About the programme
Reform of the law is vital across the world and is becoming ever more important. As societies become more complex, it is crucial that the law is as fair, modern, simple and cost-effective as possible. Increasingly it is essential for reform of the law to be principled, to be based on sound methods, and to take account of the views not only of experts, but also of civil society. In some countries law reform is undertaken by government alone. However, in an ever-increasing number of other countries, law reform commissions and other permanent law reform agencies provide expert and detailed advice to governments; there are now over sixty such agencies.
Law reform typically aims to improve protection for the vulnerable, sustain the rule of law and increase human rights. It has to be respected, reliable, rigorous and responsive. Law reform agencies have to capture the attention of governments, and law reformers therefore need to be dynamic, imaginative, creative and forward-thinking. They can be catalysts of change, responsive both to the public they serve and to the latest issues and challenges in the world.
Who is it for?
This one-week workshop is designed for all those involved in law reform, including:
- Those working for law reform commissions, committees and institutes
- Law reformers working within governments and
- Other major contributors such as parliamentarians, judges and academic lawyers.
Participants are most likely to be working at middle to senior levels, and be equally from countries where law reform is a major priority, or from those where resources for law reform are much smaller. We have had participants from a wide variety of countries, and including many Law Reform Agency Chairs and Commissioners.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will help you to:
- Explore different organisational structures for law reform, and how to establish them
- Increase understanding of a variety of methods of achieving successful law reform
- Discover the full value to law reformers of wide consultation and outside expertise
- Consider legislative and other methods of reforming the law
- Enable you to share your experience with others from different legal and political systems
- Contribute to your professional development.