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An Interview with Ghidaa Bajbaa, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Ghidaa Bajbaa, a foreign law intern currently working with George Sadek on research related to the laws of various countries in the Middle East.

Describe your background.

Ghidaa Bajbaa standing on a sidewalk with trees and road in the background.I was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  I obtained my bachelor degree in law from King Abdulaziz University and then registered at the Ministry of Justice as the fourth female lawyer in the country.

I am currently an LL.M. candidate at Georgetown University Law Center in International Legal Studies with a focus on environmental issues.  After my LL.M., I am planning to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology.

I am passionate about development and the role of civil society organizations in promoting human rights.  My long-term goal is to work in the legislative department of the Bureau of Experts at the Council of Minsters in Saudi Arabia.

How would you describe your job to other people?

I am an intern in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library.  I conduct research on several topics and legal issues in the Middle East, with a particular focus on women’s issues.  This includes reviewing various reports related to different laws.

Why did you want to work at the Law Library of Congress?

This is a great opportunity for me to work alongside experts on different legal issues.  I will be able to develop my research skills while learning about the different resources the Library of Congress offers.

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

I have learned two interesting facts:

1 – The Library of Congress is similar in its importance to people in the U.S. as the Library of Alexandria in Egypt is to many people in Arab countries.  Also, it contains resources on different areas of the law that are not available anywhere else.

2 – The team at the Law Library is friendly and collaborative.

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

I am very influenced by the artwork of the French artist Monet.  I do a lot of painting imitating his work.

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