Impact and Law Reform Conference
This one-day conference was organised by the SLSA and the Society for Legal Scholars in collaboration with the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission.
Date: 11 June 2019
Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR
Keynote speaker: Brenda Hale (President of the Supreme Court, The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE)
Other speakers and discussion leaders included: Sir Nicholas Green, Chair, Law Commission of England; Professor Joanne Conaghan; Professir Hector MacQueen; Professor Gillian Douglas; Professor Diamond Ashigabor; Dr Andrew Steven; Professor Rosie Harding; Dr John MacLeod; Professor Liz Trinder; and Professor Janet Ulph.
‘Impact’ has become an increasingly important aspect of academic work over the last decade. This conference – co-organised by the SLSA, the Society of Legal Scholars, the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission – aimed to reflect on how academic legal research has influenced and informed law reform in the past, engage in debate and dialogue on contemporary law reform projects, and equip legal researchers with the tools they require to generate legal and policy impacts in the future.
The conference sought to address the following questions:
- How can legal researchers work with the Law Commissions to advance law reform agendas?
- What approaches to impact and law reform have worked well in the past?
- How can legal researchers develop the skills required to facilitate legal and policy impact?
- What are the foreseeable future challenges and opportunities for legal and policy impact?