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Late-Fall U.S. Legal Information Roundup

Our U. S. midterm elections are almost over and it looks like things will be getting back to a new normal in Washington, DC. During this tense and contentious season my colleagues at the Law Library of Congress continued to publish excellent legal research information guides and other information.

On November 16th they announced their Human Rights Day Lecture to be held on December 8th. “This event will feature a panel discussion concerning two foundational legal documents, Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest.”

On November 7 they posted the November top tips In Custodia Legis blogpost for using Congress.gov. They “updated the Dates of Past Sessions page back to the first session of the first Congress for both the House and Senate on March 4, 1789. There are links from the Congresses for which we have Browse pages. They “also added three new Congresses to our Bound Congressional Record collection adding the 53rd – 55th Congresses (1893-1899). If you’d like to search this early content after you click the link, remember to check the Search Within box before running the search.”

Another November In Custodia Legis blogpost on the top tips for using congress.gov includes several enhancements and a research tip on using bill tracker.

A recently published Law Library of Congress report, on Economic Espionage Laws, “addresses economic espionage laws and the regulation of fraudulent filing of corporate, import-export, and banking documentation” in sixteen countries. The report consists of a comparative summary followed by individual country surveys for sixteen countries. The countries surveyed were AfghanistanArmeniaAzerbaijanGeorgiaIndiaIsraelKazakhstanKyrgyz RepublicMongoliaPeruSouth KoreaTajikistanTurkeyTurkmenistanUnited Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan.

In mid October a comparative report on the laws of abortion and reproduction in eleven countries was published in a Law Library of Congress In Custodia Legis blogpost . The report covers the laws in this area from 1945 to the current day for eleven countries: Bulgariathe Czech Republic, FranceGermanyItalythe NetherlandsPolandPortugalRomaniaSpain, and the United Kingdom.

An October 17th In Custodia Legis blogpost highlighted the legislative videos that can be found on Congress.gov. “A link to the legislative process videos appears on the right hand side of the Congress.gov homepage as you scroll down the page. There are nine videos which detail the steps in the legislative process for the U.S. Congress. These videos were created specifically for Congress.gov. “

An earlier Global Legal Monitor report highlighted an opinion of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that upholds Native American off reservation fishing rights.

If you want to continue to receive current information from the Law Library of Congress, you can subscribe to their In Custodia Legis blog and/or the Global Legal Monitor.

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