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Not All Research is Online (Part 2) – Pic of the Week

Way back in April 2011 we published a Pic of the Week post showing Hanibal holding pages from an interesting-looking book.  We wanted to show that we use a wide range of print resources in our day-to-day research work – including things published in 1869!  I was reminded of that post recently when I walked past Tariq‘s office and saw him surrounded by piles (and piles, and piles) of books.  He was about to start sending some of them back down to the stacks, but I asked him to hold off until I had taken a photo for the blog!  The below photos, taken by Donna, don’t actually have all of the piles showing, but you get the idea.

Tariq is responsible for providing legal research services related to several South Asian jurisdictions and he also covers Canada.  The books in his office show just how broad the range of topics is that we are tasked with researching.  For example, on the book cart in the picture below there are titles such as Canadian Criminal Law (2007), The Hand Book of Muslim Family Laws (2005), Mental Disorder and the Law (2006), Commentaries on the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 (2008), and Migrant Smuggling: Illegal Migration and Organised Crime in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region (2003). Research-books-on-cart

In the picture below, on the closest desk we have things like the Complete Family Laws in Pakistan (2005), The Islamization of the Laws in Pakistan (1994), Mayne’s Hindu Law (13th ed., 1991), and Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia (2013).  The piles on the far desk include a book on Child Marriages and the Law in India (2006), several books related to the Indian Succession Act, copies of the Gazette of India from 1963, and the Catalogue of Pakistan Laws, 1847-2008.Research-books-on-two-desks

So, do you too have any interesting books in your office at the moment?

Global Legal Monitor: August Highlights

The Global Legal Monitor (GLM) is a good source for following legal developments around the world.  An excellent example of this is the range of topics covered by the GLM articles published in August, which included: Administrative law and regulatory procedures; Family planning and birth control; Human rights; Crime and law enforcement; Immigration; Taxation; and Freedom […]

Archived Legal Materials from Official Gazettes Now Available Through Law.gov

The following is a guest post by Janice Hyde, director of the Global Legal Collection Directorate at the Law Library of Congress. The Law Library of Congress has always relied on primary sources of law wherever possible to respond to requests from the U.S. Congress and its other patrons. For foreign countries, the fundamental source […]

How Sunday Came to be Established as a Day of Rest in France

The following is a guest post by Nicolas Boring, foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress.  Nicolas has previously contributed guest posts on French Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights and Napoleon Bonaparte and Mining Rights in France. It is no secret that French workers benefit from a generous amount of vacation time.  Indeed, […]

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 […]

Killing Kangaroos

Did you know that there are over 60 different species of kangaroo and their close relatives? How many kangaroos do you think live in Australia in total? 10,000? 1 million? 10 million? In fact, the population size of just the four most abundant kangaroo species has fluctuated between 15 million and 50 million over the […]

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 […]

A Guide to Chinese Legal Research and Global Legal Collection Highlights: Official Publication of Chinese Law

If you got a chance to read my previous posts on Chinese legal research, Who Makes What? and Administrative Regulations and Departmental Rules, you know that under China’s Law on Legislation, the National People’s Congress (NPC) and its standing committee make laws; the State Council makes administrative regulations; and the ministries and commissions under the […]