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New Report Examines Civic Space Legal Framework in Select Countries

Yesterday, we published a list with the most viewed legal research reports of fiscal year 2020. Today, I bring you a new report that we recently published on our website: Civic Space Legal Framework in select countries.The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) defines civic space as the “set of legal, policy, institutional, and […]

The Constitutional Council and Judicial Review in France

The following is a guest post from Nicolas Boring, the foreign law specialist covering French-speaking jurisdictions at the Law Library of Congress. Nicolas has previously blogged about Telework and the French “Right to Disconnect”, Report on Right of Huguenots to French Citizenship, “Bastille Day” Is About More Than the Bastille, and others. The U.S. Supreme Court […]

Join Us on November 19th for a Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar – “Review of Recently Published Law Library Reports”

The upheavals of the year 2020 will leave an indelible mark on legal systems throughout the world. This year, much of the work of the Law Library of Congress focused on the changes imposed by the pandemic. As part of the Law Library’s Legal Research Institute’s Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series, on November 19, […]

The Crushing Death of Giles Corey of Salem, 1692

Recently, I posted on this blog a piece about the use of “spectral evidence” during the Salem witch trials, in which I mentioned that 19 people died by hanging, and one person died from being crushed to death. The victim of this latter cause of death was a farmer named Giles Corey. Corey, an 81-year-old […]

The Library of Congress’s Role in the Annual National Speech and Debate Tournament

Each year the Library of Congress reviews and compiles materials to assist debate students who are competing in the National Speech and Debate Association’s annual debates. The culmination of these efforts results in an annotated bibliography created by experts across various library divisions. A federal statute mandating this undertaking has been in effect since 1968; […]

Herencia Hispanic Heritage Month Transcribe-a-thon Recap!

On Wednesday, October 7, the Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with By the People, the Hispanic Division, and the African, Latin American and Western European Division (ALAWE), hosted a second Transcribe-a-thon for our crowdsourcing campaign, Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents. This event was held in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the release […]