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Celebrating AAPI History through the Cherry Blossoms – Pic of the Week

Washington, D.C.’s cherry blossom trees reached peak bloom at the end of March of this year, bringing springtime to the region. This week’s Pic of the Week is a close-up of one of these beautiful trees. On May 1, 2012, President Barack Obama’s proclamation for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognized two major […]

New Report on Recognition of Foreign Passports Published

We recently published a report on the Recognition of Foreign Passports on our website. The report, produced by specialists and analysts of the Global Legal Research Directorate, surveys 20 jurisdictions around the world as well as international law, and focuses on the rules and approaches for recognizing foreign passports. In addition, the report covers the […]

Stuck in the Suez Canal – What are the Legal Implications?

The following is a joint guest post by Elizabeth Boomer, an international law consultant, and George Sadek, a foreign law specialist, from the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. On March 29, 2021, the engineers of the Suez Canal Authority were finally able to restore passage through the Suez Canal after a 1,300-foot, 220,000-ton […]

New Multinational Report on the Acquisition of Citizenship through International Adoption

This is a guest post by George Sadek, a foreign law specialist with the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. George has contributed a number of posts to this blog, including posts on The Trial of Seif al Islam al Gaddafi, Controversy Over New Egyptian Law that Regulates the Construction of Churches, and […]

An Interview with Lourdes Johnson, Herencia Crowdsourcing Intern

Today’s interview is with Lourdes Johnson, an intern working on transcribing the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents crowdsourcing campaign at the Law Library of Congress. She will be a panelist in our upcoming Lunch & Learn Webinar: A Conversation with the Herencia Crowdsourcing Interns.  Describe your background I was born and raised in the city of […]

Plant and Animal Quarantining in United States Legal History

The following is a guest post by Kathryn Gstalder, an intern with the Digital Resources Division of the Law Library of Congress. She is a current graduate student in the Master of Library & Information Science Program at Wayne State University. The word “quarantine” has broad legal implications. Relating to agriculture, Indigenous peoples, public health, […]

Introducing the New Multi-jurisdiction Service of Process Report

This is a guest post by Kayahan Cantekin, a foreign law specialist in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Kayahan previously blogged about Introducing the New Civil Education Models Report. We’re proud to announce that our new multi-jurisdiction report on rules governing the service of process is now available on law.gov. […]

Introducing the New Civic Education Models Report

This is a guest post by Kayahan Cantekin, a foreign law specialist in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. In many countries around the world, discussions on whether and how to reopen schools continue to preoccupy people, especially in light of the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here in […]

75th Anniversary of End of World War II

On this day in 1945, the most destructive war in human history came to an end when representatives of the Japanese government signed the instrument of surrender on board the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Overseeing the event was General of the Army and Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers Douglas MacArthur.   Representatives of […]