From Information to Knowledge
On Line Access to Legal Information

Festival d'Europa

Following-up European Initiatives and Projects Enhancing Access to Legal Information via the Internet

Workshop organised by Ittig-Cnr in conjunction with Festival d’Europa 2011

Palagio di Parte Guelfa, Piazzetta di Parte Guelfa - Sala Brunelleschi

6th May 2011 – 9.00-13.30

The dissemination of legal information contributes to the rule of law and to the overall ideals of democracy. Accessing legal information produces a lot of benefits, such as certainty of the law, the creation of conditions necessary to the equality and fairness of a legal system, while improving the functioning of democratic institutions.

The rapid explosion of electronic information on the Internet is an unquestionable reality, as well as its enormous impact on research, business and every social activity. However this electronic transformation has its drawbacks; in fact navigating through such an amount of information sources, often unstructured, may make people waste their time and miss their expectations.

Nowadays legal research is facing a serious problem: the abundance of electronic legal information makes it very difficult to organize such resources in a way that they can be consulted with confidence, checked and cited as valuable sources. There is a gap between collecting ‘documents’ and achieving ‘information’.

Within this context the Workshop aims at bringing together on the same table theories, methodologies and experiences focusing on the realization of tools allowing access to European legal information via the Internet (conceived as legal information of the European Union as well as of the EU countries) and on the relevance that this implies in relation with the exercise of the rights of citizenship of EU citizens.


9.00-9.15 - Opening, Introductory remarks

9.15-11.00 - First session

Experts from different areas of interest for legal information will be involved in assessing the state of the art with respect to their perspectives and in evaluating selected experiences.

Chair: Pascale Berteloot

Coffee break

11.20-13.40 - Second session

The second session will be devoted to the presentation of relevant initiatives and projects willing to realize access to legal information from different approaches and implementing different methodologies and tools.

Chair: Maria Angela Biasiotti

Please register at the following address:

Registration for this event is free of charge

Program Committee: Maria Angela Biasiotti, Sebastiano Faro, Marina Pietrangelo