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The Basic Law of Hong Kong

Today is the 18th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It is a statutory holiday in Hong Kong, as provided in the General Holidays Ordinance, in commemoration of Hong Kong’s handover from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China on July 1, 1997. On that same day, […]

FALQs: Proposals to Reform Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a legal analyst in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Tariq has previously blogged about Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights, the Law Library’s 2013 Panel Discussion on Islamic Law, Sedition Law in India, and Physician-Assisted Suicide in Canada. […]

National Holiday of Quebec: An Introduction to Quebec Dual Legal System

The following is a guest post by Geneviève Claveau and Julia Heron, summer interns at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress. Every year on June 24th, the province of Quebec, Canada celebrates Saint-Jean-Baptiste day. Initially associated with Catholicism, this holiday goes as far back as 1834, when it was first used to […]

House of Lords Case Records Become (Micro)Film Stars

The following is a guest post by Agata Tajchert, one of the collections technicians in the Processing Section of the Law Library’s Collection Services Division.  Agata heads up our preservation efforts to microfilm material that is too fragile to remain in paper form. A few years ago, after a major inventorying project, the Law Library’s […]

An Interview with Shi Qiu, Foreign Law Intern

This week’s interview is with Shi Qiu, one of several interns working in the foreign, comparative, and international law divisions of the Law Library this summer. Describe your background I’m from China, and currently a third year JD candidate at Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to coming to the United States, I […]

Celebrating Canada’s National Aboriginal Day with a New Addition to the Indigenous Law Portal

June 21st is National Aboriginal Day in Canada, and in celebration of this event, we are proud to open the Canadian portion of the Indigenous Law Portal. This new segment of the portal expands our coverage for the first time beyond the United States. The Canadian portion of the Indigenous Law Portal is divided into three regions: Eastern, Western, and Northern Canada.  These […]

It’s No Longer Open Season on the Basque in Iceland

This is a guest post by Wendy Zeldin, a senior legal research analyst in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Directorate.  Having recently watched several episodes of The Eagle, whose protagonist is a troubled but brilliant Icelandic detective working in Denmark, and having followed the exploits of Arnaldur Indridason’s Detective Erlendur, I consider myself no […]

An Interview with Jenny Gesley, Foreign Law Specialist

This week’s interview is with Jenny Gesley, our newest foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress Jenny provides research and reference services related to Germany and other German-speaking countries. Describe your background I am a native of Düsseldorf, Germany. During high school, I spent a year as a foreign exchange student at Buffalo […]