2008 Joint Study Institute Announced

Every two years a Joint Study Institute is hosted in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. or Australia. Details of the 2008 Joint Study Institute, to be hosted in the U.S., have been announced. For more information about the Institute, click on “Read more” in the message below.

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
2008 Joint Study Institute: “Harmonization and Confrontation:
Integrating Foreign and International Law into the American Legal System”

Wednesday, June 25 – Saturday, June 28, 2008 Washington, DC.

Sponsored by AALL, the Australian Law Librarians’ Association (ALLA), the British and Irish Association of Law Libraries (BIALL), the Canadian Association of Law Libraries / Association Canadienne des Bibliotheques de Droit (CALL/ACBD) and the New Zealand Law Librarians Association (NZLLA)

“The theme for the 2008 (the sixth) institute will be “Harmonization and Confrontation: Integrating Foreign and International Law into the American Legal System”. The conference will feature sessions on the historical use of international law in United States Supreme Court decisions and the appropriateness of it, federalism and the relationship between U.S. federal and state law, researching foreign and international law among others.”

Sessions will be held in the new John Wolff International and
Comparative Law Library at Georgetown University Law Center. The
Registration fee will be $400 US. Registration will be capped at 60 attendees with preference given to those attending from overseas.

Details currently on the AALL website. A 2008 Joint Study Institute website is forthcoming.
Organizing Committee

Previous Joint Study Institutes

In the mid 1990’s a group of insightful Presidents of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Australian Law Librarians’ Group, the British and Irish Association of Law Libraries, and the Canadian Association of Law Libraries conceived of an Institute where learning of the host country’s legal heritage and traditions was to be featured. Designed to be “high level” these Institutes were to attract faculty who were otherwise respected professionals in the law library community, leading scholars, academics, authors, think tank specialists, futurists, philosophers, jurists, lawyers and historians. These meetings were to be held in a desirable venue for an intensive, but informal several days of thinking and learning. The hope was to attract delegates primarily of the other nationalities but not to the exclusion of the host country’s citizens.

In 1998 the first Joint Study Institute (JSI) was introduced in Cambridge, England and hosted by the British and Irish Association of Law Libraries.

The American Association of Law Libraries hosted the second Joint Study Institute at Yale University in 2000.

The third Joint Study Institute was held at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia from May 22-25, 2002. The institute was hosted by the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, and was sponsored by the Carswell Institute. For more information, see http://www.eventsmgt.com/JointStudyInstitute.

The 2004 Joint Study Institute, titled “Australia and New Zealand: Access to the World”, was held in Sydney, Australia on February 20-23, 2004, at Women’s College at the University of Sydney. The Australian Law Librarians’ Group hosted the institute. For more information, see http://www.aallnet.org/prodev/joint_study.asp

BIALL hosted the 2006 Joint Study Institute which was held in Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires at St Anne’s College from the 10-13 August 2006. For more information, see BIALL webpage.

[Via Lyonette Louis-Jacques on the Int-law listserv and others]

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