The National Council for Law Reporting’s website (www.kenyalaw.org) has won the prestigiousInternational Association of Law Libraries (IALL) 2011 Website Award. The award was announced during the 30th Annual Course on International Law Librarianship in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on December 12 2011.
The International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) is a worldwide, cooperative non-profit organization of librarians, libraries, and other persons and institutions concerned with the acquisition, dissemination and use of legal information from sources other than their own jurisdiction.
The purpose of the IALL Website Award is to recognise and promote free legal information websites that are authoritative, comprehensive, up-to-date, useful, and user-friendly. Websites considered for the award have included those designed specifically for researchers, information professionals and librarians, in both a national and international context.
This award follows close on the heels of the Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA), a continental award for effective use of ICT in governments in Africa, presented to the National Council for Law Reporting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May 2011.
The selection of the Council for the award was based on its coverage of national law with an exhaustive scope and depth. The selection committee regarded the website as the result of “an admirable domestic initiative publishing national legal information free of charge to the public, with access not only to legislation, but also to judicial practice, and with extensive search facilities.”
Accepting the award on behalf of the Council, Mr. Michael Murungi, who is the C.E.O. and Editor, said that the award was a great honour to the Council and even more importantly, a vote of confidence in the creativity and dedication of its members of staff. “At Kenya Law Reports, we like to think global and act local; winning an international award of this stature is a statement that our approach is the right direction”.
With this prestigious award the Kenya Law Reports website joins the ranks of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law websites that claimed the 2010 and 2009 awards respectively.
The Kenya Law Reports was up against the following renowned legal information websites nominated for the award:
- Global Legal Information Network (GLIN);
- International Comparative Legal Guide Series;
- RIS – Bundeskanzleramt Rechtsinformationssystem;
- War Crimes Research Office, Jurisprudence Collections; andhttp://www.weblaw.edu.au/
The IALL Website Award Committee, which was composed of Ligita Gjortlere (Riga Graduate School of Law), Teresa Miguel (Yale Law School), Mirela Roznovschi (New York University School of Law), and Ivo Vogel (Berlin State Library), cite the KLR web as an admirable tool for both scholars and practitioners.