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Film, VideoHuman Rights Day 2022: The 1300 Magna Carta and The Charter of the Forest This event celebrated Human Rights Day in 2022 by discussing two foundational legal documents, Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest. Magna Carta was issued in June 1215, the first document to put into writing the principles that the king and the government was not above the law. Magna Carta was intended to prevent the king from exploiting regal powers, and placed limits...
- Contributor: Bulut, Aslihan - Woods, Chris - France, Fenella - Nadal, Jacob
- Date: 2022-12-08
Film, VideoReview of Recently Published Law Library of Congress Research Reports The webinar provided an overview of recently published Law Library research reports, covering topics such as Investment Migration Programs of Visa Waiver Program Countries; Economic Espionage Laws; Laws on Abortion, Genetic Consultation, and Assisted Reproduction; Mass Timber Construction; and Mass Timber Construction in Selected Jurisdictions.
- Contributor: Brammer, Robert
- Date: 2022-11-17
Film, VideoPakistan's Legal Framework to Manage the Risks of Extreme Climate Events and Disasters This past summer, nearly one-third of Pakistan was flooded by extreme monsoon rains and melting glaciers that began in mid-June and have continued into September, where as of now it is being reported that nearly 1,400 people have died, 13,000 injured, and more than a million people have been rendered homeless. This webinar provided an overview of Pakistan's legal and policy framework to deal...
- Contributor: Ahmad, Tariq
- Date: 2022-10-20
Film, VideoLaws of Mexico and How to Find Them This webinar focused on primary sources available on websites maintained by the Mexican government. It also covered online sources maintained by private institutions and some publications available in the collections of the Library of Congress.
- Contributor: Guerra, Gustavo
- Date: 2022-09-22
Film, VideoTurkish International Protection Law This presentation provided an overview of the international protection and temporary protection framework in Turkish law, which governs the procedure for application for, and granting of, asylum in Turkey. The presentation also explored some of the recent developments in the field and discuss the challenges and tools available for legal researchers who are working or interested in this area of Turkish law.
- Contributor: Cantekin, Kayahan
- Date: 2022-08-18
Film, VideoAn Overview of Treaty Research This webinar provided an introduction to resources and strategies to effectively research three distinct areas of treaty practice: U.S. bilateral treaties, foreign bilateral treaties, and multilateral treaties
- Contributor: Myers, Louis
- Date: 2022-08-17
Film, VideoAn Overview of Public International Law This webinar provided an introduction to the five sources of international law, as defined by article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice and the Restatement 3d: Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Both of these are considered prominent authorities on the creation and evolution of public international law. The presentation provided an introduction to treaty practice and international conventions,...
- Contributor: Myers, Louis
- Date: 2022-07-08
Film, VideoThe Most Improbable War: Legal Transformations in Ukraine and Russia Before and During the Invasion This entry in our Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series provided an overview of the historic roots of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. It was co-sponsored by the Law Library of Congress and the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). The program included a review of background information about the Crimean and East Ukrainian territorial...
- Contributor: Roudik, Peter
- Date: 2022-07-08
Film, VideoAfghanistan's Legal Order in Transition: The Possible Path Forward in an Uncertain Environment This webinar explored the ramifications of the Taliban's return to power for the Afghan constitutional and legal systems. Dr. Pasarlay discussed the Taliban's constitutional vision and address what type of a constitution the Taliban may draft for an Afghan society in transition. He also looked at the Taliban's quick re-staffing of the judiciary, and their official conduct regarding Afghanistan's existing laws. Specifically, hints from...
- Contributor: Ahmad, Tariq - Pasarlay, Shamshad
- Date: 2022-05-19
Film, VideoToward 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
Film, VideoEuropean 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
Film, VideoGreen 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
Film, VideoIllegal 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
Film, VideoForeign 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
Film, VideoHuman 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
Film, VideoReview 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
Film, VideoFreedom 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
Film, VideoEnvironmental 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
Film, VideoFree 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
Film, VideoIndigenous 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
Film, VideoThe 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
Film, VideoHistorical 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
Film, VideoCentral 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
Film, VideoFederal 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
Film, VideoBrazilian 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