Legislative Drafting Conference (2020 Edition) | Making Laws in a Post-Modern World: Are You Ready?

Date: September 10-11, 2020
Price per person: Members: $695 – Non-Members: $845 / Young lawyer Member: $395 – Young lawyer Non-Member (5 years or less): $495 / Students: $75 (enrolled full-time at Canadian universities)
Location: Shaw Centre (Room 205/207), 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON

Participation in this program is accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory.
Biennial Program


How can we prepare for drafting laws in a post-modern world? Information technology is profoundly affecting our world and the way we draft for it. The conference will look at its impact beginning with a keynote address by law and AI scholar Professor Gillian Hadfield. It will continue with sessions on the transformation of law into apps (“law as code”), AI in administrative decision-making and drafting to accommodate demands for regulatory flexibility and innovation.

The conference will also look at what is happening in the present with a review of currently available drafting tools, gender-inclusive drafting, developments in legislative interpretation and drafting regulation-making powers. Workshop sessions will also be offered to deepen participant’s practical perspective on these topics.

In addition to Professor Hadfield, other notable speakers include the Honourable Thomas Cromwell and Professor Paul Daly. This conference is a must for those who want to draft legislation in the post-modern world.

Planning Committee

Chair: Mr. John Mark Keyes
Members: Ms. Catherine Beaudoin, Mr. Jean-Charles Bélanger, Ms. Elena Bosi, Mr. James Charlton, Ms. Wendy Gordon, Professor Mistrale Goudreau, Ms. Sandra Markman, Mr. Siegfried Peters, Mr. Mark Spakowski, Mr. Scott Webber

Ex Officio Members: CIAJ’s President, CIAJ’s Executive Director, CIAJ’s Project and Business Development Manager


For further information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Mary Plagakis
Tel.: 514-343-6157
Fax: 514-343-6296
Email: mary.plagakis@ciaj-icaj.ca

Cancellation Policy:

  • 30 days or more before the event: Administration fees of $40
  • 7 days or more before the event: 50% of registration fees
  • Less than 7 days before the event: No refund

At any time, a participant may be replaced by another person without charge