The following is a guest post by George Sadek, a Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. This post is part of our new bi-weekly series that highlights foreign law materials in the Law Library’s collection. Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research, officially launched the series two weeks ago with his post on Russian law books.
I recently saw reports that Unisys International had decided to start operating in Kuwait to meet the needs of newly-established small and medium businesses in the country. According to the U.S. Export.gov website:
- Kuwait is the “3rd wealthiest country per capita in the Middle East”;
- There is rising oil production in the country “targeting 3.65 mn barrels per day by 2020″;
- Kuwait has included multi-billion dollar projects in its National Development Plan 2009-2014; and
- There is a strong demand for U.S. technology and services.
If you are a non-Arabic speaking lawyer, legal researcher or firm interested in conducting business in Kuwait, the Law Library of Congress has items in its collections that may be of help to you. In particular, we collect the English version of the Kuwaiti Official Gazette. The Arabic version is known as al Kuwait al Youm, while the English-language gazette is entitled Official Business. It covers the following materials: Royal Decrees; Government Orders; Business Notices; Agency Statements; Tender Announcements; and Trademark Announcements.
Our collection also contains various English reference materials on Kuwait’s commercial laws and other legal topics, including:
- Business laws of Kuwait and Qatar (2009-2012 ed.);
- Kuwait Trading Company: Legal Rules, Principles and Procedures (State of Kuwait, Ministry of Justice, Real Est. Regist. and Authent. Dept., 2001/2002);
- Badr Jasim Ya’qub, Kuwait Dictionary of Law (Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, Authorship, Translation and Publication Directorate, 1995-2000).
As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback. Please let us know in the comments section what parts of our global legal collection you would be interested in learning about as part of this new series.