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     Law Via the Internet Conference 2005
     National Training Programme: Free Access Resources
     CommonLII Launched
     New Databases
     Subscription Information
     Contact Details


The Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII), in conjunction with the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII), will host the 7th 'Law via Internet' Conference on 17-19 November 2005 in Vila, Republic of Vanuatu.

Law via the Internet 2005 will present both submitted and invited papers. The Conference will be preceded by the annual meeting of the Free Access to Law Movement on 17 November, and the conference proper will take place on 18-19 November. See <>.


At <> you can register for the conference online.


Law via Internet 2005 will present papers by experts from 10 countries over two days. A draft conference programme is available at <>.

Topics range from issues of global access to law, to practical issues of the development of online law libraries, to court computerisation, to the sustainability of free access to law in developing countries, to commercial legal publishing online.


A limited number of sponsorship packages are still available for those interested in sponsoring the 2005 Conference. Please contact Cathy Quigley <cathy(at)> or David Vaile <david.vaile(at)> for more information.


The Conference venue is the Emalus Campus at the University of the South Pacific in beautiful Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu. Port Vila is well known as a tourist destination and for its warm Melanesian hospitality. It has a wide range of excellent resort-style accommodation as well as budget accommodation. Special conference rates are available -- see <>.

Proceeds from the Conference will support the provision of free access to law via the net.


The Internet Legal Research - Free Access Resources course, presented in conjunction with CLE at UNSW, is being held in:

This day long course provides a systematic introduction to online Australian and international legal materials, with an emphasis on those available for free access. The huge variety of free-access online resources make them indispensable to those who depend on free access, as well as those who also have access to the commercial legal publishers' services. The course covers:

For a brochure or to register, see <>. It is advisable to register early as places for each course are limited.


The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) launched the Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII), located at <> at the 14th Commonwealth Law Conference in London. Like other LIIs, CommonLII is free access and non-profit.

CommonLII already allows browsing and searching of 464 databases from 50 Commonwealth and common law countries and territories. Many of these databases are located on existing LIIs in Commonwealth countries, but CommonLII contains databases from 30 additional countries. More databases are under development. There is a Catalog of law websites for all Commonwealth countries.

Notable database collections on CommonLII include those from India (very extensive), from Singapore and Malaysia, from most Caribbean countries, and from ten African countries. It is also possible to search Commonwealth-wide legislation, case law or law reform materials.

CommonLII is supported by the Commonwealth Lawyers' Association, Commonwealth Magistrates' and Judges' Association, Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation. The Australian Research Council and Australian Attorney-General's Department have provided initial funding for development of CommonLII. We would like to thank all institutions from Commonwealth countries whose legal materials are included in CommonLII, and all organisations providing support.

Graham Greenleaf
Andrew Mowbray
Philip Chung
Co-Directors, AustLII & CommonLII


"eJournal of Tax Research"
The full text of the eJournal of Tax Research from its inception in 2003 up to date is now available on AustLII. See: <>

"University of New England Law Journal" The full text of the University of New England Law Journal from 2004 is now available on AustLII.
See: <>


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