Our funny and brilliant blogger of British origin, Clare, is taking a wee break at the moment – we’ve excused her from blogging duties while she looks after a very new addition to her family – congratulations, Clare!. Therefore, in the interests of maintaining a good coverage of foreign law and a broad international perspective, we’re very happy to welcome two guest bloggers to the In Custodia Legis team…
Nicole Atwill is a Senior Foreign Law Specialist in our Global Legal Research Center. She covers a number of French-speaking jurisdictions and has a great deal of knowledge about civil law as well as the workings of the E.U. and the O.E.C.D. Nicole undertook her legal training in France, as well as here in the U.S. at George Washington University. Before joining the Law Library in 1997, she worked for the French Ministry of Defense and as the Chief Law Clerk at the Judicial Courts of Marseilles and Toulon. She’s written a number of reports for the Law Library on a vast array of subjects, and is looking forward to writing about the various interesting aspects of French law (and the laws and events of other countries as well) for In Custodia Legis. Outside of work, Nicole has a passion for interior decorating and for painting as well – unfortunately, however, her schedule doesn’t allow her to do these things very often!
Steve Clarke is also a Senior Foreign Law Specialist, covering Canada, Ireland, and some countries in the Caribbean. He is one of our amazing long-serving staff members, having joined the Law Library in 1979. Steve was educated in Canada and the U.S., completing an LL.M. at Georgetown University, and is particularly interested in the North American Free Trade Agreement, immigration, and national security issues in the law. Steve is the Law Library’s resident musician – he builds guitars and plays them at parties as well as with his group. He can also play bouzouki, Irish flute, and even the bagpipes (although he claims to have mostly retired his kilt).
Does anyone have any questions about foreign, international, or comparative law that you would like us to blog about, or questions about the vast and unique Law Library of Congress collections in these areas?
Please ask Nicole Atwill to consider blogging about the role of doctrine as a source of law in civil law countries, especially France. Thank you.