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How do Different Countries Deal with Major Public Health Emergencies?

Following the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there has been a great deal of debate both in the United States and abroad about how countries deal with major public health crises.  This included discussions about the difficulty of containing the virus in the countries hardest-hit by the epidemic and what preventative measures other countries […]

Opening Day and the Law

I read with interest Kelly’s post last week regarding cricket and the law, especially the section on the Indian case where the plaintiffs stated that watching the sport was a matter of “right to life and personal liberty.” Today being the Washington Nationals‘ Opening Day, it got me thinking about our National Pastime and how […]

It’s Just Not Cricket!

(The phrase “it’s just not cricket” is used to say that “something is unfair or dishonest”; “not done.” Perhaps it could have been exclaimed by some of the parties involved in the cases below?) The baseball season starts next week, but in other parts of the world the focus over the last six weeks has […]

FALQs: Freedom of Speech in France

Back in January, Nicolas kicked off our “FALQs” (aka “Frequently Asked Legal Questions”) series with a post on terrorism in France.  He was asked on Twitter to continue the series with a post on freedom of speech in France.  He has previously blogged about “How Sunday Came to be a Day of Rest in France,” “Napoleon Bonaparte […]

FALQs: Nigeria’s 2015 Election

It is election season in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.  This is the fifth election cycle in the country since democracy was restored in 1999 after many years of military rule.  Elections conducted since then, particularly presidential elections, had been marred with various controversies, including violence and poll rigging.  Nonetheless, the country has reportedly shown […]

FALQs: Soviet Investigation of Nazi War Crimes

The following is a guest post by the Director of the Global Legal Research Center Peter Roudik. Peter is a frequent contributor to In Custodia Legis. He has written a number of posts, including on “Ukraine: Two Understandings of Lustration,” “Crimean History, Status, and Referendum,” “Regulating the Winter Olympics in Russia,” “Soviet Law and the Assassination […]

2015 African American History Month

We often use our blog to highlight materials on our website or in our collections.  It has been several years since we have highlighted our commemorative observances pages.  As 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, it seems particularly timely to highlight the page for African American History month.  I thought it […]