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Spanish Legal Documents (15th – 19th Centuries): Laws and Statutes; Notarial Instruments

The following post was written in collaboration with Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress. Today we bring you another big update from our Spanish Legal Documents series. For more on the history of this collection, as well as our ongoing efforts to present the full collection online, see our previous posts describing […]

40 Years of Gender Neutral Succession Rules for Swedish Royals

While researching one issue related to laws in my jurisdictional portfolio I often come across another interesting piece of information. For instance, while reading about the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf’s decision to revoke the royal highness titles for five of his grandchildren, I realized that today, November 7, 2019, marks the 40th anniversary of the amendment to […]

An Interview with Abdulhadi Zafar, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Abdulhadi Zafar, a foreign law intern working with Foreign Law Specialist George Sadek at the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Abdulhadi conducts research on the laws of Gulf Cooperation Council countries.   Describe your background? I am from Saudi Arabia. I was born and raised in the holy city of Mecca. […]

In Japan: Pardon System Debated

The following is a guest post by Sayuri Umeda, a foreign law specialist who covers Japan and other countries in East and Southeast Asia. Sayuri has previously written posts for In Custodia Legis on various topics, including New Era, New Law Number, Holy Cow – Making Sense of Japanese Wagyu Cow Export Rules, Japanese Criminal Legal System as Seen Through the Carlos Ghosn Case, Disciplining Judges for […]

On the Shelf: International and Foreign Resources on Indigenous Law

November is celebrated as National American Indian Heritage Month in the United States. In addition to our guide to Indigenous Law Resources online for U.S.-centric sources on indigenous law, the Law Library also holds a number of international and foreign law resources on indigenous law in other countries. For instance, earlier this year, the Global Legal […]

An Interview with Cecilia Contreras, Intern with the Digital Resources Division

Today’s interview is with Cecilia Contreras, an Intern in the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I come from a rather large family and I am the eldest of four siblings. I have lived my entire life in California and this is […]

An Interview with Elizabeth Boomer, Legal Research Analyst

Today’s interview is with Elizabeth Boomer, a legal research analyst in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born in Kansas and grew up in a small university town in Illinois, home of Western Illinois University. As a teenager, I couldn’t wait to move to the “big city,” but I […]

Indiana State Library – Pic of the Week

I saw this recent blog post, So, what does the Indiana State Library actually do?, and was reminded of my visit there. The Indiana State Library is across the street from the Indiana State House, similar to the way that the Capitol is across the street from the Library of Congress. One of my favorite places […]