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New Law Library Report on Lobbying Disclosure Laws

Working and living in Washington, DC, lobbyists are no uncommon sight. K Street, where numerous lobbying firms are traditionally located, has become a metonym for the lobbying industry in general. A “lobbyist” is defined under federal law as any individual who is employed or retained by a client for financial or other compensation for services that include more […]

The Tale of a Presidential Term in France

This is a guest post by Nicolas Boring who has previously written for In Custodia Legis on a variety of topics including The Protection of Champagne Wine, FALQs: Freedom of Speech in France, How Sunday Came to be a Day of Rest in France, Napoleon Bonaparte and Mining Rights in France, French Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights, and co-collaborated […]

New Reports on Foreign Parliaments Added

Early last year I wrote about the publication of a collection of Law Library of Congress reports that delve into the workings of national parliaments in twelve countries around the world. We’ve recently added four more countries to the collection, so there is now coverage of specific parliaments in South Asia and Africa, in addition to those in a […]

Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month is a month to celebrate the contributions Jewish Americans have made to America since the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in New Amsterdam in 1654. Every year since 1980, Congress and the President have acted together to declare an official observance to recognize the contributions of Jewish Americans to American […]

Where is Blasphemy Criminalized Around the World?

We recently published a report that surveys laws criminalizing blasphemy, defaming religion, harming religious feelings and other similar acts in seventy-seven jurisdictions around the world.  The report includes a map showing the different regions of the world covered in the report. Reports such as this one, which survey a geographically, economically, and politically diverse group of countries, […]

New Law Library Report on the Development of Migration and Citizenship Law in Postwar Germany

In 2015, there were slightly over 17 million people in Germany with a “migrant background”, accounting for 21% of the country’s total population. A person with a “migrant background” is defined by the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) as someone who was not born a German citizen or who has at least one parent who was not […]

Virginia House of Burgesses—Pic of the Week

Spring may be the best time of year to take a break and visit Virginia’s historic triangle and Williamsburg, Virginia, especially the Virginia House of Burgesses. Spring is the anniversary time of so many historic revolutionary moments in Virginia. The House of Burgesses is the oldest English-speaking representative assembly in the New World, dating back […]