The Lewis and Clark Law Review volume 10:4 (Winter 2006) is devoted to papers from a symposium for open access publishing and the future of legal scholarship. One of the lead articles by Michael Carrol, “The Movement for Open Access to Law” describes the development of the open access movement that gave rise to CANLII and WorldlI but wishes to see this go further and argues that the “time is ripe for legal scholars and scholarly legal periodicals to fully join this movement for open access to law” (741). While most Canadian law reviews are members of the Legal Scholarship Network this is a subscription based service, not openly available to the public. The Bepress Legal Repository has no Canadian law schools nor does the NELLCO Scholarship Repository.
Although SLAW has had postings about this in the past, it is an issue that has fallen off the dance card, but one which needs to be kept at the forefront. While groups such as SPARC continue to develop and advocate for open access to journal literature, and I think time develop a strategic direction and platform in Canada for open access to legal scholarship that follows logically from the Montreal Declaration on Public Access to Law and the subsequent development of CANLII as a national platform of open access to legal material.