Building a commons for the common law: the Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII) four years on Greenleaf, Graham en_US Mowbray, Andrew en_US Chung, Philip en_US 2021-11-25T15:46:19Z 2021-11-25T15:46:19Z 2010 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII – – pronounced ‘Common-lee’), is a non-profit and free access website for legal information from all countries that are members of the Commonwealth and their territories (more than 60). CommonLII also covers a small number of significant non-Commonwealth countries and territories that have a legal system based on the common law. The main purpose of CommonLII is to provide a comparative law facility by which the laws of all common law countries can be searched and compared. In relation to case law, CommonLII assists in making the ideal of an international common law a reality, by providing the case law collection with the broadest geographical scope, and the only free access international citator (LawCite). In relation to legislation, CommonLII makes it easier to compare legislative developments in the same subject-areas across Commonwealth countries, and can therefore assist in the process of law reform, as well as increasing the transparency of each country’s legal system. CommonLII also makes it easier to find commentaries on the law from Commonwealth and common law countries, including law reform reports and some law journals. This paper explains CommonLII’s development since its launch in 2005 (its partners, scope and supporters; the range of content from each country; and technical features, illustrated by searches), emphasising the significance of the addition of the English Reports 1220-1873 and the LawCite international citator. It concludes with an outline of likely future developments due to funding provided for 2010-11 by the Australian Research Council, Commonwealth Secretariat and Australian Attorney-General’s Department. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0305-0718 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Commonwealth of Nations en_US
dc.subject.other legal information systems en_US
dc.subject.other free access to law en_US
dc.subject.other common law en_US
dc.title Building a commons for the common law: the Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII) four years on en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.description.publisherStatement This is an electronic version of an article published in Commonwealth Law Bulletin, Volume 36, Issue 1 March 2010 , pages 127 - 134. Commonwealth Law Bulletin is available online at: The electronic version of this article is embargoed by the Publisher until September 2011. Embargo expired October, 2011. en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Law & Justice
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 1 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Commonwealth Law Bulletin en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 127-134 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 36 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Greenleaf, Graham, Law, Faculty of Law, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Mowbray, Andrew, University of Technology Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Chung, Philip, Law, Faculty of Law, UNSW en_US School of Law *
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