Designing a vision for the future of Big Open Legal Data.

openlaws helps you find legal information more easily, organize it the way you want and share it with others. Together with you we create a network of legislation, case law, legal literature and legal experts – both on a national and a European level – leading to better access to legal information. Download our vision paper now. 

The EU Project was co-financed by the European Commission (DG Justice) under action grant JUST/2013/JCIV/AG (April 2014 – March 2016).


openlaws makes it possible to search multiple databases at once. You will be able to find legislation, case law, legal literature and legal experts. Relations between these elements will be visualized. openlaws starts with connecting EUR-Lex and databases from the UK, the Netherlands and Austria. Our ambition is to provide access to legal databases from all EU Member States, including yours.


With openlaws it is easy to organize any legal content you find. For example, you will be able to create personal folders with all the material that is necessary for your research or for the case you are currently working on. You will also be notified whenever there is an update in one of your personal folders or when there are new search results for keywords that you have specified before.


openlaws allows you to collaborate with colleagues and the legal community. It will be possible to share folders either in a closed group with your colleagues or with the general public – it is up to you to decide. Rather than printing and carrying cases and papers, check on your mobile or laptop, forward them electronically and save time and effort.

Next Generation Legal Technology

openlaws takes legal information systems beyond closed and static databases to an open and interactive level.

The rule of law is fundamental to all democratic states. The sheer growth of legal documents and their complexity make access to legal information burdensome. The Internet has made it a lot easier to search for legislation, case law and legal literature. There are growing numbers of online commercial and government databases to consult online. Today, web technologies allow users to collaborate with each other, creating and sharing content. Personalized search and group profiles enable users to cater content to their needs. openlaws takes advantage of these new technologies in order to provide better access to legal information.