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 4, No 1 (2016)

Table of Contents

Open government data and its applications

The Legal Information Needs of Civil Society in Zambia PDF
Marc Julien Masson, Ovais Tahir

Data organization and legal informatics

Similarity Measure among Structures of Local Government Statute Books based on Tree Edit Distance PDF
Yoichi Takenaka, Takeshi Wakao
Improvement of Translation Accuracy for the Outlines of Japanese Statutes by Splitting Parenthesized Expressions PDF
Kouhei Okada, Yasuhiro Ogawa, Makoto Nakamura, Tomohiro Ohno, Katsuhiko Toyama
Development of Diachronic Terminology from Japanese Statutory Corpora PDF
Makoto Nakamura, Yasuhiro Ogawa, Katsuhiko Toyama

Legal services based on free access to legal information

Specialised Government Publishing: the Law Pocket and Linked Legal Data in the Netherlands PDF
Marc Van Opijnen, Hayo Schreijer, Ilja Andreas, Maarten Kroon

Reports and reviews

Collaboration among Legal Information Providers in Quebec: CAIJ and Lexum's Shared Vision PDF
Frédéric Pelletier, Sonia Loubier


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ISSN: 2372-7152