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Casus Breves – Acquisition of 15th Century Legal Reference

Through the generosity of Julie Chrystyn Opperman and in honor of her husband, Dwight D. Opperman, the Law Library recently acquired two volumes of an extraordinarily rare 1478 edition of the Casus breves of Johannes de Turnhout (c. 1446–1492). This new acquisition had its first public viewing yesterday at the Law Library’s 15th Wickersham Award […]

Canon Law Update

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst. Recently this blog highlighted various religious law materials in the Law Library’s collections, including our extensive canon law collection.  There have been some important developments in the canon law area this year.  These developments relate to the implementation of the Apostolic Letter […]

Celebrating Sign Language

We often blog about different commemorative events, anniversaries, and holidays, with a particular focus on their legal and cultural history and on items in our collection.  I thought I would add to this collection of posts by highlighting New Zealand Sign Language Week – taking place this week, May 2-8. New Zealand Sign Language is […]

Sorcery and the Law in PNG

In following the legal news of the different jurisdictions that I cover, it is particularly interesting to see a country’s key local issues and the attempts made to address them through laws and other mechanisms.  Often these issues, and the approaches to resolving them, are intricately linked to a country’s history, geography, and culture.  One […]

Wicked Strumpets, Cannibals and Witches in English Case Law

The genesis of this post lies in research that led me to the Law Library stacks and into one of my favorite locations:  the section containing English trials.  Long before the arrival of soap operas and reality television programs, people (well, us Brits, anyway) used to be titillated by sordid criminal trials.   I suppose to […]