Knowledge without boundaries

As knowledge sharing transcends borders, we highlight three resources for their great strides in putting institutions at the centre of the movement to democratise access to information through providing online resources.

For more information on legal resources available online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, see: Access to legal information during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Resources available remotely

GOALI (Global Online Access to Legal Information)

GOALI, one of the five programmes that make up Research4Life, provides free or low-cost online access and training to law and law-related content. Governmental, research and not-for-profit institutions from 115 low- and middle-income countries can access up to 16,000 resources, including e-books and peer-reviewed journals from 70 leading academic publishers, such as Edward Elgar Publishing and Elsevier.

For more information, see: Global Online Access to Legal Information.

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries)

EIFL works with libraries and library consortia in 50 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe to enable access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. Partners include Edward Elgar Publishing and LexisNexis.

For more information, see: eifl.

Remote Courts Worldwide

Remote Courts Worldwide was launched in 2020 by Richard Susskind, President of the Society for Computers and Law, and technology adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. The website service is designed to help judges, lawyers, court officials, litigants and court technologists share their experiences of remote alternatives to traditional court hearings in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In order to avoid the danger of reinventing the wheel and unnecessary duplication of effort worldwide, the global community of justice workers are offered a systematic way to exchange news on operational systems, as well as plans, ideas, policies, protocols, techniques and safeguards. Hosted by the Society for Computers and Law, funded by the UK LawTech Delivery Panel, and supported by Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service, Remote Courts Worldwide acts as an evolving repository of developments.

For more information, see: Remote Courts Worldwide.


Ethnic federalism: a theory threatening to kill Ethiopia _ 30 June, 2021 by Kassahun Melesse

Ethnic divisions have proved a major challenge to build national unity and achieve political stability in many African countries. To mitigate—and, at times, exploit—such divisions, political leaders in the continent have experimented with various political institutions, ranging from banning ethnic-based political parties to arranging regional states that cut across ethnicity..…READ MORE

Canada: Proclamiation Oromiya Day June 29th 2021_ካናዳ ሃጫሉ ሁንዴሳ የተገደለበትን ቀን june 29 Oromiya Day (የኦሮሚያ ቀን) ተብሎ እንዲሰየም ወስናለች

The prominent Oromo Artist & Activist Hachalu Hundessa was murdered on June 29, 2020. The Mayor of Halifax, Canada proclaimed June 29, 2021 as Oromia Day.

ካናዳ ሃጫሉ ሁንዴሳ የተገደለበትን ቀን june 29 Oromiya Day (የኦሮሚያ ቀን) ተብሎ እንዲሰየም ወስናለች። በዚያን ቀንም ሁሌም በየአመቱ ካናዳውያን ስለ ኦሮሞ ህዝብ ባህልና ታሪክ የሚያውቁበትና እውቅና የሚሰጡበት ቀን ይሆናል ተብሏል!

Gen Tsadkan Gebretensae: Ethiopia’s Tigray rebel mastermind

For the second time in his life, a former army general has found himself at the centre of a rebellion against the Ethiopian government in the mountainous Tigray region, writes analyst Alex de Waal...

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