In the latest Commonwealth ARC grant rounds, Professor Emeritus Wilfred Prest, Professor John Williams and Dr Gabrielle Appleby from the Adelaide Law School, together with Professor Amanda Nettelbeck from the School of Humanities, were part of a team of scholars from 14 institutions across Australia that were awarded funding to undertake a project to expand the legal history material available on the free online database maintained by the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII). The project is led by Professor Graham Greenleaf at the University of New South Wales.
Below is a short summary of the project.
The Australasian legal history libraries stage II: Australia’s leading legal historians will partner with the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) to create a massive expansion of free online access to Australasian legal history through digitisation and data aggregation. The Legal History Libraries on AustLII will become a comprehensive trans- Tasman collection from 1788-1999, including all reported case series and those from colonial newspaper reports, and all Acts enacted, plus key collections of historical Bills, Gazettes, legal commentaries, and Parliamentary reports. The Libraries are expected to double in size from their current 50,000 items of cases and legislation. The Libraries will enable previously impractical access, comparative research, and international collaborations.
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