The following is an interview with Emma Wei, who is currently working at the Law Library of Congress as a foreign law intern.
I was born in Liuzhou, a small but beautiful city in southwest China. I attended China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, where I received an undergraduate law degree (LL.B.). In the third year of my undergraduate studies, I studied in South Korea for a semester. After graduating from CUPL, I was awarded a scholarship from China Scholarship Council, with which I am now pursuing my LL.M. degree at Georgetown University Law Center.
How would you describe your job to other people?
Under the supervision of Foreign Law Specialist Laney Zhang, I conduct research and assist in the writing of reports on various topics of Chinese law in response to requests from the U.S. Congress, federal courts and agencies, as well as the general public. I also assist with matters concerning other Chinese-speaking jurisdictions, such as Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Singapore. Additionally, I write articles about recent legal developments in China for the Global Legal Monitor and for this blog.
Why did you want to work at the Law Library of Congress?
I always love to do research work, and the Law Library of Congress is the best place for legal research as it has the largest collection of law books in the world. The Law Library of Congress offers me an unparalleled opportunity to broaden my professional horizons. I believe that I will learn about innovations in law around the world every day, and my research and writing skills will be improved by my internship.
What is the most interesting fact you have learned about the Law Library?
In addition to its stunning number of law books, one of the best things that the Law Library offers is the friendly and collegial working environment. Legal experts from so many different backgrounds are working together in this institution, and an experience of working in a cross-cultural environment is in itself interesting.
What is something most of your co-workers do not know about you?
I have a wide range of interests. I am a big fan of movies, TV series and photography, and I also love swimming, dancing, and singing.