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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. […]

Legislation on Use of Water in Agriculture

The following is a guest post by my colleague Gustavo Guerra, senior foreign law Specialist for Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Center. Gustavo has previously blogged on Mexican Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights. The Law Library of Congress recently published a report titled “Legislation on Use of Water […]

A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Administrative Regulations and Departmental Rules

This is the second post in my A Guide to Chinese Legal Research series, following the first one published on January 30, 2014: A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Who Makes What? My previous post on Chinese legal research introduced various types of documents having the force of law in China. Among them, the most […]

Arbitration in Turkey and Istanbul as a New International Arbitration Center

The following is a guest post by Ozlem Aydin Sakrak. Ozlem is an attorney with the Office of the Legal Advisor of the Turkish Treasury. She recently completed her internship in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Center and is about to return to Ankara. We extend our best wishes to her for a continued successful career in her home country.  […]

Introduction to Roman Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights

This is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Some of Dante’s recent posts include Introduction to Canon Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Resources and Treasures of the Italian Parliamentary Libraries, and A Fresh Update on the Canonical Rules on the Election of a […]

Costa Rican Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Norma C. Gutiérrez, senior foreign law specialist for Mexico and Central American countries in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Directorate. It is part of our Global Legal Collection Highlights series that aims to inform readers about English-language materials in the Law Library’s collection. To date, the series […]

The Sheinbein Saga and the Evolution of Israel’s Extradition Law

On Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, one of the oddest cases of unintended consequences came to an end. I refer to the death of Samuel Sheinbein in a shootout in an Israeli prison. According to media reports the thirty-three-years-old Sheinbein was shot after opening fire and seriously injuring several prison guards using a weapon he had smuggled […]

Crimean History, Status, and Referendum

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of the Global Legal Research Center at the Law Library of Congress and a foreign law specialist covering Russia and former Soviet Union jurisdictions.  He has written several guest posts for In Custodia Legis, including “Regulating the Winter Olympics in Russia,” “Soviet Law and the Assassination […]