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico
- Ulysses Jaen – Mexico + Central America
- Marcelo Rodríguez – Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay
- See Latin American Journals and Serials (updated 2023) to see legal journal and serials listing from each Latin American jurisdiction and the corresponding holdings within US libraries.
- A weekly email of current events in the Americas to help keep abreast of legal developments and forthcoming publications of interest (if you would like to join our weekly email updates, please send a note to the interest group chair.
- A collaborative guide to legal research in Mexico which was unveiled at the Mexican Law Program at the AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio (2013).
- In 2017, another collaborative effort resulted in the publication in the International Journal of Legal Information of a Guide to Cuban Law and Legal Research.
- At the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting in Austin, Past Chair Julienne Grant (Loyola), moderated Cuban Law and Legal Research: A Snapshot During the Deshielo. Speakers were: Jorge Piñon (UT Austin), Marisol Florén Romero (FIU), and Teresa Miguel Stearns (Yale). See Handoutfrom the program.
- We have a table of Latin American vendors that is updated periodically.