Welcome to the Right of Public Access to Legal Information (RoPALI) website! This Right of Public Access to Legal Information website was developed on Friday, 3 April 2015. Its aim is to share some of the legal resources on the right of access to legal information, including relevant human rights instruments (international and regional); declarations, principles, and statements; and academic publications on the right of public access to legal information. Resources on access to legal information and human rights shall be added from time to time. One of the unique resources of this website is the article, “The Right of Public Access to Legal Information: A Proposal for its Universal Recognition as a Human Right” by Leesi Ebenezer Mitee. With a length of nearly 30,000 words (exactly 29,866 words) and its comprehensive analyses of various interrelated themes, it is indeed the seminal work on the right of public access to legal information as not just a legal and constitutional right, but also a human right. In addition, this article is scheduled to be published in the German Law Journal that is one of the most impactful and authoritative peer-reviewed law journals in the world today (according to the reputed Google Scholar Metrics for top academic publications) and other reliable indices.
Enhancing Public Access to Legal Information: A Proposal for a New Official Legal Information Generic Top-Level Domain
“Abstract This article examines the use of a new legal information generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) as a viable tool for easy identification of official legal information websites (OLIWs) and enhancing global public access to their resources. This intervention is necessary because of the existence of unofficial legal information websites with issues of reliability and the overdependence on Internet search engines (despite their limitations) as the only means of finding and accessing OLIWs. The existing findability difficulties create technical unavailability of available online legal information. This article proffers a workable solution to these problems through its proposal for the creation of <.officiallaws> regulated official legal information gTLD by ICANN. It develops a Legal Information Domain Name System (LIDNS) exclusively for the OLIWs of governments and intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) based on the proposed gTLD. . .” >>> more
Declaration on Free Access to Law
Legal information institutes of the world, meeting in Montreal, declare that:
- Public legal information from all countries and international institutions is part of the common heritage of humanity. Maximising access to this information promotes justice and the rule of law;
- Public legal information is digital common property and should be accessible to all on a non-profit basis and free of charge;
- Organisations such as legal information institutes have the right to publish public legal information and the government bodies that create or control that information should provide access to it so that it can be published by other parties.
Public legal information means legal information produced by public bodies that have a duty to produce law and make it public. It includes primary sources of law, such as legislation, case law and treaties, as well as various secondary (interpretative) public sources, such as reports on preparatory work and law reform, and resulting from boards of inquiry. It also includes legal documents created as a result of public funding. . . Read the full text of the Declaration