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An Interview with Jason Steinhauer, Program Specialist

Posted by: Andrew Weber

This week’s interview is with Jason Steinhauer.  Jason is a Program Specialist in the Office of Scholarly Programs of the Library of Congress. Describe your background. I’m a New Yorker through-and-through, in everything from how fast I walk to my subsistence on pizza and bagels.  I was born at Albert Einstein Hospital in the Bronx and …

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The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season

Posted by: Francisco Macías

“…one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season…”–Edgar Allan Poe “The Cask of Amontillado” Although Americans do not have a monopoly on Carnival, when we think of Mardi Gras, New Orleans inevitably comes to mind. Given the volume of visitors and events that take place in the city during this season, it is no surprise …

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Election Laws Around the Globe

Posted by: Clare Feikert-Ahalt

This is a joint post drafted by Clare Feikert and Margaret Wood. The Global Legal Research Center has done a number of briefings and blogs, as well as too many Global Legal Monitor Articles to list, on electoral law across various jurisdictions around the world. The Russian Federation, Parliamentary Elections: Legal Issues, 2008; Elections in …

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Israel’s Upcoming National Elections: Background Information

Posted by: Ruth Levush

Israel is facing national elections shortly after the U.S. elections. Interestingly, Israel was mentioned more than 30 times  in the October 22, 2012 U.S. presidential debate . There is no doubt that the results of either election will have serious ramifications on both countries’ policies in the Middle East. On Oct. 16, 2012, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law for the dissolution …

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Research on Bioethics-Related Laws of Various Countries

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Cloning, genetic modification, stem cell research, IVF.  I’m sure that you have seen or heard these terms before in the media, which frequently reports on new treatments for various diseases and conditions, women having babies through surrogates (or multiple babies as a result of fertility treatments), and changes to how our food is produced.  You …

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Global Legal Monitor: August Highlights

Posted by: Hanibal Goitom

Our top most viewed Global Legal Monitor articles in August covered seven different legal areas: Communications and Electronic Information; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law and Procedure; Foreign Investment; Immigration; Labor; and Nationality and Citizenship.  Here is a list of these articles in the order of their popularity: Japan: Stricter Sentences for Sex Offenders   South Korea: Permanent …

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An Interview with Sophia Schick, Foreign Law Intern

Posted by: Ruth Levush

This week’s interview is with Sophia Schick.  Sophia is spending time working for the Law Library this summer as an intern in the Global Legal Research Center. In addition to the valuable contribution she is making, Sophia brings tremendous enthusiasm to her work. Describe your background.  I grew up in Meersburg, a small town of five  thousand inhabitants, …

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From Recipient to Donor: The Changing Face of Aid

Posted by: Ruth Levush

Over a year ago I visited a remarkable country.  Rich in history, art, culture and beautiful landscapes, this country has traditionally received foreign aid due to its general low income level but is now providing aid to other countries.  I was amazed to see its recent monumental progress in science and technology although it is true …

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Global Legal Monitor: July Highlights

Posted by: Hanibal Goitom

The ten most read Global Legal Monitor (GLM) articles in July covered six interesting legal themes: Criminal Law and Procedure; Foreign Investment; Communications and Electronic Information; Immigration; Labor; and Nationality and Citizenship. Below are the articles in the order of their popularity: Germany: Regional Court Ruling Criminalizes Circumcision of Young Boys South Korea: Permanent Dual …