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
Date Written: November 23, 2011
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
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