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.
The EU Project openlaws.eu was co-financed by the European Commission (DG Justice) under action grant JUST/2013/JCIV/AG (April 2014 – March 2016).
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.
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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.
There is an enormous amount of legislation within the EU and its member states. openlaws integrates EUR-Lex and national databases. You can create links between national legislation and cases, making it easier to identify implementing laws of EU instruments across member states. You may even uncover previously unknown anomalies between EU legislation and national law.
There is a growing demand to find case law from other member states. The European Court of Justice interprets EU law to make sure it is applied in the same way in all the EU countries. Knowledge of judgments at a European level is crucial to understand local laws. openlaws creates links between related cases and references to the underlying legislation.
openlaws provides an extensive overview about legal literature. Lawyers and other legal experts can use openlaws to share their knowledge and commentary. This includes blog posts, papers, journal articles and academic outputs. Share your expertise with a select group or all of the legal community on your terms. Publishers can contact the openlaws team for more information.
openlaws brings the legal community together. Whether you are a lawyer, a judge, a notary, a civil servant, a legal scholar, a law student, a business person or an interested citizen - openlaws will make it easier to nd the right experts and to work with them. Together we can make law more accessible and easier to understand.
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