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					              2011 Conference of the Commonwealth Association of
                          Legislative Counsel (CALC)
                        Legislative Drafting: A Developing Discipline
                                             Hyderabad, India
                                            February 9-11, 2011

                                            Programme Schedule


                                     Day 1 - Wednesday 9 February


      Time                  Session/Topic                                         Speaker



1.30 – 2.00                                     Registration

2.00 – 2.15      Opening Remarks:                         Eamonn Moran QC PSM, President, CALC
                 Welcome to speakers and delegates

2.15 – 2.45      Session 1                               Speaker     :   To be announced
                 Keynote address


2.45 – 3.45      Session 2                               Speaker     :   Sandra Markman
                 Legislative Drafting: Art, Science or                   Consultant legislative counsel, Dublin,
                 Discipline?                                             Ireland

                 The conference will begin with this                     Roger Rose
                 sub-theme, which will be canvassed                      Director of Studies, RIPA International,
                 in quite general terms across a wide                    London, UK
                 variety of jurisdictions with
                 different institutional arrangements                    B R Atre
                 for the preparation of legislation.                     Advocate, Delhi, India

                                                                         Albert Edwards
                                                                         Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Kingston,
                                                                         Jamaica




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                            Day 1 - Wednesday 9 February (Cont’d)


3.45 – 4.15                                      Afternoon tea and coffee break


4.15 – 5.30   Session 3                               Speaker     :   Doug Bellis
              Role and Efficacy of Legislation                        Deputy Chief Legislative Counsel, US
                                                                      House of Representatives
              Legislation is drafted and enacted
              for many reasons. Lord Thring                           Paul Peralta
              famously said that “Bills are made                      Legislative Support Unit, Gibraltar
              to pass as razors are made to sell”.
              What did he mean? Is this still                         Ross Carter
              true today? Ideally, legislation                        Parliamentary Counsel, New Zealand
              should accomplish public goals
              established through democratic                          Sudha Rani
              processes. Does it always do this?                      Deputy Parliamentary Counsel, Ministry of
              How do political processes alter the                    Law and Justice, Delhi, India
              role of legislation? Is any attention
              ever paid to whether it accomplishes
              its supposed purposes?



6.30 – 8.30                              Cocktail Reception




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                                    Day 2 – Thursday 10 February




     Time                 Session/Topic                                         Speaker


9.00 – 10.30   Session 4                                Speakers    :   Paul Salembier
               The wavering line between policy                         General Counsel, Department of Justice,
               development and legislative drafting                     Ottawa, Canada

               The centralized legislative drafting                     Therese Perera
               model used most widely in                                Legal Draftsman, Colombo, Sri Lanka
               Commonwealth countries is
               premised on a distinction between                        Elizabeth Grant
               policy development and legislative                       Parliamentary Counsel, Parliamentary
               drafting. What are the benefits of                       Counsel Office, Wellington, New Zealand
               this model and the challenges of
               maintaining it? What are good                            Daniel Lovric
               drafting instructions and how can                        Parliamentary Counsel, Commonwealth
               policy officials be instructed on                        Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Canberra,
               preparing them?                                          Australia




10.30—11.00                                           Morning tea and coffee break




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                               Day 2 – Thursday 10 February (Cont’d)


11.00 – 12.30   Session 5                                Speaker      :    Malietau Malietoa
                Legislative Counsel in Developing                          Parliamentary Counsel, Western Samoa
                Countries
                                                                           Sir Victor Glover
                This sub-theme covers the dynamic                          Former Chief Justice, Mauritius
                role of legislative counsel in
                developing countries (the need for
                legislative counsel to multi-task):
                due to staffing problems or
                limitations, legislative counsel are
                normally involved in parliamentary
                committee work, policy review
                and legal reform.

                It also considers role of legislative
                counsel in the policy development
                process: the realisation of their
                contribution, conducting
                comprehensive needs assessments
                for offices of legislative counsel and
                promoting the inclusion of these
                needs in parliamentary and rule of
                law country development
                programmes.


12.30 – 2.00                                                       Lunch




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                                     Day 2 – Thursday 10 February (Cont’d)


2.00 – 3.30          Session 6                              Speaker     :   Mark Audcent
                     Training and Development of                            Parliamentary Counsel, Canadian Senate,
                     Legislative Counsel                                    Ottawa

                     This practical session covers                          Estelle Appiah
                     in-house, distance-learning and                        Director of Legislative Drafting, Accra,
                     conventional training programs for                     Ghana
                     the variety of skills required,
                     including the use of information and                   Archie Zariski
                     communication technology. It also                      Associate Professor, Legal Studies,
                     looks at mentoring and twinning                        University of Athabasca, Canada
                     programmes and the retention of
                     legislative counsel.                                   Lionel Levert
                                                                            Former Chief Legislative Counsel,
                                                                            Department of Justice, Ottawa, Canada




3.30 – 4.00                                            Afternoon tea and coffee break


4.00 – 5.30                                                 CALC General Meeting


* Evening optional activity: Sound and Light Show




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                                        Day 3 – Friday 11 February



       Time                Session/Topic                                     Speaker


9.00   – 10.00   Session 7                            Speaker   :   Marie-Claude Guay
                 Legislating across languages: the                  Legislative Counsel, Department of Justice,
                 challenges of law-making in                        Ottawa, Canada
                 multi-lingual jurisdictions
                                                                    Angie Li
                 This sub-theme looks at drafting                   Senior Government Counsel, Law Drafting
                 legislation that is intended to                    Division, Department of Department of
                 apply in linguistically diverse                    Justice, Hong Kong
                 communities. What are the
                 challenges of preparing multiple                   Allen Lai
                 versions and ensuring that they                    Senior Government Counsel, Law Drafting
                 say the same thing? How do                         Division, Department of Justice, Hong Kong
                 courts and other interpreters deal
                 with discrepancies if they arise?                  Vastina Nsanze
                                                                    Consultant, Kigali, Rwanda




10.00 – 11.00    Session 8                            Speaker   :   Wim Voermans
                 Emerging trends in improving                       Professor of Constitutional and
                 legislative drafting: Harnessing                   Administrative Law, Leiden University,
                 Information and Communication                      Netherlands
                 Technology
                                                                    Ed Hicks
                 This sub-theme focuses on                          Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative
                 development of software and the                    Counsel, Department of Justice, Ottawa,
                 use of available information                       Canada
                 technology applications that
                 facilitate information-sharing and
                 cooperative work activities.




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                                 Day 3 – Friday 11 February (Cont’d)



11.00 – 11.30                         Morning tea and coffee break

1130 – 1.00     Session 9                           Speaker      :    Peter Quiggin
                Legislative Drafting:                                 First Parliamentary Counsel, Commonwealth
                Contemporary Issues, Trends and                       Office of Parliamentary Counsel, Canberra,
                Challenges                                            Australia

                This session will cover titles,                       Nick Horn
                headings and other aids to                            Senior Parliamentary Counsel,
                understanding a legislative text.                     Commonwealth Office of Parliamentary
                                                                      Counsel, Canberra, Australia

                                                                      Paul O’Brien
                                                                      Deputy Principal Government Counsel, Law
                                                                      Drafting Division, Department of Justice,
                                                                      Hong Kong




1.00 – 2.30                                                   Lunch




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                               Day 3 – Friday 11 February (Cont’d)


2.30 – 4.00    Session 10                           Speaker      :   John Moloney
               Legislative Drafting:                                 Legislation Officer, Department of
               Contemporary Issues, Trends and                       Agriculture and Fisheries, Dublin, Ireland
               Challenges (Continued)
                                                                     Dr Duncan Berry
               This session will cover—                              Consultant Legislative Counsel, State Law
                                                                     Office, Nairobi, Kenya
                    the implementation of
                    supra-national law in                            Mateo Goldman
                    domestic legislation,                            Attorney, New York; formerly associated
                                                                     with UNIDROIT in drafting international
                    provisions for ensuring                          commercial laws
                    compliance with legislation,

                    democratic protections for
                    least developed nations in
                    the drafting international
                    commercial law.



4.00 – 4.30                                        Afternoon tea and coffee break


4.30 – 5.00        Open forum and closing remarks: Eamonn Moran QC PSM, Law Draftsman, Hong Kong



7.30 – 10.30                                           Conference Dinner




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