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An Interview with Noriko Ohtaki, Research Fellow

This week’s interview is with Noriko Ohtaki, a research fellow who is at the Law Library of Congress from March until the end of May.  She is at the Library of Congress to learn more about Congress.gov, including how updates are scheduled, metrics, and challenges.  Her purpose in studying the U.S. approach for online publication of […]

A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Administrative Regulations and Departmental Rules

This is the second post in my A Guide to Chinese Legal Research series, following the first one published on January 30, 2014: A Guide to Chinese Legal Research: Who Makes What? My previous post on Chinese legal research introduced various types of documents having the force of law in China. Among them, the most […]

Arbitration in Turkey and Istanbul as a New International Arbitration Center

The following is a guest post by Ozlem Aydin Sakrak. Ozlem is an attorney with the Office of the Legal Advisor of the Turkish Treasury. She recently completed her internship in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Center and is about to return to Ankara. We extend our best wishes to her for a continued successful career in her home country.  […]

Tribute to Robert Gee

The Library of Congress held a celebration of life ceremony yesterday for a former colleague who recently passed away. Robert “Bob” Gee, who most recently was a special assistant to the Associate Librarian of Congress, died on March 12 after a short battle with cancer.  He was surrounded by family at his home in Washington, D.C.  Bob was born […]

A New Akoma Ntoso Tool: the LIME Editor

Monica Palmirani, one of the judges of our Legislative Data Challenges, recently alerted us to a new tool developed by the University of Bologna: the LIME Editor. This open source, web-based editor allows for the quick conversion of non-structured legal documents into XML, including Akoma Ntoso XML. The tool combines a component-based JavaScript framework and […]

National Poetry Month and Bad King John

The following post is cross posted on the From the Catbird Seat: Poetry & Literature blog. Magna Carta is coming to the Library of Congress in November 2014!  This document is regarded as being one of the foundations of representative government and at the same time marked a defeat of the king by his barons.  But long before 1215, […]

Introduction to Roman Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights

This is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Some of Dante’s recent posts include Introduction to Canon Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Resources and Treasures of the Italian Parliamentary Libraries, and A Fresh Update on the Canonical Rules on the Election of a […]

Tribal Governments and Violence Against Women Act — Pilot Project

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Davis, a supervisory collection specialist in our Collection Services Division.  March is the annual occasion to laud women’s landmark milestones and accomplishments for Women’s History Month.  A new pilot project began in March that is a signal triumph for women, particularly native women. It is also a […]

Works by Leon Battista Alberti – Pic of the Week

  A humanist and generally recognized as an uomo universal [“Renaissance man”], Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) is known for his works in painting, sculpture, architecture, mathematics, astronomy, music, physics, philosophy, and cryptography.  The writing of the mysterious Hypnerotomachia Poliphili has even been attributed to him.  The Law Library recently acquired a compilation of his lesser-known works, simply titled […]

An Introduction to Water Law

Although I grew up in an arid western state, my first real awareness of the complicated rules governing water usage came when I saw the movie The Milagro Beanfield War in 1988.  The action in the movie centers around the accidental and illegal diversion of water by Joe Mondragon, which brings down the wrath of the state government […]