Online Program | Legislative Drafting Conference (20th Anniversary) | Making Laws in a Post-Modern World: Are You Ready?

Date: October 1, 2020 / 12:00 pm
Price per person: Members: $400 – Non-Members: $550 / Students: $75 (enrolled full-time at Canadian universities) / Separate days: $150/each
Location: 4-Part Series Online program ***The registration form for will be available until noon (ET), the day before each event.

***This event is over. You can watch the videos here and access the documents here.

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

Online program in 4 parts of 3 hours each, on September 10-18-24 and October 1, 2020.

NOTE: It will be possible to view past sessions on demand. A link will be added on this page when the videos are available.


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.

Prior to the event, it is important to install the newest version of “Zoom Client for Meetings” software on your computer:

*If you are not permitted to install programs due to your computer’s security settings or restrictions put in place by your IT department, we will not be able to assist you if technical difficulties occur.

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

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