Achode, Monica M.

Monica M. Achode is the Senior Assistant Editor and Deputy CEO in the National Council for Law Reporting (NCLR). She holds a Masters Degree in Gender and Development from the University of Nairobi as well as an LL.B degree. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya having been admitted to the bar in the year 2008.

She has coordinated several trainings on Open Access Publishing for publishers of legal Information. Further, in conjunction with the South African Based African Legal Information Institute (SAFLll), she developed and carried out a syllabus for the training of over ten African countries on the modalities of free access to and open publishing of legal information, with the NCLR being the case study model.

She has spearheaded several donor-funded research projects, from inception to completion, resulting in complete published manuscripts of the Kenya Law Reports as well as other publications. These include the Gender and Family Law Report funded by the World Bank, the Gender Based Violence Law Report funded by Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Kenya Law Casebook on Ethics, Anti-corruption, Leadership and integrity funded by Transparency International Kenya. Further, in consultation with the Kenyan Judicatory Training Institute, she developed and carried out curriculum for the training of the Judicial Legal Researchers.


Badejogbin, Oluwatoyin A.

Dr. Oluwatoyin Badejogbin is a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. After a brief stint in private legal practice, he began a career in public interest law, where his work has covered areas of topical interest including torture, extra-judicial killings, judicial independence and accountability, law enforcement accountability, terrorism, and criminal justice generally. 

His other research interests include the financial sustainability and governance of non-profits. In 2006, Oluwatoyin held a senior visiting fellowship at the Center for Civil Society Studies, Institute for Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University, during which he researched resourcing community development initiatives. He now heads advocacy and policy at the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, an applied research unit in the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

His responsibilities include growing the community of Legal Information Institutes in Africa, and advocating the adoption of national and regional policies that enhance free access to legal information.


Baryn, Marcin

Marcin Baryń is Head of Documentary Management and Legal Analysis Sector at the Publications Office of the European Union. He studied law and administration at the University of Łódź and at the European University of Law and Administration in Warsaw. He also graduated from the University of Lorraine specialising in European law. In 2005 he joined the European Commission (Eurostat) and worked in the Dissemination Unit. In 2011 he moved to the Publications Office of the European Union, where he was first in charge of consolidation of EU law, before moving to work on documentary management and legal analysis.


Beauchamp-Tremblay, Xavier

Xavier Beauchamp-Tremblay is a member of the Quebec Bar and a registered trademark agent (Canada). In 2015, he became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII). Before joining CanLII, Xavier practiced intellectual property and information technology law at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada.


Chung, Philip

Philip Chung is Senior Lecturer in Law at UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales). He is Executive Director of the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) and associated projects (including AsianLII, CommonLII and WorldLII). Philip manages the staff and resources of AustLII and jointly oversees the technical development of AustLII’s projects and system administration. He holds degrees in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney, with honours in Computer Science and Operations Research as well as a PhD in Law from UNSW. His research interests include legal information systems, computerisation of law and legal research skills.


du Feu, Sue

Sue du Feu has an MA in West European Politics (Reading 1984) and an MA in Screenwriting (Liverpool John Moores 1997), is a qualified librarian and Prince2 practitioner. She has 30 years’ experience managing IT and Business Change projects and programmes, mainly in the university and public sector. She became Jersey Legal Information Board Programme Director in February 2010.

Greenleaf, Graham

Graham Greenleaf holds a research position as Professor of Law & Information Systems in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Australia in Sydney. His current areas of research focus are public rights in copyright, global data privacy developments, and free Internet access to legal information. Graham is a Founding Co-Director and Senior Researcher of the pioneering online free access to law system, AustLII (the Australasian Legal Information Institute), operating since 1995.

He has been involved in privacy protection since 1975, as a data protection official, privacy advocate and scholar. His most recent book is Asian Data Privacy Laws: Trade and Human Rights Perspectives, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. In 2010 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the law through free access to legal information, and as a leader in the protection of privacy.


Hadjimichael, Nikitas

Nikitas Hatzimihail is Associate Professor of Private Law, Private International Law, Comparative Law and History at the University of Cyprus, where he serves as Deputy Head of the Law Department. He is also an affiliated senior researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (U.L.B.). He obtained his law degree from the University of Athens and his doctorate from Harvard University. He was admitted to the Athens Bar and is a CEDR accredited mediator. Professor Hatzimihail teaches on contract law, commercial law, international business law, legal history, arbitration and ADR. In addition, he has published widely on Cyprus law and on the history of commercial law and private international law. He is the director of the CyECLI project (2016-2018).


Hjul, Paul

Paul Hjul is currently a director of Crystal Web (Pty) Ltd, an emerging internet service provider and telecom's company based in South Africa. Here he juggles interests in information technology with law. His scholarly and academic interests focus on the emergence of a Liberal Ideal in various societies and the importance of the Rule of Law and questions of the best interests of the proper administration of justice.


Ismanjanov, Akbar

Dr. Akbar Ismanjanov is a Senior Lecturer at Westminster International University in Tashkent. His areas of research interests include wide range of issue of electronic media exchange on the internet. Recent works focused on new generation of electronic media, legal regulation of electronic media distribution and its prospective models.

Noted researches tailored in number of international scholarships and more than 30 publications/conferences with work experience at Stanford University.


Joergensen, John

Professor Joergensen is the director of the Rutgers University's law libraries at Camden and Newark, New Jersey. He teaches in the areas of legal research and remedies. Before coming to academia, he practiced law in the state of Pennsylvania.

While at Rutgers, Professor Joergensen organized the New Jersey Courtweb Project, which provides free Internet access to the full text of the decisions of the New Jersey Courts as well as administrative and ethics materials. His work also included digitizing U.S. congressional documents, the deliberations of state Constitutional Conventions, and other historical records. In 2007 he received the Public Access to Government Information Award from the American Association of Law Libraries and in 2011 was named to the Fastcase 50 as one of the country’s “most interesting and provocative leaders in the combined fields of law, scholarship and technology.”

Professor Joergensen holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Fordham University, an M.S. in library information science from Drexel University, and a J.D. from Temple University Law School.


Jowitt, Anita

Anita has been teaching with the University of the South Pacific School of Law since 1997, and has been admitted to the bar in New Zealand and Vanuatu (the latter as an academic lawyer). As Director Anita is responsible for the strategic direction of PacLII including developing new projects, preparation and implementation of plans and budgets; overseeing all PacLII operations and activities; supervision of staff and ensuring compliance with USP policies and procedures.

Kuster, Marc

Marc Küster joined the Publications Office of the European Union in 2008 to work on the development of its common content and metadata repository, CELLAR. Currently he is Head of Storage and Electronic Archive Sector. Marc holds a degree in physics, a master in philology and history and a PhD in modern philology. Before joining the Publications Office, he worked for the Tübingen University's Computing Centre on humanities computing and then cofounded the XML service provider Saphor GmbH. He was also a professor for Web Services and XML Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences Worms.

Lambert, James

James Lambert is the Director of Services for the Jersey Court Service. He holds a BSc in engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree. His career in the public sector spans 37 years (including 18 years in the Royal Navy), covering a variety of roles, but most recently with strategic responsibility for the development and modernisation of the Court Service. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Manager. He is also a founder member of the Jersey Legal Information Board and a member of the Governing Body of the Institute of Law, Jersey.

Markou, Constantina

Constantina Markou obtained her LL.B. from the University of Cyprus. As part of the Erasmus programme she spent one academic year studying at Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands. Upon returning to Cyprus she assumed the post of Secretary General at the national board of the Cyprus branch of the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA). In 2015 she was selected by the European Personnel Selection Office as the only EU Careers Student Ambassador in Cyprus. She forms part of the CyEcli Project team as a researcher.

Mowbray, Andrew

Andrew Mowbray is a Professor of Law and Information Technology at UTS. In conjunction with his research colleagues, Professor Graham Greenleaf at UNSW and Philip Chung at UTS, Professor Mowbray was a central figure in the creation of Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII). He has been a principal software author and technical director and is currently AustLII's Co-Director. Amongst other pieces of software that are widely used across the Free Access to Law Movement, Andrew is responsible for the development of the open source free text engine - 'Sino' and the LawCite legal citator.


Nakamura, Makoto

Makoto Nakamura received the Doctoral degree in Information Science from JAIST in 2004. He is now designated associate professor at Japan Legal Information Institute (JaLII), Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, Japan. His research interests include legal text processing and computer simulation of the change in languages.

Palmirani, Monica

Monica Palmirani is a professor in Computer Science and Law and Legal Informatics at University of Bologna, School of Law. She graduated in Mathematics, and had her Ph.D. in Legal Informatics and IT Law. Since 2001 she has been teaching courses to undergraduates, PhD students and professionals on Legal Informatics, eGovernment, Legal drafting techniques, and Legal XML. Her department, CIRSFID, is one of the leading centers of excellence in Italy and one of the leading centers at the international level in the area of computer science and law. In December 2013 she passed the national evaluation for becoming full professor.

In OASIS she co-chairs the LegalDocML and the LegalRuleML Technical Committees and since 2013 she serves on the OASIS LegalXML Steering Committee. She is also chair of the sub-committee of LegalCiteM Technical Committee in order to model universal citation standard for legal resources. In 2015, she was recognized as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor. She is elected in 2016 member of Board of Directors of OASIS.

Her research fields include XML techniques for modelling legal documents in structure as well as in aspects connected to legal knowledge, including normative rules and legal ontologies, and ICT-enhanced legal drafting techniques. She is managing several research projects (e.g., High Court of Cassation of Italy, Senate of Italy, Uruguayan Parliament, Chamber of Deputies of Cile, European Parliament, Inter-America Bank for Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Federal Chancellery of Switzerland, UN Food and Agriculture Organization) to improve access and quality of legal documentation, as well as open government data models for democracy, and transparency. She has published more than 70 papers and she has been chair of several international conferences, editor of book series and member of the scientific committee of “AI and Law” Journal.


Peruginelli, Ginevra

Ginevra Peruginelli is researcher at ITTIG-CNR. She has a degree in Law and a Ph.D in Telematics and Information Society at the University of Florence. She has also received her Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

Since 2003 she is entitled to practice as a lawyer.

Since 2016 she is MC Italian Member of European COST Action 15137 - European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (ENRESSH). She is one of the editors of the Journal of Open Access to Law - JOAL

Since 2007 she is member of the editorial board of DoGi – Dottrina Giuridica, Italian database of abstract of articles of legal periodicals.

Her main research areas involve: Evaluation of legal research, Open access to law; Techniques and methods for legal documentation and for the creation of legal information systems; Multilingual access to law; Cross lingual and cross collection retrieval systems.


Poulin, Daniel

Daniel POULIN is president of Lexum Inc., a provider of IT solutions for the legal community, as Decisia, Qweri and Lexbox.

Before dabbling in the business world, Daniel Poulin led his career at the University of Montreal. While at the University of Montreal, Professor POULIN pioneered the use of the Internet for the benefit of the Law in 1993 when he started publishing the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions. He founded the Canadian Citation Committee where he led the design of the Canadian Neutral Citation system, now used throughout the Canadian judicial system. Daniel POULIN led the design and implementation of CanLII, the legal information web site of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, from 2000 to 2010. He has been a member of the Canadian Judicial Council’s Judges Technology Advisory Committee for over twenty years. For over ten years, he assured the direction of the LexUM research laboratory at the University of Montreal. The LexUM lab, founded in the 1990s, became a private company in 2010.

Daniel POULIN became Professor Emeritus of the University of Montreal in May 2014.


Schweighofer, Erich

Erich Schweighofer is a professor within the department of European, international and comparative law, centre for computers and law, at the University of Vienna. He is an international expert in the area of legal informatics, in particular privacy, legal information retrieval and AI & law. Erich Schweighofer is a frequently invited to lecture in these areas, both in Vienna and abroad, Erich Schweighofer is/has been involved in many research projects, including legal text analysis, legal information retrieval, surveillance technologies and security research. Erich Schweighofer’s mother tongue is German and he speaks and writes English and French fluently.

Stratis, George

George Stratis is a Director and the Technical Lead at ConvertPLC Digital Marketing Agency. Since his return from the University of Southern California, he has been pushing for the adoption of Open Source software in electronic governance and the private sector. He was instrumental in the definition of the XML Schema and the implementation of the legislation management system currently used to digitize and publish legislation of the Republic of Cyprus, which is freely available at CyLaw and has been built on a stack of Open Source technologies.

Van Gemert, Willem

Willem van Gemert joined the Publications Office of the European Union in 1996 and currently he is Head of Standardisation and Registry of Metadata Sector. He coordinates the metadata standardisation inside the Publications Office and participates in standardisation activities at the European level. He has chaired or co-chaired several working groups in the metadata standardisation domain, such as the Interinstitutional taskforce on a common approach for the management of URIs by EU institutions and the Working group for the revision of the DCAT-AP application profile. Willem has a degree in Modern Greek philology with a specialisation in Modern Greek history from the University of Amsterdam.

van Opijnen, Marc

Marc van Opijnen (1963, the Netherlands) studied administrative, international and European Law at the Universities of Groningen and Leiden, the Netherlands. Fascinated by the opportunities the internet has to offer, he mastered the necessary computer skills and has been working for over 20 years as an intermediary between the law, the administration of justice and IT. He has a special interest in all aspects relating to the online accessibility of case law, also the subject of his PhD thesis at the University of Amsterdam (2014).

Currently he is affiliated to the Publications Office of the Netherlands (UBR|KOOP), and actively involved in various national and European projects on improving the access to legal information. He is a long-standing member of the EU Council working party on e-justice and e-law; currently he is coordinator of the EU co-funded consortium project ‘Building on the European Case Law Identifier. He regularly publishes on his fields of interest.


Vrahimis, Laris

Laris Vrahimis is a graduate of the University Collage London and has been called to the Bar at the Middle Temple.He practices law in Cyprus since 1991. He is the manager partner of the law firm of Eleni Vrahimi & Co. He is a litigation lawyer with a specialisation in the area of family law and civil law. He appears regularly before all Cypriot courts and has appeared before the Cyprus Appeals and Electoral Courts in a number of high profile or leading cases.

Laris Vrahimis is recognised as an expert in the field of Cyprus family law. He is an adjunct lecturer of Family Law and the Law of Succession at the Law Department of the University of Cyprus. He is also the co-ordinator of the Family Law Committee of the Cyprus Bar Association and a lecturer and examiner of family law to trainee lawyers for the Legal Council of Cyprus.

In 2009 he was elected a member of the Board of the Cyprus Bar Association as a representative of the Nicosia Bar. He was reelected in 2012 and 2015. He is a member of the CBA representation to the CCBE and has been the coordinator or member of a number of subcommittees of the CBA Board responsible for issues such as the introduction of a compulsory continuing legal training scheme for CBA members and the CBA mediation training scheme for lawyers. 

In 2002 he set up cylaw.org, a web service providing access to all Cypriot primary legal materials including all Cyprus case law and legislation. Cylaw.org became the de facto source of primary legal information in Cyprus. Among others Cylaw is the Cypriot case law provider to the common case law portal of the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union. In 2012, the service was taken over by the Cyprus Bar Association and Laris Vrahimis continues to be responsible for the running of the service and oversees the permanent stuff of the service. He is also a member of the Board of the Cyprus Legal Information Institute that is responsible for running the service on behalf of the CBA.


Winterton, Jules

Jules Winterton is currently the Director and Librarian at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London. He was appointed as Director in 2012 and before was the Associate Director and Acting Director of the Institute. Winterton is the Convenor of the Libraries Sub-Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, a member of the Board of Trustees of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute, a Board Member of the Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and a former member of the Board of LLMC Digital. He recieved the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award from the American Association of Law Libraries in 2012 for his International Handbook of Legal Information Management. Winterton served as the President of the International Association of Law Libraries from 2004 to 2010 and recieved the Wildy-BIALL Librarian of the Year Award in June 2010.


Yannopoulos, Georgios

GEORGIOS YANNOPOULOS, Assistant Professor for IT Law and Legal Informatics, Law School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Director of the Laboratory of Law and Informatics of the Law School. Georgios has studied law (LLB) at the University of Athens and has a PhD from the University of London, where he has also taught and conducted post-doctoral research. In addition, he has professional qualifications in computer programming and system analysis. He is a qualified Lawyer admitted to the Athens Bar Association. He is interested in all aspects of the interaction of law with technology and he is involved in numerous projects, among other, regarding Legal Information Systems, Internet Law and Regulation, Cybersecurity, Electronic Signatures and Integrity of Transactions over the Internet, Privacy and Secrecy of Communications, Data Protection, Electronic Crime and Fraud and Protection of Intellectual Property. His publications include the books:
  • Modelling the Legal Decision Process for IT Applications in Law, 1998 (PhD Thesis)
  • Information Flows in the Internet, Technology & Legal Regulation, 2002 [in Greek] and
  • The Liability of Internet Intermediaries, 2013 [in Greek].
  • Contact email: gyannop@law.uoa.gr

Zajac, Agnieszka

Agnieszka Zając is a Project Manager at the Publications Office of the European Union. She studied international economics at Warsaw University. In 2005 she started to work for the European Union Intellectual Property Office and in 2008 she moved to the European Commission. At the Publications Office she is responsible for the content of the EU Open Data Portal, contacts with data providers, planning of portal developments and cooperation with key stakeholders. She is also involved in the projects on metadata standardisation (DCAT-AP), data visualisations and innovations based on open data and semantic web.