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New Law Library Report Explores “Golden Visas” and “Golden Passports” in Various Countries

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Last month, the Law Library of Congress published a new report titled Investment Migration Programs of Visa Waiver Program Countries. The report consists of a table and map showing which countries that are part of the United States visa waiver program provide residence visas or citizenship to eligible applicants who undertake to make certain investments in …

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The Appointment of the New Chief Justice of New Zealand

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

On March 14, 2019, New Zealand‘s new chief justice, The Right Honourable Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann GNZM, was sworn in at the Supreme Court in Wellington. She replaces Dame Sian Elias, who retired on March 13, 2019, from the role to which she was appointed in 1999. Since that time, the Supreme Court of …

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Parliamentary Petitions Move Online in Australia and New Zealand

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

I recently saw a tweet from the Twitter account of the New Zealand Parliament regarding the launch of an electronic petitions system. I’m not sure if the Australian House of Representatives social media people also read that tweet, but the next day I saw its account had sent a tweet reminding people that a new e-petition platform had …

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Nauru – 50 Years of Independence

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Fifty years ago, on January 31, 1968, Nauru became an independent nation. It is the smallest island republic in the world with a land area of just 8.1 square miles (“about 0.1 times the size of Washington, DC“) and a population of around 10,000 people. Prior to independence, from 1947 onward, the island was subject to a …

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Danish Law – Global Legal Collection Highlights

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

This post is part of a series highlighting the Law Library’s foreign law collections. A couple weeks ago, Jenny wrote about Germany’s “Day of the Basic Law,” which is celebrated on the anniversary of Germany’s constitution coming into force. I have also previously written about Syttonde Mai (May 17), the National Day or Constitution Day in …

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Most Viewed In Custodia Legis Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Last week we highlighted the reports on our website that received the most views in 2016. This week,  we wrote about the most viewed bills on Congress.gov for the year and the most read Global Legal Monitor articles. Today, I take a look at the In Custodia Legis blog posts that proved particularly popular in 2016. We …

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Legal Approaches to Narcotics in Sixteen Countries

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, director of legal research at the Law Library of Congress. Peter has previously written a number of posts related to Russia and the former Soviet Union, including posts on the Soviet investigation of Nazi war crimes, lustration in Ukraine, Crimean history and the 2014 referendum, regulating …

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Jenny Gesley Wins Award for Doctoral Dissertation

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The following is a guest post by Luis Acosta, a division chief in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. The Law Library of Congress is very proud to announce that Jenny Gesley, our foreign law specialist covering German-speaking countries, was named one of two recipients of the Baker & McKenzie Award …