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How Many Federal Laws Were Passed Last Year?

Posted by: Robert Brammer

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, senior legal research specialist in our Public Services Division. The United States Congress passed 115 Public Laws in 2015. The laws are numbered from Public Law 114-1 through Public Law 114-115. The number 114 represents the current congress followed by the numerical order of the law. These public …

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New Resource Covers the Laws of 157 Countries on the Extradition of Citizens

Posted by: Ruth Levush

The Law Library of Congress has recently published a chart containing information on the terms that apply to the extradition of citizens in 157 jurisdictions around the globe. Of the countries surveyed, 60 were found to have laws that prevent the extradition of their own citizens, while the laws of 31 other countries generally allow such requests. …

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Parliaments Around the World

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The first multinational report to be published on the Law Library’s website in 2016 allows us to consider some fundamental questions underlying the practice of comparative law: who makes the laws, and how are the laws made? The report covers eleven jurisdictions with different legal and constitutional traditions and systems of government. We have the …

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Animals on Trial: Formal Legal Proceedings, Criminal Acts, and Torts of Animals

Posted by: Francisco Macías

Trial of a Sow and Pigs at Lavegny, from The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar, Including Anecdote, Biography, & History, Curiosities of Literature and Oddities of Human Life and Character, ed. Robert Chambers, 1879. https://archive.org/stream/b22650477_0001#page/128/mode/2up At present, one of the projects that I am working on involves …

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Christmas, Soviet Style

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The following is a guest post by Peter Roudik, director of legal research at the Law Library of Congress. Peter has written a number of interesting posts related to Russia and the former Soviet Union for In Custodia Legis, including posts on the Soviet investigation of Nazi war crimes, lustration in Ukraine, Crimean history and …

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Nobel Prize-Winning Lawyers: Part Two

Posted by: Jennifer González

Yesterday I highlighted 14 Nobel Peace Prize winners who were leaders of their country before, during, or after they won the prize. Today, I will highlight 19 more winners with legal backgrounds. Many of these laureates were leaders in international law, disarmament policies, or helped to broker peace in time of conflict. Elihu Root was …

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Nobel Prize-Winning Lawyers: Part One

Posted by: Jennifer González

As Elin mentioned yesterday, the Nobel Peace Prize will be given out on Thursday in Oslo, Norway.  I was interested in the recipients this year, the National Dialogue Quartet, and while researching I found that one quarter of this organization was the Tunisian Order of Lawyers. That piqued my interest as to how many other …

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FALQs: Danish and Swedish Response to the Current Refugee Crisis—Part II

Posted by: Ruth Levush

The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg. Elin is a foreign law research consultant who covers Scandinavian countries at the Law Library of Congress. Elin has previously written for In Custodia Legis on diverse topics including What’s in an Icelandic (Legal) Name?, Glad Syttonde Mai! Celebration of the Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution, Happy National Sami …