See the full 2018 Draft Agenda here** >

We expect to include informative presentations from a diverse array of legislative experts, including:

  • Estelle Appiah, former Director of Legislative Drafting, Department of the Ministry of Justice, Ghana.
    Translating Policy Into Law: A Case Study from Ghana's Social Protection Legislation
     
  • Wade Ballou, Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives.
    Being a Tortoise Among the Hares: Addressing Compressed Time Frames for Drafting
     
  • Elizabeth Bakibinga-Gaswaga, Legal Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat.
    Whose Law? Applying a "Fitness for Purpose" Test to Legislating for Development
     
  • Jeannine Bednar-Giyose, Director of Financial Sector Regulation and Legislation, Treasury Department, South Africa.
    Implementing International Standards in Financial Sector Legislation
     
  • Nathalia Berkowitz, Legislative Lawyer, Gibraltar, and EU legal capacity building expert, Kosovo and Africa.
    Rebuilding the Law? Legislation and Legal Reform in Post-Conflict States: A Practitioner's View
     
  • Fernando Chang-Muy, Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
    Refugee Protection and Strategies for Advocacy
     
  • Don Colagiuri, Parliamentary Counsel, New South Wales, Australia.
    National Consistent / Model Legislation in Federal Jurisdictions: Drafting and Arrangements to Promote Uniformity (the Australian Experience)
     
  • Susan Finder, Scholar in Residence, Peking University School of Transnational Law.
    How China's Highest Court "Makes" Law
     
  • Henok Gabisa, Visiting Academic Fellow, Washington and Lee University School of Law.
    The Competing Legislative Processes in Ethiopia--Exploring the Oromo's Gadaa General Assembly
     
  • Tonye Clinton Jaja, Attorney, National Institute for Legislative Studies, National Assembly, Nigeria.
    Legislative Drafting and Statutory Interpretation: Some Lessons From Nigeria and the United Kingdom
     
  • Sean Kealy, Professor and clinical director, Boston University School of Law.
    Panelist: Teaching Legislative Drafting
     
  • Sarah Lawsky, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
    The Benefits of Formalizing Statutes
     
  • Matt McGhie, Assistant Counsel, Office of the Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate.
    A Reasoned Response to Unreasonable Deadlines: A United States Senate Perspective
     
  • Eamonn Moran, former Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Australia, and Law Draftsman, Hong Kong.
    Legislative Drafters: Conform to Preform
     
  • Jery Payne, Legislative Attorney, State of Colorado, USA.
    The Problem with Lists
     
  • William Robinson, Associate Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.
    Special Features of European Union Legislative Drafting
     
  • Lou Rulli, Professor and clinical director, University of Pennsylvania Law School.
    Panelist: Teaching Legislative Drafting
     
  • Lorna Seitz, Director of Digital Democracy, the Legis Institute.
    Legislatively Established Monitoring, Evaluation and Adaptation Systems: Identifying Sub-Optimal Legislative Impacts and Driving Locally Customized Interventions
     
  • Judy Schneider, Researcher, Congressional Research Service.
    Congressional Procedure
     
  • Karoli Ssemogerere, Consultant and External Counsel, Uganda Communications Commission.
    Information and Communications: Emerging Issues in Drafting Legislation and Regulations
     
  • Michael Stern, former Senior Counsel, Office of the Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives.
    Congressional Power in the Trump Administration
     
  • Mila Versteeg, Professor, University of Virginia School of Law.
    [TBD]
     
  • Wim Voermans, Professor, Leiden University, President of the International Association of Legislation.
    Legislative Speed
     
  • Craig Volden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Virginia, notable author on the U.S. Congress.
    Building a Better Congress
     
  • Mauro Zamboni, Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden.
    Law-Making in the Face of the Migration Crisis: To Find the Best Legislative Policy (At Least in the Swedish Case)

See the full 2018 Draft Agenda here** >

**Speakers and topics are subject to change as the agenda is finalized.