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Published Works Enter the Public Domain in the United States for First Time in Twenty Years

The following is a repost from the Copyright Office blog, Creativity at Work. This is a guest post by Anandashankar Mazumdar, outreach and education specialist in the Office of Public Information and Education. New Year’s Day 2019 was a landmark for American copyright law. For the first time in twenty years, published works of expression—including […]

FALQ’s: The Legalization of Cannabis in Canada

The following is a guest post by Sarah Ettedgui, from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, who worked as foreign law intern this past summer with foreign law specialist Nicolas Boring at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress. On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Canada’s first legal marijuana dispensaries opened their doors and marijuana enthusiasts all over the country endured long lines […]

The Cité Judiciaire (“Judicial City”) of Luxembourg – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post from Nicolas Boring, foreign law specialist covering French speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend a few days in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for a conference. During a walking tour of the old city, I was able to see […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina – When the Constitution, Laws, and Political Participation of Minorities Clash

The following is a guest post by Mirela Savic-Fleming, Special Assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress. Several days ago, in the middle of a conversation about our everyday lives and the upcoming midterm elections, a friend of mine looked at me, and asked out of the blue, “Do you know that there is a […]

Concubinage and the Law in France

The following is a guest post by Sarah Ettedgui, a foreign law intern who worked with foreign law specialist Nicolas Boring at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress during the summer. If there is one area of the law in which moral and religious ideologies have exercised a profound influence, it is that of relationships between the […]

Engagement under Japanese Law and Imperial House Rules

The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a foreign law specialist who covers Japan and various other countries in East and Southeast Asia. Sayuri has previously written posts for In Custodia Legis on various topics, including Is the Sound of Children Actually Noise?, How to Boost your Medal Count in the Olympics, South Korean-Style, Two Koreas Separated by Demilitarized Zone, English Translations of Post-World War […]

The Law Library of Congress at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries

The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Osborne.  Beth most recently wrote about the retirement of Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Librarians at the Law Library recently returned from the 2018 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.  The conference is an opportunity for legal information professionals to share knowledge and connect with colleagues from across […]

FALQs: Svenska akademien – The Swedish Academy

Today’s guest post was authored by Elin Hofverberg, a foreign law research consultant covering Scandinavian jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. Elin is a prolific In Custodia Legis blogger and has blogged on an extensive array of legal topics, including on FALQs: the Swedish Budget Process, 60 Years of Lego Building Blocks and Danish Patent […]

Courthouse in “Old Town” Alexandria, VA – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Catharina Schmidt, a foreign law intern working in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. The courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia is located at 520 King Street in Alexandria’s historic district known as “Old Town”. The building accommodates not one but three courts: The Alexandria General […]