Monday 5 August 2013

International Legal Information Invitation

Originally published in  Aber News Issue 13 - May page 13, Aber People 

"In February 2013, Lillian Stevenson, Academic Services Manager and Law Librarian represented the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) at the Joint Study Institute held at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
The keynote address by Michael Kirby, Australia’s longest serving High Court Judge (now retired) highlighted the part Australia played in establishing one of the first Legal Information Institutes (Australasian Legal Information Institute [AustLII]) which provides free access to legal information.
Many countries have followed this example including the UK and Ireland (British and Irish Legal Information Institute [BAILII]). Aberystwyth University has established links with the University of Melbourne and Lillian was able to discuss library support for a potential international collaborative research project with Professor Caron Beaton-Wells from their School of Law. Professor Beaton-Wells is working with Professor Chris Harding from the Department of Law & Criminology on a research proposal on the criminalisation of business cartels."

In June, Lillian again represented BIALL at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Conference in San Diego, US and received support to attend from the US based SLA Legal Division as well as BIALL. This is a large conference (3,000 plus) attracting information professionals from largely (though not exclusively) private organisations in the United States and throughout the world. Aber alumni were present as delegates and speakers. There’s no escape!

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