Asean LIP organises regional legal information under (a) 10 Asean countries, (b) 10+ common areas of legal practice, (c) 6+ categories of legal information, and (d) various permutations thereof (for ease of reference).
Asean LIP also introduces Asean Law Alert, a highly-customisable daily e-mail alert, which allows registered visitors to receive information on countries and/or practice areas of their choice, and unique search/ sort tools, which are aimed at making content browsing easier. Asean LIP also provides for seamless access between inter-related legal information through its “Contextual Streaming” and “Related Stories” features.
Asean LIP adopts a comprehensive approach to aggregation of legal information. It incorporates all types of legal information: it not only covers Primary Legal Information (statements of laws issued by competent authorities) and Secondary Legal Information (materials that discuss, explain, interpret and/or analyse Primary Legal Information), but also a third type of legal information (which Asean LIP describes as Tertiary Legal Information) – information about related industries, organizations and professionals including their news, profiles, campaigns, events, jobs, publications, products and services.
Tertiary Legal Information, while not directly relevant to Primary Legal Information as Secondary Legal Information, is nevertheless useful because it complements access to Primary Legal Information.
For the purposes of Asean LIP, Primary Legal Information consists of (a) Legislation (statutes – Acts and Amendment Acts, Bills and selected subsidiary legislation), (b) Judgments & Rulings (from appellate courts and selected tribunals), (c) Notices & Directives (guidelines, regulations, directives, circulars, notices, etc issued by regulatory bodies, statutory bodies and government departments), and (d) Treaties & Agreements (bilateral and multilateral treaties and agreements including Free Trade Agreements that involve Southeast Asian countries).
Secondary Legal Information consists of (a) News (news stories from news agencies and leading newspapers, professional bodies, regulatory bodies, government departments, and selected industry newsletters), (b) Reports & Articles (on law and tax, sourced from journals, other publications and directly from authors), and (c) Know Your Law (articles and/or notes on law and explanations on legal developments for laypeople, prepared by Asean LIP editors or registered contributors, or sourced from selected publications).
Tertiary Legal Information consists of (a) Industry Updates (information on legal and tax industries and professionals), (b) Student News (information relevant to law students – law school profiles, admission requirements, scholarship availability, internship opportunities, etc, and updates on events and campaigns organised by law students), (c) Professional Directory (a directory of regional legal and tax professionals including legal practitioners, tax agents, corporate counsels, academicians, judges and judicial officers) optimised for quick browsing and easy searching, and (d) Listing of Jobs (available to legal and tax practitioners and other professionals), Events (information on legal and tax events produced by participating event producers), Books & Journals (information on books and journals on law and tax published by participating publishers), and Products & Services (information on products and services of participating vendors and service providers, which are generally useful to legal and tax professionals).