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An Interview with Edith Palmer, Senior Foreign Law Specialist

This week’s interview is with Edith Palmer, Senior Foreign Law Specialist at the Law Library of Congress, who covers the German-speaking countries of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.  She has been providing research and reference for the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Judiciary since she joined the Law Library in 1976.  In addition […]

Ciao, Italia

I recently returned from Italy, and when traveling I enjoy learning more about the country and culture.  I love reading through a mixture of online sources like the CIA World Factbook and the State Department Background Notes or through books (I’ve been reading Roma). While in Rome, in addition to having a lot of coffee […]

Official Gazettes: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

While the United States does not publish an official gazette, most countries of the world do.  These primary law sources are invaluable for foreign legal research.  While no two countries’ gazettes are identical, most contain legislation, orders, regulations, statutory instruments, and international agreements.  Some even include decisions of courts and administrative agencies.  The currency of […]

Human Rights Day at the Law Library

We all know that there are a huge number of “days” (or weeks, or months, or sometimes the whole year!) for remembering and celebrating significant events or highlighting different issues.  There are the serious ones, like Earth Day, World AIDS Day, and Law Day.  And then there are some that are a bit less serious, […]

Social Networks and French Labor Law: Beware of your Facebook Friends!!

The following is a post by Nicole Atwill, Foreign Law Specialist for France and other French-speaking jurisdictions and one of our new guest bloggers. As Kelly noted in a previous post, we Foreign Law Specialists keep up to date with legal news and events in the jurisdictions that we cover.  Browsing through several French newspapers […]

Introducing our Guest Bloggers…

Our funny and brilliant blogger of British origin, Clare, is taking a wee break at the moment – we’ve excused her from blogging duties while she looks after a very new addition to her family – congratulations, Clare!.  Therefore, in the interests of maintaining a good coverage of foreign law and a broad international perspective, […]

The Romance of Language

The following is a guest post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist in the European Division. A lawyer I know who does legal drafting says that there is no need to use archaic terms such as “aforethought,” “forthwith,” “wherefore,” or “to wit.”  Legal language should be clear, concise, and unambiguous.  Everybody should be able to understand […]

UK Legal Resources Provided Online by the Law Library of Congress

I have decided to take advantage of the blog to draw a little attention to some of the legal research aids for my primary jurisdiction, the United Kingdom, that we have available online through the Law Library of Congress website.  There are a mixture of resources available from this site on the U.K., from research guides […]

When Legal Systems Collide – The Case of the “Honeymoon Killer”

A young American woman dies while scuba diving on her honeymoon in Australia in 2003.  After lengthy police investigations, an inquest in 2008 finds that it is likely that her husband (an experienced diver) killed her by holding her under the water.  The husband voluntarily returns from the U.S. to face murder charges in Australia.  […]