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The Trade Embargo Behind the Swedish Jokkmokk Sami Market

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

On the first weekend of February, in each year dating back to the 1600s, Sami traders gather at the Jokkmokk Market in Jokkmokk to trade their goods internationally. This year marked the 412th hosting of the annual market. Although I have yet to attend, its history fascinates me and I wanted to share it with you. Trade with …

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250 Years of Press Freedom in Sweden

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

December 2, 2016, marked the 250th anniversary of the first Swedish Freedom of the Press Act, which has been regarded as the world’s first statute related to freedom of the press. The Act abolished censorship and specifically provided a right for Swedish citizens to access government archives. It was therefore also the first act to establish …

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Global Anti-Doping Rules – an Overview

Posted by: Jenny Gesley

The following is a guest post by Felix Beulke, a summer intern currently working with Jenny Gesley on research related to the laws of German-speaking jurisdictions at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress. Felix has previously written on Brexit – What Happens Next?. The preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio …

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New Report Looks at Campaign Finance Laws in Seven Countries

Posted by: Ruth Levush

There is frequent discussion and debate about U.S. campaign finance laws and the increasing amounts spent by candidates running for the U.S. Congress. Certain aspects of campaign finance regulation have been the subject of judicial review by the Supreme Court. How do other countries approach the complex task of regulating campaign contributions and spending? This …

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Parliaments Around the World

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The first multinational report to be published on the Law Library’s website in 2016 allows us to consider some fundamental questions underlying the practice of comparative law: who makes the laws, and how are the laws made? The report covers eleven jurisdictions with different legal and constitutional traditions and systems of government. We have the …

What’s in an Icelandic (Legal) Name?

Posted by: Ruth Levush

The following is a guest post by Elin Hofverberg, a foreign law research consultant who covers Scandinavian countries at the Law Library of Congress. Elin has previously written on a variety of topics including Glad Syttonde Mai! Celebration of the Bicentenary of the Norwegian Constitution, Happy National Sami Day!, the bicentenary of Norway’s constitution and a …

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Happy National Sami Day!

Posted by: Elin Hofverberg

  February 6 is National Sami Day. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the Sami, the indigenous people of the northern parts of the Nordic countries–Norway, Sweden, and Finland–as well as the Kola Peninsula of Russia, which is an area known as Sápmi . It is estimated that the Sami have lived there for over 2,000 …