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How Big is Too Big for New Zealand?

This past weekend New Zealand’s laws made an appearance in international news publications once again with headlines such as “South African Chef ‘Too Fat’ to Live in New Zealand” (BBC), “New Zealand Cites Obesity In Denying Chef’s Work Visa” (NPR), “Obese Man Faces Deportation” (Sky News), and “New Zealand Immigration Officials Say Man is Too […]

Nelson Mandela Day – July 18

This is a guest post by Antoinette Ofosu-Kwakye, a Law Library summer intern.  She is working with the Global Legal Research team on research related to English-speaking African nations.  Kelly and Hanibal have both written blog posts that touched on aspects of the life of Nelson Mandela: The Inspiring Story of Nelson Mandela and South Africa Freedom Day.   Today, […]

A Tribute to Dwight D. Opperman, Legal Publishing Pioneer and Friend of the Law Library of Congress

Dwight D. Opperman died last Thursday at his home in Bel Air, Calif., after a short illness. He was 89. Mr. Opperman and his wife, Julie Chrystyn Opperman, have been good friends and generous benefactors of the Law Library of Congress. He is well known for his work as the former head of West Publishing Company. Mr. Opperman is […]

Global Legal Monitor: May Highlights

In May, twenty-five articles were published in the Global Legal Monitor (GLM), the Law Library’s online publication covering various legal developments around the globe.  The following is a list of the five most viewed articles in the order of their popularity: China: New Visa System Proposed, Public Opinion Being Solicited Brazil: No More Visa Cap for Haitian […]

Banning Baby Names

At the start of May for the last few years I’ve seen multiple news items about the baby names that were rejected by the New Zealand authorities during the previous year (e.g., Lucifer, Prince, J, Rogue…).  The list of names, and the fact that the government is able to deem them unacceptable, draws plenty of interest […]

The UK’s Legal Response to the London Bombings of 7/7

The history of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK is expansive and dates back nearly a century.  The UK’s anti-terrorism laws have typically been reactive and enacted as emergency temporary legislation that later essentially became permanent through constant renewal.  The anti-terrorism laws have their genesis in the troubled relationship between Great Britain and Ireland over the […]

May Commemorative Observances

A few years ago, the Law Library was asked to research and create web pages on commemorative observances. The project included identification of the laws which were passed and presidential proclamations which were issued to establish and annually observe these commemorations.  The relevant pages can be found on the Law Library’s website under “Legal Topics.” Over the past two […]