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New Report: Virtual Civil Trials

While working from home together with other Law Library staff our foreign law specialists and analysts have been busy researching many legal issues related to COVID-19, including Continuity of Legislative Activities during Emergency Situations (March 2020) on measures taken in various countries for continuing legislative activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, we also published a […]

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, […]

70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe and 60th Anniversary of the European Court of Human Rights

This Sunday, May 5, 2019, the Council of Europe (not to be confused with the European Union, the European Council, or the Council of the European Union) celebrates 70 years of existence. On May 5, 1949, representatives from Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom met in London and […]

Happy National Spaghetti Day!

Today, January 4, is National Spaghetti Day. And no one appreciates pasta more than the self-proclaimed “Pastafarians,” members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM). According to their website, they believe, among others things, that “[p]irates were the original Pastafarians”, that “the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world much as it exists today, but for […]

An Interview with Catharina Schmidt, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Catharina Schmidt, a foreign law intern working with me on research related to the laws of Germany and other German-speaking jurisdictions at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I am originally from Germany and grew up with my younger sister in the city of Darmstadt, which is located near […]

An Interview with Felicia Stephan, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Felicia Stephan, a foreign law intern working with Jenny Gesley on research related to the laws of Germany and other German-speaking jurisdictions at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I am originally from Tübingen, a small town in the south of Germany, where I grew up with […]