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English Translations of Post-Second World War South Korean Laws – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a senior foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress. It continues our Global Collection Highlights Series. Sayuri previously contributed a post on Japanese family law to this series. She also recently wrote a post on the laws and regulations passed in the aftermath of the Great […]

Fingerprint Evidence Leads to Murder Conviction and Execution (in 1920 New Zealand)

These days when we think about forensic evidence our minds turn to shows such as the “CSI” franchise.  We think of DNA.  Bullet striations.  Hair and fiber analysis.  And fingerprints.  Of all these things, fingerprint matching has perhaps the longest history and remains one of the most used tools for identifying criminals.  I was therefore […]

Laws and Regulations Passed in the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake

The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a senior foreign law specialist covering Japan and several Southeast Asian countries at the Law Library of Congress. Last year I completed a major research report titled “Japan: Legal Responses to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011,” which is now available on the Law Library’s […]

Laws of Tanzania – Global Legal Collection Highlights

On April 26, 2014, Tanzania celebrated 50 years of the Tanganyika and Zanzibar union.  A former German (1880s-1918) and British (1919-1961) colony, Tanganyika (now commonly referred to as mainland Tanzania) became independent on December 9, 1961.  Zanzibar, which also saw successive colonial rulers (p. 15), including under Portugal, the Busaidy Dynasty and Britain, gained its […]

Israeli Conscription laws for Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Two demonstrations took place last month, one in Jerusalem, and the other in New York’s financial district. Both were organized and attended by haredi (ultra-orthodox Jews; literally means “those who fear [God]”) who protested against the adoption of new legislation by the Knesset (Israel’s parliament). The legislation imposed conscription requirements on haredi yeshiva students in Israel. […]