Access to Legal Information in Cambodia: Initial Steps, Future Possibilities

Journal of Information, Law and Technology, No. 2 & 3, 2005

14 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2007 Last revised: 16 May 2008

Abstract

Following a brief review of the literature on access to legal information (particularly in electronic form), the author finds a lack of empirical research on the relationship between access to legal information and the establishment of the rule of law, particularly in developing countries. Using the example of Cambodia this article considers why the publication of legal information has been so difficult in the past. It then provides a case study of a new tribunal (a council for the arbitration of labour disputes) which is taking steps to publicize its decisions online and reflects on the effects which the distribution of such information may be having on the conduct of industrial relations in Cambodia. Finally the article undertakes an assessment of the extent to which the model established by the Arbitration Council could be used as a basis for the development of legal publishing in Cambodia.

Keywords: Cambodia, rule of law, online publication of legal information, law and development

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Adler, Daniel, Access to Legal Information in Cambodia: Initial Steps, Future Possibilities. Journal of Information, Law and Technology, No. 2 & 3, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=983311

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