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From the Reference Desk

By Lora Johns

Do chimpanzees have habeas corpus rights?

I admit I did not have a snappy response at the ready when I opened a patron’s email asking whether apes have “personhood rights,” accompanied by an… 696 more words

Research And Resources

Spain Fractured: Some Thoughts on the Catalonian Crisis

By Julienne E. Grant

I began a still ongoing love affair with Spain when I was 19.  It started one night in a 2nd class train compartment in August 1981. 1,142 more words

Foreign Law

Chinese courts & "foreign beneficial experience"

Supreme People’s Court (SPC) President Zhou Qiang has been widely quoted for saying in January of this year that Chinese courts should strengthen ideological work and show the sword to mistaken Western ideas of “constitutional democracy”, “separation of powers” and “judicial independence.” What is not widely known outside China is that the relationship between the Chinese judiciary and some of the major international judiciaries (I’ll use the term “Western”) is more nuanced than it appears.   1,290 more words

Court Reform