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Join Us for a Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar: “Green Energy in the Arctic: Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges in the Nordic Countries”

On March 10, 2022, at 2pm EST, Foreign Law Specialist Elin Hofverberg will present our next Foreign and Comparative Law webinar, “Green Energy in the Arctic: Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges in the Nordic Countries.” Please register here. Last year the Law Library published a report on Net Zero Emission Legislation Around the World. The report documents […]

Return of a Sámi Drum

Sunday, February 6, marks the Sámi National Day. The Sámi people are indigenous to Sápmi, an area that spans across northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. The holiday inspired me to write a post about the recent return of a Sámi Drum to Norway. Last month, the Danish government transferred the legal ownership […]

Lions and Tigers and Zebras, Oh My!

The following is a guest post by Clare Feikert-Ahalt, a senior foreign law specialist at the Law Library of Congress covering the United Kingdom and several other jurisdictions. Clare has written numerous posts for In Custodia Legis, including Revealing the Presences of Ghosts; Weird Laws, or Urban Legends?; FALQs: Brexit Referendum; and  100 Years of “Poppy Day” in the […]

Looking into the Past: Space Telescopes and the Law of Outer Space

The following is a guest post by Louis Myers, a legal reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress. Louis has authored several blog posts for In Custodia Legis, including New Acquisition: The Trial of Governor Picton, A Case of Torture in Trinidad and Indigenous Law Research Strategies: Settlement Acts. Today, the James Webb Space […]

Join Us for a Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar: “Illegal Migration in the Central and Western Mediterranean from the Perspective of International and Domestic Law”

On February 10, 2022, at 2pm EST, Foreign Law Specialist George Sadek will present our next Foreign and Comparative Law webinar, “Illegal Migration in the Central and Western Mediterranean from the Perspective of International and Domestic Law.” Please register here. Illegal migration in the central and western Mediterranean is not just an important legal topic but also […]

On this Day: The Danish Queen Margarethe II – 50 Years as Head of State

Today, January 14, 2022, the Danish Queen Margarethe II (Margrethe Alexandrine Þorhildur Ingrid) celebrates 50 years on the Danish throne. However, she was not born the heir apparent to the throne, but became Crown Princess of Denmark at the age of 13 when the Danish Parliament adopted an act of succession (Tronfølgelov) that allowed daughters to […]

New Report on the “Lifecycle of Parliamentary Documents” Published

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 […]

FALQs: The Icelandic Reduced Workweek Trial

This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Legal Questions series.    During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic the world saw a surge in remote work, potentially changing the way many of us work forever. But even before the pandemic, people seeking a better work-life balance were looking at reinventing the work structure, including pursuing […]

New Report on “Regulation of Cryptocurrency Around the World” Published

Cryptocurrencies, once obscure and primarily associated with financing illegal activities, have become mainstream. Cryptocurrencies are a type of virtual currency that uses cryptographic algorithms to validate and secure transactions. The transactions are digitally recorded on a distributed ledger, such as a blockchain. As more and more people invest in and trade cryptocurrencies, governments around the […]

Ethelred the Unready

European history is full of rulers whose names have included nicknames that designate some outstanding characteristic. For example, Richard I of England was known as Lionheart for his bravery in battle. Then there is Joan, Queen of Castile, also known as Joanna the Mad. She acquired this nickname after the death of her husband Philip […]