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An Interview with Astghik Grigoryan, Global Legal Research Analyst

Today’s interview is with Astghik Grigoryan, Analyst with the Global Legal Research Directorate.

Describe your background.

I was born and raised in Armenia, back when Armenia was part of the Soviet Union. My graduation from high school and first years at university coincided with the events that changed the entire world. I experienced the collapse of the Soviet Union, a devastating earthquake, and war. These experiences played a major role in forming my character and making decisions concerning future professional endeavors.

Wha t is your academic/professional history?

I hold an LLM in Comparative Constitutional Law from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), an MA in Political Science and International Relations from American University of Armenia, and a BA and MA in History from Yerevan State University. I had been working in the area of legal and judicial reform in countries of the former Soviet Union and those of Central and Eastern Europe for over 15 years. My professional assignments were with the World Bank, the Government of Armenia, USAID contractors, UN, and other major bilateral and multilateral international development organizations. I have also worked for the private sector in various consulting capacities.

How would you describe your job (or research project) to other people?

I work as a Legal Research Analyst. I conduct legal research on a variety of legal topics in all areas of law for over 30 jurisdictions. I respond to research inquiries from members of Congress, federal government agencies, and the judiciary, as well as the general public.

Why did you want to work at the Law Library?

After reading the Law Library’s job announcement, I was very excited, as it was a perfect fit for my professional and personal qualities.  It is an incredible honor for me to work for the premier research and learning institution and to have access to its vast resources (both physical and human).

What is the most interesting fact you have learned about the Law Library of Congress?

I realized how fast-paced and contemporary the work is at the Law Library of Congress. Our research focuses on the most acute legal issues of our time. Sometimes the Law Library of Congress is the first institution to address these topics. I am also impressed with and humbled by my colleagues. They are the most accomplished individuals with diverse set of skills and experiences. There definitely is a lot to learn from each other.

What is something most of your co-workers do not know about you?

I am a big fan of giant wave surfing. I can watch the surfers fearlessly riding big waves with great admiration for their courage and respect for the forces of nature.

Rare Book Video – The Trial of Captain William Kidd for Murder and Piracy

The third installment of our Rare Book Video series focuses on an item that is included as an entry in our Piracy Trials collection on Law.gov–The Arraignment, tryal, and condemnation of Captain William Kidd, for murther and piracy, upon six several indictments, at the Admiralty-Sessions, held by His Majesty’s commission at the Old-Baily, on Thursday […]

The United States Congressional Web Archive now includes content for the 113th and 114th Congresses.

The Library of Congress Web Archiving Program is dedicated to providing reliable access to historical web content from the legislative branch. To that end, the Library has just released an update to the United States Congressional Web Archive. The archive, which includes member sites from the House and Senate, as well as House and Senate Committee websites, […]

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for December 2018

Robert shared last month about the new subcommittee features and other enhancements.  In September, he announced the Congress.gov Chrome extension.  We have now updated the Chrome extension.  You can download the new version from LC Labs.  Be sure to share your feedback. New Enhancements for November 2018 We are continuing to work on the new Committee […]

On the Shelf – Finnish Forest and Forestry Laws

The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, a foreign law expert at the Law Library of Congress. Elin has written posts for In Custodia Legis on an extensive array of legal topics, including Swedish Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights, FALQs: The Swedish Budget Process, 60 Years of Lego Building Blocks and Danish Patent Law, Finland: 100 Years of Independence – […]

National Transportation Safety Board Documents Digitized

The Law Library of Congress has digitized a collection of National Transportation Safety Board decisions, orders, and petitions. The years of the decisions span from 1973-1982, with the majority falling between 1977 and 1981. Other decisions can be found on the N.T.S.B.’s Document Management System. The National Transportation Safety Board (N.T.S.B.) conducts independent accident investigations […]

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Germany

On November 30, 1918—100 years ago today—women in Germany gained the right to vote and stand for election. With the enactment of the Electoral Act (Reichswahlgesetz), the newly formed Council of People’s Representatives—the provisional government—fulfilled its promise made on November 12, 1918, to allow active and passive female suffrage. November 12, 1918, is therefore generally seen as the birth […]

Centennial of the Danish – Icelandic Union Act of 1918

The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, an expert for the Nordic countries. Elin has blogged on an extensive array of legal topics, including The Making of a Legal Cinnamon Bun; Swedish Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights; 60 Years of Lego Building Blocks and Danish Patent Law; Finland: 100 Years of Independence – Global Legal Collection […]

Rare Book Video – The Trial of Rep. Daniel Sickles for Shooting Philip Barton Key

Today, we return to the Law Library’s vault to explore our collection of rare books and manuscripts. The second installment in our series of rare book videos features the illustrated trial of Rep. Daniel Sickles for shooting Philip Barton Key II, a trial that is often referred to as the trial of the century for the 19th century. […]