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Report on the Adjudication of Sexual Offenses in Foreign Military Justice Systems

Posted by: Ruth Levush

The handling and adjudication of sexual offenses in the military have drawn much public and Congressional interest in recent months following the disclosure of several high profile cases involving allegations of sexual assault by U.S. service members.  Several proposals for reforming the way such allegations are handled within the U.S. military justice system have been …

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Armistice Day/Veterans Day

Posted by: Margaret Wood

As a student of history, I often wonder how many people understand the significance of the date of Veterans Day and why it is always celebrated on the day of the holiday and not, like Labor Day or Memorial Day, observed on a Monday.  The holiday began originally as a commemoration associated with World War I …

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Law Library Report on Citizenship Pathways and Border Protection in Various Countries

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The following is a guest post by Eduardo Soares, our foreign law specialist for Portuguese-speaking countries.  Eduardo has previously written a post for In Custodia Legis on the legal history of capoeira in Brazil. Immigration, citizenship pathways, and border security are recurrent topics in the media.  You may have wondered:  How does immigration work in …

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The Italian Legislature and Legislative Process: A Recent Institution in an Ancient Legal System

Posted by: Donna Sokol

The following is a guest post by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  Dante has previously written blog posts on canon law and the papacy:  Canon Law Update; Citizenship in the Vatican City State; Medieval Canon Law; and The Papal Inquisition in Modena.   Dante recently spent three weeks at …

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Meet Karin Linhart: A Law Library of Congress Patron

Posted by: Andrew Weber

The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Moore, a librarian at the Law Library of Congress.  Karin is our second patron to be interviewed. Alexander Hoffman was the first. Describe your background. Karin Linhart was recently here for five weeks in the Law Library of Congress doing research for her post-doctoral thesis.  Karin is a native of Lauda, …

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Banning Baby Names

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

At the start of May for the last few years I’ve seen multiple news items about the baby names that were rejected by the New Zealand authorities during the previous year (e.g., Lucifer, Prince, J, Rogue…).  The list of names, and the fact that the government is able to deem them unacceptable, draws plenty of interest …

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Law Librarians and Immortal Glory – Pic of the Week

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

“Tanta enim copia est Librorum Iuris, ut difficile omnino sit viam juris prudentiae ingredienti seligere quos in quavis parte sequator doctores.” (Burkhard Gotthelf Struve, Bibliotheca Iuris Selecta) “For so great is the abundance of lawbooks that it is altogether difficult for the beginning student of jurisprudence to select authoritative authors on the area of his …

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Firearms-Control Legislation and Policy: Global Perspectives

Posted by: Ruth Levush

The Global Legal Research Center of the Law Library of Congress recently completed a major report titled Firearms- Control Legislation and Policy (February 2013).  The study examines the different legal approaches taken by eighteen countries and the European Union with regard to various activities involving firearms.  The countries surveyed were Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, …