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Open Access to Legal Scholarship and Free Access to Law

The Osgoode Hall Law School Library is committed to the principles of open access in scholarly publishing at our universities and of free access to legal information in our society. We subscribe to and promote the principles enumerated in the Calgary Statement on Free Access to Legal Information in the belief that general application of these principles will benefit legal education, improve the dissemination of legal scholarship, promote free access to legal information and enhance access to justice.

The Osgoode Library has built and maintains the Osgoode Digital Commons, the institutional repository of Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. The Digital Commons captures, preserves and makes available to the global public the intellectual output of the Law School, including faculty research, scholarship and publications; journals and research centres; selected records and archives; and digital initiatives from the Osgoode Hall Law School Library.

The Osgoode Library and the Osgoode Digital Commons are participating members of the following open-access legal repositories:
CanLII →
Law Commons →
Law Review Commons →
NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository →

Following is a list of key documents relating to Open Access to Legal Scholarship and Free Access to Legal Information.

Significant Policy Documents

Calgary Statement on Free Access to Legal Information (2011)  / Déclaration de Calgary sur le libre accès à l’information juridique (2011) →

Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship (2009) →

IFLA Statement on Government Provision of Public Legal Information in the Digital Age (2016)

Montreal Declaration on Free Access to La2 (2007)  / Déclaration de Montréal sur l’Accès libre au droit (2007) →

Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002) →

Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (2003) →

York University Open Acess Policy for Librarians and Archivists →

Harvard Library, Open Access Policies

Significant Websites

Creative Commons →

Creative Commons Canada →