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Canada Day, July 1. Sesquicentennial of Confederation.


Editorial concerning the new Dominion, from July 1867 issue of The Upper Canada Law Journal (New Series)

The Dominion of Canada. The Upper Canada Law Journal, New Series, July, 1867.  Image by Jim Martin

Saturday is the 150th anniversary of the organization of the Dominion of Canada. Confederation was a product of the work of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences of 1864, the London Conference of 1866, and the passage of the British North America Act of 1867 by the Parliament of the United Kingdom.  Four provinces comprised the confederation in 1867:  New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Québec.  Within a few years five more provinces would be formed. The most recent province added,  Newfoundland and Labrador,  joined after World War II in 1949.

Like the United States, Canada also has territories which exercise substantial self-government. Also like the United States, Canada has a national legislative library, the Library of Parliament. It also has two national libraries, one of which is the Library and Archives Canada.

Happy birthday, Canada!

A Guide to Researching EU Law

The following is a guest post by Micaela DelMonte, a lawyer from the European Parliamentary Research Service who volunteered at the Law Library of Congress during May 2017. News about Brexit and the so-called Article 50 procedure have dominated the news about the European Union (EU) lately. If you are interested in researching these or […]

An Engraving of The First European Settlement in Florida, Fort Caroline – Pic of the Week

This post is coauthored by Nathan Dorn, rare book curator, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist. Our picture of the week is an image of Fort Caroline, Florida, which was founded by French Huguenots on June 22nd of 1564. This print has a complicated, but interesting history. It is part of a 1591 imprint of Theodor de […]

International Tribunals Web Archive Launched

International tribunals have been around for some time, but the creation of international courts and tribunals to deal with international crimes is a relatively recent occurrence, with the first international criminal tribunal established just after World War II. The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law defines “international courts and tribunals” as ”permanent judicial bodies made up of independent […]

Proxy Voting in France

The following is a guest post from Nicolas Boring, foreign law specialist covering French speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. France has just finished its election season!  French citizens elected Emmanuel Macron as their new president earlier in May, and they returned to the voting booths on June 11 and June 18 for parliamentary […]

An Interview with Kirstin Nelson, National Agricultural Library’s Law Librarian

Today’s interview is with Law Librarian Kirstin Nelson, a contractor on assignment at our sister institution the National Agricultural Library.  Kirstin helped edit Congressional committee information at the Wikipedia edit-a-thon held at the Library in April. Describe your background. I was born and raised in Nebraska. In early childhood, I lived on the western side […]

Loving v. Virginia: “Banished” for Love

“Absence from those we love is self from self–a deadly banishment.”–William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream At the Library On May 3, 2017, in observance of the approaching 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Library of Congress hosted a discussion on this famous interracial-marriage case.  The panel included Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland, […]