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Machu Picchu Revealed

The following is a guest post by Francisco Macías, Senior Legal Information Analyst. Yesterday, July 24, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of the announcement to the world of the existence of the 15th-century Incan city, Machu Picchu, by Hiram Bingham III (1875-1956). Not surprisingly, Machu Picchu has become a fascinating point of interest to tourists, […]

The Inspiring Story of Nelson Mandela

Today, July 18, is Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday and the second annual Nelson Mandela International Day.  This day was officially observed for the first time last year following the adoption of a resolution by the U.N. General Assembly on November 10, 2009.  The resolution acknowledged “Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and […]

The Devil and Thomas Dale

Exactly 400 years ago today on June 22, 1611, a leader in the colony of Jamestown promulgated the very first code of law ever to be produced for Englishmen in the Americas. Named for its principle creator, Sir Thomas Dale, posterity has remembered it as Dale’s Code. Yes, it happened 400 years ago today. Dale’s […]

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 […]