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John Witte Presentation: Faith-Based Family Laws in Liberal Democracies

At the start of this month I (along with several of my Global Legal Research Center colleagues) attended a very engaging and thought-provoking presentation by Professor John Witte, Jr. titled “Sharia in the West? What Place for Faith-Based Family Laws in Liberal Democracies?”  Professor Witte recently completed his term as the Cary and Ann Maguire […]

The November Update to Congress.gov

We are continuing to push forward on Congress.gov! We are working hard to refine the beta.  Can you believe the launch was already two months ago? As with the first iterative update to Congress.gov, Jeanine has updated the About Congress.gov page: November 2012 Highlights of minor updates include: Member profiles search order tuning; Clarification of “Party history” for Members […]

Executive Orders: A Beginner’s Guide

Although they are not specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, Executive Orders have been considered one of the President’s powers since George Washington’s administration.  Executive Orders are exactly what they sound like—orders produced by the President, as head of the executive branch, that are “generally directed to, and govern actions by, Government officials and agencies.”[1]  […]

Transparency – Pic of the Week

We’ve had an update to the Law Library of Congress physical spaces.  The front doors to our main office were recently replaced with glass doors.  We often talk about transparency in government, and the doors are our small symbolic contribution to making our inner workings “see-through.”   The glass also lets visitors see into the […]

An Interview with Nana Ghvaladze, Legislative Fellow

This interview is with Nana Ghvaladze, a parliamentary staffer from the Republic of Georgia who spent four weeks in October and November at the Law Library of Congress as a participant of the Legislative Fellows Program supported by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the American Councils for International Education, . Describe your […]

Law Library to Celebrate Human Rights Day with Panel Discussion

Mark your calendars! In recognition of International Human Rights Day, the Law Library will host a panel discussion on issues surrounding bioethics: “Bioethics and Human Rights: Privacy and Consent.” The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 in the Mumford Room, which is on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., […]

Civil War Conscription Laws

The following is a guest post by James Martin, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. If it can be said that necessity is the mother of invention, then it can also be said that war is quite often its midwife.  This was certainly the case in the American Civil War when […]