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Celebrating Canada’s National Aboriginal Day with a New Addition to the Indigenous Law Portal

June 21st is National Aboriginal Day in Canada, and in celebration of this event, we are proud to open the Canadian portion of the Indigenous Law Portal. This new segment of the portal expands our coverage for the first time beyond the United States. The Canadian portion of the Indigenous Law Portal is divided into three regions: Eastern, Western, and Northern Canada.  These […]

Visitez le Parlement du Canada – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Megan Lulofs, a Legal Information Analyst in the Public Services Division. This week’s pic comes from our northern counterparts, the Library of Parliament (or Bibliothèque du Parlement) of Canada in Ottawa, ON. I visited Ottawa earlier this month for their annual Winterlude festival, and to go ice skating on the Rideau Canal (an UNESCO World Heritage […]

FALQs: New Zealand’s Flag Referendums

Between March 3 and March 24, 2016, New Zealanders were able to vote in the country’s second referendum related to whether or not to change the official flag.  Previously, in November-December 2015, voting in the first referendum narrowed the list of possible alternative flag designs from five to one; the second referendum was a run-off […]

Parliaments Around the World

The first multinational report to be published on the Law Library’s website in 2016 allows us to consider some fundamental questions underlying the practice of comparative law: who makes the laws, and how are the laws made? The report covers eleven jurisdictions with different legal and constitutional traditions and systems of government. We have the […]

Animals on Trial: Formal Legal Proceedings, Criminal Acts, and Torts of Animals

Trial of a Sow and Pigs at Lavegny, from The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar, Including Anecdote, Biography, & History, Curiosities of Literature and Oddities of Human Life and Character, ed. Robert Chambers, 1879. https://archive.org/stream/b22650477_0001#page/128/mode/2up At present, one of the projects that I am working on involves […]

The Law Library Marks Human Rights Day with a Discussion on Islamic Law Reform

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a foreign law specialist in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Tariq has previously contributed posts on Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Sedition Law in India, and FALQ posts on Beef Bans in India, Proposals to Reform Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws, […]