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Join Us on April 23 for a Foreign Law Webinar on Fighting Pandemics

The current COVID-19 pandemic has put the healthcare systems of countries around the world to the test. While governments typically had laws and institutions in place to deal with pandemics and similar health crises, these have often had to be revised to deal with the current pandemic. In many cases, drastic new measures have been […]

KWIC Search Results for Legislation Text on Congress.gov

The following is a guest post by Amy Swantner, a specialist in legislative information systems management within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress. Imagine the following: you are interested in finding legislation about a specific topic. You carefully choose search terms you think will find those bills most relevant to your needs. […]

The Legal Texts that Created Göta Kanal

My colleague Betty has previously written about the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal built in 1828-1850. Her post inspired me to write about the Göta Kanal in Sweden, which was completed in 1832. It was originally commissioned 210 years ago tomorrow, on April 11, 1810, by a charter (Privilegiebrev) issued by the Swedish King Karl XIII […]

An Interview with Haolin Wang, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Haolin Wang, Foreign Law Intern at the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born in Guangzhou, an open and diversified city in south China. I attended Wuhan University in Wuhan, where I received an undergraduate law degree (LL.B.). During my third year of undergraduate studies, I […]

Law Day 2020 Event

The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association will present the Law Day 2020 program, “Social Movement Changing America: The Legacies of the 19th Amendment,” on Thursday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m. EST. This event will be presented as a digital program. Register via this ticketing site to view the event. After registration, you will […]

New Report Examines Measures Taken in Various Countries for Continuing Legislative Activities during Emergency Situations

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised serious challenges not only for scientists who are working on finding a cure and developing a vaccine, and for medical personnel who take care of the sick, but also for policymakers. In an effort to stop the spread of the virus, governments around the globe have introduced extraordinary measures, including travel restrictions, […]

Recap: First Library of Congress All-Virtual Transcribe-a-thon for Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with By the People, the Digital Collections and Management Services Division, the Hispanic Division, and the African, Latin American, and Western European Division of the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate , held the first ever all-virtual Transcribe-a-thon to celebrate the launch of our new crowdsourcing campaign, Herencia: Centuries […]