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500-Year Anniversary of the Fuggerei – the Oldest Social Housing Complex in the World

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

This blog post describes the "Fuggerei" in Augsburg, Germany - the oldest existing social housing complex in the world. The Fuggerei was established on August 23, 1521 by Jakob Fugger "the Rich," a wealthy merchant. In order to be eligible for housing, a person must be Catholic, needy, respectable, and a citizen of Augsburg. The yearly rent is Euros 0.88.

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Grizzly Bears and the Endangered Species Act

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

My favorite week of the year is “Fat Bear Week,” an annual competition organized by Katmai National Park in Alaska to crown the bear that managed to pack on the most weight over the summer. Bears are fascinating animals to me, which might also have to do with the fact that I am from Germany, …

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Join Us for our Upcoming Webinar: “Central Bank Digital Currencies – the Future of the Monetary System?”

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

Technology and digitalization are changing the way we pay. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the trend away from cash to digital payments. Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, are experiencing an all-time high. Central banks are taking note. On October 20, 2020, the Central Bank of The Bahamas launched the first worldwide retail central bank digital …

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50 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Switzerland

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

This year, Switzerland celebrates 50 years of women’s suffrage. In a referendum held on February 7, 1971, 65.7 % of (male) voters approved the right of Swiss women to vote and stand for election at the federal level. As a result, article 74 of the Swiss Constitution was amended to state in paragraph 1: Bei …

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Artificial “Judges”? – Thoughts on AI in Arbitration Law

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

The following is a guest post by Viktoria Simone Fritz, a foreign law intern working with Foreign Law Specialist Jenny Gesley at the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Wouldn’t it be great to just put all documents submitted and produced in a specific legal dispute into a machine, wait a few seconds – or let’s …

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An Interview with Viktoria Simone Fritz, Foreign Law Intern

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

Today’s interview is with Viktoria Simone Fritz, a foreign law intern working with Foreign Law Specialist Jenny Gesley at the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born and raised in Austria. So yes, I do own a dirndl and I absolutely adore our mountains, but only for vacation. I have …

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70th Anniversary of the German Federal Court of Justice

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

This month, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH)—Germany’s supreme court for civil and criminal cases—is celebrating its 70th anniversary. It was established on October 1, 1950, and immediately started hearing cases as it took over the case files from the German Supreme Court for the British Zone (Oberster Gerichtshof für die Britische Zone, …

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100 Year Anniversary of the Austrian Constitution

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

Unlike most countries, Austria does not have just one constitutional document, like the Constitution of the United States for example, but several documents that have constitutional status. Of these documents, the most important one is the Austrian Federal Constitutional Law (Bundes-Verfassungsgesetz). It was adopted by the Constituent National Assembly on October 1, 1920—100 years ago today—and entered into force …