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Official Gazettes: Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

Posted by: Kurt Carroll

While the United States does not publish an official gazette, most countries of the world do.  These primary law sources are invaluable for foreign legal research.  While no two countries’ gazettes are identical, most contain legislation, orders, regulations, statutory instruments, and international agreements.  Some even include decisions of courts and administrative agencies.  The currency of …

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Human Rights Day at the Law Library

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

We all know that there are a huge number of “days” (or weeks, or months, or sometimes the whole year!) for remembering and celebrating significant events or highlighting different issues.  There are the serious ones, like Earth Day, World AIDS Day, and Law Day.  And then there are some that are a bit less serious, …

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November Retrospective

Posted by: Andrew Weber

November was a great month for our blog, In Custodia Legis.  We posted more in November than any of our previous months.  We also had more page views than any other month.  Thanks for reading and sharing our content with others! Our top posts for November in terms of page views were: 1. An Interview …

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Portrait of John T. Vance – Pic of the Week

Posted by: Andrew Weber

This week’s Pic of the Week is a portrait of John T. Vance found inside our small conference room.  The portrait was donated to the Law Library by his family.  According to the note by the portrait, he was the Law Librarian of Congress from 1924 until his death in 1943.  Archibald MacLeish, poet, scholar, …

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An Interview with Kevin Long, Information Technology Specialist

Posted by: Andrew Weber

This week’s interview is with Kevin Long, Information Technology Specialist in our Information Technology Office. Describe your background I was born and raised in Northwest Washington, DC.  I’ve been married to my wife Michell for 18 years. We have two sons.  My family and I have been residents of Prince George’s County, MD for over …

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Introducing our Guest Bloggers…

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Our funny and brilliant blogger of British origin, Clare, is taking a wee break at the moment – we’ve excused her from blogging duties while she looks after a very new addition to her family – congratulations, Clare!.  Therefore, in the interests of maintaining a good coverage of foreign law and a broad international perspective, …

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What Does This Symbol Mean?

Posted by: Christine Sellers

Sometimes, the online questions we get through “Ask A Librarian” are harder to answer than others, as my previous posts can attest.  A couple of weeks ago, someone* inquired about a reference notation in the Internal Revenue Code of 1939, Public Law 76-1, 53 Stat. 1.  At the end of Section 22 on page 9, …