Proposition pour "Law via the Internet" 2009
À l’occasion de la 10e conférence internationale « Law via the Internet » (Le droit par Internet), qui se aura lieu à Durban en Afrique du Sud les 26 et 27 novembre 2009, le rédacteur en chef de CultureLibre.ca, Olivier Charbonneau, a proposé la communication suivante:
Title: How can Web 2.0 technologies help us understand the law?
Olivier Charbonneau, BCom, MSI, LLM
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
In 2008, the first volume of a report by the United-Nation’s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (http://www.undp.org/legalempowerment/) found that at least four billion people are excluded from the rule of law. Of the many strategies it explores, the Commission states that “[e]mpowering the poor through improved dissemination of legal information and formation of peer groups (self-help) are first-step strategies towards justice” (p. 64). It seems that the Legal Information Institute movement is uniquely situated and could position itself to act as an enabling force to make this vision a reality.
The growing popularity of user generated content technologies, also called the collaborative web or simply Web 2.0, opens the door to many possibilities to support peer groups in the context of self-help. Examples abound from different areas, such as social networking, blogging or collaborative authorship (Wikis). Careful analysis is required in order to identify adequate technologies or processes that would enable access to justice and the Rule of Law, within the context of the above report and the open access to primary legal materials via the Internet.
We propose to succinctly present current user generated content technologies in order to establish a conceptual framework. This conceptual framework allows us to explore, in a structured way, how user generated content technologies can be applied to the specific case of court rulings openly available in a Legal Information Institute’s websites. A parallel will be drawn with other technological tool traditionally applied to legal documentation. This analysis aims to guide and prioritize future developments of technologies for the benefit all.
This study was conducted as a master’s thesis (LLM) under the supervision of Daniel Poulin, director of the LexUM research center, which produces www.canlii.org, at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Law. The author, Olivier Charbonneau, is an Associate Librarian at Concordia University, a member of the Scientific Committee of the LexUM Research Chair and keeps a blog in French at www.culturelibre.ca.
Par exemple, au Canada, le site internet www.canlii.org propose, en accès libre et gratuit, une base de donnée de toutes les lois et jugements du fédéral ainsi que de toutes les province du Canada.
Ce contenu a été mis à jour le 2009-07-16 à 15 h 01 min.