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The Italian Legislative Procedure

This is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Antonio Casu (Direttore della Biblioteca, Camera dei Deputati), and Vito Cozzoli (Consigliere Capo dell’Avvocatura, Camera dei Deputati).  This is the second post in a series describing the main aspects of the Italian legislature.  The first post discussed the development of the modern Italian government. The Italian Republican Constitution – […]

Global Legal Monitor: May Highlights

In May, twenty-five articles were published in the Global Legal Monitor (GLM), the Law Library’s online publication covering various legal developments around the globe.  The following is a list of the five most viewed articles in the order of their popularity: China: New Visa System Proposed, Public Opinion Being Solicited Brazil: No More Visa Cap for Haitian […]

95th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Agreement – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress. Last weekend, during my sightseeing in Pittsburgh, I took the below picture.  On this day, May 31, 95 years ago, an agreement to establish a new nation called Czechoslovakia was concluded in Pittsburgh.  As that country has […]

The Italian Legislature and Legislative Process: A Recent Institution in an Ancient Legal System

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Dante has previously written blog posts on canon law and the papacy:  Canon Law Update; Citizenship in the Vatican City State; Medieval Canon Law; and The Papal Inquisition in Modena.   Dante recently spent three weeks at […]

Department of State Honors Law Library for Legal Research Expertise

The following article originally appeared in the May 3,  2013, edition of Library of Congress staff newsletter, The Gazette. The U.S. Department of State this week honored the Law Library of Congress for legal research work it provides in support of global criminal-justice programs. The State Department presented the “Outstanding Partnership in Criminal Justice Assistance” […]

Banning Baby Names

At the start of May for the last few years I’ve seen multiple news items about the baby names that were rejected by the New Zealand authorities during the previous year (e.g., Lucifer, Prince, J, Rogue…).  The list of names, and the fact that the government is able to deem them unacceptable, draws plenty of interest […]

Upcoming Event: The Role and Impact of Islamic Law in Transitioning Arab Spring Countries

The Law Library, along with the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, will hold a  panel discussion on the role and impact of Islamic law in transitioning Arab Spring countries. The program is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4th in the Mumford Room, which is on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building,101 Independence […]