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In Custodia Legis Greatest Hits: Fiscal Year 2020 Highlights

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Our 2020 fiscal year came to a close on September 30. As we dive into fiscal year 2021, let’s take a moment to highlight our most popular blog posts published within our fiscal year 2020! In 2020, we published 238 blog posts. Here are some of our most-viewed blog posts published in the past year:

10. Book of Law Used in the State of Johor

Bahawa ini kitab undang-undang qanun yang dipakai dalam Negeri Johor, Singapore, 1837, illuminated title panel [photo by Geraldine Dávila González]
The Law Library holds a rare Malay law manuscript in Jawi script, hand copied by Munshi Abdullah in 1837. It was purchased for the United States and the Library by Alfred North during the United States Exploring Expedition. Dr. Joshua Kueh of Asian Division discovered this manuscript in the Law Library’s Rare Book Collection.

9. Anniversary of the 16th Amendment

Internal Revenue Service Christmas ornament featuring the original Form 1040 (1993), from the collection of Betty Lupinacci (photographer).

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on February 3, 1913. This post was in celebration of the 107th anniversary of the ratification.

8. Liberia Government Measures to Contain the Spread of COVID-19

Ebola Recovery (United States Agency for International Development Flickr account, January 31, 2015). Used under Creative Commons License,

This post discusses a number of measures the Liberia government took to slow the spread of COVID-19 including: travel restrictions and border closures, a declaration of a national health emergency, declaration of a national state of emergency, and other restrictions and enforcement.

7. Past Bilateral Border Agreements between China and India and the June 15th Clash

Darjeeling, India – View towards the Himalaya Range. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division,

This was a guest post by Tariq Ahmad that provides an outline of past bilateral border agreements between China and India.

6. When a Former Enslaved Person Debated a Former Confederate in the House of Representatives

Hon. Josiah Thomas Walls of Florida. Photograph. Published between 1860-1875. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Hon. Josiah Thomas Walls of Florida. Photograph. Published between 1860-1875. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

This post discusses the life of Josiah Walls, an African American Congressmen from the State of Florida.

5. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir: The World’s First Female Elected President

Photo of President Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Iceland with U.S. President Ronald Reagan during his trip to Iceland for the Reykjavik Summit, Oct. 10, 1986. Photo used under Ronald Regan Presidential Library Terms of Use.

This past August 1st marked the 40th anniversary of Vigdís Finnbogadottir’s inauguration as president of Iceland in 1980. She was the first woman to be democratically elected president in any nation on June 29, 1980.

4. FALQs: India’s Government Response to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (NIH Image Gallery Feb. 21, 2020), used under Creative Commons license 1.0)

This post provides an overview of some of India’s responses to Covid-19 (or novel coronavirus) by the union (or central) government and at the state level.

3. Coronavirus Resource Guide

The Law Library’s resource guide on legislation, executive proclamations and secondary material related to the coronavirus pandemic.

2. FALQs: Article 370 and the Removal of Jammu and Kashmir’s Special Status

Kashmir region [Washington: Central Intelligence Agency, 2003]. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division,
This post explains some of the controversies surrounding the revocation of the special constitutional status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir under article 370 of India’s constitution, and the repeal of article 35A, which had allowed the state to define permanent residents of the state and certain special rights and privileges attached to such residency. It also includes a brief historical background of the dispute, the legal steps taken to revoke the special status, and legal challenges to that decision.

1. South Africa Government Measures to Contain the Spread of COVID-19 and Mitigate Damages

The government of South Africa government has issued regulations, directions, and guidelines to combat COVID-19 and mitigate damages from the pandemic, including: a national state of disaster, lockdown, a travel ban, ruled against price gouging, compensation for occupationally-acquired COVID-19, special unemployment insurance benefit, and others.

In Fiscal Year 2020 we also celebrated the 10th anniversary of In Custodia Legis. We would like to thank everyone who has kept up with our posts over the years. We will continue to produce great Law Library-related content for our readers for years to come!


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