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The “Lieber Code” – the First Modern Codification of the Laws of War

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

On April 24, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued “General Orders No. 100: Instructions for the Government of the Armies of the United States in the Field,” commonly known as the “Lieber Code” after its main author Francis (Franz) Lieber. The Lieber Code set out rules of conduct during hostilities for Union soldiers throughout the U.S. Civil …

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An Interview with Johannes Jäger, Foreign Law Intern

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

Today’s interview is with Johannes Jäger, a foreign law intern at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I come from the Eifel, which is a region in the westernmost part of Germany, near the Belgian and Dutch borders. After graduating from high school in the picturesque town of Bad Münstereifel, I …

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An Interview with Catharina Schmidt, Foreign Law Intern

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

Today’s interview is with Catharina Schmidt, a foreign law intern working with me on research related to the laws of Germany and other German-speaking jurisdictions at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I am originally from Germany and grew up with my younger sister in the city of Darmstadt, which is located near …

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An Interview with Felicia Stephan, Foreign Law Intern

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

Today’s interview is with Felicia Stephan, a foreign law intern working with Jenny Gesley on research related to the laws of Germany and other German-speaking jurisdictions at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress.  Describe your background. I am originally from Tübingen, a small town in the south of Germany, where I grew up with …

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An Interview with Ammar Alsallumi, Foreign Law Intern

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

Today’s interview is with Ammar Alsallumi, a foreign law intern working with George Sadek on research related to the laws of Arabic-speaking countries. Describe your background. What is your academic/professional history? I obtained my bachelor degree in law (LL.B) from the Islamic University of Medina located in al-Medina al-Mounaura, West of Saudi Arabia. During my undergraduate …

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The Declaration of Independence in Foreign Languages

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

In preparation for the upcoming Independence Day celebration tomorrow, we thought it might be interesting to show that there is also an international dimension to this national holiday. The Declaration of Independence is regarded as one of the milestone documents that shaped America, but it also had a major influence abroad. After the Continental Congress approved the …