A Brief Overview of Legal Informatics

23 Pages Posted: 16 May 2017

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Emmanuel Salami

University of Lapland, Finland.; Independent

Date Written: May 10, 2017


The digitalization of the world has led to the application of technology to every sphere of the human life and endeavor with law being no exception. Law and technology have quite a history embedded in subject areas such legal informatics, legal information, technology law and other similar nomenclature. The storage/processing of data has gained so much prominence for a host of reasons prominent among which is the right to privacy and data protection. Therefore law plays a paramount role in the processing/storage of data making it inevitable for lawyers to study same. Due to the dynamic nature of technology with which legal informatics is concerned, it is important that lawyers keep in tune with both legal and technological advancements to ensure growth in the field of legal informatics. This writer holds the opinion that papers/articles/journals on legal informatics are shrouded in abstract and sometimes not so easily comprehensible language. Therefore, the purport of this paper is to carry out an overview of legal informatics with the overall objective of reducing the field of legal informatics into an easily comprehensible short paper.

Keywords: Legal informatics, history of legal informatics, what is legal informatics, the roles/Contributions of legal informatics in our society, sources of the law on legal informatics, fields of legal informatics, what is data protection, principles of data protection, data protection in the EU

Suggested Citation

Salami, Emmanuel, A Brief Overview of Legal Informatics (May 10, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2966201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2966201

Emmanuel Salami (Contact Author)

University of Lapland, Finland. ( email )


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