The following article, published in October 2017 by the European Journal of Current Legal Issues (EJOCLI) contains a detailed proposal for the creation of a new .OfficialLaws regulated official legal information gTLD by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN):

Leesi Ebenezer Mitee, "Enhancing Public Access to Legal Information: A Proposal for a New Official Legal Information Generic Top-Level Domain" (2017) 23(2) European Journal of Current Legal Issues (EJoCLI) available at The first paragraph of the article's introduction appears below.

"The World Wide Web ("the Web"), as indispensable as it is in the twenty-first century information age, is also a massive junkyard of unregulated, unreliable and dangerous information. Such information is either merely inaccurate, inadvertently distorted, deliberately falsified, or mischievously created. Yet, the Web has unparalleled advantages for the global dissemination of every type of information. For instance, publishing legal information online is indispensable to the provision of free, adequate, comprehensive, and up-to-date public access to legal information that meets the need of its different users. [2] Such access is necessary for sustainable development and has profound human rights implications for justice and the rule of law. [3] The dilemma, created by the indispensability of the Web and the everyday danger that it poses to its billions of users worldwide,[4] has necessitated the quest for mechanisms that can help people identify genuine and reliable sources of online information. One of such interventions is the unprecedented creation of more than 1,000 new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - a revolution that began with the current exercise which started in 2012. [5]Despite the proven importance of these new restricted gTLDs (e.g. <.health>, <.organic>, and <.physio>), [6] there is no such gTLD to help people identify the reliable and official sources of online legal information. The proliferation of third-party unofficial websites that publish legal information has exacerbated this problem. In addition, the volume of online legal information is so large, and its sources are so many and diverse, [7] that people waste many precious man-hours and energy searching for and researching items of interest, many times fruitlessly. This situation creates technical unavailability of the available online legal information. The solution to this problem lies in the development of a technical mechanism that will facilitate optimum findability of available online legal information resources and provide the eventual access to them. Findability of online information simply refers to the ease with which people can find or discover it. [8]"

Leesi Ebenezer Mitee, HND Town Planning and LLB (Rivers State University, Nigeria); BL (Nigerian Law School, Lagos); LLM (University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom); PhD Candidate, Tilburg University Law School, The Netherlands; Chief Lecturer in Law, Institute of Legal and Global Studies, Port Harcourt Polytechnic, Rivers State, Nigeria; former legal research consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 1998, on a project that provided the juridical foundations for the ECOWAS Declaration of a Moratorium on Importation, Exportation and Manufacture of Light Weapons in West Africa (31 October 1998) which culminated in the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and other Related Matters 2006. I thank, immensely, the following persons for their most valuable insightful comments on the draft of this Article: Prof. Dr. Ernst M. H. Hirsch Ballin, Tilburg University and University of Amsterdam / Asser Institute, The Netherlands; and Dr. Sofia Ranchordás, Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden Law School, The Netherlands, and Affiliated Fellow of the Yale Information Society Project, United States; and Dr. Marc van Opijnen who is affiliated to the Publications Office of the Netherlands (UBR|KOOP). Any error is mine. Email:; The Right of Public Access to Legal Information Website:


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