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Boarding School Scandal in Sweden

The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, a Swedish law specialist working at the Law Library of Congress. Elin was featured in an In Custodia Legis interview on October 19, 2011. What happened? A debate about the existence, operation, and legal aspects of private boarding schools is currently raging in Sweden. Such schools remain […]

Kungliga Biblioteket, National Library of Sweden – Pic of the Week

I was recently in Stockholm where I paid a visit to the National Library of Sweden (Kungliga Biblioteket, or “KB”), which is situated in a very pretty park.  According to its website, the National Library “has been collecting virtually everything printed in Sweden or in Swedish since 1661.”  A brochure about the Library provides an […]

Legal Aspects of Unmanned Systems – Part 1: Civilian Uses

Brave New World: Unmanned Systems and Us I have always been intrigued by technological advances. I am repeatedly amazed at the depth of human curiosity and ingenuity. Throughout history humans have developed machines to assist, and when possible even replace, physical work. Today, technology enables the development of machines that can substitute both physical and […]

Happy National Sami Day!

  The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, a foreign law research consultant covering the Nordic countries at the Law Library of Congress. February 6 is National Sami Day. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the Sami, the indigenous people of the northern parts of the Nordic countries–Norway, Sweden, and Finland–as well as the […]

A Wealth of Law Library Reports in 2014!

The foreign law specialists and legal analysts at the Law Library of Congress have had another busy year writing reports and other responses to requests from a wide range of patrons.  Some of these were detailed multinational studies, such as our reports on police weapons in select countries and on the regulation of genetically modified […]

Researching Norwegian Law Online and in the Library

The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, a foreign law research consultant who covers Scandinavian countries at the Law Library of Congress. Elin has previously written about the bicentenary of Norway’s constitution and a boarding school scandal in Sweden for In Custodia Legis. When I conduct research on Scandinavian jurisdictions here at the […]

Can Children Live in Prison with a Parent?

If you follow our work closely, you know that the Law Library of Congress often produces foreign, comparative, and international law reports on a wide range of important issues.  Our recently completed report, titled Laws on Children Residing with Parents in Prison, surveys the laws of ninety-seven countries related to young children residing in prison […]

Recent Law Library of Congress Report on National Funding of Road Infrastructure

According to a June 2014 report by the United States Congressional Budget Office (CBO), most of the annual spending by the federal government on surface transportation programs is in the form of grants to state and local governments. These grants are primarily financed through the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF). After decades of stable balances to […]