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President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court

This is a guest post by Jason Zarin, a legal reference specialist at the Law Library of Congress. On Friday, February 25, 2022, President Biden nominated federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Judge Jackson is currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FALQs: The Role of Members of the Swedish Parliament without Party Affiliations

This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Legal Questions series. On November 29, 2021, the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag) elected its first female prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, for a second time. The first time was on November 23, 2021, on what was dubbed “Super Wednesday” (superonsdagen) in the Swedish press, when the newly elected PM stepped […]

From Summorum Pontificum to Traditionis Custodes: Changes in Liturgical Matters at the Catholic Church

The following post is by Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress. He has recently written for In Custodia Legis on the Italian Parliamentary Library; Spanish Legal Documents (15th to 19th Century); Recent Legislation Enacted by Italy to Tackle COVID-19; and Italy: A New Silk Road Between Italy and China – the Belt and Road Initiative. […]