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Most Viewed Legal Research Reports in 2015

With 2015 coming to end we are looking back at our accomplishments for the year. Recently, Donna wrote about the Top 15 Articles from the Enhanced GLM. Another online source that is useful for policy makers, legal researchers, and anyone interested in U.S., foreign, international, and comparative law is our collection of legal research reports.  These reports provide objective, nonpartisan information and analysis regarding a variety of issues and events, many of which are highly topical. We have published an increasing number of our reports in recent years.

Legal Reports

The top 15 most viewed reports in 2015 were:

  1. United States: Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court
  2. Restrictions on Genetically Modified Organisms: United States
  3. Firearms-Control Legislation and Policy: Australia
  4. War Powers
  5. Firearms-Control Legislation and Policy: Great Britain
  6. Firearms-Control Legislation and Policy: Switzerland
  7. Laws on Children Residing with Parents in Prison
  8. Sex Selection & Abortion: India
  9. Citizenship Based on Birth in Country
  10. Children’s Rights: Canada
  11. Children’s Rights: International Laws
  12. Children’s Rights: China
  13. Children’s Rights: United Kingdom (England and Wales)
  14. Firearms-Control Legislation and Policy: Canada
  15. Sentencing Guidelines: South Africa

Our legal research reports can be accessed by visiting the Law Library’s website, and you can receive notifications of newly published reports via email alerts or by subscribing to the RSS feed. In addition, you can get updates by following the Law Library’s Twitter account, @LawLibCongress.

We hope you find our reports interesting and informative. We wish you a happy New Year and look forward to publishing many more reports in 2016!

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