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Global Online Access to Legal Information

Launch - 6 March 2018

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    Research for Global Justice

    ILO launches online access to legal research and training for developing countries

    6 March 2018

    Researchers, law students, policymakers, judges and legal experts in low- and middle-income countries can now get free or low-cost online access to legal information and training from the world’s leading academic publishers.

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    Global Online Access to Legal Information

    6 March 2018

    Launch of a new programme providing access to legal research and training in developing countries.

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GOALI - Global Online Access to Legal Information is a new programme providing free or low-cost online access to legal research and training in the developing world.

What will be available?

  • Academic and professional peer-reviewed journals, publications and databases in selected subject areas of law from the world's leading academic publishers.

Who will have access to GOALI?

Registration for GOALI is already open

  • Governmental, research and not-for-profit institutions from eligible countries are encouraged to register for GOALI on the Research4Life website. GOALI will go live on the 6th of March 2018. How to register? 


GOALI is a public-private partnership of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as a UN agency, together with Brill Nijhoff, the International Training Centre of the ILO and academic partners Cornell Law School Library and the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School.

GOALI is one of the five programmes that make up Research4Life.

Partners say

  • The ILO is hosting the GOALI programme, supporting access to legal research in developing countries. Together with our partners at Cornell, Yale, Brill Nijhoff, ITCILO and Research4Life, we are working on the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 16 on access to information, promoting justice and strengthening institutions. We are proud to be part of this initiative that will make a difference in peoples’ lives.

    Richelle Van Snellenberg, Head, ILO Library, International Labour Organization
  • Brill Nijhoff had initiated GOALI because it will clearly fill a gap in the area of access to legal information in developing countries. Brill Nijhoff contributes nearly 160 journals and ebooks, mainly in the area of law, including the International Development Policy book series and the not-for profit Journal of Interrupted Studies.

    Liesbeth Kanis, Managing Director Brill Asia
  • GOALI will promote access to justice by removing the economic and technological barriers to proprietary legal information in developing economies around the world. Cornell Law Library will contribute its expertise in the areas of research, teaching and learning by providing instructional support to participants in the program both virtually and in person.

    Femi Cadmus, Edward Cornell Law Librarian, Associate Dean and Professor of Practice. Cornell Law School
  • At Yale, we are adding hundreds of legal journals and ebooks daily to GOALI, along with associated metadata to ensure the content is easily discoverable by GOALI users. As of today, we have over 10,000 legal titles from over 60 publishers. Many of these publishers have been contributing content to Research4Life’s other programmes for many years, while some of the publishers, including Justis and Edward Elgar, are new to Research4Life. 

    Teresa M. Miguel-Stearns, Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School

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