New: Journal of Open Access to Law

joalA brand new peer-reviewed academic journal has just come into being and is issuing a call for papers. The Journal of Open Access to Law (JOAL) is a project of Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), the Italian National Research Council’s Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG-CNR), and the Institute of Law and Technology (IDT) of the Autonomous University in Barcelona.

From the main web page:

JOAL is an open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal of international scope. Its purpose is to promote international research on the topic of open access to law.

JOAL provides an international forum for academic researchers as well as for practitioners of open legal publishing. Central topics of concern include

  • critical construction of legal information methods
  • governance of new models of legal publishing
  • the relationship between open-access legal information and technology
  • projects in open access to law
  • the technical challenges and economic opportunities created by open access to law and public sector information
  • the economic dimensions of open access to law
  • trends and changes suggested by the globalization of access

JOAL is meant to stimulate and promote an interdisciplinary approach to law, relocating classical topics in a new framework at the crossroads of law and history, law and literature, law and philosophy, law and technology, and law and AI.

As you’d imagine, given the project founders, there’s a pretty impressive international team of editors, including among them Colin Lachance, President of CanLII (and a Slaw columnist).

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