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100 Years of “Poppy Day” in the United Kingdom

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 Weird Laws, or Urban Legends?; FALQs: Brexit Referendum; and The UK’s Legal Response to the London Bombings of 7/7. “At the eleventh […]

Human Rights, Migration, and Soccer: The Role of FIFA

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Boomer, an international law consultant in the Global Legal Research Directorate. Elizabeth has previously written for In Custodia Legis on numerous topics, including Technology & the Law of Corporate Responsibility – The Impact of Blockchain, 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, United Nations Day – […]

New Law Library Report Lists Countries with Legislation Establishing a “Net Zero” Emissions Target

The United Nations Climate Change Conference got underway this week in Glasgow in the United Kingdom (UK), opening on October 31 and running until November 12. The conference is commonly referred to as “COP26,” as it is the 26th session of the “Conference of the Parties” to the 1994 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change […]

Orange Shirt Day

In Canada today, people are commemorating Orange Shirt Day. This July, the Canadian government passed legislation to create the federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation– also known as Orange Shirt Day, as it was named before the federal holiday was established. Orange Shirt Day is so named because the grandmother […]

Can you Legally Import a Toucan? No, you Probably Cannot

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Boomer, an international law consultant in the Global Legal Research Directorate. Elizabeth has previously written for In Custodia Legis on numerous topics, including Technology & the Law of Corporate Responsibility – The Impact of Blockchain, 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, United Nations Day – […]

FALQs: Impeachment Rules in Denmark

This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Legal Questions series. Later this week, Denmark will hold its first impeachment proceeding (Rigsrett) in 26 years. The main proceedings (hovedforhandlingen) start on September 2. In this blog post, I will describe the process of impeachment in Denmark. Background On February 2, 2021, the Danish Parliament […]

Law Library of Congress and Harvard Law School Collaboration Improves Access to Legal Collection Materials

The Law Library of Congress and Harvard Law School are excited to commence work on a project to increase access to and discovery of national legal gazettes, manuscripts, and other legal materials. This multi-year effort will facilitate analysis and knowledge-sharing by the Law Library of Congress and the Program In Islamic Law (PIL) at Harvard Law […]

500-Year Anniversary of the Fuggerei – the Oldest Social Housing Complex in the World

This blog post describes the “Fuggerei” in Augsburg, Germany – the oldest existing social housing complex in the world. The Fuggerei was established on August 23, 1521 by Jakob Fugger “the Rich,” a wealthy merchant. In order to be eligible for housing, a person must be Catholic, needy, respectable, and a citizen of Augsburg. The yearly rent is Euros 0.88.

Aslihan Bulut Has Been Appointed Law Librarian of Congress

Aslihan Bulut has been appointed as Law Librarian of Congress after serving in that position in an acting capacity for almost five months. Since 2019, Bulut served as the deputy law librarian for collections at the Law Library of Congress, where she oversaw the Global Legal Collections Directorate in establishing priorities, design, launch, and execution […]