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Laws of the Russian Federation – Global Legal Collection Highlights

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, Director of  Global Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress.  Peter has previously contributed various posts to In Custodia Legis, including on the Pittsburgh Agreement, the ASIL Annual Meeting, Russia’s immigration policies and the U.S. Trade Act, and the Treaty on the Creation of the […]

The Italian Legislative Procedure

This is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Antonio Casu (Direttore della Biblioteca, Camera dei Deputati), and Vito Cozzoli (Consigliere Capo dell’Avvocatura, Camera dei Deputati).  This is the second post in a series describing the main aspects of the Italian legislature.  The first post discussed the development of the modern Italian government. The Italian Republican Constitution – […]

Blog Team Meeting – Pic of the Week

Have you ever wondered how the In Custodia Legis sausage is made?  Well, you are in luck.  Every month the blog team meets to develop what we call the “editorial calendar.”  The majority of the meeting is usually spent on handing out assignments to bloggers to generate content, including by looking at upcoming events and […]

DOMA and LGBT Commemorative Month

Generally when researchers visit the Law Library Reading Room with questions about marriage laws, I refer them to the relevant state code.  The laws governing the contracting of a marriage or its dissolution are legislated by the state and usually in a chapter of the state code entitled “Domestic Relations.”  However, in certain circumstances, the federal government will enter […]

June 4, 2013 Panel Discussion on Islamic Law

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a Legal Analyst in the Global Legal Research Center of the Law Library of Congress.  The Law Library of Congress, along with the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division, held a panel discussion on June 4, 2013,on the role and impact of Islamic law in the developing constitutions and […]

Stetson University Celebrates 125 Years as a Federal Depository Library – Pic of the Week

This year, Stetson University’s duPont-Ball Library celebrates 125 years as a federal depository library. Stetson became Florida’s first federal depository library in 1887. Federal depository libraries serve a vital role, promoting equality under law by making federal documents accessible to all. Several dignitaries were on hand to help celebrate Stetson’s achievement. Among those in attendance […]

Government Contracts: A Beginner’s Guide

This post was co-authored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, Legal Reference Librarians. Despite the federal government’s recent reduction in spending—according to Bloomberg, federal “government spending on contracts fell 3.1 percent last year, the biggest one-year decline since 1997”—government contracting is still a big business nationwide.  The multitude of laws and regulations that control a […]