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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 …

Head and shoulders portrait of Clara Barton facing right with text at the bottom that says "Clara Barton From portrait taken in Civil War and Authorized by her as the one she wished to be remembered by"

Clara Barton and the Geneva Convention

Posted by: Sarah Friedman

Clara Barton is well known as the “angel of the battlefield,” who tended to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, but she also played an important role in the United States’ entry into an international treaty. Following the Geneva Conference of 1863, the first treaty of the Geneva Convention was ratified by 12 nations in …