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New vLex and Juta partnership brings South African case law to a global audience


Later this year, there will be expanded potential for comparative research of South African case law, in addition to legal information from over 130 jurisdictions, on a single platform.

A recent agreement between vLex and Juta will make an extensive collection of South African case law and authoritative reported series widely available to the legal industry around the world.

This new collection will provide access to around 80,000 cases from Southern African courts, dating back to 1910, including cases from The South Africa Law Reports, South Africa Criminal Law Reports, South African Appellate Division Reports as well as Juta’s Unreported Judgments series.

Artificial intelligence and South African law

Accessing the new collection on vLex’s legal research platform will bring intuitive search and analysis tools to South African legal information. For example, the AI-powered legal research assistant, Vincent, will identify important cases by combining human search behaviour with machine speed. Also, visualisation features such as the Precedent Map and Key Passages will allow for new insights to be drawn from this vast collection of legal information.

Masoud Gerami, Managing Director of vLex Global Markets, discussed the importance of this new collection:
“We are excited to make this significant collection available more widely, and we are confident that researchers and academics around the world will benefit from such comprehensive coverage. South Africa was one of the first regions we had considered to enhance the range of content that we offer from vLex, and we are very happy to have achieved this by having a partner of the quality and pedigree of Juta.”

“Juta is delighted to be partnering with vLex on this important initiative”, says Kamal Patel, CEO of Juta and Company. “It will enhance and broaden the availability of our trusted case law offerings beyond South African borders, bringing new and innovative solutions to the market. As a South African pioneer of technology-driven legal information solutions, this partnership aligns with our digital transformation objectives, and our commitment to contributing to the rule of law around the globe.”

To learn more about this new collection, and how you can access it from vLex, please complete the form available here.

Expression of interest form – South African Case Law

About vLex

vLex provides access to a comprehensive collection of legal information from over 130 jurisdictions. Founded over 30 years ago, vLex supports thousands of lawyers, law firms, government departments and law schools around the world.

Our team of over 170 lawyers, engineers and editorial experts continually strive to deliver up-to-date legal information and industry-leading AI-powered legal technology.

About Juta

Established in 1853, Juta is South Africa’s leading academic and law publisher trusted for quality academic, legal, professional and school publications in print and digital format. Meeting legal and regulatory information needs, as well as demands for quality learning resources, Juta matches the power of technology with authoritative African content.

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A truly international audience came to Berlin to debate the future of medical travel


A truly international audience came to Berlin to debate the future of medical travel

The IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2019 , held in Berlin, Germany on December 1-3 2019, attracted delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and participants from throughout Europe and as far afield as Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, India, UAE, Mexico and USA. The Summit brought together key opinion leaders and senior executives involved in medical tourism and healthcare businesses across the world to discuss the future of this developing industry sector.

The Summit was co-hosted by TEMOS

The Summit addressed many of the issues that face the sector – the future of global healthcare, trends in healthcare and technology, destination development, and the patient experience. Sessions were dedicated to specific areas such as fertility travel, dental travel, and wellness tourism and important international patient markets including Russia and the CIS, and the Gulf. The closing highlight of the event, the Great Debate, conducted in Oxford Union style, considered whether “medical travel facilitators are an endangered species – arguments for and against.”

According to Keith Pollard, IMTJ Editor in Chief and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International:

“Without doubt, this year’s IMTJ Medical Travel Summit was the best so far. We welcomed back many regular attendees who view the Summit as the “must attend” event in their calendar. First timers were impressed by the quality of the content and the networking opportunities and will certainly be back for more next year.“

The event was made possible through the support of Medical Korea, Health Care Industries Cluster Berlin-Brandenburg Health Capital, Bagatin Clinic, Kvarner Health Croatia, Quironsalud, Sana Hospital Group, Gruppo San Donato, Curemart, Healthcare Markets International, European Patient Experience Innovation Congress, Malaysia Healthcare, Illes Balears, Western Union Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic Healthcare in partnership with Oxford University Clinic, Temos International, Clemenceau Medical Center, Health Tourism Albania, Thornbury Nursing Services, France Surgery, Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital, Costa Cálida – Región de Murcia, Helios International, Dünyagöz Hospitals Group, China Medical University Hospital.

For all media enquiries, including images of the Summit and interviews with Keith Pollard, please contact Sarah Ward: sarahward@imtj.com

About IMTJ

The International Medical Travel Journal provides insight into the medical travel and medical tourism sector. IMTJ was established in 2007 in response to the increasing interest in medical travel and medical tourism. It embraces many of the themes that challenge healthcare providers across the world – insurance, accreditation, marketing and promotion, quality, patient safety, levels of care and experience in treating international patients.

IMTJ is independent of the associations and special interest groups that have come aboard the medical tourism bandwagon. Our aim is to create a central focus for information, resources and opinion on medical travel for those involved in the industry, anywhere in the world.

The internationalisation of healthcare through medical travel is at the heart of IMTJ. Patients are becoming healthcare consumers and in many countries, patient choice is being extended to surgery and treatment provided by international hospitals and clinics. By sharing expertise, knowledge, and views about the health travel industry, IMTJ helps to ensure that patient expectations are met, and that the industry maintains a high reputation.

LaingBuisson

The International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) is owned and managed by LaingBuisson International. The company also operates consumer facing portals for medical tourism – Treatment Abroad and Fertility Treatment Abroad.

LaingBuisson is a leading healthcare intelligence provider and has been serving clients for over 30 years with insights, data and analysis of market structures, policy and strategy across healthcare and social care. LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK Government Office for National Statistics and works globally with providers, commissioners, payors, manufacturers, investors, regulators and advisors. LaingBuisson helps clients to understand their markets, make informed decisions and deliver better outcomes through market intelligence, consulting and data solutions.

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