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Japanese Family Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a senior foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress, who covers Japan and several other Asian jurisdictions.  This post is part of our Global Legal Collection Highlights series, which has included posts on the Law Library’s collections related to a wide range of countries and subjects. The […]

Foreign and International Legal Research Guides – Pic of the Week

  Happy Friday!  We’ve updated the links of our legal research guides for fourteen foreign jurisdictions.  These research guides provide a one-stop primer on the legal systems of foreign countries by providing links to reference sources, compilations, citations guides, periodicals (indexes and databases), dictionaries, web resources, free public web sites, subscription-based services, subject-specific web sites, and country overviews.  The […]

Perspectives on Egypt’s 2014 Constitution

The following is a guest post by George Sadek, Senior Legal Research Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. Last month, a new Egyptian Constitution was approved in a popular referendum held on January 14-15.  The Head of the Supreme National Electoral Commission, Chief Justice Nabil Saleeb, announced the results of the referendum on January […]

Global Legal Monitor: December and January Highlights

In December 2013 and January 2014, Global Legal Monitor (GLM) published a total of 72 articles covering various legal developments around the world. Here is a list of the top ten most viewed articles in the last two months: Indonesia: Universal Health Care Program Implemented Nigeria: Bill Prohibiting Same-Sex Marriage Moves Forward Norway: Bitcoins Are […]

Sumptuary Laws

During a recent blog team meeting, one of my colleagues mentioned restrictions during the early modern era concerning who could consume that newly discovered drink–chocolate.  Having studied medieval history in college, I was reminded that during the Middle Ages there had also been efforts to pass laws regulating many aspects of daily life, with the […]

Our New Report Looks at Bitcoin in 40 Countries

The foreign law specialists and analysts at the Law Library of Congress recently completed a report that highlights the emerging global discussion around approaches to regulating virtual currencies, particularly Bitcoin.  This is of course a hot topic right now, and the report has been written about in news articles and blogs and referred to on […]

Mexican Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Gustavo Guerra, senior foreign law specialist for Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Directorate. This post is part of the Global Legal Collection Highlights series which is intended to inform readers about recently published materials on foreign law available in English […]

Mexico’s Constitution and Its Square, the Zócalo

Today, I return to blogging for In Custodia Legis after a considerable hiatus.  That gap came from being involved in other projects, among these the Library of Congress Leadership Development Program and the coordination of the Library’s recent Celebration of Mexico and tribute to the Living Legend Award Winner, Dr. Miguel León-Portilla. In keeping with Mexican and Spanish […]

A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Who Makes What?

With this post, we at the Law Library of Congress wish you a happy Year of Horse, which starts from tomorrow, January 31!    Many of the people coming to us for help with Chinese legal research have had the experience of being confused by the titles of the various legal documents.  “Regulations,” “measures,” “provisions,” “opinions,” “decisions…”  What are they?  […]