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Upcoming Event: The Role and Impact of Islamic Law in Transitioning Arab Spring Countries

The Law Library, along with the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division, will hold a  panel discussion on the role and impact of Islamic law in transitioning Arab Spring countries. The program is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4th in the Mumford Room, which is on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building,101 Independence […]

The UK’s Legal Response to the London Bombings of 7/7

The history of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK is expansive and dates back nearly a century.  The UK’s anti-terrorism laws have typically been reactive and enacted as emergency temporary legislation that later essentially became permanent through constant renewal.  The anti-terrorism laws have their genesis in the troubled relationship between Great Britain and Ireland over the […]

Henry Clay’s Law Office – Pic of the Week

This is the only law office used by Senator and Representative Henry Clay that is still in existence today. Situated on Mill Street in Lexington, Kentucky, Clay used this office from 1804-1810.  Henry Clay is considered to be one of the greatest statesmen in American history, with a career that spanned the first half of […]

An Interview with Irakli Kotetishvili, a Legislative Intern at the Law Library

This week’s interview is with Irakli Kotetishvili.  From Georgia (country), Irakli is doing his internship at the Law Library of Congress as part of the State Department sponsored Legislative Fellows Program. Describe your background? I was born and raised in Georgia (country) when it was still a part of the Soviet Union. I remember life […]

Law Day Panelists Focus on Equality

 As part of our annual Law Day celebration, we welcomed moderator Carrie Johnson, Justice Correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), who led an informative and lively panel discussion on equality. The program, “The Movement in America for Civil and Human Rights,” was developed to correspond with the American Bar Association’s national theme, “Realizing the Dream, […]

The World’s Legal Heritage in Great Subterranean Halls, or… A Collection Big with Babylonian Perspective

A walk through the stacks of the Law Library of Congress will give you a vivid sense, if you had ever wondered, of what more than a million books looks like.  Current statistics show that the Law Library houses 2.78 million physical volumes in its collection.  Nearly all of these are stored in four gigantesque […]

The First Feminist Congress of Mexico

The following blog post was a joint effort by Christina Turiano, Jeffrey Helm, and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.  March was Women’s History Month; but as Luis de Góngora y Argote would put it, “Fortune yields goods that are not yet writ: when whistles flutes, when flutes whistles.” The serendipitous act of such a rare find as this can […]