By Sarah Sutherland
At CanLII we believe that there is a real need for legal information, including commentary, without paywalls. Over the last year we have been working on making the policy and technological developments that will support this goal, and today we are ready to announce the next step: the CanLII Authors Program.
Starting today we accept submissions of legal commentary from the legal community. If you are the author of a text that you would like to see on CanLII, whether it was published elsewhere before or not, you can now submit it to us for inclusion in our commentary section.
We know that the legal community as a whole writes a great deal more valuable content than what can be easily found using existing tools. This may include papers professionals submit when they agree to give a presentation at a CLE event, or long papers that are posted on their firm’s website, etc. We also know that many established authors would rather contribute their work to CanLII for it to be available openly and circumvent closed publishing channels.
If this sounds like something that interests you, you can read more about the program, such as the terms and licensing here.
We started to publish law reviews, reports and newsletters this spring. This is the next step in developing CanLII’s content to better support Canada’s legal researchers, and allowing members of the legal profession, members of the judiciary, law professors, legal information professionals, or graduate students registered at Canadian law schools, to share their expertise on a national platform.