CALC Conference 2019 -- Livingstone, Zambia

The 2019 CALC Conference will be held in Livingstone, Zambia, in April 2019. 

The call for papers is set out below.

The venue is the Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Livingstone.

CALC members attending can book accommodation now using this link.

Ask for CALC's special rates ($175 US single room, $205 US double room).


CALC Conference 2019

2019 CALC Conference
2019 CALC Conference -- Call for papers Available here  
2019 CALC Conference Information paper v1 Not yet available  
2019 CALC Conference Draft program v1 Not yet available  
Form for Proxies
Proxy form for 2019 General Meeting

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Forthcoming conferences of interest to legislative drafters

CALC is happy to publicise conferences that would be of interest to drafters. Please send details to

CALC Europe Regional Conference – Jersey, 20-21 September 2018

Delivering Brexit: Legislative Sprint or Marathon?  


CALC's first Europe region conference is in Jersey, 20-21 September 2018. 

Optional social activities are available the following weekend, 22-23 September 2018. 

The conference's theme is Brexit from the drafters' perspective. A particular emphasis is how Brexit might affect territories outside of the UK. 

Though it is a regional conference, CALC will be pleased to have delegates from the overseas territories, and anyone else interested in this important and topical matter. 

The final programme includes the following topics:

·     Examining the sprint: reflecting on the withdrawal legislation

·     Statutory Interpretation in the post-Brexit world

·     Brexit: how are the Crown Dependencies and the Overseas Territories placed in the race?

·     Land borders with the EU: legislative implications

·     The longer Journey: Legislation Post Brexit (1) Financial services/sanctions

·     The longer Journey: Legislation Post Brexit (2) Agriculture, trade and Customs

Registrations closed on 31 July 2018, and the Conference is at maximum capacity, but there is a waiting list. 

REGISTER by emailing your completed registration form to and

Any queries should be addressed to (Lucy Marsh-Smith, Principal Legislative Drafter, Legislative Drafting Office, Jersey).


Charting Legislative Courses in a Complex World – CIAJ Legislative Drafting Conference

The 19th Legislative Drafting Conference of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) will take place 13-14 September 2018 in Ottawa on the theme of Charting a Legislative Course in a Complex World. The starting point will be what drives complexity in legislation, notably complex policy. Professor Robert Geyer, a noted scholar in this area from Lancaster University in the UK, will kick off the conference with a keynote address to be followed by two case-studies of complex legislative subjects: withdrawal from international trade agreements (notably Brexit) and the legalization of cannabis. The conference will also include workshops on law-making outside the usual processes for making statutes and delegated legislation, legislative revision (particularly in light of judicial decisions invalidating legislation), techniques for moving legislative files forward when they are stalled by policy issues, drafting for clients in small jurisdictions having limited policy-making resources and the interaction of legislation with indigenous legal traditions. Further details about the conference and how to register for it will soon be available at  

Previous conferences

Below is a list of previous CALC conferences. Many papers presented at CALC conferences can be found in the CALC journal The Loophole. Individual papers can also be found using the Publications catalogue page.

Photographs from CALC conferences can be viewed on the CALC Members Only page.

  • 2017 Melbourne (Australia)
  • 2015 Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • 2013 Cape Town (South Africa) - Conference attendees can access papers from this conference on the Cape Town conference papers page.
  • 2011 Hyderabad (India) - Conference attendees can access papers from this conference on the Hyderabad conference papers page.
  • 2009 Hong Kong (China)
  • 2007 Nairobi (Kenya)
  • 2005 London (England)
  • 2003 Melbourne (Australia)
  • 1999 Petalang Jaya (Malaysia)
  • 1996 Vancouver (Canada)
  • 1993 Nicosia (Cyprus)
  • 1990 Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 1986 Ocho Rios (Jamaica)
  • 1983 Hong Kong