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New Law Library Report on Lobbying Disclosure Laws

Working and living in Washington, DC, lobbyists are no uncommon sight. K Street, where numerous lobbying firms are traditionally located, has become a metonym for the lobbying industry in general. A “lobbyist” is defined under federal law as any individual who is employed or retained by a client for financial or other compensation for services that include more […]

The Tale of a Presidential Term in France

This is a guest post by Nicolas Boring who has previously written for In Custodia Legis on a variety of topics including The Protection of Champagne Wine, FALQs: Freedom of Speech in France, How Sunday Came to be a Day of Rest in France, Napoleon Bonaparte and Mining Rights in France, French Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights, and co-collaborated […]

New Reports on Foreign Parliaments Added

Early last year I wrote about the publication of a collection of Law Library of Congress reports that delve into the workings of national parliaments in twelve countries around the world. We’ve recently added four more countries to the collection, so there is now coverage of specific parliaments in South Asia and Africa, in addition to those in a […]

Where is Blasphemy Criminalized Around the World?

We recently published a report that surveys laws criminalizing blasphemy, defaming religion, harming religious feelings and other similar acts in seventy-seven jurisdictions around the world.  The report includes a map showing the different regions of the world covered in the report. Reports such as this one, which survey a geographically, economically, and politically diverse group of countries, […]

New Law Library Report on the Development of Migration and Citizenship Law in Postwar Germany

In 2015, there were slightly over 17 million people in Germany with a “migrant background”, accounting for 21% of the country’s total population. A person with a “migrant background” is defined by the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) as someone who was not born a German citizen or who has at least one parent who was not […]

FALQs: Demonetization in India

The following is a guest post by Supreetha Sampath Kumar, a foreign law intern at the Law Library of Congress. On November 8, 2016, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, announced the “notebandi” initiative, declaring that the use of all Rupees (Rs.) 500 and Rs. 1,000 banknotes (equal to about US$7.60 and US$15.30) of […]

Changes to the Law on Sexual Offenses in Japan

This following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a foreign law specialist who covers Japan and various other countries in East and Southeast Asia. She has previously written posts for In Custodia Legis on various topics, including testing of older drivers in Japan, English translations of post-World War II South Korean laws, laws and regulations passed […]