Past Presentations

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    Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change This panel explored moments of constitutional change in the United States, especially in more recent years, looking at constitutional amendments, as well as social movements that led to legislation, shifts in U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence, and other indicators of significant legal change. This event is co-sponsored by the Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association.
    • Contributor: Kerr, Orin - Bulut, Aslihan - U. Codrington III, Wilfred - Slattery, Elizabeth - Lucero, Orlando - M. Turner, Jr., Reginald - Lin Lakin, Sophia - Wermiel, Stephen
    • Date: 2022-04-28
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    European Green Bonds and the ECB's Climate Change Agenda This webinar discussed green and sustainable finance with a focus on measures in the European Union (EU). In its 2018 action plan on financing sustainable growth, the European Commission set out the EU strategy to connect finance with sustainability. In particular, the webinar discussed the EU's Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, which contains transparency rules for financial market participants and financial advisers; the European Commission's...
    • Contributor: Gesley, Jenny
    • Date: 2022-04-14
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    Green Energy in the Arctic: Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges in the Nordic Countries Join us for a conversation about how Nordic countries have jointly set to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. We will discuss the agreements, laws, and regulations that provide opportunities or present limitations and challenges for meeting these targets, including international obligations, domestic laws, indigenous self-determination, and municipal rights.
    • Contributor: Hofverberg, Elin
    • Date: 2022-03-10
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    Illegal Migration in the Central and Western Mediterranean The webinar discussed the main instrument of international law regulating the issue of illegal migration, which is the United Nations Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air. First, highlighted the scope of application of the UN protocol. Additionally, it talked about how the protocol regulates the criminal liability of smuggled migrants and cooperation among member states to curb the problem.
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-02-10
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    Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series: Odd Laws in the United Kingdom Senior Foreign Law Specialist Clare Feikert-Ahalt reviewed laws from the United Kingdom that are often considered odd. From carrying ladders and flying kites on the streets of London, to drunkenness in pubs, sheep riding in cars, and laws against extravagance, this webinar covered a variety of odd laws, providing both citations to the laws, their background, and how the police handle the enforcement of...
    • Contributor: Feikert-Ahalt, Clare
    • Date: 2022-01-20
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    Human Rights Day 2021 Each year, the Law Library of Congress celebrates Human Rights Day to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly with an event designed to promote understanding and recognition of human rights around the globe. This year's event focused on the intersection of health and human rights, with a panel that brought together leading health...
    • Contributor: Nygren-Krug, Helena - Sándor, Judit - Bulut, Aslihan - Roudik, Peter - Ely Yamin, Alicia - Mize, Lucy
    • Date: 2021-12-09
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    Review of Recently Published Law Library Research Reports As part of the Law Library of Congress Legal Research Institute's Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series, the Law Library provided an overview of recently published Law Library research reports,covering topics such as, "Taxation of Cryptocurrency Block Rewards in Selected Jurisdictions" and China's "Belt and Road Initiative."
    • Contributor: Umeda, Sayuri - Guerra, Gustavo
    • Date: 2021-11-18
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    Freedom of Speech in the Time of Pandemic: Central America and Eurasia The presenters reviewed legislative developments regulating mass media and their ability to distribute information freely during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the presenters analyzed recently introduced amendments to national legislation aimed at establishing different control measures over the media outlets, internet resources, and journalists in 20 selected countries around the world where adoption of such laws has been identified, namely: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus,...
    • Contributor: Figueroa, Dante - Fremer, Iana
    • Date: 2021-10-21
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    Environmental Law Research This presentation discusses four U.S. laws on the environment: the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act. This webinar also provides an introduction to Law Library of Congress resources, with live demonstrations of some Law.gov collections and features.
    • Contributor: Price, Anna
    • Date: 2021-10-08
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    Free Speech and the Regulation of Social Media in Egypt and Pakistan In recent years, there has been an increased global focus on the governmental responses to the dissemination of hate speech and false information online. This webinar focused on current and proposed legal frameworks for regulating unlawful and harmful speech on social media platforms in Egypt and Pakistan. The presenters addressed the obligations (e.g. content removal) and liabilities of social media companies, the criminalization of...
    • Contributor: Ahmad, Tariq - Sadek, George
    • Date: 2021-09-23
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    Indigenous Land and Resource Rights in New Zealand and Sweden Watch the Law Library's foreign law specialists for New Zealand and Sweden compared the rights of the Māori and Sami peoples with respect to land and resources, including discussing key court decisions, laws, and government policies.
    • Contributor: Buchanan, Kelly - Hofverberg, Elin
    • Date: 2021-08-19
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    The Constitution Annotated on Congress.gov The Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress has provided expert, non-partisan analysis of legal and policy issues for Congress for over a century. Now, in an attempt to expand access to its resources, it has made one of its products available through Congress.gov - the Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (Constitution Annotated).
    • Contributor: Bavis, Barbara
    • Date: 2021-07-15
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    Historical Legal Reports from the Law Library of Congress A major function of the Law Library of Congress is the preparation of reports on legal topics, with an emphasis on foreign, comparative, and international law, in response to requests from Congress, the executive and judicial branches of the federal government, and others. The Law Library has authored thousands of reports from the 1940s to the present, and recently began a multi-year effort to...
    • Contributor: Mellifera, Michael - Mayeaux, Stephen - Donovan, Jonathan
    • Date: 2021-06-22
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    Central Bank Digital Currencies: The Future of the Monetary System? Join us for a discussion on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and how they fit in the general monetary system. This webinar focuses on the definition of money, fiat currencies, digital currencies, cryptocurrencies and their similarities and differences. This webinar also explored whether CBDCs will eventually replace cash and what effect will they have on cryptocurrencies. Specific examples from jurisdictions around the world and...
    • Contributor: Gesley, Jenny
    • Date: 2021-05-27
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    Federal Legislative History This webinar will discuss how to find debates, hearings, reports and other documents that may reflect legislative intent regarding a bill as it moves through Congress. In addition, this webinar will explain what kind of documents are considered "legislative history" resources, and then explored methods of identifying and locating these items. In tackling this area of research, the focus was largely on how to...
    • Contributor: Bavis, Barbara
    • Date: 2021-04-13
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    Brazilian Criminal Procedure Law: Is a Criminal Conviction Really Enforceable? Join Senior Foreign Law Specialist Eduardo Soares for a discussion on whether a criminal conviction is really enforceable or if there is an impunity problem in the country of Brazil. To analyze these issues, Soares is joined by three distinguished Brazilian professionals: a public prosecutor, a public defender and an appellate court judge.
    • Contributor: De Andrade Cezar Dos Santos, Leonardo Augusto - Freire Gonçalves, Henrique De Almeida - Soares, Eduardo - De Sanctis, Fausto Martin
    • Date: 2021-04-13
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    Removal of Head of State Based on Incapacity or Criminal Activities: Case Study Israel Join foreign Law specialist Ruth Levush in a review of legal issues regarding the removal of head of state based on incapacity or criminal activities: case study Israel. The foreign and comparative law webinar series 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.
    • Contributor: Levush, Ruth
    • Date: 2021-03-25
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    Orientation to Legal Research: Tracing Federal Regulations This webinar provides an overview of U.S. federal regulations, including information about the notice and comment rulemaking process, the publication and citation of regulations, and the tracing of regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations, to the proposed rule in the Federal Register, to the regulation's docket.
    • Contributor: Hemmens, Ann
    • Date: 2021-03-18
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    A Conversation with the Herencia Crowdsourcing Interns Geraldine Dávila González moderates a panel discussion in which remote interns share the discoveries they have made in this previously unexplored collection. This group of undergraduates, graduate students and professionals are the first to conduct research exclusively on this digital collection.
    • Contributor: Dávila González, Geraldine - Neuberger, Jake - Hausheer, Emily - Mayeaux, Stephen - Obscura, Aranza - Kane, Teresa - Johnson, Lourdes - Kennedy, Courtney
    • Date: 2021-03-17
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    How to Review Herencia Documents in the By the People Platform Geraldine Dávila González discusses how to review transcriptions in the "Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents" collection in the By the People crowdsourcing platform from the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Dávila González, Geraldine
    • Date: 2021-03-11
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    Evolution of Presidential Powers under the Turkish Constitutional System This presentation discussed the current powers of the president of Turkey under the present post-referendum constitutional system, with a special focus on his power to issue "presidential decrees" -- a novel type of legislative instrument that did not exist under the previous systems in the Republican era.
    • Contributor: Cantekin, Kayahan
    • Date: 2021-02-23
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    Orientation to Legal Research Series: U.S. Federal Statutes This entry in the Orientation to Legal Research Series provides an overview of U.S. statutory and legislative research, including information about how to find and use the U.S. Code, the U.S. Statutes at Large and U.S. federal bills and resolutions.
    • Contributor: Osborne, Beth
    • Date: 2021-02-11
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    How to Conduct Research in the U.S. Serial Set Online The Law Library has commenced a collaboration with the Government Publishing Office to digitize the entire U.S. Serial Set, which contains over 16,000 volumes. The project began in 2019 and is expected to be completed over the next several years. In the meantime, there are a variety of tools available online that can be used to perform research in this resource. The webinar presentation...
    • Contributor: Brammer, Robert - Desimone, Bailey - Myers, Louis - Lee, Elina
    • Date: 2021-02-09
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    Foreign and Comparative Law: The French Civil Code Foreign Legal Specialist Nicolas Boring discusses the Napoleonic Code's history, evolution, and legacy. This presentation touches not only on French law, but also the Civil Code's impact on other countries around the world, from Belgium to Haiti.
    • Contributor: Boring, Nicolas
    • Date: 2021-01-28
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    Orientation to Law Library of Congress Collections Senior legal reference librarian Margaret Wood provides an orientation to the collections of the Law Library of Congress. This webinar is an online version of the one-hour onsite orientations taught by legal reference librarians from the Law Library of Congress and covers digital resources available through the Law Library's website as well as those available onsite.
    • Contributor: Wood, Margaret
    • Date: 2021-01-26