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On July 28 of 2009, the Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) presented a program at the annual conference in Washington D.C. titled The Past, Present, and Future of the Law Library and Librarianship in Afghanistan: The Challenges and Rewards of Building a Library After 30 Years of War. Mr. Ahmadullah Masoud (at that time from the Independent National Legal Training Center (INLTC) Law Library), Andrea Muto (USAID), and Blair Kaufmann (Professor of Law and Director of Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School) discussed the legal system of Afghanistan and the process of building a new law library after thirty years of war. The presentation explored the INLTC’s role in increasing access to justice in Afghanistan as well as the practical and technical challenges the INLTC has faced. Unfortunately, we were unable to capture the presentation in its entirety; the first approximately 15 minutes of Blair Kaufmann’s talk is not included.

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Introduction (at 0:00)

Blair Kaufmann (at 0:30)

Ahmadullah Masoud (at 3:00)

Photo Comments by A. Masoud and A. Muto (at 26:11)

Andrea Muto (at 28:18)

Post-presentation discussion (at 47:40)



Playing Time: 54:25

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