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Navigare Necesse Est: Internet for European and International Lawyers

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The World Wide Web (WWW) technically represents a sub-category within the Internet and was developed in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee at the Nuclear Research Centre (CERN) in Geneva. Community Law has been an integral part of the Spanish legal system ever since Spain’s accession to the European Communities on 1 January 1986. Eur-Lex is certainly one of the largest, most up to date and multi-lingual legal documentary sources on the Internet today. The Internet is a recent phenomenon which in only twenty years has profoundly changed the way legal information is managed. Having regard to European Community Law and Public International Law (PIL), the Web has produced a sort of hypertrophy of information flow which demands a high level of skill from jurists, in particular those specialising in Community and international law, if they are to keep their bearings in this sea of information: navigare necesse est!.

Keywords: navigare necesse est; Eur-Lex; European Communities; European Community Law; Internet; Public International Law (PIL); World Wide Web (WWW)



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