Profile: Kelly Buchanan

Law Library of Congress

Kelly Buchanan joined the Law Library of Congress in 2009 following her move to the United States from New Zealand. She conducts research and writes reports on a wide range of topics relating to the laws of a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and various Pacific Island nations. Before moving to the United States, she worked for the New Zealand government - providing advice on different aspects of constitutional, family, and environmental law and policy. She has also been a lifeguard, a receptionist, worked for a bank, and was an extra in the Lord of the Rings movies. She holds degrees in law and social policy from Victoria University of Wellington.

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Women in History: Elected Representatives

In this NoteStream we highlight women who have been elected to national legislatures and as the leaders of different countries. We answer these questions for each region: When was the first woman elected to parliament? What is the current percentage of women in parliament? Has a woman ever been elected to lead the country?

Category: History

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It’s Just Not Cricket!

The baseball season has started but in other parts of the world the focus over the last six weeks has been on that other sport involving bat and ball: cricket. I wonder how many people in the U.S. have, like me, watched some of the Cricket World Cup matches. Potentially quite a few, given that there are many people living here who might identify with some fairly cricket-mad countries, including about three million Indian-Americans, over three hundred thousand Pakistani-Americans, and about two and a half million people of West Indian or Caribbean heritage. Worldwide, the expected television viewing audience for the four-yearly event was a billion people. In fact, the India vs Pakistan match early in the tournament was predicted to set a record with more than a billion viewers. In honor of the completion of the Cricket World Cup, I thought I’d share some law-related tidbits from the cricketing world.

Category: Sports

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Terrorism in France: Legal FAQ

In the wake of the tragic attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket that occurred in Paris on January 7-9, we thought it would be useful to give a brief explanation of certain legal issues related to terrorism in France.
This NoteStream is by Nicolas Boring, the French law specialist at the Law Library of Congress. It is part of a series on In Custodia Legis! “FALQs” are “Frequently Asked Legal Questions."

Category: Social Awareness

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Women in History: Voting Rights

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8) we thought we’d try something a bit different for the blog. We asked the foreign law specialists, analysts, and interns at the Law Library of Congress to provide responses to a series of questions related to the history of women’s rights in various countries. This post highlight some of the important milestones around the world in women’s suffrage. When did women around the world get the right to vote?

Category: History

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A Healthy Dose of Super Bowl Ads?

I finally realized that U.S. sports channels just aren’t going to bend to my will and start showing more rugby. The result of this is that I’ve been watching a lot of American football lately instead.
One thing I’ve always noticed when watching football is how many commercial breaks there are during the game. During televised rugby matches, you generally get ads only at halftime or if there happens to be a long injury break.
Of course, some ads have become highlights in themselves during the Super Bowl. Some could even be good for you! Maybe...

Category: Health

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