Openlaws.eu: open justice in Europe through open access to legal information

Lampoltshammer, Thomas J, Guadamuz, Andres, Wass, Clemens and Heistracher, Thomas (2016) Openlaws.eu: open justice in Europe through open access to legal information. In: Jiménez-Gómez, Carlos and Gascó-Hernández, Mila (eds.) Achieving open justice through citizen participation and transparency. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 173-190. ISBN 9781522507178

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Abstract

Legal texts represent a fundamental building block in all democratic states. As such, legal information must be accessible to all members of society to the widest possible extent, to aid inclusiveness and to enable participation in public decision-making. In recognition of this, the EU and its Member States work to make laws, court decisions, etc. publicly available online. The sheer mass of legal norms, instruments, and interpretations in court decisions, commentaries and other sources, makes it increasingly difficult for citizens, civil society, businesses, and all involved stakeholders in legal practices to locate the relevant law. The challenge is to interlink local legal information and to have structures in place to enrich this information through aggregation and mass customization. The technological possibilities to achieve this goal do exist. The European project openlaws.eu aims for initiating a platform and to develop a vision for Big Open Legal Data (BOLD): an open framework for legislation, case law, and legal literature from across Europe.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Open access, Open justice, Access to law, Transparency, Openlaws
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law
K Law > K Law in General. Comparative and uniform Law. Jurisprudence > K0115 The legal profession
K Law > K Law in General. Comparative and uniform Law. Jurisprudence
Depositing User: Andres Guadamuz
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 08:01
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 08:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63002

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