Re-Evaluating Legal Citation in a Digital Landscape

Legal Information Management, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp. 190-205, September 2017

Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-5

Posted: 16 Feb 2018

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Melissa Castan

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Kate Galloway

Bond University; James Cook University

Date Written: September 30, 2017

Abstract

Increasing access to digital works and the proliferation of digital genres has changed the way in which we conceive of information, and particularly legal information, including how it is represented within legal citation practice. This article contributes to the discourse around legal citation in two ways. It first provides a theoretical justification for citation practice as an element of legal information management crucial to effective scholarship, including knowledge creation and dissemination. Secondly, and based on this theoretical foundation, it identifies the challenges facing existing legal citation practice in the face of new media, new representations of legal scholarship, and new objectives for citation practice. Finally, in this article we distil foundation principles for citation to integrate these diverse elements. To illustrate the application of these principles, the article closes with suggested citation practices designed to enhance the existing framework in this digital landscape.

Keywords: Digital Citations, Legal Education, Digital Scholarship, Legal Citations

Suggested Citation

Castan, Melissa and Galloway, Kate, Re-Evaluating Legal Citation in a Digital Landscape (September 30, 2017). Legal Information Management, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp. 190-205, September 2017; Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-5. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3118739

Melissa Castan (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Kate Galloway

Bond University ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

James Cook University ( email )

Cairns, Queensland 4878
Australia

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