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Picture of text of the Basic Law of 1949.

Anniversary of the German Basic Law – German Constitutions in the Course of Time

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

The following is a guest post by Eva Dauke, a foreign law intern working with Foreign Law Specialist Jenny Gesley at the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Every year, on May 23, Germany celebrates the “Day of the Basic Law.” The Basic Law is Germany’s constitution, which lays out the country’s fundamental rights, among …

FALQs: Supreme Court Justice Selection in Norway

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Legal Questions series. On May 1, 2024, the Norwegian Supreme Court Justice Normann turned 70 years old and, as a Norwegian state employee, will be forced to retire from Norway’s highest court. Next year, another justice, Arne Ringnes, turns 70. This has created two upcoming vacancies on the …

picture of Peberholm island that connects the Oresund bridge between Denmark and Sweden

Join Us on 10/26 for a Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar titled “Nordic Noir: Genealogy as a Criminal Investigation Technique in Denmark and Sweden”

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

In 2020, the Swedish Police solved a 16-year-old cold case using forensic genetic genealogy, a first for the country. Following the conviction, the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection found that there was no legal basis for using investigative genetic genealogy. Earlier in 2023, the Danish and Swedish parliaments both voted on whether the police should have …

Midsommar Becomes Weekend Holiday in Sweden in 1953 – Pic of the Week

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

A few weeks ago, on June 6, Swedes celebrated their national day, in remembrance of both Gustav Vasa being elected king on this date in 1523 and the adoption of the Constitution of 1809, establishing the constitutional monarchy. If you ask a Swede, however, it seems an even bigger celebration is actually Midsommarafton (Midsummer’s Eve), …