Our interview series on In Custodia Legis started almost nine years ago with an interview of the then-Law Librarian of Congress, Roberta Shaffer. We are now approaching 300 interviews. Today’s interview with Elin marks a first: it is the first time we have completed a follow-up interview. Elin was originally interviewed in 2011 when she […]
This is an interview with Elin Hofverberg, currently an intern at the Law Library of Congress. I enjoyed reading Ruth’s interview of Elin and I hope you do too. Describe your background I was born in the northern part of Sweden (geographically in the middle of the country) but grew up outside of Linköping (two […]
July 1 2019, marks the 40th anniversary of the explicit prohibition of corporal punishment of children in Sweden.
On June 21, 2019, Greenland celebrates its national day, 40 years after adopting the Home Rule Act in 1979 and 10 years after the Self-Government Act of 2009.
On this day 170 years ago, the Danish King Frederik VII signed the Danish Constitution of 1849, creating a constitutional monarchy. Thus, today marks Grundlovsdagen (Constitution Day). Although a national and bank holiday, the day is not such a grand affair as Constitution Day of Norway. This year may be different, though, as Denmark holds its […]
Two hundred thirty years ago today, on May 15, 1789, the Swedish Supreme Court was created by a royal regulation (Kongl. Maj:ts Rådige Förordnande för Des Högste Domstol eller Justitiae Revision af den 15 maj 1789). The Swedish king, Gustav III (known as the Masquerade King), abolished the Council of the Realm (Riksråd) and created […]
The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest (Eurovision) is taking place today. Eurovision is a popular product of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is made up of the public broadcasting networks of Europe. Twenty-six countries will compete to win in the grand finale being held on Saturday, May 18, in Tel Aviv, Israel. […]
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 […]
One hundred and fifteen years ago today, on March 4, 1904, the Danish King Christian IX (the “parent-in-law of Europe”) signed a law to establish an Icelandic Law School in Reykjavik. The law was signed after Iceland gained home rule in 1904 and before it gained its independence in 1944 and can be seen as […]
This upcoming Sunday, January 25, 2019, marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to commemorate the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Right here in Washington DC, the Holocaust museum is located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW. In fact, there are a number of Raoul Wallenberg plazas, memorials, streets, and esplanades, around the […]