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Law Library of Congress Studies on Firearms, Weapons, and Gun Control

Posted by: Ruth Levush

A search of legal reports produced by the Law Library of Congress has identified multiple reports on gun laws around the world. The reports date back to the early 1960s, reflecting the interest in the topics of “firearms” OR “weapons” OR “gun control” OR “weapons industry” by Law Library of Congress patrons over the years. …

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New Report on the “Lifecycle of Parliamentary Documents” Published

Posted by: Ruth Levush

A recent Law Library of Congress report describes the parliamentary document process in 10 jurisdictions around the world. The report, titled the Lifecycle of Parliamentary Documents, summarizes the findings of research conducted by foreign law specialists in the Law Library’s Global Legal Research Directorate based on legal sources from the jurisdictions surveyed. The report is …

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Introducing the New Multi-jurisdiction Service of Process Report

Posted by: Ruth Levush

This is a guest post by Kayahan Cantekin, a foreign law specialist in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Kayahan previously blogged about Introducing the New Civil Education Models Report. We’re proud to announce that our new multi-jurisdiction report on rules governing the service of process is now available on law.gov. …

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Most Viewed Law Library Foreign Law Reports of 2018

Posted by: Ruth Levush

The In Custodia Legis team has developed a tradition of looking back and reporting on those foreign law reports published that year on the Law Library of Congress website. Our team members also routinely review and report on the most viewed foreign law reports, Global Legal Monitor articles, and In Custodia Legis posts during the passed …

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Israeli Law on “Forced Fatherhood”

Posted by: Ruth Levush

Many have written about the importance of parental love for a child’s emotional development. But what happens when a father resents fatherhood? As I am not a psychologist, I will not address the mental health implications of such sad circumstances for the child or for the father. Rejection of paternity, however, raises a serious legal …

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Releasing Agunot from the Chains of Marriage in Selected Countries

Posted by: Ruth Levush

Last week I blogged about Israeli legislative and judicial efforts to assist Jewish women who cannot divorce their husbands (עגונות, agunot,  literally “chained”; עגונה, agunah in singular). In accordance with Jewish law, which applies to matters of marriage and divorce of Jewish residents and citizens of Israel, a valid divorce requires the consensual delivery by the husband and receipt …

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Elor Azaria and Alexander Blackman: Adjudication of Unlawful Military Shootings

Posted by: Ruth Levush

What impact do prolonged periods of stress and fear have on a soldier’s behavior? Do the horrors of war and terrorist acts justify conduct that would otherwise be unlawful? While such circumstances do not seem to amount to justification for violating the law, it is notable that “exceptional stressors” and constant threats faced by soldiers were recently considered …