AustLII 1995: What Did We Think We Were Doing?

Legal Information Institute (Cornell) VOXPOPULII series ’25 for 25’, February 2017

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 17-30

6 Pages Posted: 26 May 2017 Last revised: 13 Jul 2018

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Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 25, 2017

Abstract

The Legal Information Institute (LII, Cornell), to commemorate its 25th anniversary, commissioned 25 contributions to its '25 for 25' series in the VOXPOPULII blog. This is the 4th in the series.

This short article is, as requested, on the theme "Here's what we *thought* we were doing, and here's what it really turned into", as applied to the formation of the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) in 1995.

It discusses 13 objectives or principles that we thought we were implementing in 1995, as evidenced by our contemporaneous actions or publications, and whether they have turned out to be either achievable or a good idea.

The article also discusses some environmental factors which contributed to AustLII's success, and some examples of developments in free access to legal information which we did we not imagine, back in 1995. Every free access to law provider has a different story to tell, with different challenges to overcome in environments typically much more difficult than Australia.

Keywords: legal information, free access, AustLII, Australia, LII

Suggested Citation

Greenleaf, Graham, AustLII 1995: What Did We Think We Were Doing? (January 25, 2017). Legal Information Institute (Cornell) VOXPOPULII series ’25 for 25’, February 2017; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 17-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2973803

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)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham

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