Gaining Momentum. How ECLI Improves Access to Case Law in Europe


  • Marc Van Opijnen Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Knowledge Center Official Publications


Case Law Publication, ECLI, Open Data, Legal Identifiers


In December 2010 the Council of the European Union adopted the conclusions on the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI). This paper examines the state of play regarding its implementation within the EU Member States and at European Courts. It also takes a closer look at the ECLI Search Engine which is now available on the European e-Justice portal and gives access to more than five million court decisions from twelve jurisdictions. But the ECLI Search Engine offers more than just a huge repository: it facilitates substantial and maybe even radical opportunities to further improve cross-border access to case law. Technology can be of help, but judiciaries have to contribute as well.