GlobaLex July/August 2020 Issue is Live

By Lucie Olejnikova

GlobaLex July/August 2020 Issue features eight articles; seven updates: Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Tanzania; and one new article on Comparative Constitutional Law. Webmasters and content managers, please update your pages. We thank all our wonderful authors, new and established, for their excellent contributions!


Researching Comparative Constitutional Law by Julienne E. Grant at

Julienne E. Grant serves as Reference Librarian/Foreign & International Research Specialist at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Library. She has published articles in Legal Reference Services Quarterly and the International Journal of Legal Information. She also co-authored a chapter (with Teresa M. Miguel-Stearns) in Latin American Collection Concepts: Essays on Libraries, Collaborations and New Approaches (McFarland, 2019). In addition, Ms. Grant is a regular contributor to the DipLawMatic Dialogues blog, which is associated with the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). She is a member of the FCIL-SIS and served as chair of its Latin American Law Interest Group from 2013 to 2017. Ms. Grant earned a B.A. magna cum laude in Spanish from Middlebury College; an M.A. in Ibero-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; an M.A.L.S. from Rosary College (now Dominican University); and a J.D. cum laude from DePaul University. She also has a Certificate in Editing from the University of Chicago Graham School.


UPDATE: Overview of the Legal System of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Research by Dunia P. Zongwe, François Butedi and Phebe Mavungu Clément at

Dunia P. Zongwe specializes in finance and development, and in international human rights, usually focusing on Africa. Mr. Zongwe was educated at the University of Namibia (law), Université de Montréal (humanities) and Cornell University (law), where he earned a master’s degree and a doctorate (foreign investments in mining and infrastructure in Africa). He is an Associate Professor at Walter Sisulu University.

François Butedi is a Congolese legal advisor and human rights defender with considerable experience in the courts of the DRC. The non-governmental organization (NGO) for which he works advised the government on several pieces of legislation and was actively involved in training and monitoring during the historic 2006 presidential and legislative elections in the DRC. He holds a law degree from the University of Kinshasa (2002) and completed his LL.M. in Human Rights and Constitutional Practice at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He previously worked at the Lawyers’ Association of the Southern African Development Community and at the African Union. He is currently a Political and Analyst Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Madagascar. He co-wrote this update in his personal capacity.

Phebe Mavungu Clément is a former lecturer at the University of Kinshasa where he obtained his first law degree. He has an LL.M. in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria. He now works as Legal Counsel at the Pan-African Parliament. He co-wrote this update in his personal capacity.


UPDATE: Guide to Nigerian Legal Information by Yemisi Dina at

Yemisi Dina, B.A, M.A, LL.B, MLIS, MPPAL is Chief Law Librarian at the Osgoode Hall Law Library, York University, Ontario, Canada. She was formerly Head of Public Services at the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and worked as Law Librarian at the Adeola Odutola Law Library, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and Principal Librarian at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus, Nigeria. Her areas of research include law librarianship, legal research methods and information technology and law.


UPDATE: Legal System and Research in Portugal by Raquel Ferreira Pedrosa Alves at

Raquel Ferreira Pedrosa Alves is a Regulatory & Legal Adviser at ANACOM (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações/National Communications Authority) in Portugal, where she works in the areas of administrative and public law, regulation and communications. She is also a working member of the Portuguese Space Authority whose powers are currently vested in ANACOM. Raquel earned her LL.B. from the Faculty of Law at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (1998-2003) and Advanced LL.M. in International Business Law from Católica Global School of Law, Portugal and Duke University School of Law, USA (2015/2016). She also earned Post-grade course of Law & Medicine from the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences of Faculty of Law at Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (2017) and Master’s Degree in Transnational Law from Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Lisbon School of Law, Portugal (2017-2019) with a master thesis titled “Advance Directives – What Can We Learn from the American Advance Care Model?” Between 2007 and 2015, Raquel lived and worked in Macau Special Administrative Region of People’s Republic of China, as an Associate Lawyer in a Luso-Chinese law firm, and later as a Legal Adviser at the Macau Government Health Bureau. Raquel is a permanent resident of Macau and is registered at the Macau Lawyers Association.


UPDATE: Doing Legal Research in Romania by Anamaria Corbescu at

Anamaria Corbescu completed her J.D. at the University of Bucharest (Bucharest, 2002) and was a Fulbright scholar pursuing her LL.M. studies at Columbia University in New York (2009). Her education also includes: the EU Law Program (University of Bucharest, 2001), the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (Georgetown University, Washington D.C./Charles University, Prague, 2001), the Academy of Economic Studies (M.Sc. Econ., Bucharest, 2004), Foundations of American Law and Legal Education Program (Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 2008).


UPDATE: An Overview of the Saudi Arabian Legal System by Dr. Abdullah F. Ansary at

Dr. Abdullah F. Ansary received his B.A. in Islamic legal studies in 1990 from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 1997, he received his M.A. in Islamic Shari’ah with Honors from Umm al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. In 2000, he received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School and continued as a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School for the academic year 2000/2001. In 2005, Dr. Ansary received his Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree from the University of Virginia, School of Law. In the same year he acted as a Senior Foreign Law Specialist in the Eastern Law Division of the Law Library of Congress and, until 2009, he continued to provide legal consultancy and expertise to several branches of the U.S. government, commissions, federal courts, law firms and scholarly communities and has been a member of several task forces assigned to review key issues relating to homeland security.


UPDATE: Swedish Law and Legal Materials by Sofia Sternberg at

Sofia Sternberg is currently the librarian at the Swedish Supreme Court in Stockholm. She has a law degree as well as a master’s degree in library and information science and has practised law for five years before becoming a librarian. Before starting at the Court in 2016, she worked for many years at the Law Library of Uppsala University, Sweden, where she was mainly involved in library instruction for students and also responsible for the library’s European documentation centre.


UPDATE: Tanzanian Legal System and Legal Research by Christabel Manning and Seka Kasera at

Christabel Manning (LL.M, LL.B) is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and a member of Tanganyika Law Society (TLS). Christabel works with KPMG Advisory Limited in the Tax and Regulatory Services Department.

Seka Kasera (LL.B. Hons., Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Master’s in Public Administration). He is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and member of Tanganyika law Society (TLS). Seka is currently employed as a Principal Assistant Registrar with the Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA).


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