Profile: Hanibal Goitom

Foreign Law Specialist

Hanibal Goitom joined the Law Library of Congress in September 2007 as a Foreign Law Specialist. He conducts research on 19 African jurisdictions. Prior to joining the Law Library of Congress he worked as staff attorney at the Office of Legal Advisor to the Office of President of the State of Eritrea and as General Counsel to the University of Asmara, Eritrea. Hanibal holds an LL.B from the University of Asmara and an LL.M in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law. While he doesn't think he's very interesting, his friends at the Law Library would disagree. They always ask him questions about growing up in Africa and how different it is in Eritrea compared to the U.S. We suspect that others outside the Law Library will find what he has to say interesting as well. He likes to expand his knowledge of the U.S. by watching shows like The Wire and the John Adams miniseries, and is trying to cure his Frappuccino addiction.

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Beef Bans in India

The following is a guest post by Tariq Ahmad, a legal research analyst in the Global Legal Research Directorate of the Law Library of Congress. Tariq has previously contributed posts on Islamic Law in Pakistan – Global Legal Collection Highlights, the Law Library’s June 4, 2013 Panel Discussion on Islamic Law, Sedition Law in India, and an FALQ post onProposals to Reform Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws.

Category: Food

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How Countries Deal with Health Emergencies

Following the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there has been a great deal of debate both in the United States and abroad about how countries deal with major public health crises. This included discussions about the difficulty of containing the virus in the countries hardest-hit by the epidemic and what preventative measures other countries could take. Here at the Law Library of Congress, we recently published a report, Legal Responses to Health Emergencies, which analyzes the regulatory frameworks for dealing with public health crises in 24 countries and at the international level. It also provides bibliographic information of recently published scholarly works on the subject.

Category: Health

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