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Jus Mundi Wins The 2020 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 17 September 2020

Brill is proud to announce that Jus Mundi, the search engine for International Law and Arbitration, has won the ALPSP Innovation in Publishing Award 2020. The award winners were announced during the annual ALPSP Conference and Awards. Jus Mundi was presented with the prestigious Innovation in Publishing Award for publishing a wide range of global legal data that is otherwise dispersed across multiple restrictive sources or simply not available.

The ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020, sponsored by Publishers' Licensing Services, were presented by David Sommer, Chair of the judging panel, at the opening of the ALPSP Virtual Conference 2020 on Wednesday, 16 September. This year's edition announced two winners, Jus Mundi and WordToEPUB, with the Open Library of Humanities receiving highly recommended.

Jean-Rémi de Maistre, CEO of Jus Mundi, commented: "This award is an important recognition for Jus Mundi's mission to create accessibility to legal knowledge worldwide. We are delighted that our innovation is appreciated beyond the world of lawyers by a leading institution in the publishing industry."

A broad range of applications across the industry was received this year, with entries open to any new development, product, service, or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The winner had to demonstrate excellence in terms of originality, innovation, value to the community, utility, and long-term viability. Jus Mundi showcased its innovative platform in front of 10 jury members & competed against 7 other finalists shortlisted for the award.

David Sommer, Chair of the Judges, noted: "Despite this year's awards feeling very different, we again received a range of high-quality submissions from a broad spectrum of organizations across the world. It was very encouraging for the judges to see the wealth of innovation and development that is alive and well in our industry during challenging times. Our two winners: Jus Mundi and WordToEPUB, together with the Highly Commended Open Library of Humanities, are deserved of acknowledgement for solving important challenges for their communities in innovative ways."

Marie Sheldon, Publishing Director, Law at Brill says: “We are proud at Brill Publishing to be partnering with such a creative team of digital legal publishers and are pleased that Jus Mundi has entrusted the distribution of this innovative service to the global academic market to Brill.”

Earlier this year, Jus Mundi secured €1 million in a seed funding round. The legal tech company aspires to become the leading global resource for international law and arbitration research. The tool is already used by the world's leading arbitration teams.

About Jus Mundi
Launched in 2018, Jus Mundi is a one-stop destination for international legal and arbitrator research. Jus Mundi strives to make international law and arbitration easily accessible and understandable, using artificial intelligence and machine learning to collect and structure global legal data. By combining law and technology, Jus Mundi enhances lawyers' decision making by giving them access to critical legal information and analytics on arbitrators.
Jus Mundi is featured on Forbes Top Machine Learning Startups in 2020.
To learn more about Jus Mundi, please visit jusmundi.com.
Media contact: Sneha Ashtikar ([email protected])

About ALPSP
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is an international membership trade body that supports and represents not-for-profit organizations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content. With nearly 300 members in 30 countries, membership also includes those that work with these publishers. Its mission is to connect, inform, develop, and represent the international scholarly and professional publishing community.

About the ALPSP Virtual Conference and Awards 2020
The ALPSP Conference 2020 is being held virtually over three sessions from 16‑18 September. This year's theme is the legacy of COVID-19 on scholarly communication. The conference provides a friendly forum in which to share information and knowledge, learn about new initiatives, and engage in open discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing publishing today. With expert speakers, our annual event is for everyone in the scholarly publishing community.

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 300 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit Brill.com.

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