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Lecture by Professor Allan Brewer-Carías: The Connection between the U.S. Independence and the Hispanic American Independence Movement

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. On November 22, 2011, from noon to 1:30 pm, the Law Library of Congress will host the renowned Venezuelan academic, intellectual, and constitutional scholar Allan Brewer-Carías, who will present a lecture titled: The Connection between the U.S. […]

Prisoner Swap Deals Under Israeli Law

The recent release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has forced Israelis to reflect again on the cost of releasing kidnapped soldiers. Shalit was abducted by the military wing of Hamas from inside Israel’s borders in June 2006 and had been held captive for over five years.  Israel agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the […]

Plain English Laws in England

Cynthia informed us about International Plan Language Day and the global movement to improve the use of plain language in government and legal writing.  Kelly continued the trend and wrote about New Zealand’s approach to using plain English in the country’s laws.  I thought I would continue the series. Despite the last, rather confusing weird […]

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow: The Retirement of Stephen Clarke, Canadian Law Specialist

A number of our Law Library of Congress colleagues retired at the end of October.  Stephen Clarke, Mark Strattner, and Alvin Wallace are retiring this month after a long and productive service to the Law Library of Congress (LLC). We hope you enjoy our profiles on them. We are sad to see great friends leave, […]

DSK: A Tale of Two Criminal Procedures

The following is a guest post by Nicole Atwill, Senior Foreign Law Specialist in the Global Legal Research Center. I recently watched Dominique Strauss Kahn’s return to France on the French news as I vacationed there.  There was nonstop live television coverage during the day.  Many commentators pointed out that although Dominique Strauss Kahn (“DSK”) […]

Writing Laws in Plain English in New Zealand

Last week Cynthia talked about International Plain Language Day and the global movement to improve the use of plain language in government and legal writing.  This week, as a follow-up to International Plain Language Day, I would like to take a look at New Zealand‘s approach to using plain English in the country’s laws.  I became familiar […]

¡Happy Day of the Race!

The following is a guest post by Francisco Macías, Senior Legal Information Analyst. If you’ve ever seen this day marked on your desktop calendars and wondered what it was, think La Niña (née La Santa Clara), La Pinta, and La Santa María. On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the modern-day Commonwealth of the […]

Elections in Liberia: Some Legal Developments

In my September 23, 2011 post, I discussed the August 23, 2011 referendum in Liberia, conducted largely in preparation for the constitutionally mandated general elections scheduled for October 11, 2011.  The referendum included proposals that, if passed, would directly affect the conduct and outcome of the elections: a measure to amend the residency requirement for […]

Professor Joseph Raz – Pic of the Week

This week the Law Library of Congress hosted Professor Joseph Raz who delivered a very thought-provoking lecture for the second Kellogg Biennial Lecture in Jurisprudence.  Professor Raz is a leading proponent of legal positivism, which looks to the sources of laws as the basis for their validity, rather than their content.  During the lecture, he offered […]