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Global Online Access to Legal Information

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 is available?

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

Who can access GOALI?

Registration for GOALI is open


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.
  1. How Research4Life contributes to equity of access to information?

    Watch a panel discussion held at the conference "OpenCon 2018: Access for all? Equity of access to information, social inclusion, and the UN 2030 Agenda" in the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library. Speakers are Heads of Libraries from WHO, FAO and ILO. 

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

Research4Life Stories of Change

  1. How Information Access is Changing the Biggest Academic Library in Myanmar

    Voices from Research4Life users