Monday, 16 January 2012

Lecture at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies - Tuesday 17th February

I've just received notification of the following - given the timing many of you will be unable to attend, but I thought that it was worth flagging up.

Free Access to Legal Information: Roles in the expansion of liberty, the rule of law and democracy
PROFESSOR GRAHAM GREENLEAF AM, Professor of Law & Information Systems, University of New South Wales (UNSW); Co-Director, Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII); Founding Director, Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, UNSW (2000-10); Asia-Pacific Editor, Privacy Laws & Business International Report (PLBIR).

Chair: Jules Winterton, Associate Director and Librarian, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Tuesday  17 January 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR
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After nearly twenty years of development, free online access to legal information is approaching maturity in some parts of the world, but is in its infancy in others. We can answer some practical questions: 'what is the geographical scope of its advance?'; 'what types of institutions have been the main contributors to its provision?'; and perhaps even 'what are the main conditions for its success and sustainability?' But deeper questions need answers too. What should 'free access' mean in relation to legal information in order to be fully effective?: free as in beer, or free as in speech?  Perhaps we must first work out what is the significance of free access to legal information to values such as liberty, the rule of law, and democracy. But are the answers to these questions everywhere the same? This paper will start at the shallow end of the pool and progress to the deep.

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