This paper discusses the gradual development of a legal framework in Europe regarding the publication and accessibility of court decisions on the internet. The evolving doctrine of the European Court of Human Rights on the public pronouncement of judgment is assessed, as are developments in national legislations with regard to the full or selected publication of case law. Specific attention is paid to data protection, Open Data and the European Case Law Identifier.
Mr. dr. M van Opijnen is adviser legal infomatics at the Publications Office of the Netherlands (UBR|KOOP). This article is partly based on his PhD thesis On and In the Web. How the Accessibility of Case Law can be Improved (Op en in het web. Hoe de toegankelijkheid van rechterlijke uitspraken kan worden verbeterd), University of Amsterdam, Boom Juridische Uitgevers, 2014). The text was concluded in September 2016.
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