The Human Right of Access to Legal Information: Using Technology to Advance Transparency and the Rule of Law

Global Jurist Topics, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-14, 2001

13 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2008 Last revised: 31 Aug 2014

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Steven D. Jamar

Howard University School of Law; IIPSJ

Date Written: November 23, 2011

Abstract

A cornerstone of the human rights movement is establishing the rule of law; without the rule of law, the very meaning of the term rights dissipates. A foundational principle of the rule of law is governmental transparency, i.e., governments operating not secretly, but openly. One aspect of this transparency is ready access to the law. Having open and public laws that are relatively easily available is an important aspect of efforts to create or enhance the rule of law. This article addresses the human right of access to the law and how using technology can enhance this access.

Keywords: human rights, information, access to information, transparency, technology and the law, law, glin, global legal information network, information

Suggested Citation

Jamar, Steven D., The Human Right of Access to Legal Information: Using Technology to Advance Transparency and the Rule of Law (November 23, 2011). Global Jurist Topics, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-14, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1148802

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