CALC Conference 2019 -- Livingstone, Zambia

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

Preparations for the 2019 CALC Conference have begun.

As soon as further details are available, they will be published here.

CALC Conference 2019

2019 CALC Conference
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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

Delivering Brexit: Legislative Sprint or Marathon? – Europe Regional Conference – Jersey, September 2018

The first CALC conference for the Europe region is being planned to take place in Jersey mid-September 2018 (likely 20-21 September) with optional social activities the following weekend. The theme of the conference is Brexit from a drafters’ perspective with particular emphasis on how it might affect territories outside of the UK. Though it is a regional conference we will be pleased to have delegates from the overseas territories and anyone else interested in this important and topical matter. The proposed topics:

·     Examining the sprint: reflecting on the withdrawal legislation

·     The longer journey: legislating post-Brexit

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

·     Land borders with the EU: legislative implications

·     Drafting instructions: coping with the hiatus (with reference to key areas such as customs and taxation, immigration, trade, financial services and agricultural and fisheries)

·     Henry VIII takes up the baton: Brexit and powers

·     Statutory Interpretation post-Brexit.

Anyone interested in presenting a paper related to one or more of these themes is asked to send a brief abstract and short biography to Lucy Marsh-Smith ( by 31 March 2018.

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