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FALQs: The European Union’s Approach to the Current Refugee Crisis

The following is a guest post by Theresa Papademetriou, a senior foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress who covers the European Union, Greece, Cyprus and Council of Europe. Theresa has previously blogged on “European Union Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights,” “European Union: Where is the Beef?,” “New Greek Regulation Designed to Fight Tax Evasion Problem: Will […]

Recap of the IALL 2015 Conference in Berlin

The following is a guest post by Jenny Gesley, a foreign law specialist covering Germany and other German-speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress.  Jenny has previously written about the regulation of electronic cigarettes in Germany, the privatization of air traffic control in Germany and the Greek debt crisis. I recently returned from the annual […]

Mazel Tov! I Now Pronounce You Husband and Wife (Under Israeli Law)

Israelis believe in marriage. According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2013 95 percent of all Israeli couples living together were married. The proportion of unmarried couples living together was relatively low in comparison to the percentage in some other OECD countries, which ranged from 7% (Italy) to 27% (Norway). Unlike Italy and Norway […]

In Taiwan, “Unflattering” Names Can Be Changed, But No More Than Three Times in a Lifetime

I was reading my colleague Elin Hofverberg‘s interesting blog post on Icelandic names, and found we have posted several times on foreign laws banning unacceptable baby names. Not long ago, I noticed Taiwanese law also regulates“unflattering” names in its Name Act.  The Act does not ban such names, but rather recognizes that having an unflattering name […]

New Enhanced Global Legal Monitor Launched!

We strive to bring you the best web experience possible.  Over time we have updated our homepage and our website, helped launch Congress.gov, and introduced the Indigenous Law Portal.  Today, I am happy to announce that there is a newly enhanced Global Legal Monitor (GLM). The Global Legal Monitor is managed by editors Connie Johnson and Wendy Zeldin.  […]

What’s in an Icelandic (Legal) Name?

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 on a variety of topics including Glad Syttonde Mai! Celebration of the Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution, Happy National Sami Day!, the bicentenary of Norway’s constitution and a […]

Wrap Up: 15th National Book Festival

The Law Library of Congress was delighted to engage with attendees again this year at the Library’s National Book Festival. We had 11 staff members volunteer at the festival from our Global Legal Research Directorate, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Public Services Division and Legislative and External Relations Office. We discussed our collection, legal research products and unique expertise in foreign […]

FALQS: Egypt’s New Antiterrorism Law

The following is a guest post by George Sadek, a senior legal research analyst at the Law Library of Congress. George has previously written posts for In Custodia Legis, including on legal processes available to imprisoned journalists in Egypt and various constitutional reform issues.    On August 16, 2015, President Abu al-fattah al-Sisi, the current […]