Alison A. Shea

Adjunct Professor of Law, Foreign and International Specialist Reference Librarian

Email: Telephone: 212-636-6751

Alison joined the Fordham Law Library in August 2007 after receiving her JD and MLS from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her particular interest is in foreign, international ,and comparative law with a focus on European competition law. Alison has interned with the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as the Commission for Aviation Regulation and Competition Authority, both in Dublin, Ireland.


Books and Pamphlets

  • Sources of State Practice in International Law, 2nd ed. Leiden: Brill [edited with Ralph Gaebler] (forthcoming 2014)
  • Essentials of Merger Review. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2013 [edited with Elizabeth Avery, Susana Cabrera, Ethan Litwin, David Mamane, Bruno Peixoto, Alexander Rinne, David A. Schwartz, and Lionel Tupman].
  • Envisioning the Future of the Library: Department of Justice Library System Strategic Plan for Staffing & Services for 2010. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, 2007 [with Roberta I. Shaffer, Cameron Gowan, Pamela Lipscomb and Jaime Smith].

Journal Articles

Book Chapters, Newsletters and Other Writings

  • “Sources of State Practice: Ireland,” in Sources of State Practice in International Law, 2nd ed. Leiden: Brill [Ralph Gaebler and Alison Shea, eds.] (forthcoming 2014)
  • “Conference Report: Joint Study Institute 2013,” 27 FCIL Newsletter 4-5 (May 2013), available at:
  • "Update: Researching the Law of the Vatican City State," Globalex, August 2012, available at: (originally published August 2007).
  • “BIALLs and IALLs and JSIs, Oh My!: Considering an International Conference.” 26 FCIL Newsletter 3 (May 2012).
  • “What’s New with the EU?” 24 FCIL Newsletter 10 (May 2010).
  • “Interning at the IMF Law Library: Worth its Weight in Gold,” 21 FCIL Newsletter 18 (February 2007).
  • “The Very Busy Life of a Joint Degree Student,” 50 Law Library Lights 1 (January 2007).

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Law Libraries
American Bar Association
American Society of International Law
British and Irish Association of Law Librarians
European Information Association
International Association of Law Libraries


BA, Boston University, 2004
JD, Catholic University of America, 2007
MSLS, Catholic University of America, 2007

Mailing Address

Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023