Open Access for International Criminal Lawyers

Coen van Laer*

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This study investigates to what extent Open Access is useful for international criminal lawyers. Free reuse and distribution may be particularly advantageous for the audience in less resourceful countries. And individual authors need visibility to promote their academic reputation. However, many publishers share commercial interests that are not fully consistent with Open Access. This study also explores the extended coverage of Open Access sources pertaining to international criminal law. The inventory of various publishing channels noted in this study shows the great potential of Open Access to users with different interests. In particular, through the availability of a couple of first-rate Open Access journals and free databases supported by international organisations, evidence is found that Open Access is significant in the field of international criminal law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1117-1136
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Criminal Law Review
Issue number6
Early online date2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
EventMaastricht Seminar for Members of the List of Counsel of the International Criminal Court - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 16 Jul 201517 Jul 2015


  • copyright; Open Access; online publishing; legal journals; international criminal law;
  • Creative Commons; Legal Tools Database; Social Science Research Network
  • copyright
  • international criminal law
  • Open Access
  • online publishing
  • Creative Commons
  • Legal Tools Database
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
  • legal journals

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