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Building Free Access to Law in Africa: Some Examples of Successful Projects

  • Ruth Ward
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Ruth Ward explains how open access to legislation in Africa is a much more recent development than in the developed world. Several recently launched projects are well underway, and are contributing towards promoting justice and the rule of law in Africa. Access to legislation facilitates great transparency and access to the law for the promotion of trade and investment; and supports the resulting economic development on the continent. Several different approaches to establishing projects which deliver reliable consolidated access to legislation are illustrated, and show that successful projects can be established and maintained on modest budgets by very small teams.

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9 see fatlm.org

10 Conclusions and recommendations of the Joint conference of the European Commission – Hague conference on access to foreign law in civil and commercial matters, 15–17 February 2012, Brussels, Belgium, <http://www.hcch.net/upload/wop/gap2012info10en.pdf> accessed 10 September 2014

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22 Smith, David: Internet use on mobile phones in Africa predicted to increase 20-fold. The Guardian, 5 June 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/05/internet-use-mobile-phones-africa-predicted-increase-20-fold accessed 10 September 2014

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