Demystifying Civil Legal Systems for a Common Law Audience: Historical Traditions, Modern Developments, and Practical Research & Instruction Applications

Date: July 21, 2020
Moderator: Loren Turner, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library
Speakers: Marylin Raisch, Associate Director for Research & Collection Development, Georgetown Law Library; Olivier Moréteau, Professor of Law, LSU Law; Xavier Beauchamp-Tremblay, President & CEO, Canadian Legal Information Institute; Jennifer Allison, Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, Harvard Law School Library; Katarina Daniels, Liaison Librarian, Nahum Gelber Law Library, McGill University; Janet Kearney, Foreign and International Law Librarian, Fordham Law Library.

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On July 21, 2020, the FCIL-SIS sponsored a workshop on Civil Law and Legal Systems. Marylin Raisch (Associate Director for Research & Collection Development, Georgetown Law Library) began by providing an overview of civil law in Introduction to Civil Law Jurisdictions: Traditions, Origins, and Terminology. Olivier Moréteau (Professor of Law, LSU Law) explained the history of civil law codes in The Role of Codes in Mixed and/or Civil Jurisdictions: Historical Traditions and Modern Developments. Xavier Beauchamp-Tremblay (President & CEO, Canadian Legal Information Institute) discussed the increasing role of cases in Quebec in The Role of Cases in Mixed and/or Civil Jurisdictions: Historical Traditions and Modern Developments. Finally, Jennifer Allison (Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, Harvard Law School Library), Katarina Daniels (Liaison Librarian, Nahum Gelber Law Library, McGill University), and Janet Kearney (Foreign and International Law Librarian, Fordham Law Library) taught a 90 minute mock class on research in mixed and civil legal systems, with Allison sharing her expertise on Germany, Daniels sharing her expertise on Quebec, and Kearney sharing her expertise on Louisiana. Loren Turner (Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library) moderated. Caitlin Hunter (Reference Librarian, UCLA School of Law Library) managed the technology.

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