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The Teaching Contract that Brought Sami Reindeer to Alaska

Today marks the National Sami Day in Sapmi – an area spanning the national borders of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russian Kola Peninsula. The Sami are a semi-nomadic people who have moved across national borders in Sapmi for hundreds of years. Similar to other people from the Scandinavian countries, they have also crossed the Atlantic in hopes […]

2020 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture to Feature U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch

We hope you can join us for the 2020 Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Lecture! The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program will present a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas […]

Anniversary of the 16th Amendment

                      Today marks an anniversary that perhaps many people would like to forget: February 3, 1913 was the day that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  For those of you who have blocked this amendment from your memory, the 16th Amendment states: […]

FALQs: Measures to Control Infectious Diseases Under Chinese Law

In response to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China has escalated measures to control the spread of the deadly virus, including locking down Wuhan and other cities in the province starting January 23, 2019. This followed an announcement issued by China’s National Health Commission (NHC) on January 20, […]

“The Noble Experiment”

Today, January 29, marks the 101st anniversary of the certification by Acting Secretary of State Frank Polk of the ratification by three-quarters of the states of the proposed 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which prohibited in the United States ”the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors.” The adoption of […]

The Italian Parliamentary Library

The following post is written by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. The Italian Parliamentary Library is composed of two libraries: the Senate Library and the Chamber of Deputies Library. Together they make up the Italian Joint Parliamentary Library (Polo Bibliotecario Parlamentare), the largest parliamentary library in Europe. The […]

Human Rights Day 2019 Event Recap: The Impact of the Women’s Suffrage Movement Today

Every year, the Law Library celebrates Human Rights Day with a panel discussion focusing on understanding and recognition of a critical social, economic, or cultural human rights issue. This year’s program, on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, focused on how the women’s suffrage movement impacts women’s rights today. The event started with a viewing of the Shall […]

An Interview with Zeynep Timocin Cantekin, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Zeynep Timocin Cantekin, a foreign law intern working with Foreign Law Specialist Jenny Gesley at the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. After finishing my undergraduate degree in Istanbul, I first moved to London for law […]