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The Treaty of Wanghia – Pic of the Week

This week (February 3) saw the start of Chinese New Year celebrations.  To mark the occasion, we thought we’d highlight an interesting China-related item in our collections.  Our great staff that work with our closed stacks located the Treaty of Peace, Amity, and Commerce, Between the United States of America and the Chinese Empire (commonly […]

Data Privacy Day 2011

Today is Data Privacy Day – “an annual international celebration to raise awareness and generate discussion about information privacy.”  In Europe, it’s called European Privacy and Data Protection Day.  The day, whether in North America or in Europe or other parts of the world, basically involves various corporations, government officials and representatives, academics, and students […]

New and Improved Access to Australian Legislation

Last year Clare wrote about changes to the UK government’s legislation website, and we’ve written a lot about enhancements to THOMAS, so when I got an email last week about the Australian government’s legislation website being upgraded I thought it definitely warranted some attention. The ComLaw website provides open access to Commonwealth (i.e., federal) legislation.  […]

Researching an Unfamiliar Country’s Law

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Division. Have you found yourself needing to research a jurisdiction that you know next to nothing about?  Because I studied law in Bangladesh, I will use that country as an example to provide some tips on how you could […]

There’s No Place Like Home

Our most recent “Power Lunch” was a discussion by our Foreign Law Specialist, Hanibal Goitom.  He presented “Citizenship Issues Affecting Certain Ethiopians of Eritrean Origin.”  His talk focused mainly on an international arbitration case that Eritrea and Ethiopia litigated regarding the citizenship of a group of Ethiopians of Eritrean origin who were denationalized by Ethiopia. […]

‘Twas the Day After Christmas…

I’ve been getting into the holiday spirit and wanted to blog about something related to the season.  I thought I could follow up my Thanksgiving Day post with something about the laws relating to Christmas Day, but then I thought that something with a little more international flavor might be interesting (I did find some […]