Scottish Law Commission marks 50th anniversary with conference

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The Scottish Law Commission is hosting a major and prestigious international law reform conference, marking its 50th anniversary.

The biennial Conference of the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies (CALRAs) will be held in Edinburgh over the weekend of April 11-12 and be attended by 60 delegates representing law reform bodies in countries across the Commonwealth and beyond.

The conference, which is being held in Scotland for the first time, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Scottish Law Commission, which was set up in 1965.

The keynote address of the conference, which has the theme of Law Reform in a Fast-Changing World, will be delivered by the Rt Honourable Lord Carloway, the Lord Justice Clerk.

It will see sessions on a range of topics, including the independence of law reform agencies in the modern age, cyber crime, law reform in the electronic age, ways of involving stakeholders and experts in law reform, and new developments on the implementation of reports of law reform agencies.

It will also include a special session to mark the 50th anniversary with addresses by the Honourable Lord Pentland, Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission, and the Rt Honourable Justice Lloyd Jones, Chairman of the Law Commission for England and Wales.

The Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission, Lord Pentland, said: “I am delighted that this prestigious international conference on law reform is being held for the first time in Edinburgh.

“It coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Scottish Law Commission. We are proud to be part of the Commonwealth family of law reform agencies, many of whom will be represented at the conference. By exchanging experiences and ideas we hope to learn much from each other and to promote the cause of law reform globally.”

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