Thursday, December 07, 2006

AsianLII: Asian legal information web service

Australian readers may be familiar with the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLii) which provides an excellent free consolidated database of Australian legal data. They are expanding to provide a service for the Asian region via the Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLii):
The Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII - is a non-profit and free access website for legal information from all 27 countries and territories in Asia located from Japan in the east to Pakistan in the west, and from Mongolia in the north to Timor Leste in the south. Access to AsianLII is free. AsianLII will be launched for free public access in December 2006.

Facilities AsianLII will provide for searching and browsing databases of legislation, case-law, law reform reports, law journals and other legal information, where available, from each country in the region. The prototype now provides access to 75 databases drawn from over half the 27 countries, with over 100,000 documents. ...

For every country, AsianLII will also contain an extensive Catalog of law-related websites for that country (parts of the largest law catalog on the Internet), and a 'Law on Google' facility assisting users to search Google only for legal materials from that country.
The service will be officially launched on Friday. I recommend a visit to UNSW, just to see the new law building.

PS: I have suggested AsianLii have web pages which can be automatically translated into Asian languages and be accessible via mobile phones.

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