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This page is a proposal for a new Wikimedia Foundation Sister Project.
Status Closed (could be re-opened under new policy).
Reason No awnser since 2014
What is the proposed name for the project? WikiLaw
Project description
What is the project purpose? What will be its scope? How would it benefit to be part of Wikimedia?
List all laws publically available, including Constitutional, Code, Regulations and Ordinance. Also Common Law and Case Law.
How many wikis?
Will there be many language versions or just on one multilingual wiki?
Many language versions
How many languages?
Is the project going to be in one language or in many?
Proposed project website address (?)

Technical requirements
If the project requires any new features that the MediaWiki software currently doesn't have, please describe in detail. Are additional MediaWiki extensions needed for the project?
Development wiki Yes, at the following url:
Interested participants Robert Harrison


Ignorantia juris non excusat. I propose to create a comprehensive and free legal research wiki. It would be used to publish Common Law, Case Law, Statutes and Ordinance. (a free alternative to LexisNexis) My main focus will be in the English Language and US centric but this project could easily and logically be expanded to other politcal jurisdictions and languages.

--Robert Harrison (talk) 16:03, 27 November 2012 (UTC)


I am obviously not a lawyer, but I have a question: are laws themselves copyrighted/copyrightable? If they are in the public domain, you can upload them to Wikisource. πr2 (tc) 16:15, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

For the sake of full disclosure, a similar project was proposed a while ago and I forgot about it until just recently. The previous proposal can be found at Wikilaw. Robert Harrison (talk) 16:51, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

How does this proposal contrast with The State Decoded project? -GChriss (talk) 05:07, 2 December 2012 (UTC)