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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla (aka Cinco de Mayo!) – Pic of the Week

  Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! (And just as everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, everyone is Mexican on Cinco de Mayo.)  This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Mexican forces’ victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862.  (If you’re interested in reading more, see last year’s post, […]

The Loch Ness Monster, Zombies and the Law

In a post last year, I looked at some of the United Kingdom’s weird laws.  I started to research a “part two” to that post, but ended up finding so much interesting (and yes, shockingly legal) information relating to the Loch Ness monster (commonly and affectionately referred to as “Nessie”) that I decided to dedicate an entire post to her […]

The Trial of Seif al Islam al Gaddafi

The following is a guest post by George Sadek, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  George has previously guest posted on events in Egypt and elections in Saudi Arabia. In November 2011, Seif al Islam, one of Muammar al Gaddafi’s sons, was captured in the Sahara desert and is currently imprisoned […]

A Matter of Size: Israel’s New Legislation against Too-Skinny Models

Last month, while riding the metro on my way to work, I was checking the daily news in one of the local newspapers. This particular newspaper seldom takes interest in foreign affairs, except, of course, if they concern serious matters such as nuclear threats, terrorism activities, mass murders, etc. On this occasion, the newspaper contained […]

Law Library of Congress Hosts Event, Releases Guide on Legal Translation

The following is a guest post by Constance A. Johnson, a Legal Research Analyst at the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Center.  Connie is not new to In Custodia Legis; her recent contributions include Water Rights at Star Island and Human Rights Day Event: Save the Date!.  Enjoy! On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, I attended a two […]