2019 Draft Agenda

Our team is hard at work developing the agenda for the Sixth International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform. In the meantime, we are excited to share our draft agenda* for the 2019 International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform:

Thursday, November 14th

Textualism: Canons of Construction. Professor Joseph Kimble, Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School.

The 2018 Criminal Justice Reform Act. TBD.

Prospects of Legislative Scrutiny Techniques in Africa. Dr. Henok Gabisa, Professor of Practice, Washington and Lee University School of Law and Legal Counsel before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Blockchain Technology and Digital Law Reform. Alan McQuinn, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation; Gerard Dache, Government Blockchain Association; and Elizabeth Varner, Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Moderated by Catherine Pagano, Senior Government Relations Representative, U.S. Postal Service.

Legislating Against Corruption in Australia: What Works Well, What Doesn't and Why. Eamonn Moran, former Chief Parliamentary Counsel and current Inspector for the Inspectorate of the State of Victoria, Australia.

Teaching Legislative Drafting. Sean Kealy, clinical associate professor at Boston University School of Law; Maggie Blackhawk, associate professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School, co-leader, Tobin Project’s Institutions of Democracy Initiative on Rethinking the History of American Democracy,  Senior Constitutional Advisor to the President of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe; and Louis Rulli, former executive director of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, current practice professor of law and clinical director at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Regulation of Economic Competition Among States: How to Promote Growth While Integrating Political Sovereignty? Karine Poladyan, former Commissioner for the Protection of Economic Competition, Armenia.

Corruption to Caravans to Cages: Asylum Journeys Past, Present, and Future.  Ayodele Gansallo, Senior Staff Attorney with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Pennsylvania (HIAS PA), adjunct professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Fernando Chang-Muy, Lecturer, School of Law and Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania,  principal, Solutions International (consultants to philanthropic and non-profit organizations).

A Century of Federal Legislative Counsel. Anthony Coe, Office of Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate; and Robert Weinhagen, Office of Legislative Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives.

Tallan - Digital Consulting for the Modern Law Office (sponsored). Michael Greenman, Manager, Government Solutions, Tallan Inc.


Friday, November 15th

Rules of the House of Representatives. Charles W. Johnson, III, former Parliamentarian to U.S. House of Representatives, current parliamentary consultant to U.S. House of Representatives.

Homeland Security: Sources of Authority and New Initiatives. Christina McDonald, Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Better Drafting Quality and Evidence-based Legislation as Seen from the European Parliament. Robert Bray, former Head of Unit of Legal Affairs Committee for the European Parliament, current Council Member for the European Law Institute.

Environmental Update. TBD.

Brexit. Helen Xanthaki, Professor of Law, University of London, Director, International Postgraduate Laws Program of the University of London; and Constantin Stefanou, Director, Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Drafting, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London.

Writing New Constitutions for Balkan Nations. TBD.

Common Legislative Drafting Rules for Portuguese-Speaking Countries and Regions: Challenges and Strategies. Antonio Delicado, Researcher, Lisbon Center for Research in Public Law – Lisbon School of Law, Legal Adviser, Portuguese Securities Market Commission; and Gonçalo Carrilho, Lisbon Center for Research in Public Law.

The Power of Prepositions: Drafting for Clarity. Jery Payne, Senior Attorney, Colorado General Assembly.

Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Quality of Legislation within Europe: Standards, Tools and Bodies.  Enrico Albanesi, Associate Professor in Constitutional Law, University of Genoa.

Future State: Predictive Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in Legislative Practice. Dr. Jaime Earnest, Program Evaluation Translational Scientist, The Pentagon.

Drafting Conflict-of-Interest Legislation, and the Rule of Law, in Majority-Arab Countries. Dr. Sami Sarageldin, Councilor, Egyptian Council of State.               

*Subject to change without notice