Sunday, 21 August 2011

African Legal Resources available through FALM

Every so often, Afro-Leo stumbles upon some legal resource of which the little lion was previously unaware.  The Free Access to Law Movement is one of these.  100_1424

Originally formed in 2002, FALM members believe “Public legal information from all countries and international institutions is part of the common heritage of humanity.”  (Full FALM declaration available here.)

These goats are much more interested in farms than FALM.

Members of FALM make an effort to ensure their country’s laws area available freely online.  There’s a surprising number of African members with resources available online.

Botswana eLaws: http://www.elaws.gov.bw/
Juri Burkina for Burkina Faso: http://www.juriburkina.org/juriburkina/ (French)
Juri Niger: http://www.juriniger.org/juriniger/ (French)
Juriste.ma for Morocco: http://www.juriste.ma/ (Arabic)
Kenya Law Reports (KLR): http://www.kenyalaw.org/klr/index.php
Liberia Legal Information Institute: http://www.liberlii.org/
Malawi Legal Information Institute: http://www.malawilii.org/
Namibia Legal Information Institute: http://www.namlii.org/
Southern African Legal Information Institute for all of Southern Africa:  http://www.saflii.org/
Swaziland Legal Information Institute: http://www.swazilii.org/
Ugandan Legal Information Institute: http://www.ulii.org/

These are not IP-specific resources, but they may be a good place to start when looking for statutes, decisions and the like.  Between these resources and the resources being posted by Kingsley as he travels across the continent alphabetically, Afro-Leo sees much hope for readers finding the information they need.  And, when those sources don’t work, you can always reach out to Afro-Leo and fellow readers.

The full list of members can be found at: http://www.falm.info/

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