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The UK’s Legal Response to the London Bombings of 7/7

The history of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK is expansive and dates back nearly a century.  The UK’s anti-terrorism laws have typically been reactive and enacted as emergency temporary legislation that later essentially became permanent through constant renewal.  The anti-terrorism laws have their genesis in the troubled relationship between Great Britain and Ireland over the […]

The World’s Legal Heritage in Great Subterranean Halls, or… A Collection Big with Babylonian Perspective

A walk through the stacks of the Law Library of Congress will give you a vivid sense, if you had ever wondered, of what more than a million books looks like.  Current statistics show that the Law Library houses 2.78 million physical volumes in its collection.  Nearly all of these are stored in four gigantesque […]

The First Feminist Congress of Mexico

The following blog post was a joint effort by Christina Turiano, Jeffrey Helm, and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.  March was Women’s History Month; but as Luis de Góngora y Argote would put it, “Fortune yields goods that are not yet writ: when whistles flutes, when flutes whistles.” The serendipitous act of such a rare find as this can […]

Law Library Provides Global Legal Research

The following article originally appeared in the April 26, 2013, edition of Library of Congress staff newsletter, The Gazette. Through timely, authoritative legal analysis, the Global Legal Research Directorate contributes to the Law Library of Congress’s services. The directorate covers a global legal perspective while simultaneously fulfilling the Law Library’s primary mission to provide members […]

Mutiny and Other Crimes: Another Tale from the South Seas (Part 2)

Yesterday I published a post that provided some background information on Pitcairn Island: the mutiny on board the HMS Bounty led by Fletcher Christian on April 28, 1789; the settlement of Pitcairn (and subsequent emigration to Norfolk Island); William Bligh’s long trip home to England; and the court-martials of some of the mutineers that decided […]

South Africa Freedom Day

Today marks the 19th anniversary of South Africa’s first multiracial, democratic elections, known to South Africans as Freedom Day.  This is a day of great significance in South Africa’s history as “a landmark in the inauguration of a non-racial democracy” after a long history of colonialism, segregation  and Apartheid. Much has been written about Apartheid […]

Keeping up to Date at the ASIL Annual Meeting

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress. For the majority of Washingtonians the cherry blossoms signal the start of Spring.  However, there is another event that marks the arrival of Spring for international lawyers: the annual meeting of the American Society of International […]