The Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII - http://www.asianlii.org) is a non-profit and free access website for legal information from 28 countries and territories in Asia, from Mongolia in the north to Timor-Leste in the South, and from Japan in the east to Afghanistan in the west. After about six months development, AsianLII's Australian launch was in December 2006 and was thereafter launched in the Philippines in Manilla in January 2007.
This paper gives a brief outline of the challenges involved in developing AsianLII and the facilities it provides, and then outlines a demonstration of how it can be used for both comparative law research across all Asian countries and for research concerning the law of one country (Japan is used as the example). The proposed future development of AsianLII is outlined, particularly in relation to multi-lingual resources and its role in assisting the development of new free access Legal Information Institutes in Asia. The paper was given at the Japanese launch of AsianLII in August 2007 at Meiji University, Tokyo.
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Graham Greenleaf, "Free Access to Japanese and Asian Law – The Launch of AsianLII in Japan" (September 2007). University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series. Working Paper 60.