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https://researchdata.ands.org.au/search/#!/rows=15/sort=score%20desc/class=collection/q=austlii%20asianlii/p=1/

Project Members:

Philip Chung (Project Manager, philip.chung@unsw.edu.au)

ANDS Contact:

Ines Hessler (ines.hessler@ands.org.au)

Project Status:

Completed

Increased effectiveness of free online access to Myanmar and Indian case law

University of New South Wales

Collaborator(s): AustLII

Project Description

The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) is a joint facility of the University of Technology Sydney and University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) Faculties of Law and provides free online access to the largest online collection of Australian legal information and documents. The Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII) is an AustLII-operated project making over 300 databases of legal information from 28 countries and territories in Asia freely accessible on the AsianLII website. Information is obtained via 8 other Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) with the majority of the databases being located on the AsianLII website and built by AustLII.

India and Myanmar (formerly Burma) are both part of the common law world, and therefore the case data from both countries provide part of the citation data that lawyers in common law countries use in arguing cases. From those two countries AsianLII already holds over 160 high value databases and more are in the process of being added through ongoing digitisation work. This project will improve the utility and accessibility of all these databases a great deal, particularly through the creation and utilisation of citation information (document level metadata). For example, citation information can be used to provide alternative routes to access specific relevant legal material. The project will provide unique benefits to lawyers from Australia and overseas, and will improve services (eg advice and litigation) provided by national and international lawyers.

Databases that are already part of the Myanmar collection include The Burma Code 1839 to 1951, Myanmar Laws, All Indian Reporter (Lower Burma 1907 to 1922; Rangoon 1918 to 1941; Upper Burma 1913 to 1921) and Burma Law Reports 1947 to 1969. The databases already included in the Indian collection include the India Code (1836 to present) and over 100 case law databases, mainly from the post-2000 period, to which are now being added databases of Myanmar and Indian cases from earlier periods, back to the 19th century.

As a consequence of the project the discoverability of the Myanmar and Indian case law in AsianLII will be improved by providing collection level descriptions and metadata to Research Data Australia. This may result in further enhancements to the discoverability of all databases available on AustLII.

Data Type:

Case law data