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1 J. Electronic Resources L. Libr. 1 (2006)

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              Emerging Global Networks

                 for  Free Access to Law:

                 WorldLII's Strategies

                          Graham   Greenleaf
                             Philip Chung
                          Andrew   Mowbray




     ABSTRACT. Those who value free access to   law need to respond to the
     increasingly global nature of legal research, and the fact that most coun-
     tries still do not have effective facilities for free access to law. The free
     access to law movement, centred around University-based Legal Infor-
     mation Institutes (LIIs), is assisting and encouraging the development of
     free access law facilities in many countries in the developing world.
     While  doing so, it is also creating a global network of interconnected
     free-access legal research facilities on the Internet. This network is be-
     coming  comparable to the global legal research facilities provided by the
     multinational legal publishers.
        The free access to law movement is explained: its history, methods of
     cooperation, and Declaration on Free Access to Law. Public policies to
     maximise  free access to law are advanced to explain why it is not good
     enough  for governments  to provide access to law through their own
     websites. Instead, a 'competitive model' is advanced, stressing the right
     of others to republish legal information.
        The  task of developing global legal research is explained through


   Graham Greenleaf is Professor of Law, University of New South Wales.
   Philip Chung is Executive Director of AustLII and WorldLII and Lecturer in Law,
University of Technology, Sydney.
   Andrew Mowbray  is Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Faculty of Law, Uni-
versity of Technology, Sydney.
         Journal of Electronic Resources in Law Libraries, Vol. 1(1) 2006
         Available online at http://www.haworthpress.com/web/JERLL
             @ 2006 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
                        doi:10.1300/J382v01nO1 01                     1

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