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New partnership: Global Online Access to Legal Information

New partnership: Global Online Access to Legal Information

Posted by david-hand | 23 March 2018

At Justis we are pleased to announce a new partnership that will help to provide developing countries with access to legal information.

Justis will be included in the Research4Life programme GOALI – Global Online Access to Legal Information, a new programme aimed at providing free or low cost online access to legal content to eligible institutions in developing countries.

This exciting initiative was launched on the 6th March 2018, in Geneva. Our Head of Commercial Development, Aidan Hawes, attended and spoke to the Edward Cornell Law Librarian, Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor of Practice at Cornell Law School, Femi Cadmus – here’s what she had to say about the objectives of GOALI, and the importance of companies such as Justis being involved:

“The Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI) will fill a huge information gap for researchers in low to middle income countries around the world.  One of the persistent problems in developing economies is the lack of access to important proprietary legal information. While institutions like Cornell and the Cornell Legal Information Institute have been at the forefront of providing free access to laws of the United States and other countries, there still remains a considerable array of legal information resources locked behind paywalls which non-profit organizations and educational institutions in these countries cannot afford.

When an established and innovative legal publisher like Justis contributes to this effort, the result is that researchers in GOALI eligible countries will now have access to over a million cases in multiple jurisdictions, some of which serve as legal precedent in these countries. This newly acquired access to legal information resources will expand the knowledge base of researchers thereby promoting access to justice and the rule of law.”

Dr Susan Isiko Štrba, University of the Witwatersrand, Femi Cadmus, Cornell University, and Aidan Hawes, Justis

Dr Susan Isiko Štrba, of the University of the Witwatersrand, recognises the importance of the GOALI initiative, and the value of Justis being a partnered organisation:

“It will contribute to online access to rare foreign legal information for researchers, students, librarians, policymakers, judges and legal experts in GOALI/Research4Life eligible developing country institutions. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embrace partnerships as a key tool for implementing the SGDs. The GOALI partnership presents one possible way of fulfilling the SDGs through access to information.

Partnerships imply different entities bringing their different expertise. The involvement of Justis in GOALI is timely. Eligible users will, by using JustisOne, have access to the most up-to-date and historically significant common law cases, and thus increasing access to information for the various legal researchers.

In order to access Justis’ service through this programme, relevant organisations will need to register first. Governmental, research and not-for-profit institutions from eligible countries are encouraged to register for GOALI on the Research4Life website.

Further information:

Learn more about the Global Online Access to Legal Information programme here.

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