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The Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII): Its Role in Free Access to Global Law Via the Internet


Graham Greenleaf


University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Philip Chung


University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Andrew Mowbray


University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Ka Po Chow


University of Hong Kong - Department of Computer Science and Information Systems

Kevin Pun


University of Hong Kong - Department of Computer Science and Information Systems


Hong Kong Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, p. 401, 2002

Abstract:     
The importance of free access to essential legal information to the rule of law is outlined, and the role of Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) in providing such access. The main features of the new Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII) are described, and its differences from pre-existing systems. HKLII is the first LII in Asia: a free, independent, and non-profit Internet facility providing relatively comprehensive coverage of the essential legal information of a jurisdiction (Hong Kong). This paper describes HKLII's first year (July 2001 - July 2002), from the first discussions on its possible creation to the installation of its own server in Hong Kong. It explains that the development of HKLII has been made possible by the policies of the HKSAR government and judiciary supporting access to legal information. Future development of HKLII is discussed, and its potential impact on free access to legal information elsewhere in China and in Asia.

HKLII is a partner in the development of the World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII). The scope and facilities of WorldLII are described briefly, and its relationship with HKLII is used to demonstrate how legal resources from one jurisdiction can be incorporated into a global and comprehensive approach to free access legal research.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: Internet, computerised legal research, Hong Kong, legal information institute, access to law

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Greenleaf, Graham and Chung, Philip and Mowbray, Andrew and Chow, Ka Po and Pun, Kevin, The Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII): Its Role in Free Access to Global Law Via the Internet. Hong Kong Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, p. 401, 2002. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=515303

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Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)
University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )
Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia
+61 2 9385 2233 (Phone)
+61 2 9385 1175 (Fax)
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Philip Chung
University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )
Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Andrew Mowbray
University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )
Sydney
Australia

Ka Po Chow
University of Hong Kong - Department of Computer Science and Information Systems ( email )
Room 301, Chow Yei Ching Building
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong
Kevin Pun
University of Hong Kong - Department of Computer Science and Information Systems ( email )
Room 301, Chow Yei Ching Building
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong
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