This week’s interview is with George Sadek, Senior Legal Information Analyst for the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN). George is no stranger to In Custodia Legis, having written three guest posts for us.
Describe your background.
I was born in Egypt and immigrated to the United States in 1999. I have worked in the field of legal research and analysis for twelve years. In particular, I specialize in the laws of Arabic-speaking countries. In July 2008, I joined the Law Library of Congress as a legal analyst for the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN).
What is your academic/professional history?
In 1999, I earned an LL.B from Cairo University Law School in comparative international law. During my years at Cairo University, I studied three types of legal systems: Islamic Shari’a (law), common law, and civil law. In 2004, I earned a J.D. (equivalency) from George Mason University and an LL.M (Masters in Comparative Law) from American University, Washington College of Law. Before I joined the Law Library of Congress, I worked in academic institutions as well as government agencies; I worked as a legal researcher at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as a legal research specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS),and as an analyst at the United States Army Special Operations Command.
How would you describe your job to other people?
Over the past three years, I have acted as a liaison for legal analysts in the ministries of justice of Arabic-speaking countries, including Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. I also contributed to a multi-national research project where I looked at the international bilateral agreements that exist between Ecuador and Saudi Arabia. More recently, in cooperation with the Director of Legal Research of the Global Legal Research Center (GLRC), I produced a series of legal articles related to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Why did you want to work at the Law Library of Congress?
I wanted to work in a such a prestigious institution that serves the legislative branch of the government. I am enjoying working with a unique group of legal scholars from different legal backgrounds.
What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Law Library of Congress?
Before coming to the Law Library of Congress, I did not know that it not only serves the legislative branch, but also offers its services to federal agencies in the executive branch, and the federal courts in the judicial branch.
What’s something most of your co-workers do not know about you?
Most of my colleagues would never suspect that I actually know how to use a 9 millimeter Beretta handgun and other firearms. I learned this during my work experience in the U.S. Army.