We make African law accessible and usable.

We provide digital, high-quality and accurate African law to audiences in Africa and the world.

Access to the law supports of the rule of law, human rights and economic development.

Why access to African law matters

In most African countries, there is no free source of high quality, up-to-date legislation. Millions of Africans do not have access to the laws that govern them.

Access to the law supports human rights and access to justice, and helps businesses and communities to thrive.

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Legislation Collections

High-quality, up-to-date African legislation in HTML, PDF and Akoma Ntoso XML. Creative commons licensed.
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Our Services

We offer a range of services in support of our mission to improve access to African legal materials.

African Legislation API
Government Gazette Scanning and Publishing
Legislation and Policy Document Digitisation
Legal information technology
Capacity building for African Governments and civil society organisations
Our services

Case studies

Kenya Law Case Study
October 2021

The Laws of Kenya department at Kenya Law uses Laws.Africa’s Indigo Legislation Platform to manage, consolidate and publish the Laws of Kenya in digital and print formats.

C4ADS Case Study
September 2021

C4ADS partnered with Laws.Africa to digitise African gazettes to support the disruption of illicit networks.

SpotOn Case Study
September 2021

SpotOn uses Laws.Africa's legislation data to provide an on-line compliance management system to enable clients to comply with environmental and health and safety legislation.

Press Release: AU African Governance Architecture Project
December 2020

Laws.Africa and four partners win a major EU grant to strengthen implementation of the African Union’s democracy and human rights agenda.

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Latest articles

Pocket Law: Improving Free Access to Legal Information
26 Nov 2021 by Robley Gori

We've released of a new version of Pocket Law, a desktop application which makes African legal information available offline.

New: Best practices for publishing legislation online
16 Nov 2021 by Greg Kempe

We've published our best practices for making online legislation user-friendly.

Laws.Africa joins the Free Access to Law Movement
20 Sep 2021 by Greg Kempe

We're now an official member of the global Free Access to Law Movement.

Meet our advisory board: Ndidi Ezenwa
13 Sep 2021 by Greg Kempe

A brief Q&A with our advisory board member Ndidi Ezenwa.

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Our projects

Gazettes.Africa logo

The largest digital collection of free African Gazettes.

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Open By-laws South Africa

Making South Africa's municipal by-laws easy to find, read and share.

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Indigo Platform

An open source legislation database and consolidation platform.

Use Laws.Africa content to power your business and research

Use machine-friendly legislation and metadata to build apps and services that make it easier for users to find, work with and understand African legislation.

The Laws.Africa legislation commons is available as structured, machine-friendly Akoma Ntoso XML through the Laws.Africa Content API.

Laws.Africa Content API

Faster, cheaper legislation consolidation

The Indigo Platform is an open source cloud platform that significantly reduces the time and cost of maintaining and consolidating legislation.

Indigo simplifies online and print publishing, record keeping and research by treating legislation as data.

Learn about the Indigo Platform