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AustLII's next lunchtime Research Seminar will be presented by Prof Graham Greenleaf, Professor of Law & Information Systems, UNSW Australia and Co-Director, AustLII, on the topic Different meanings of "free access to law": Civil law and common law comparisons. Details of the seminar topic and the speaker are below.
Date: 8 October 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00
Venue: AustLII Offices, Level 12, Building 10, 235-253 Jones Street, Ultimo - see map (PDF)
RSVP by Tuesday, 6 October 2015 to Cathy Quigley Tel: 02 9514 4921 or Email: seminar(at)austlii.edu.au
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|Topic:||Different meanings of "free access to law": Civil law and common law comparisons|
|Speaker:||Graham Greenleaf, Professor of Law & Information Systems, UNSW Australia and Co-Director, AustLII|
|Duration:||The seminar lasts for an hour, including 20 minutes for discussion.|
Are there significant differences in either the perceptions or the reality of what constitutes "free access to legal information" between countries with legal systems based on the common law, and those from the civil law tradition? This presentation considers the roles of civil society organisations vs official bodies, and differences in publishing practices, both at the national level and in multi-national provision of legal information. What underlying factors in common law and civil law systems may account for differences found? Finally, do global declarations or standards concerning free access to legal information sufficiently reflect common law/civil law differences?
Graham Greenleaf has a research appointment as Professor of Law & Information Systems at UNSW Australia. His current areas of research focus are Asian data protection and privacy laws, public rights in copyright, and the globalisation of free Internet access to legal information. He is a co-founder and Co-Director since 1995 of the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII). In 2010 he was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to advancing free access to legal information, and to the protection of privacy.