[LINK] Announcement - World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
Mon Nov 25 11:53:36 EST 2002
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Announcement - World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
This message is to announce the World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII
- http://www.worldlii.org ), a free, independent and non-profit global
legal research facility developed collaboratively by the following Legal
Information Institutes (LIIs) and Law Schools:
Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)
Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII)
Legal Information Institute (Cornell) (LII (Cornell))
Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII)
Wits University School of Law
Following a meeting of LIIs and Law Schools at the 4th Law via Internet
Conference in Montreal in October, the 'Montreal Declaration on public
access to law' was adopted (http://www.worldlii.org/worldlii/declaration/),
signalling our joint commitment to the principles underlying WorldLII.
Although a prototype of WorldLII has been available for almost a year
(since the 3rd Law via Internet Conference), we think this is an
appropriate time to formally announce WorldLII.
WorldLII comprises three main facilities: Databases, Catalog and Websearch.
WorldLII provides a single search facility for databases located on the
following Legal Information Institutes: AustLII; BAILII; CanLII; HKLII;
LII (Cornell); and PacLII.
WorldLII also includes as part of this searchable collection its own
databases not found on other LIIs. These include databases of decisions of
international Courts and Tribunals, databases from a number of Asian
countries, databases from South Africa (provided by Wits Law School), and
some law journals.
Over 270 databases (http://www.worldlii.org/cgi-bin/browse.pl) from 48
jurisdictions in 20 countries are included in the initial release of
WorldLII. Databases of case-law, legislation, treaties, law reform reports,
law journals, and other materials are included.
All databases may be searched together (with results relevance-ranked), or
groups of databases may be searched (such as 'All legislation', 'All
highest national courts', 'All law reform', or 'All Law Journals').
WorldLII welcomes enquiries concerning the possible inclusion of other
databases on WorldLII or on one of its collaborating LIIs.
WorldLII Catalog and Websearch
The WorldLII Catalog (http://www.worldlii.org/catalog/270.html) provides
links to over 15,000 law-related web sites in every country in the world.
WorldLII's Websearch makes searchable the full text of as many of these
sites as our web-spider can reach. This part of WorldLII has been
developed with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank (Project DIAL).
WorldLII welcomes enquiries from law librarians and other legal experts
who are interested in becoming Contributing Editors to the WorldLII
The Databases, Catalog and Websearch are combined in a single interface
which allows repeated searching without re-keying. There are many other
interesting technical aspects of the system which are best discovered
through use or the Quick Guide.
Operation of WorldLII
The provision of the WorldLII service is coordinated by the Australasian
Legal Information Institute (AustLII), which maintains WorldLII's user
interface, the WorldLII Catalog and Websearch, and the databases located
only on WorldLII.
Technical enhancements to WorldLII are being developed jointly by the
cooperating Legal Information Institutes.
The Legal Information Institutes cooperating to provide WorldLII hope that
you enjoy using it and find it useful. We hope to improve and expand it
continuously until it reaches its full potential.
Finally, we would like to thank the staff members of all the cooperating
Legal Information Institutes, and our Contributing Editors, whose work has
made and continues to make possible WorldLII and its cooperating LIIs.
Announced by AustLII/WorldLII Co-Directors:
Associate Professor Andrew Mowbray, UTS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Professor Graham Greenleaf, UNSW <email@example.com>
Philip Chung, AustLII Executive Director <firstname.lastname@example.org>
25 November 2002
Distinguished Visiting Professor (2001-02)
Co-Director, China IT&Law Centre, and HKLII
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (Room 502, KK Leung Bldg)
Office HKU Tel: +852 2859 2931 Fax: +852 2559 3543
Professor of Law
Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales
UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052 Australia (UNSW CRICOS Provider No: 00098G)
Co-Director, Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
Co-Director, Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Pages - http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham/
Home HK: Flat 7A, Block 2, 23 Sha Wan Dr, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
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