A friend’s son, who lived in Tanzania for a year, gave me this lovely cloth which hangs in my office. The centerpiece is a picture of Julius Kambrage Nyerere who is considered the father of modern Tanzania. Mwalimu is the Swahili term for teacher which was President Nyerere’s first profession before he entered politics.
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 […]
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 […]
This is a guest post by Pamela Barnes Craig, Instruction/Reference Librarian at the Law Library of Congress. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Pub. L. 92-318, 86 Stat. 235, 373 turned 40 years old on June 23, 2012. Its birthday passed much like it became law—quietly and unassumingly. Its impact, however, has been […]
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.” […]
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 […]
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 […]
The following are the top 10 most viewed articles from the general content of the Global Legal Monitor in the order of their popularity: China: Maternity Leave Extended from 90 Days to 98 Days France: Law on Immigration, Integration and Nationality U.N. Human Rights Council: First Resolution on Internet Free Speech South Korea: Permanent Dual […]
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., […]
The Law Library of Congress staff is celebrating the arrival of our new scanner. The scanner is located in the Law Library Reading Room where patrons can now scan materials and download images to a flashdrive. How cool is that!