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WWI Conscription and Conscientious Objectors in New Zealand

The following is a tale of World War I legal history with a literary twist.  (Working at the world’s largest library, with books on every subject, I could hardly leave the literary aspect out, could I?) I have previously written about New Zealand’s involvement in World War I, particularly in the Gallipoli campaign, and related […]

Nuremberg Trial Verdicts

Seventy years ago – on October 1, 1946 – the Nuremberg trial, one of the most prominent trials of the last century, concluded when the International Military Tribunal (IMT) issued the verdicts for the main war criminals of the Second World War. The IMT sentenced twelve of the defendants to death, seven to terms of […]

Welsh Legal History

The following is a guest post by Clare Feikert-Ahalt, foreign law specialist for the United Kingdom and a number of Commonwealth jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress.  Clare has previously written many interesting posts, most recently: FALQs: Brexit Referendum and The Case of a Ghost Haunted England for Over Two Hundred Years. Frequently, the four […]

On the Shelf: Hispanic Heritage Month and Recent Latin American Law Material Acquisitions

Earlier this year we reflected on Hispanic Heritage Month with a post by my colleague Francisco Macias. He and I have explored the origins of the month in previous years’ posts. You can read this year’s Presidential Proclamation online too. Once you know all about it, how will you commemorate this month? It begins each […]

Visit the Law Library of Congress Booth at the 16th National Book Festival!

The Library of Congress will host the 16th Annual National Book Festival on Saturday, September 24 at the Washington Convention Center. In addition, to notable author presentations and an array of literacy activities for all ages, Law Library of Congress staff will be available to meet with festival attendees in the Library of Congress Pavilion from […]

United States Treaties Added to the Law Library Website

We have added the United States Treaty Series, compiled by Charles I. Bevans, to our online digital collection.  This collection includes treaties that the United States signed with other countries from 1776 to 1949. The collection consists of 13 volumes: four volumes of multilateral treaties, eight volumes of bilateral treaties and one volume of an index. Multilateral […]

Cherokee National Holiday

Osiyo! The 64th Cherokee National Holiday will be celebrated from September 2-4 this year. The annual holiday commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and the Act of Union reuniting Cherokees both East and West after the Trail of Tears. The three-day festival is one of the largest in Oklahoma, where traditional and modern […]

Today is Women’s Equality Day!

On August 26, 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the 19th amendment of the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. Thanks to Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug, this landmark moment, and women’s continuous achievements and challenges on the path toward equality under the law are commemorated every August 26 on Women’s […]