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Australia’s National Day

Today, January 26, is Australia Day, a national public holiday in Australia that commemorates the arrival of the “First Fleet” of convict ships that resulted in the establishment of the first British penal colony on the continent. It is considered Australia’s national day. On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Sydney Cove, a […]

Advocate’s Close, Edinburgh – Pic of the Week

During a recent vacation in Scotland I took several treks along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. On one such walk, in the darkness of the late afternoon, I snapped a picture of Advocate’s Close and the plaque that provides brief information about it. All along the Royal Mile there are narrow alleyways called “closes,” […]

Düsseldorf, Germany Courthouse— Pic of the Week

On my recent visit to Düsseldorf, Germany, I could not stop my nerdy lawyer self from visiting the Administrative Court of Düsseldorf (Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf). The Administrative Court in Düsseldorf is the court of first instance in administrative matters and handles all kinds of non-constitutional public law matters. Examples include disputes over building permits, access to public institutions and […]

Human Rights and the Miranda Warning in Eastern Europe

On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Law Library of Congress celebrated Human Rights Day and marked International Anti-Corruption Day with a panel discussion on human rights in Eastern Europe. The event featured a distinguished panel of American and European politicians, scholars, and practitioners. Panelists discussed how the U.S. Congress helped to develop human rights in […]

Most Viewed Law Library Reports of 2016

This year there have been a number of new Law Library Reports published. I looked through In Custodia Legis and found all of the new reports that we blogged about over the year. They cover a wide range of topics. Legal Reports on Counterterrorism Laws and other Security Measures Parliaments Around the World New Resource Covers […]

Killed Negotiating Peace: Assassinations of Russian Ambassadors

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress. Peter has contributed to In Custodia Legis a number of posts related to Russia and the former Soviet Union. These include posts on a spring holiday for workers, the Soviet investigation of Nazi war crimes, lustration in […]

Handling of Sexual Offenses in the Israeli Military

On December 18, 2016 the Tel- Aviv Military Court convicted a brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of sexual offenses against female soldiers serving under his command. The conviction is believed to be of the highest ranking IDF soldier of such crimes, based on the officer’s admission as a result of a plea bargain. The officer had initially been […]

250 Years of Press Freedom in Sweden

The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, a foreign law research consultant who covers Scandinavian countries at the Law Library of Congress. Elin has previously written for In Custodia Legis on diverse topics including Iceland – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Alfred Nobel’s Will: A Legal Document that Might Have Changed the World and a […]