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190th Anniversary of the Constitution of the Free State of Coahuila and Texas

The following is a joint collaboration with Janice Hyde, Assistant Law Librarian for Collections. March is a very important month for Texas.  March is Texas History Month!  Every year, on March 2, Texas celebrates the anniversary of its independence. And it’s no surprise that this anniversary aligns with the festivities set out for Texas Public […]

National Proofreading Day – To “Due to,” or Not to “Due to,” That is the Question!

Here at the Law Library, we have a robust system of proofreading everything from our reports to our blog posts.  So to commemorate yesterday’s National Proofreading Day we thought it would be fun to let one of our editors take the reins and talk about something near and dear to him from the proofreading world. […]

The Trade Embargo Behind the Swedish Jokkmokk Sami Market

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 for In Custodia Legis on diverse topics including 250 Years of Press Freedom in Sweden, Iceland – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Alfred Nobel’s Will: A Legal Document that […]

Jediism is Not a Recognized Religion in England and Wales

The following is a guest post by Clare Feikert-Ahalt, foreign law specialist for the United Kingdom at the Law Library of Congress. This is a post for all the Star Wars fans and aspiring Jedi out there. The Charity Commission, an independent body established under the Charities Act 2011 that is responsible for regulating and registering […]

Presidential Inaugurations Outside of Washington, D.C. – Law and Tradition

The following is a guest post by Janice Hyde, assistant law librarian for the Law Library’s Global Legal Collections Directorate.  Janice has previously contributed to this blog with posts such as: Crossing State Lines to Settle Squabbles – Pic of the Week, Archived Legal Materials from Official Gazettes Now Available Through Law.gov and A View […]

2017 New Year’s Greetings from the Law Librarian of Congress

This is a guest post by Roberta I. Shaffer, the Law Librarian of Congress. Download the PDF version of the FY2016 Law Library Annual Report. New Opportunities and Perspectives The year 2016 witnessed a historic change at the Library of Congress – the installation of the first woman and first African-American Librarian of Congress. Chief Justice […]

Killed Negotiating Peace: Assassinations of Russian Ambassadors

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress. Peter has contributed to In Custodia Legis a number of posts related to Russia and the former Soviet Union. These include posts on a spring holiday for workers, the Soviet investigation of Nazi war crimes, lustration in […]

250 Years of Press Freedom in Sweden

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 for In Custodia Legis on diverse topics including Iceland – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Alfred Nobel’s Will: A Legal Document that Might Have Changed the World and a […]

New Law Library Report on Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes Jurisdiction

The following is a guest post by Constance Johnson, a senior legal research analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Constance has previously written on World Health Day, Water Rights on Star Island, Law Relating to Refugee Rights – Global Legal Collection Highlights, her summer vacation on Star Island, and more. The Law Library of Congress […]

Female Students Offered Special Housing Assistance in Japan

The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a foreign law specialist covering Japan and several other Asian jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. Sayuri has previously written blog posts about testing of older drivers in Japan, sentencing of parents who kill children, English translations of post-World War II South Korean laws, laws […]