Open Access Legal Publishing in Africa Training

The African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII), South Africa, and the National Council for Law Reporting (NCLR), Kenya have embarked on a project to formalize both organizations’ training programmes and work practices.  The first training event takes place in Johannesburg from 30 July 2012 to 2 August 2012 as part of the collaborative efforts, including also the Uganda Legal Information Institute, the Zambia Legal Information Institute and the Zimbabwe Legal Information Institute, to finalize training videos and manuals.

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Mariya Badeva-Bright on Legal Research on an LII


My presentation in the legal research session of the workshop focused on, very underused (perhaps very hated too), ful ltext search. Over the years, I have often had to respond to critiques about the utility of LII websites that do not editorialize content. I have come to the conclusion that those are partially fuelled by insufficient knowledge of advanced search techniques. So, after a short presentation on boolean operators and constructing search queries, I demonstrated how easy it is to locate up to date and relevant material on ULII without the aide of an Index. 

Joseph Ssinabulya Talks ICTs at the Uganda Judiciary


Understanding the ICT environment at the source of the material is important for a LII to succeed. LIIs can take advantage of the computerization and digitization programmes at institutions producing legal information. In a rare presentation at an open access workshop, Joseph Ssinabulya walked us through the organizational and technical set up at the uganda Judiciary. This allowed a discussion on the possible avenues for collaboration and joint projects.