Upcoming events 

Statute Law Society event -- Annual Lord Renton Lecture, 25 November 2021, 6pm UK time 

What makes good statute law: a judge's view
Speaker: Lady Arden of Heswall, Justice of the Supreme Court
chaired by The Hon Mr Justice Garnham, Chairman of the Statute Law Society

Sign up to attend (either in-person or remotely on zoom) at:

Past events

Bicontinental Perspectives on Legislative Drafting -- 2 webinars on 21 and 22 October 2021

October 21-22, 2021 | Washington, D.C. 

The organizers for the Seventh International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform cordially invite you to attend two free, not-to-be missed legislative drafting webinars hosted in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

These two webinars feature renowned experts on legislative drafting, who were invited to speak at the planned, in-person legislative conference, which was unavoidably postponed until 2022, due to the ongoing pandemic.

After a brief introduction, each webinar will consist of a 30-minute formal presentation, followed by a 20-minute question and answer session. After a short break, interested attendees may join a post-webinar session in breakout rooms for further discussion and networking.

For more detail and to register, click here.

CIAJ Online Program | Legislative Drafting Conference (20th Anniversary) | Making Laws in a Post-Modern World: Are You Ready? September 10-18-24 and October 1, 2020

The 20th Annual Legislative Drafting Conference of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice this fall focused on the changing technology of legislative drafting and its impact on lawmaking.

For more details and to register, click here.

Recording of Rule of Law and Subordinate Legislation Webinar, 29 September 2021 

Time: 29 September 2021, 6-7 pm (UK time)

Speaker: Sir Jonathan Jones, KCB QC, former HM Procurator General, Treasury Solicitor and Head of the Government Legal Services.


Paper: click here.

IAL Conference | Multilingual Legislation | Centre for Legislative Studies | Zurich | 13-14 September 2021

The International Association of Legislation and the Centre for Legislative Studies (Zentrum für Rechtsetzungslehre-ZfR) are organizing the 2021 Zurich IAL Conference with the topic “Multilingual Legislation”, on September 13-14, 2021. This Conference celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Legislative Studies.

The conference is expected to be held virtually and on-site. 

Read more about the conference here.

CALC -- AUSCL -- Rules as Code 101 Webinar, 8 September 2021 - 3 time options

Please register for whichever of these 3 time options suits you best:

Connections: Legislative editing across continents and nearer to home -- Jersey Legislative Drafting Office / CALC webinar

Registration and webinar times: You can register for this event using the following links:

  •          8 September, 5 pm UTC+1. This is Jersey/UK time, which is 12 noon in Ontario and Bahamas, 9 am in Vancouver (BC).
  •          9 September, 8 am UTC+1 (repeat session). This is Jersey/UK time, which is 3 pm in Western Australia and Singapore, 5 pm in NSW, 7 pm in New Zealand.

Please take part in one session or the other based on your time zone, not both (but the Jersey LDO team will participate in both).

Duration: 2-2.5 hours approximately (each session)


·         Microsoft Teams webinar – participants are advised to download the free app, but it can also be used through a browser.

·         Select people/teams from different jurisdictions will give short presentations, followed by questions.

·         Organisers will also, if practicable, aim to record the sessions, for later access via the members’ area at

Topics for discussion:

  • What skills do you look for at recruitment - what makes someone right? How do you train new and existing staff to retain skills and develop them?
  • What is in your Editor’s/Translator’s Toolkit?
    • how do you work, electronically/paper/audio etc?
    • what resources do you use to help your editorial/translation work? eg
  1. knowledge management tools like a wiki or a paper collection or advice?
  2. paper or electronic compendiums or precedent text collections?
  3. electronic checking tools run over files or built-in drafting tool controls?
  4. document management systems for tracking, reviewing and organising work?
  5. other things?
  • what is your favourite tip or tool?
  • How do you see the role or methods that you use developing? How has your work changed recently, or what would you like to change?

How can you contribute? Would you like to give a short talk or presentation on these topics and editing or translating work in your jurisdiction? We would love to hear your ideas - please contact Kate Hannah (

IALS 2021 Advanced Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny -- 2 July 2021 to 30 July 2021 

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London (IALS-UoL) and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) are happy to announce the launch of the Advanced Certified Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny. 

For more details of this webinar-based course, see


IALS Gender Neutrality Online Workshop -- 7 July 2021 -- 10:00 to 18:00 UK time 

At this ‘Legislative Drafting and Language’ Workshop, scholars and experts in the field of law, legislative drafting, and linguistics will explore the research space around law and language focusing on the gender-neutral strategies adopted by drafters in various jurisdictions. Our ambition is to envisage ‘a way forward’ in legislative drafting and to generate ideas that might challenge prevailing practices and beliefs, to cross the traditional boundaries of disciplines such as law and linguistics, and eventually to interact successfully with scholars from different fields. Three main themes will be discussed:

  • 1st Theme: Gender neutrality and Westminster
  • 2nd Theme: Learning from other legislative experiences
  • 3rd Theme: Gender, language and the law

​Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date.

To register, go to

Launch of Legislative Drafting and Law Reform Exchange Programme for OECS Member States -- 22 June 2021

This programme will address the shortage of legislative drafting and law reform capacity in the Commonwealth Caribbean region, particularly in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean Member States (OECS) to begin with, in a more holistic and sustainable manner by facilitating the exchange of legislative drafting and law reform skills. Full details of the official launch, by The Commonwealth, of this programme, are in this 1-page flyer (59 KB).

Date and time: Tuesday 22 June 2021, 1300 to 1430 BST.

Register your interest at: 

CIAJ Legislative Drafting Webinar -- 7 June 2021

Legislative Drafting in Time of Pandemic -- 7 June 2021

  • Price per person: CIAJ Members: $35 / Non Members: $50
  • Location: 90-minute webinar beginning at noon ET (see the different time zones across Canada)
  • For more information, and to register, please click here.


AUSCL Rules as Code Masterclass 4 webinar -- 1 June 2021

  • This Masterclass showcases the Open Fisca Rules as Code Platform.
  • By registering you will have a front row seat to the Open Fisca's system and case studies from Australian Government which are leading the way for Rules as Code deployment.
  • For more information, and to register, please click here

Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Law (SAIL) -- 31 May 2021 to 4 June 2021 

  • The Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Law (SAIL) is a five-dayvirtual event that aims to bring together experts from Industry and Academia to discuss the future of AI and Law. The Symposium aims to provide a venue for academic and industrial/governmental AI-Law researchers and law professionals to come together, present and discuss research results, use cases, innovative ideas, challenges, and opportunities that arise from applications of AI in the Legal Domain. The symposium is also meant to foster collaborations between the Legal and the Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning communities.
  • For more information, and to register, please click here.

AUSCL COVID Passports webinar -- 26 May 2021 

  • Join the Australian Society for Computers and Law and its expert panel for three presentations and Q&A on COVID Passports, from proposals to introduce domestic vaccine passports in Australia to ecosystem considerations and the growing digital divide.
  • For more information, and to register, please click here.

CIAJ Legislative Drafting Webinar -- 17 May 2021 

Artificial Intelligence in Administrative Decision-Making -- 17 May 2021 

  • Price per person: CIAJ Members: $35 / Non Members: $50
  • Location: 90-minute webinar beginning at noon ET (see the different time zones across Canada)
  • For more information, and to register, please click here

Webinar on Lawyers, Parliamentarians and the Rule of Law -- 27 April 2021 -- 1.00pm BST

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) held this engaging webinar on the Rule of Law.

Lawyers and Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth discussed their respective roles and boundaries in relation to the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles and the Separation of Powers.
• How do we co-operate for the good of all?
• What are their respective roles in properly holding governments to account?
• What are the challenges in post pandemic democracies?

DATE: Tuesday 27th April 2021
TIME: 1.00 pm BST (UK) / 7.00 am EST (Caribbean) / 3.00pm EAT (East Africa) / 8.00pm MYT (Malaysia)

The livestream is now available at:

Webinar on Pandemic Legislation and Policy -- 21 April 2021 -- 9:30AM to 11:00 AM AEDT USA

This event is co-presented by the International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Join for a lively discussion of legal regimes for vaccine development and distribution, key ingredients in a national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts between government mandates and individual rights, and other pandemic legislative and legal issues. 

To register to watch live, go to Register for the Webinar

Webinar on new technologies and the law -- 16 March 2021 -- 19:00 to 20:00 New South Wales time 

This event is co-presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and the Australian Society for Computers and Law.

To register to watch live or get the on-demand recording, go to 

CALC's Activity Report for Senior Officials of Law Ministries (SOLM) Meeting 16-17 February 2021 

CALC's Activity Report for the Commonwealth's Senior Officials of Law Ministries (SOLM) Meeting 16-17 February 2021 is available here.

Rules as code online free event on 2 February 2021 -- writing legislation so machines can understand

CALC members are invited to join an Australian Society for Computers and Law / Allens Hub rules as code free event on 2 February 2021.

Date and time – Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

AEDT is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) + 11 hours.

You may access a copy of the recording of the event here:

CALC – COVID-19 Webinar –

Presented by the Australasia and the Pacific Region

In this webinar, a number of legislative drafting offices in Australia and New Zealand will discuss—

  • the legislative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in their jurisdictions,
  • the impact of the pandemic on their offices, and
  • lessons learned from the pandemic.

The webinar will be held on Friday, 11 December 2020, and begin at—

  • 12 noon AEDT
  • 9 am AWST, and
  • 2 pm NZDT.

The webinar will be hosted using the Zoom platform, and run for 2-2.5 hours.

A link to enable CALC members to join the webinar will be emailed to members before the webinar.

An on-demand recording of the webinar will also be made available later in the Members' area.

CommSec COVID-19 Rule of Law Webinars

On-demand recordings of all 6 webinars, held from July 2020 to November 2020, are now available via the links at this new page.

iLegis COVID-19 Lawmaking Webinar

An on-demand recording of this webinar is now available via the link at this new page.


2020 IAL Athens Conference | 11 February 2021


The International Association for Legislation is delighted to announce the 2020 IAL Athens Conference, which, due to Covid19 restrictions, will be held online on Thursday 11 February 2021. For more details, see

Cancellation of CALC Conference 2021 Bahamas July 2021

CALC's Council has decided to cancel the 2021 CALC Conference that was to be held in the Bahamas in July 2021.

For more details, see Geoff Lawn's CALC President's report in the December 2020 CALC Newsletter at the Newsletters page.


CALC Conference 2021: General

2021 CALC Conference
2021 CALC Conference -- Call for papers

To come

2021 CALC Conference -- final program


To come

2021 CALC Conference Information paper v1 To come  


Material related to 2021 CALC ordinary general meeting
Proxy form for 2021 General Meeting

To come

Agenda for 2021 CALC Ordinary General Meeting

To come

Minutes of 2019 CALC ordinary general meeting on 2 April 2019 Avani Hotel Livingstone Zambia

To come

President's report - see papers from this conference in the Members’ area (log in access only).


Secretary's report - see papers from this conference in the Members’ area (log in access only).


Treasurer's report - see papers from this conference in the Members’ area (log in access only).


Financial statements 2019-2021 - see papers from this conference in the Members’ area (log in access only).


Proposed Amendments to CALC Constitution

To come

CALC Conference 2021: Nominations for positions on CALC Council 2021-2023 

Position Nominee Nominator Seconder Statement


Vice President        
Non-executive (2 members for each region)
Australasia and the Pacific        


Forthcoming conferences of interest to legislative drafters

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

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.

  • 2019 Livingstone (Zambia) -- CALC members can access papers from this conference in the Members’ area (log in access only).
  • 2018 St Helier (Jersey) -- CALC Europe Region Conference
  • 2018 Canberra (Australia) -- CALC Australasia and the Pacific Region/PCC Conference
  • 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.
  • 2012 Cape Town (South Africa) -- CALC Africa Region/APKN Conference
  • 2011 Colombo (Sri Lanka) -- CALC Asia Region Conference
  • 2011 Hyderabad (India) -- Conference attendees can access papers from this conference on the Hyderabad conference papers page.
  • 2010 Abuja (Nigeria) -- CALC Africa Region/Commonwealth Regional Law Conference
  • 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