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An Interview with Nabila Buhary, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Nabila Buhary, a foreign law intern working in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born in Melbourne, Australia, and completed a bachelor of laws/bachelor of arts double degree at Monash University in Australia in 2012. I completed my practical legal training at the United […]

Would Britney Spears’ Type of Conservatorship be Possible in Israel?

Britney Spears’ plea to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to end her conservatorship has drawn global attention to the legal arrangement of conservatorship, also known as guardianship, existing under the laws of many countries. Spears has been subject to conservatorship since 2008, following highly-publicized mental health problems. As a result, she has had no […]

An Interview with Matthew Nelson, Herencia Crowdsourcing Intern

Today’s interview is with Matthew Nelson, an intern working on transcribing the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia (about thirty miles south of Washington, D.C.). I first became interested in history and Latin when my parents signed me up to take […]

FALQs: Greenlandic Autonomy, Government Formation, and Mineral Resource Policy

This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Legal Questions series and describes Greenland’s legislative autonomy, government formation process, and mineral resource policy. A few weeks ago I wrote about the government formation process in Sweden. Last month, specifically June 21, marked the National Day of Greenland and the anniversary of the adoption of the […]

An Interview with Erika Wesch, Herencia Crowdsourcing Intern

Today’s interview is with Erika Wesch, an intern working on transcribing the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background: Although born in Bethesda, Maryland, I was raised in South Florida. I grew up 10 minutes from the beach, but I always felt drawn to the Washington, D.C., […]

Research Guides in Focus – Public International Law: A Beginner’s Guide

The following is a guest post by Louis Myers, the current Librarian-in-Residence at the Law Library of Congress. Louis has authored several blog posts for In Custodia Legis, including New Acquisition: The Trial of Governor Picton, A Case of Torture in Trinidad, Research Guides in Focus – Municipal Codes: A Beginner’s Guide, and Research Guides […]

Congress.gov July 2021 Release: the Addition of 30,000 Bills and Resolutions from 1799-1873

I enjoy commemorating anniversary dates for all sorts of events both on the wider historic stage and with respect to the Library. Yesterday, July 5, 2021, was the fifth anniversary of the retirement of our former legislative website THOMAS. This might sound like a sad anniversary, but THOMAS was replaced by Congress.gov into which we […]

Which Signatory of the Declaration of Independence is Buried in Washington, DC?

There were 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, but only one signer is buried in the Congressional Cemetery. In fact, he’s the only signer buried in the District of Columbia. In honor of Independence Day, we’re highlighting the final resting place of Elbridge Gerry. Gerry was born in Massachusetts in 1744. He attended Harvard […]