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FALQs: The International Criminal Court and Africa

Recently, three African countries initiated a process to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Rome Statute).  On October 18, Burundi’s president signed legislation to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (the ICC), the first country to do so.  The following day, South Africa announced its intention to follow suit by […]

Nairobi Shipment

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in the Processing Section of the Law Library. Monday morning we received five large boxes shipped from the Nairobi field office of the Library of Congress. It’s always fun when these deliveries arrive as we never know what we’ll find. The last shipment from Nairobi was mostly […]

Archived Legal Materials from Official Gazettes Now Available Through Law.gov

The following is a guest post by Janice Hyde, director of the Global Legal Collection Directorate at the Law Library of Congress. The Law Library of Congress has always relied on primary sources of law wherever possible to respond to requests from the U.S. Congress and its other patrons. For foreign countries, the fundamental source […]

Laws on Homosexuality in African Nations

This post was co-authored with Constance A. Johnson, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Connie has previously blogged about Law Relating to Refugee Rights – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Law and Longitude, Water Rights at Star Island, and our Guide on Legal Translation. Recent Nigerian and Ugandan laws criminalizing homosexuality have brought the issue […]

The Law Library Marks Humans Rights Day with a Discussion of Refugee Rights

This post was co-authored with Constance A. Johnson, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Connie is chair of the Law Library’s planning committee for Human Rights Day and has previously blogged about Law Relating to Refugee Rights – Global Legal Collection Highlights, Law and Longitude, Water Rights at Star Island, and our Guide on Legal […]

Law Library Reports Roundup: 2013

During the month of December we often think back and take stock of events, debates, challenges, and achievements of the past year.  This year, various issues have received national attention, including debates on immigration reform, gun control, and issues relating to the handling of sexual offenses in the military. Here at the Law Library of […]

Law Library Report on Wildlife Trafficking and Poaching

You may have noticed that the issue of poaching and trafficking in wildlife, particularly involving African elephants and rhinos, has been in the news a lot lately.  This is mainly because the situation, apparently fueled by an appetite for illegal wildlife products in Asia (especially China and Thailand), is getting increasingly dire.  The decline in […]