The Free Access to Law Awards 2016.
Some 14 years ago, the Southern Africa Legal Information Institute (SAFLII) started out with a mandate to provide free access to legal information from Southern Africa countries. Since then, in-country legal information institutes (LIIs) have emerged in East, West and Southern Africa to meet a growing demand for legal information in the region. Together, these LIIs are enhancing the way citizens, governments and businesses access and utilize legal information.
The Awards recognize the contributions of individuals, policy makers and organizations who have made this growth possible, either by championing free access to law, creating conditions for free access to blossom, or through technology innovation. These actors have worked with LIIs in ways that are significantly impacting democracy in Africa. Their contributions demonstrate a commitment to create open societies, strengthen access to justice, promote the rule of law, and deepen transparency, accountability and citizen participation.
Kenya Law won the inaugural Free Access to Law Award held in SA for being the leading publisher of public legal information on the continent of Africa.