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60 Year Anniversary of the German Compulsory Military Service Act

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

Conscription in the German Federal Republic began on July 21, 1956 when the German Compulsory Military Service Act (Wehrpflichtgesetz) entered into force. It lasted for 55 years until, on July 1, 2011, the German Bundestag (parliament) decided to suspend conscription and convert the German Armed Forces into an army of professional and volunteer soldiers. Instead of …

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500 Year Anniversary of the Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516 (“Reinheitsgebot”)

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

On April 23, 2016, breweries all over Germany and particularly in the Free State of Bavaria will celebrate the 500 year anniversary of the enactment of the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot (beer purity law); a regulation that mandates which ingredients are allowed for the brewing of beer. The Reinheitsgebot is one of the oldest food regulations in …

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Recap of the IALL 2015 Conference in Berlin

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

I recently returned from the annual conference of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), which took place in Berlin, Germany from September 20 to September 24, 2015. This year’s conference, “Within and in between: German Legal Tradition in Times of Internationalization and Beyond,” was held at the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin), which is …

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FALQs: The Greek Debt Crisis – Part 1

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Legal Questions series. On July 8, 2015, the new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos submitted a request for a third loan package to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). The ESM was set up in 2012 as a permanent intergovernmental organization under public international law to issue debt instruments …