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Re-inventing authority and integrity of primary legal sources for the online world, using free access to make the legal system more efficient and just

Funding: 2016: $25,000
2013: $25,000
2014: $50,000
2015: $50,000

Project Member(s): Mowbray, A., Stuhmcke, A.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Bond University
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Family Court of Australia
University of New South Wales (The University of New South Wales Partnership Fund)
High Court of Australia (OTHER High Court of Australia)
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (Federal Magistrates Court)
Supreme Court Library (Vic)
Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel of Victoria
Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Start year: 2013

Summary: The availability of primary legal materials via the Internet over the last 20 years has caused previous systems of authority and integrity to break down. They need to be reconsidered and re-invented, both in Australia and internationally. The main aim is to determine the best practice by which these materials may be provided online with authority and integrity, validate such proposals by implementation with relevant organisations, and determine how such approaches can best be advanced internationally. The development of best practices is a combination of policy research and development of standards, and the best technical means most suited to the particular requirements of legal authority and the environment in which the documents are used.


Stuhmcke, AG 2015, 'Learning Plagiarism: Law Students Really Must be Special', Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, vol. 8, no. No 1 & 2, pp. 75-94.
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Keywords: legal information systems,authority and integrity,legislation, case law, treaties

FOR Codes: Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified, Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified, Law not elsewhere classified, Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies