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FALQs: The International Criminal Court and Africa

Recently, three African countries initiated a process to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Rome Statute).  On October 18, Burundi’s president signed legislation to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (the ICC), the first country to do so.  The following day, South Africa announced its intention to follow suit by […]

Indigenous Rights in New Zealand: Legislation, Litigation, and Protest

While growing up in New Zealand, then attending university there and working as a policy adviser in both environmental and constitutional law, I saw news items and had discussions about Māori rights, activism, and related legal or policy developments fairly regularly. I have therefore followed with interest media articles and social media discussions about the […]

Locating Real Estate Forms: A Beginner’s Guide

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis, instructional librarian, and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialist. We frequently receive requests for assistance with real estate law, particularly in finding real estate forms.  The legal requirements for such forms and agreements can be extensive, and as such, researchers can turn to treatises, legal encyclopedias, and legal form books […]

Controversy Over New Egyptian Law that Regulates the Construction of Churches

The following is a guest post by George Sadek, a senior legal research analyst at the Law Library of Congress. George has contributed a number of posts to this blog, including posts on Egypt’s new antiterrorism law, the legal processes available to imprisoned journalists in Egypt, the trial of Seif al Islam al Gaddafi, constitutional […]

Remembering Vine Deloria, Jr.

Vine Deloria, Jr., (b. March 14, 1933-d. November 13, 2005) was a Standing Rock Sioux lawyer, teacher, activist and writer. After completing his schooling, he worked as the executive director for the National Conference of American Indians (NCAI) from 1964-1967, where he advocated for the rights of Native Americans. Shortly after his tenure there, he […]

New Report Examines Veterans Benefits to Non-Citizens in France and in Israel

Tomorrow, on November 11, people in the United States will celebrate Veterans Day. The In Custodia Legis bloggers team has previously written about the historic aspects of Veterans Day and about resources available at the Library of Congress, specifically the Veterans History Project. The sacrifices made by United States veterans are recognized not only by a designation of a […]

An Interview with Irma Gabriadze, Professional Fellow

Today’s interview is with Irma Gabriadze, a professional fellow working with Ruth on research related to the laws of the Republic of Georgia and other jurisdictions. Describe your background I am a lawyer currently employed by the Ministry of Justice of Georgia (MoJ). I have been serving as the MoJ head of the Legal Research and […]