3.9. Recommendations - Priorities in development of DIAL
In any follow-on RETA, the Bank should ensure that the following matters are
taken into account in the development of the Project DIAL resources:
We also recommend that the Bank
should encourage countries to make their own laws available via Internet,
preferably for free access. This is likely to increase considerably the use
of facilities such as those in Project DIAL, as it is one of the main
determinants of overall Internet usage by lawyers.
- The highest priority should be given to the provision of access to
legislative texts. The coverage of DIAL Index and DIAL Search should be
expanded to include treaties (and other international agreements) and major law
journals (particularly in areas of likely subject relevance). Provision of
access to Parliamentary debates should not be a priority.
- Priority in the development of DIAL resources should be given to
providing access to legal resources from European countries with historical and
linguistic ties to DMCs (particularly the United Kingdom, France and Germany),
the United States, Canada, Australia, countries in Eastern Europe and Central
Asia undergoing similar transformations to market economies, ASEAN countries,
China, India, and other DMCs.
- Priority should be given to provision of English language materials, but
access to materials in other languages is also important.
- The legal subject areas which are of most current interest to legislative
personnel are very varied, although the following areas were most commonly
mentioned: banking and finance; market regulation; infrastructure and
privatisation; and intellectual property. The Bank or the management of Project
DIAL should make their own assessment of priorities for any areas of subject
concentration for DIAL Index and DIAL Search, perhaps guided by user feedback
including through the DIALogue facility.