Linking Legal Open Data in Europe.

EUCases was a collaborative Research Project supported by Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funding. The project developed a unique pan-European law and case law Linking Platform transforming multilingual legal open data into linked open data after semantic and structural analysis. The web based EUCases Linking Platform provides services linking EU law and case law with legislative acts and court decisions of six EU member states: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom.


EUCases-Legal Linked Open Dataset is represented in RDF graphs and uses the SPARQL query language. The input documents have been encoded in the legal XML scheme Akoma Ntoso. Thus, the schema has been converted into an appropriate RDF presentation for the purposes of linking.

The Web Interface to the EUCases Linking Platform can be assessed at

Final Applications and Tools

The ConsumerCases Web Service provides multilingual access to EU and national legislation and case law as well as open access legal doctrine articles in the area of consumer law. ConsumerCases comprises legal resources from the EU and the six project Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. A password is required to log-in to the service. Please feel free to write a short mail to eucases(at)empirica(dot)com.


The EULinksChecker Add-in Tools for Microsoft Word, Open Office Writer, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, as well as the EULinksChecker Online Service for PDF files, assist legal professionals during the process of drafting or viewing on the Internet legal documents related to EU law by offering them convenient features for performing legal research based on legal citations or other semantic connections of the drafted/viewed documents with EU legislation and case law.