ALLA-VIC PD Update - Legal Informatics: What is it and why does it matter?

Oct 19th 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dear ALLA Members,

We’re pleased to announce details of a second PD opportunity in October. 

Eliah Castiello, a Research Fellow at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness will draw on his variety of legal publishing experiences to educate us about the wonderful world of legal informatics.

Legal Informatics: What is it and why does it matter?- Tuesday 19 October, 1pm

The storage, processing, retrieval and presentation of data has never more been at the forefront of the modern zeitgeist. In the legal sphere, these considerations are explored under the broad discipline heading of ‘legal informatics’. As most aspects of human society are now in a constant state of information digitisation, legal frameworks both domestic and international face the challenge of keeping pace.

Eliah's presentation will explore this field, delving into what legal informatics actually is, and why it is so important. It will provide an introduction to the evolving relationship between law and data that draws on examples from the digitisation of legislation and case law, examines United Nations efforts to standardise digitisation languages and addresses the primary concerns these efforts are trying to overcome. While legal informatics is naturally entwined with information technology and computer sciences, the coming talk will be focused on the need, programs and outcomes of the growing field of legal informatics.


Eliah Castiello is a Research Fellow at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, focused primarily on projects such as the development of a new web-based platform for statelessness research and production of the Statelessness & Citizenship Review, the first academic journal to focus solely on the issue of statelessness. He holds a BA(CJA)(Hons) and BSocSc from RMIT University and JD from the University of Melbourne.

Eliah has a particular interest in legal informatics, the digitisation of law and the presentation of legal information. His research is directed at examining the digital representation of law in the ASEAN region. His current project with the Centre involves developing the basis for an online repository for statelessness and citizenship law in India.

Eliah balances his time at the Centre with his role as President and Co-Founder of the Comparative ASEAN Animal Law Library (CAALL), an online repository of animal law in South East Asia.


This event is open to ALLA members only, please have your membership number with you when you register.

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We hope you can join us,


Carole Hinchcliff and Gemma Walsh
ALLA(Vic) CPD Coordinators