Through the FCIL Lens: Guatemala, Western Sahara, Kenya, Taiwan and Marshall Islands

By Marcelo Rodríguez During this academic semester, I have told my students several times, whatever situations, phenomena or topics you choose for your research and countries/jurisdictions or institutions for your comparative legal research, please always keep in mind that they are not frozen in time. Perhaps for the purpose of your research, you might have […]

Through the FCIL Lens: Antigua, Chile, Libya, Uzbekistan and Japan

By Marcelo Rodríguez This monthly column aims to provide a brief summary as well as relevant secondary sources about a recent important event taking place in a foreign country. This series seeks to help those tracking and analyzing rapidly changing and scattered pieces of a geopolitical puzzle developing at times exclusively in languages other than […]

Through the FCIL Lens: Ecuador, UK/Rwanda, Iraq, Israel and North Korea

By Marcelo Rodríguez This monthly series aims to provide a summary on a particular event or situation developing in a foreign country or multiple countries as well as providing relevant and authoritative secondary sources to begin your research with. FCIL librarians are often tasked with providing sources, doing research or helping make sense of an […]

Through the FCIL Lens: Colombia, Somalia, Lebanon, The Philippines and Australia

By Marcelo Rodríguez In this special post of my Through the FCIL Lens series, I’d like to focus on elections, particularly presidential and federal elections which took place during this past month of May 2022. Regardless of their levels of democracy, participation and representation or lack thereof, most jurisdictions in the world conduct electoral processes […]

Through the FCIL Lens: Peru, Tanzania, Afghanistan, South Korea and Solomon Islands

By Marcelo Rodríguez This is now my fourth installment of “Through the FCIL Lens”. This series aims to provide summaries on rapidly evolving situations in a foreign jurisdiction or internationally as well as few secondary sources to kickstart your research. Since last month’s Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it has become painfully clear to everyone in […]

Through the FCIL Lens: Ukraine, West Africa, Kuwait, India and Colombia

By Marcelo Rodríguez Teaching my Foreign, Comparative and International Legal Research class while a major conflict ensues seems like a difficult thing to do. Right? And yet, that is exactly what took place in my class during the incredibly worrying events taking place in Ukraine after Russia recklessly decided to invade. This is also one […]

Through the FCIL Lens: Haiti, Mali, Sudan, UAE, Kazakhstan and Germany (Syria)

By Marcelo Rodríguez As presented last month, this is my second installment in an attempt to provide a brief recap as well as authoritative sources related to rapidly (d)evolving international events. There is no doubt that we live in a world of relentless and overwhelming international news and interconnected information coming at us from numerous […]

Through the FCIL Lens: Chile, Tunisia, Ethiopia, New Caledonia, Hong Kong, Germany

By Marcelo Rodríguez Finally, I have arrived at a job, where my obsession with reading, watching, following and researching international current events is encouraged and celebrated. Current events, either expected or not, taking place in other countries or jurisdictions or at international/regional levels present a series of hefty and enormous challenges to any researcher, regardless […]

FCIL-SIS Book Discussion Group to Meet Again During Washington, D.C. Conference

Over the past several years, the FCIL-SIS Book Discussion Group, started by Dan Wade in in 2014, has become a popular informal addition to the AALL Annual Meeting’s FCIL conference programming.  Each year, we select a book to read in advance of the conference and meet during the conference to enjoy a book discussion, lunch or […]