Law Books and Development

What to do with core legal texts? One English charity has a good idea

Legal Profession and Publishing Industry Launch International Law Book Facility

The International Law Book Facility, a unique charitable and publishing industry initiative, has been launched by the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice John Thomas, Judge of the Court of Appeal and ILBF Trustee.

With the support of Book Aid International, this important new initiative has a simple goal: to provide printed core legal texts to legal professional bodies, pro bono groups and law schools involved in access to justice in common law jurisdictions of Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Legal publishers LexisNexis Butterworths, Sweet and Maxwell, Jordan Publishing and Tottel Publishing are working together to identify the core legal texts that will make an impact in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. The books distributed may be second-hand, but they’re not second best!

Inspired by four of the ILBF’s trustees – Lord Justice John Thomas, William Blair QC, Anesta Weekes QC and Nicholas Munday of Clifford Chance – the International Law Book Facility marks the first time the UK legal profession and publishing industry have come together in a national effort to raise funds and collect and distribute books to international jurisdictions.

‘The establishment of the rule of law is most obvious in underpinning individual liberty and democratic government, but the development of successful modern economies cannot take place without it,’ says Lord Justice John Thomas. ‘No judiciary can accomplish this task without the help of lawyers that have access to good libraries and good libraries themselves.’

As well as receiving book donations, the International Law Book Facility welcomes applications from institutions and individuals in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean by applying through its website The ILBF also welcomes any donations to help store books, ship books overseas and distribute them in recipient countries.

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