Basically, if law affects everything we do, shouldn't we all be talking about it; know and understand it?
Not just another database of laws...
Legal Atlas is not just another, online legal library with long lists of laws, raw documents, and terms only lawyers understand. It is an endeavor to break through the many barriers we all face when accessing and understanding law - barriers that frankly cause most of us to give up before we even really get started. And there are lots of them, starting with the fact that laws are full of legalese, have no pictures, and sometimes don't even have a useful table of contents! These barriers, and others, can become insurmountable when the problem faced, and our need for legal information, crosses borders, cultures, and languages; as is the case with many of our largest and most pressing concerns - climate change, free trade agreements, wildlife trade - but which is also true for individuals and small businesses in their travels and trade.
In a more connected world, access to law between jurisdictions is no longer just for large companies and governments.
We are doing this by harnessing information technologies to augment our ability to access and understand law; by organizing legal information around the things we are concerned about (we'll show you what that looks like in later posts); by treating it as a form of data and finding ways to extract key content, visualize it, and make comparisons between laws and jurisdictions easy. In our first posts, you will find us talking more about who we are, what we're doing, and why it's important that this type of resource exist. We'll occasionally use words like artificial intelligence, deep learning, and legal intelligence, but we'll try to keep that to a minimum. The technology is important, but what we do with it is more important. We'll focus on that.
Your comments are of course welcome, but we will be moderating them. Law is a controversial subject and we expect (hope) some posts will generate animated discussion. If it's not civil and not on point, we won't post. Sorry. We'll explain the rules in our next post.
About Legal Atlas
In 2012, the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law recognized Legal Atlas as a significant innovation. To find out why - follow us in Facebook, Twitter, Linked and here, check out our website and look for the launch of our platform in 2016.
Legal Atlas Blog
Posts about law, legal development, and legal intelligence.
Regular contributors to this blog include the staff and directors at Legal Atlas.