THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016 – Ways of Making Existing Systems of Civil Justice Work Better (55:39)

8:45 – 9:45 am  Keynote Address: Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Economy

The law and legal methods on which we currently rely to support and shape the dramatic transformation of the past decades have failed to evolve along with technology. Not only are these systems too slow, costly, and localized to support exploding economic complexity, they also fail to address looming challenges such as poverty, instability, and oppression for the four billion living in poor and developing countries, largely outside of any formal legal framework. Through a review of law and the world economy, our keynote speaker makes the case for building a legal environment that does more of what we need it to do and less of what we don’t, offering a model for a more market- and globally-oriented approach to building legal infrastructure.


  • Professor Emeritus Ejan Mackaay, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal


  • Professor Gillian K. Hadfield, Richard L. and Antoinette S. Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, University of Southern California – VIDEO NOT AVAILABLE

9:45 – 10:45 am  Ways of Making Existing Systems of Civil Justice Work Better

In light of, or in spite of, the lack of data, what is being done to improve civil justice? The premise for this session is that access to civil justice is hampered by delay and cost. This panel demonstrates initiatives being taken in the Courts intended to tackle complexity and delay and thereby reduce cost.


  • The Honourable Justice Georgina R. Jackson, Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan


  • The Honourable Regional Senior Justice Geoffrey Morawetz, Ontario Superior Court, Toronto: Commercial List and Civil Trials Innovations
  • The Honourable Justice Daniel Dumais, Quebec Superior Court, Quebec City: New Quebec Code of Civil Procedure