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8-country sustainability workshop in Johannesburg

For the last three days, LII Director Tom Bruce has been meeting with representatives of seven African LIIs in Johannesburg (that’s right, “LII” is a global brand).  The workshop, sponsored by AfricanLII and the Open Society Institute of South Africa, was held to discuss new strategies for sustainability in open-access to law in southern Africa.  Participants came from Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland.

Sustainability is a sort of code word:  the idea that open-access providers need to find ways to pay their bills so that they can remain viable over the long term.  Free access to law is never costless, and LIIs in the developed and developing worlds alike need to find innovative ways to meet their expenses.  There are many ways to do that — some entrepreneurial, some philanthropic — and a number of novel, interesting and surprising ideas were put forward by energetic workshop participants.

The best thing to come out of the three-day workshop?  The slogan for SwaziLII is “kwetfu”, a  Swazi word that means “it is ours”. It’s the best thing anyone could say about their law — and something we work toward every day.

Supreme Court hears cases this week

This week, SCOTUS hears cases on first sale doctrine, medical residents, and railroads among others.  You can read the LII Supreme Court Bulletin analyses of each by clicking on the links:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Supreme Court this week

This week, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a wide range of cases.  As always, the LII’s Supreme Court Bulletin provides thoughtful analysis of the upcoming cases. Just click on the links below to read all about them:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010