Journal of Open Access to Law

JOAL is an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal of international scope.  Its purpose is to promote international research on the topic of open access to law.

JOAL provides an international forum for academic researchers as well as for practitioners of open legal publishing. Central topics of concern include

  • critical construction of legal information methods
  • governance of new models of legal publishing
  • the relationship between open-access legal information and technology
  • projects in open access to law
  • the technical challenges and economic opportunities created by open access to law and public sector information
  • the economic dimensions of open access to law
  • trends and changes suggested by the globalization of access

JOAL is meant to stimulate and promote an interdisciplinary approach to law, relocating classical topics in a new framework at the crossroads of law and history, law and literature, law and philosophy, law and technology, and law and AI.

The Editorial Board invites the submission of essays, topical article, comments, critical reviews, which will be evaluated by an independent committee of referees on the basis of their quality of scholarship, originality, and contribution to reshaping legal views and perspectives.

Registration as an author is required in order to submit an article or note.


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Vol 1, No 1 (2013)

Table of Contents

Open-access research about open-access law PDF
Peter Suber
Celebrating Gnaeus Flavius and Open Access to Law PDF
Jon Bing

Free and open access to legal information in the digital age

The Meaning of 'Free Access to Legal Information': A Twenty Year Evolution PDF
Graham Greenleaf, Andrew Mowbray, Philip Chung
Social Media and the Tyranny of Distance - Pacific Access to Legal Information PDF
Lenore Georgina Adeline Hamilton

Data organization and legal informatics

A Right to Access Implies A Right to Know: An Open Online Platform for Research on the Readability of Law PDF
Michael Curtotti, Eric McCreath
Legivoc – connecting laws in a changing world PDF (English version) PDF (French version)
Hughes-Jehan Vibert, Pierre Jouvelot, Benoît Pin
Citation Analysis of Canadian Case Law PDF
Thom Neale

Open government data and its applications

Internet Enhancement of the Role of Civil Society in Promoting the Rule of Law in Transitional States PDF
Howard N. Fenton, Brian D. Anderson
The rise of the internet and its impact on the openness of the justice system in mainland China: improvements and limitations PDF
Zhuozhen Duan
Opportunities and challenges to free access to law in a changing world: a case of Zimbabwe Legal Information Institute (ZimLII) PDF
Josiline Phiri

Legal services based on free access to legal information

Visualizing the law: crisis mapping as an open tool for legal practice PDF
Marta Poblet

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