International Trade Research at LA Law Library

By Neel Agrawal

Due to the increased focus on international trade, it is essential for exporters, legal and business professionals, practitioners, and academics to acquire skills in international trade research.  The LA Law Library, in partnership with the Ports of Los Angeles, hosted Export University over the course of the spring and summer.  This twelve-part series provided an overview of exporting procedures, considerations, and the relevant law.  Additionally, this innovative series included an MCLE class taught by Neel Agrawal (Global Law Librarian, LA Law Library) on International Trade Research and Resources. For a review of the class, please refer to Christina Tsou’s (Research Law Librarian for Faculty Services, UC Irvine) recent article in the SCALL Newsletter (vol. 41(5), pg. 4).

Exploring the World of FCIL Resources at the Global Law Resources Fair

By Amy Flick

The Global Law Resources Fair, sponsored by the Teaching FCIL Research Interest Group at AALL in San Antonio, offered demonstrations of print and electronic resources on foreign and international law.  For a librarian who has few of these resources in her own collection, or who just hasn’t seen them all, it was a great chance to peruse publications away from the Exhibit Hall.

Demonstrators at each table were able to answer questions and point out interesting publications. At Catherine Deane’s table, the topic was Research Guides, and she started a lively discussion on assigned texts and readings for Foreign and International Legal Research classes. Marci Hoffman demonstrated new electronic resources, including improvements to the Foreign Law Guide, with new headings and links to make the database easier to use.

I made notes of titles to recommend to my library for purchase as I went around the room, including textbooks, citators, and several books on Jewish and Islamic law. Even when I wasn’t shopping, I enjoyed getting to see resources that I use regularly in their online versions but not in print form, including official gazettes, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, and some interesting historical works at Lucia Diamond’s Religious Law Resources table.

The Global Law Resources Fair was a nice break from the formal programs at the AALL annual meeting, and I found it to be a great educational opportunity. My thanks to Neel Agrawal and the LA Law Library for making their materials available to FCIL-SIS, and to the table demonstrators who shared their time and expertise with the group.