Frequently Asked Questions

How Laws.Africa works and how you can contribute.

Contributions

Contributors are community members who benefit from Laws.Africa and have chosen to contribute some of their time or resources to help grow and maintain the Laws.Africa legislation collection. In turn, contributors benefit from the broad collection of legislation available through Laws.Africa and our partners.

Some contributors are trained legal professionals, some are legal editors who have been working with legislation for many years, while others are open data advocates that believe in the power of free access to law.

Contributors are usually individuals with an interest in the law, and anyone can become a contributor.

Contributing to Laws.Africa is easy. You can:

  1. Capture and revise legislation in Laws.Africa’s legislation collection.
  2. Identify, report and correct issues in the legislation collection.
  3. Improve the quality of the collection by reviewing the work of other contributors.
  4. Become a Laws.Africa domain specialist by contributing knowledge and legislative updates in subject-matter collections, such as the Environment or Health.
  5. Send us legislation and regulations to add to Laws.Africa.

You can become a contributor by creating a free account. We’ll help you learn what you need to know and get you started.

You can also send us legislation and regulations to add to the collection.

Please contact us and let us know what legislation you are looking for. We will work with you to determine the best way to prioritise adding it to Laws.Africa.

Being a Contributor

Your contributions on Laws.Africa (editing, subject knowledge management, etc.) will be acknowledged on the system.

If you choose to sign up and create a profile, your profile will receive prominence as your contributions on the system increase.

In certain instances, Laws.Africa may offer to advertise your professional profile and/or services on the main and affiliate sites.

Sometimes, we may offer paid work (subject to availability of funding and special projects) and experienced community members will receive preferential treatment in the allocation of opportunities.

The Laws.Africa system is task-driven. When you sign in, Laws.Africa will show you the tasks that are waiting to be completed. Possible tasks include applying an amendment, capturing a new piece of legislation, reviewing a contribution, or resolving an editorial issue.

Laws.Africa editors, contributors and partners all help to determine what tasks need to be done.

We will also email you when a new task is added that you can help out with. You can choose to do any task that you’re qualified to do.

In general, contributors do not get paid.

Laws.Africa is a non-profit organisation. We believe that everyone should have free access to the law and your contributions help your community to achieve this.

Sometimes we may offer paid work for particular tasks. Such work is always dependent on available funding.

All contributions need to be reviewed for quality.

One of our editors will work with you on your first few contributions. Once your contributions have been made, they will be published on the system after a final quality check by one of our editorial staff.

Yes. Our online guides and videos have detailed instructions on making contributions to the Laws.Africa system. They will help you understand how to use the system, and how the process of publishing legislation works.

Our community leaders are also available to schedule Skype calls to walk you through adding content and working with the Laws.Africa system.

We also organize workshops on how to use and contribute to Laws.Africa. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified about these events.

Contributing Legislative Documents

Yes, we welcome contributions of legislation to add to Laws.Africa. It is best to share legislation as it was originally published in the government gazette.

We cannot accept legislation from other legal publishers.

Please visit Send Us Legislation for more details.

We prefer to receive a scanned PDF version, together with Word or text version of the legislation, if possible.

It will be helpful for us to know the following information relating to the files you contribute:

  • Source of the document
  • Assent date, gazette date, commencement dates (and commencement instruments)
  • Other information: subsidiaries or related works

Please visit Send Us Legislation for more details.

Please contact us with your question and we’ll respond as soon as possible.