The annual International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform is dedicated to discussing the framing of laws in the U.S. and across the world at various levels such as international, national and sub-national.

The conference provides a platform for intellectual discussion and debates from speakers who are expertise in the field. There is intellectual exchange of ideas on the topic of governance: the drafting and reform of laws.

Who can apply?

Interested participants from across the world.


Washington College of Law at American University, 4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016, USA.

Registration Procedure:

Registration fees for the 2018 Conference are as follows:

Regular Registration:

2-day registration: $275
1-day registration: $140

Discounted 2-day Registration:

FBA members: $195
Law students: $165

All rates increase by $50 after March 31, 2018

Please register online here.

Key dates:

Conference: April 12-13, 2018

Early bird registration: March 31, 2018

Keynote speakers (expected):

  • 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
  • Don Colagiuri, Parliamentary Counsel, New South Wales, Australia.
    National Consistent / Model Legislation in Federal Jurisdictions: Drafting and Arrangements to Promote Uniformity (the Australian Experience)
  • 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
  • Sarah Lawsky, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
    The Benefits of Formalizing Statutes
  • Eamonn Moran, former Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Australia, and Law Draftsman, Hong Kong.
    Legislative Drafters: Conform to Preform
  • 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
  • Wim Voermans, Professor, Leiden University, President of the International Association of Legislation.
    “Getting the Word Out” – Text and Legislation in the 21st Century: The European Experience
  • 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)


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