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A Wealth of Law Library Reports in 2014!

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Research-books-on-two-desksThe foreign law specialists and legal analysts at the Law Library of Congress have had another busy year writing reports and other responses to requests from a wide range of patrons.  Some of these were detailed multinational studies, such as our reports on police weapons in select countries and on the regulation of genetically modified organisms, while others were shorter surveys that looked at the laws of a large number of countries on a specific issue, such as the criminalization of homosexuality in African jurisdictions and the regulatory responses to virtual currencies around the world.  Some reports were just on single countries, such as on rules related to the slaughter of domestic animals in Sweden.

We’ve made a real push this year to make more of our reports available to the public, and it appears our efforts have paid off!  Last December Hanibal highlighted the nine reports that we published on our website during 2013.  Since that time we have not only published eight more reports that were completed in 2013, but also added another 27 new reports to our Legal Topics page!  Here’s the full 2014 list in date order:

There are also many older reports on our website that remain a great resource for anyone interested in learning about how different countries have sought to address various legal and policy issues.  Published in 2007, our report on children’s rights is still one of our most visited, with the entries on China, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and relevant international law proving particularly popular.  Our 2013 report on firearms control laws, particularly the entries on Australia, South Africa, and Great Britain, was also viewed by a large number of people.  Within other reports, an entry on laws related to sex selection and abortion in India was among our most viewed, as were pages on Canadian laws related to medical malpractice liability and points-based immigration.

Several of the information pages related to US constitutional law were also well-used during 2014, including those on gun ownership and the Supreme Court; the War Powers Act; and presidential signing statements.

We look forward to seeing what interesting topics we will research and publish reports on next year!  We often write about our new reports on this blog under the Global Law category.  You can also sign up to receive alerts whenever a report is published.  Just click the “subscribe” button at the top of any page on our website and select an option under “Legal Research Reports.”

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