On October 11th and 12th, the Alberta Law Reform Institute [ALRI] will hosted law reformers from across Canada at the bi-annual symposium of the Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada [FOLRAC]. Representatives from law reform agencies and commissions in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta worked together on a shared mission of advancing law reform in Canada.
This Year's Agenda
For two days, participants tackled the challenges of decision-making in various areas of law reform including media strategy, professional networking, and expanding the ways in which law reform agencies engage and consult with the public and legal community. The Symposium concluded with a talk by University of Alberta Law Professor Hadley Friedland who was invited to speak at this year's symposium. Professor Friedland led a rigorous discussion around the role of law reform agencies in responding to the calls-to-action issued by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
More than four decades ago, FOLRAC started as an informal meeting of law reform representatives that gathered together during the annual meetings of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. These meetings evolved into structured events where law reformers shared their experiences, discussed challenges and successes, and assisted each other in carrying out their work.
FOLRAC officially incorporated in 1990 and since then there have been twelve meetings and symposiums held across Canada. Agenda topics vary widely and have included social media, plain language, online consultations, and public engagement among others.