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WorldLii lance un projet de base mondiale de jurisprudence des cours internationales

jeudi 13 janvier 2005, par Stephane Cottin

Déjà signalée sur PracticeSource
mais aussi multipostée sur Int-Law et Euro-Lex notamment, cette annonce de Graham Greenleaf (Austlii et profil SSRN) sur son projet de mise en commun de la jurisprudence des cours internationales :

Announcement : WorldLII’s International Courts and Tribunals Project http://www.worldlii.org/int/cases/

WorldLII (the World Legal Information Institute) is pleased to announce a new resource to welcome in the New Year : WorldLII’s International Courts & Tribunals Project, located at http://www.worldlii.org/int/cases/.

The International Courts and Tribunals Project (ICT Project) aims to provide a comprehensive search facility for final decisions of all international and multi-national courts and tribunals, whether global or regional. The search facility allows searches over the decisions of 20 International Courts and Tribunals (listed below), already comprising over 20,000 decisions. Most databases will contain complete backsets and they will be updated regularly. More databases are being added.

Some of the databases are still being completed, in some instances because recent cases are still being added, and in other instances because the back-set still being completed. However, rather than delay any longer, we have decided to announce the system in its slightly incomplete form. We will post further updates as the collection is completed.

The 20 Courts and Tribunals currently included, and the Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) on which their decisions are located, are as follows :

1 Central African Monetary and Economic Community (CEMAC) Decisions 1998- (Droit francophone)
2 Central American Court of Justice Decisions 2003- (WorldLII)
3 Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Court of Justice Decisions 2001- (WorldLII)
4 Court of Justice of the Andean Community Decisions 1985- (WorldLII)
5 Court of Justice of the European Communities (including the Court of First Instance) Decisions 1954- (BAILII)
6 Commission of the European Communities Decisions 2003- (WorldLII)
7 European Court of Human Rights Decisions 1960- (WorldLII)
8 Inter-American Court of Human Rights Decisions 1981- (Selected) (WorldLII)
9 International Court of Justice Decisions 1993- (WorldLII)
10 International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Decisions 2004- (WorldLII)
11 International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia Decisions 1996- (WorldLII)
12 International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Decisions 1997- (Selected) (WorldLII)
13 North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) Decisions 2004- (WorldLII)
14 Permanent Court of International Justice Decisions 1922-1946 (Selected) (WorldLII)
15 Privy Council Decisions 1982- (BAILII)
16 West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Court of Justice Decisions 1996- (Selected) (Droit francophone)
17 World Trade Organization Appellate Body Decisions 1996- ; Arbitrators Decisions 1998- ; Panel Decisions 1998- (WorldLII)
18 United Nations Committee against Torture Decisions 1993- (WorldLII)
19 United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Decisions 1988- (WorldLII)
20 United Nations Human Rights Committee Decisions 1977- (WorldLII)

In addition the ICT Project contains the following related databases :
21 Generic Top Level Domain Name (gTLD) Decisions 2000- (WorldLII)
22 Interights Commonwealth Human Rights Law 1992-2002 (WorldLII)
23 Interights International Human Rights Law 1981-2001 (WorldLII)
24 Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT) Resources (WorldLII)

All databases may be search together (the default), or a selection may be made from all European, African, Human Rights, or Trade Related sets of Courts and Tribunals, or any individual combination of Courts and Tribunals as the user prefers.

Other Courts and Tribunals are being added, including the special war crimes court in Timor-Leste. Other suggestions are welcome.

The only international court or tribunal to have refused permission for inclusion of their decisions is the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

At this stage the ICT Project contains primarily English language databases, plus decisions in Spanish or French where there are no decisions in English. The next step is to expand the project into comprehensive coverage in Spanish and French (where decisions are available in those languages), and perhaps other languages.

The ICT Project is a joint project between WorldLII and other Legal Information Institutes (LIIs). Where possible, decisions of regional ICTs are located on a local LII. Databases in English and databases with decisions in multiple languages are located on WorldLII. Where databases are solely in French, or there are parallel databases in French, they are being located on Droit Francophone. Decisions in Spanish are located (for the moment) on WorldLII.

It is our intention that the databases will be updated monthly once completed, though some may be updated more frequently than that.

WorldLII’s ICT Project was demonstrated at the 6th ’Law via Internet’ Conference in Paris last November, and a paper presented at the Conference giving background is on the Project’s home page.

We would like to thank the Australian Research Council for its funding to AustLII which has supported this project, and our stakeholders whose support has enabled us to obtain that funding. We would also like to thank the various international Courts and Tribunals for permitting the reproduction of their decisions, and for valuable comments. Finally, we would like to thank our staff who have worked hard to complete this project during 2004, particularly Dijana Popin and Harry Mak.

We hope you find WorldLII’s International Courts & Tribunals Project a valuable research tool. We would very much appreciate any feedback on the Project, from experts and non-experts alike.

Happy New Year !

Graham Greenleaf
Philip Chung
Andrew Mowbray
Co-Directors, AustLII & WorldLII

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