An interesting perspective on FCIL materials and reference, from RIPS-SIS:
A few years back, in dealing with the budget crisis du jour, my library canceled the bulk of its foreign, comparative, and international law (FCIL, often pronounced “fickle”) subscription materials. At the time, our decision was based on three factors. First, our grads tend to practice in Kentucky or neighboring markets, where, we assumed, they would not encounter much foreign or international law. Second, UK Law only offered two to three international law courses a year. Third, we never had a budget to collect FCIL materials expansively, and so our FCIL “collection” was mostly British and Irish with a touch of European Union. We figured that since we didn’t have the resources to do it right, we might as well cut it as opposed to weakening some other topic for which we did have good coverage.
Of course, it turned out that it is a small world after all…
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