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Foreign and Comparative Law Webinars

This page includes information about webinars regarding foreign, comparative, and international law issues, focusing particularly on those researched by the foreign law experts at the Law Library and the Law Library collections that support this work.

Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series

The Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series of classes is designed to shed light on some of the foreign, comparative, and international law issues researched by the foreign law experts at the Law Library of Congress.

Upcoming Webinars:

Is Your Data Safe When Traveling? Data Protection Laws in Italy
Apr 18, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Foreign Law Specialist Dante Figueroa with guest-presenter Robert D'Orazio, a permanent official at the Italian Parliament, as they present an overview of the main aspects and challenges concerning the protection of personal data in Italy, with a focus on foreigners temporarily present in the country. Topics include the confidentiality of electronic communications, non-disclosure of bank and financial operations, treatment of customer data, publicity of proceedings in which foreigners might be involved in Italy, and available institutional arrangements and judicial/administrative remedies in cases of breach of data protection guarantees.

To sign up for this webinar, please visit this registration page.

Future Webinars

Weaponiation of Passports - Tool of War and Diplomacy: Legality, Methodology, and Impact of Russian "Passportization" Policy Toward Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova
May 23, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

In this webinar, legal research analyst Iana Fremer will discuss history, evolution, and development of the legal framework of Russia’s passportization policy towards Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova, spanning more than two decades. The session will compare Russia’s methodological approaches and principles governing extraterritorial naturalization on annexed and occupied territories. The session will include specific examples demonstrating Russia’s use of passportization and naturalization processes as foreign policy tool, and the consequences of these practices.
Iana Fremer, Legal Research Analyst, Law Library of Congress

Going Smokefree: Cigarette Bans in New Zealand and the United Kingdom
June 27, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

In this webinar, foreign law specialists Kelly Buchanan and Clare Feikert-Ahalt will discuss the background to and contents of legislation enacted in New Zealand and proposed in the United Kingdom that aims to phase out cigarette smoking by younger generations. In New Zealand’s case, the “world-first” legislation was subsequently repealed by a new government. In the United Kingdom, a bill that would impose a similar ban on cigarette sales to people born after a certain date was introduced in the Parliament in March 2024.
Kelly Buchanan, Clare Feikert-Ahalt, Foreign Law Specialists, Law Library of Congress

Laws on Happiness: The Legal System and Legislation of Bhutan
July 18, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The Idea of Gross National Happiness as a guiding principle for government reaches back for centuries in Bhutan. The legal code of Bhutan states: “The purpose of the government is to provide happiness to its people. If we cannot provide happiness, there is no reason for the government to exist.” Professor Ugyen Thinley from the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law in Bhutan will discuss how this statement is implemented in Bhutanese legislation. He will review the history of reflecting happiness in the nation’s laws and overview the current legal system and legal resources.
Ugyen Thinley, Library Director, Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, Paro, Bhutan

Making the Economy Circular: Recycling Laws and Policies in Japan
Aug 29, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Japan has a legal framework for waste reduction and forming a recycling-oriented society. Japanese people are reported as being conscientious in their efforts to clean and sort materials for recycling. However, Japan often receives relatively low ratings on waste management. This webinar, presented by Foreign Law Specialist Sayuri Umeda, explores Japan’s legal approach to waste management and to introducing new attempts to advance recycling.
Sayuri Umeda, Foreign Law Specialist, Law Library of Congress

War and Lawmaking: Recent Legal Developments in Israel
Sep 26, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join foreign law specialist Ruth Levush as she discusses legal developments in Israel following the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack and its aftermath. Among topics that will be addressed are wartime legislation on military draft extension, including draft of yeshiva (Jewish Orthodox religious seminaries) students, compensation for victims of October 7 and fallen soldiers, wartime labor and industry legislation, and adjudication of the October 7 perpetrators. Other issues will be added as necessitated by ongoing developments.
Ruth Levush, Foreign Law Specialist, Law Library of Congress

What's in a Legal Gender? A Guide to European Gender Determination Laws
Oct 29, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join foreign law specialists Jenny Gesley and Elin Hofverberg as they discuss the regulation of gender self-determination in select jurisdictions in Europe. In particular, the webinar will focus on the existence of gender self-determination laws, the possibility to identify as a third gender, the rules for changing a legal gender, and the use of “X” as a gender marker in passports, among other topics. Similarities and differences in the countries’ approaches will be highlighted.
Jenny Gesley, Elin Hofverberg, Foreign Law Specialists, Law Library of Congress

Review of 2024 LLC Research Products and Publications
Nov 21, 2024, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Foreign law specialists at the Law Library of Congress regularly write reports for the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and the judiciary on a myriad of foreign, comparative, and international law topics. Two foreign law specialists, Stephania Alvarez and Louis Gilbert, will highlight a select number of recently published reports and discuss the Law Library’s research methodology and research resources available to Library users.
Stephania Alvarez, Louis Gilbert, Foreign Law Specialists, Law Library of Congress

Persons who attend all 11 programs in the 2024 Comparative and Foreign Law Webinars Course will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion electronically. The course is not accredited for CLE credit.

Download full 2024 Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar schedule

Recordings of selected past webinars are available

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