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Can you Legally Import a Toucan? No, you Probably Cannot

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Boomer, an international law consultant in the Global Legal Research Directorate. Elizabeth has previously written for In Custodia Legis on numerous topics, including Technology & the Law of Corporate Responsibility – The Impact of Blockchain, 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, United Nations Day – […]

Smuggling French Hats into 17th Century Spain: Worth a Fight?

The following is a guest post by Samantha Mendoza, who served as a summer 2021 remote intern transcribing and researching documents in the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress. In present day, it is not uncommon to hear news of attempts to smuggle items across national borders. This can […]

The Legal History of Pigeons

The following is a guest post by Annie Ross, an intern with the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. She is a current student of political science and international studies at Northwestern University. The pigeon is often thought of as nothing more than a city pest. Given their penchant for carrying germs […]

Thank You for Attending the 2021 Congress.gov Virtual Public Forum!

On September 2, 2021, the Library of Congress, in collaboration with our data partners, held a Congress.gov Virtual Public Forum to provide updates on the enhancements made to Congress.gov over the past year and provide a forum to learn more about how we can better serve your legislative information needs. The Library’s Digital Strategy Director […]

From the Serial Set: Birds and the Law

“The general barrenness of the country lying along our route proved a considerable obstacle to the pursuit of my favorite branch, Ornithology; though among the few species obtained some are new, and most of them rare, and concerning whose habits little was previously known.” ) – Lieutenant John G. Parke (H. Exec. Doc. 91 pt. […]

Limpieza de Sangre: Legal Applications of the Spanish Doctrine of “Blood Purity”

The following is a guest post by Meghan Berry, who served as a summer 2021 remote intern transcribing and researching documents in the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress. One of the thrills of working on the Herencia document collection is the possibility of stumbling across an especially dramatic […]

An Impassé at the Musée – The American Battle Monuments Commission and the French Health Pass

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Boomer, an international law consultant in the Global Legal Research Directorate. Elizabeth has previously written for In Custodia Legis on Technology & the Law of Corporate Responsibility – The Impact of Blockchain, 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, United Nations Day – A Time to Reflect […]

The Congressional Cemetery: A Stop on the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

Washington, D.C., and its surrounding areas are known for countless historical monuments and markers. Today’s post highlights some less well-known memorials, focusing on individuals buried at the Congressional Cemetery who have been recognized by the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Created by an act of Congress in 1998, the Network to Freedom program unites […]

Congress.gov September 2021 New, Tip and Top, Part 1

We celebrated the beginning of meteorological fall with our Congress.gov Public Forum on September 2, 2021. The forum opened with a recap by Andrew of the enhancements to Congress.gov since last fall. We will be posting a recording of this forum in the near future. In the meantime, our release today includes historical content in […]