The International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform, held each year in Washington, D.C., is in its fifth year. The conference was first held in 2013, at the initiative of the Federal Bar Association, the International Judicial Academy, and the International Journal on Legislative Drafting and Law Reform. For the next three years, the conference was hosted by the World Bank at its headquarters building. In 2018, the Washington College of Law at American University will serve as the event's host institution.
Over the years, the conference has grown in participation and sponsorship. In 2016, the conference was held jointly with the biennial conference of the International Association of Legislation. Participants in 2016 hailed from six continents and over twenty countries, and sponsors included the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency; the Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development; Boston University; the University of Pennsylvania; multiple chapters and sections of the Federal Bar Association; the International Journal on Legislative Drafting and Law Reform, the International Judicial Academy; Xcential; and Baker & McKenzie LLP.
While in the past the conference was held in the summer or fall, in 2018 the conference will take place at the beginning of spring on Thursday and Friday, April 12th and 13th. The conference organizers intend for this to be a permanent shift to a spring schedule. With any luck, the blooms of Washington's famous cherry trees will coincide.