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Legal Pirates, Treasure, and Murder: A Tale from the South Seas

Last week, as I scanned news items from across the Pacific, a particular story caught my eye.  A sunken pirate ship laden with treasure.  Massacre of the crew by island warriors.  A British boy that lived to tell the tale of his adventures in the islands.  It sounded like something Robert Louis Stevenson or Daniel […]

The Impact of Russian Laws on US-Russia Economic Relations

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress.  In addition to his administrative duties, Peter provides jurisdictional coverage for Russia and other former Soviet republics and explains legal developments in these countries to the Law Library’s patrons.  Russia is currently the subject of discussion […]

From Recipient to Donor: The Changing Face of Aid

Over a year ago I visited a remarkable country.  Rich in history, art, culture and beautiful landscapes, this country has traditionally received foreign aid due to its general low income level but is now providing aid to other countries.  I was amazed to see its recent monumental progress in science and technology although it is true […]

The American Bar Association and the Israel Bar Association 2012 Joint Conference in Eilat

In May I had a great opportunity to learn firsthand about the most current issues on Israel’s legislative agenda by attending the 12th Annual Conference of the Israel Bar Association.  The conference took place in Eilat, a city located at the shore of the Red Sea, near Israel’s borders with both Egypt and Jordan. The […]

The Current Legislation on Citizenship in the Vatican City State

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. The author would like to recognize the collaboration of  Samuel Urueta, Summer Intern, in the preparation of this posting. Currently, the Vatican City State has a population of about 800 people, which makes it one of the […]