Law via the Internet 2020

I might have titled this post “pandemic pleasures” or some other alliterative title that made it clear that ONLY in 2020 would some opportunities be available.

This year I had the benefit and pleasure of attending a conference that I have longed to go to – Law Via the Internet. LVI 2020 was originally intended to be in the UK. The conference is almost always overseas. Slawyers know that in-person conferences and travelling are not possible. Slawyers should also know by now that many, many things are now feasible like attending a global conference of interest but perceived as not directly related to your employment.

If I had been asked in 2016, 2017, or 2018 about attending LVI, my response would have been something like, “that would be an amazing experience, but I am not sure if it would be applicable to my work.” What a silly response that turned out to be! Virtual Law Via the Internet 2020 had an absolute plethora of amazing content that was directly relevant to my paid and volunteer work.

As with other 2020 conferences, LVI was supposed to be a live event. When it became clear that wasn’t going to work out, AfricanLII, CanLII and Lexum partnered to hold the virtual event. This triumvirate of amazingness crafted a fantastic program, kept the cost to an extremely reasonable $99 CDN with the capability of waiving fees, and delivered an excellent conference experience that included networking hosted on the bandwidth friendly Crowdcast platform.

#LVI2020 had active participation from the global Free Access to the Law Movement luminaries. My sincere congratulations to the organizers, speakers, and attendees. Notably, Slaw folk: Sarah Sutherland, Alisa Lazear, Xavier Beauchamp-Tremblay, and the team from LEXUM. Thanks to F. Tim Knight and Lyonette Louis-Jacques for asking great questions during sessions. Congratulations to my fellow CALL/ACBD Executive Board member Kim Nayyer for the topics she presented.

My first instinct about attending a Law Via the Internet conference was spot on. It was an amazing experience. It was so amazing and relevant that when gathering in person is possible, I would love to attend again. Tune in to the Free Access to the Law Movement website to stay open to LVI opportunities.

For posterity, Law Via the Internet included all of this amazing content. I attended some live sessions and also took advantage of asynchronous content, and am continuing to do so as the recordings are available for a week.

Virtual Law Via the Internet 2020

The 2020 Virtual Law Via the Internet Conference offers 24 hours of programming on free access to the law in a changing landscape. The conference takes place on September 22 and 23, 2020, and we are pleased to draw on the expertise of more than 40 speakers from 10 countries.

Sessions will be streamed live and available to re-watch during this multi-time zone event. Please note there are 10 minute breaks between sessions.

We look forward to having you join us for the first Virtual LVI!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 (EDT)

9:30 am Welcome to LVI 2020
10:00 am Keynote Speech: Cory Doctorow
11:10 am The Potential of LIIs in Data Bias Mitigation
12:30 pm Developing and Maintaining Open Casebooks
1:00 pm #LVI2020 Twitter Break
1:40 pm Exploration of User Attributes and Behaviour in Online Legal Research
2:10 pm Legal information and ICE surveillance: The Dangerous Intersection of Legal Information Access and Human Rights Abuses
3:30 pm Show Don’t Tell: Introducing Legal Concepts on YouTube
4:00 pm Virtual Chat / #LVI2020 Break
4:30 pm Communicating for Impact: Access to Justice and the Public
5:50 pm Is There Notice Without Understanding: The Importance of Plain Language in Legal Writing
6:20 pm Access to Legal Responses to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
7:40 pm Mapping Asian Legal Response to COVID-19
8:00 pm Virtual Chat / #LVI2020 Break
8:30 pm Highlighting Legal Access One Podcast at a Time
9:10 pm Copyright and Legal Texts: An Update From America
9:40 pm Free Access to Japanese Law and Beyond: Work on the e-Legislative Activity and Work Support System (e-LAWS)
10:50 pm Closing Remarks for Day 1

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (EDT)

7:30 am Welcome to LVI 2020 Day 2
8:00 am Keynote Speech: Willy Mutunga
9:10 am Enabling Rapid, Free Access to African COVID-19 Laws
10:30 am Building a Methodology to Extract Data from Court Decisions through Machine Learning
11:00 am Virtual Chat / #LVI2020 Break
11:30 am The Gambia: Realizing the Right to Information
12:50 pm Re-imagining the Government Printer in a Digital World
1:20 pm A Glance to Free Legal Information in the COVID-19 Pandemic
1:40 pm Virtual Chat / #LVI2020 Break
2:50 pm AI for Law-Making
3:20 pm Decolonizing (Access to) Knowledge: Digitizing African Law and Legal Scholarship
4:00 pm Shifting Online: Perspectives from Pandemic Private Practice
4:30 pm Implementing ‘Rules as Code’: Modern Slavery Legislation
5:00 pm Virtual Chat / #LVI2020 Break
5:30 pm A New Model for Legal Publishing: Empowering Legal Professionals through Shared Content Creation
6:10 pm Law, Access, and the Open Casebook
6:50 pm Ethical Use of Symbolic AI in Legal Decision Support Systems
7:30 pm Imagining Sustainable, Global, Open Published Legal Scholarship
8:50 pm Closing remarks Day 2


  1. Thank you for the rave review Shaunna! We were glad to have you and hope you’ll be able to join us again in the future.

  2. So happy you could attend the conference Shaunna! It was my first LVI too and I feel lucky to have been a part of it. Enjoy the recordings!