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Webinar: Influencing Law Reform: Tips for Effective Engagement with the Law Commission

6th September 2023

Please join the Law Commission, Society of Legal Scholars, Socio-Legal Studies Association and Association of Law Teachers for a webinar on ‘Influencing law reform: tips for effective engagement with the Law Commission’ on Friday 22 September 2023 from 13:00 – 14:00.

The session will be chaired by Professor Lucy Vickers, SLS President. Speakers will be Law Commissioner Professor Nick Hopkins, lawyers Roseanna Peck and Lawrence McNamara, and an academic whose work has recently assisted the Commission, Dr Rajnaara Akhtar.

Academic research can be very influential in changing the law, especially in the way it can inform the work of the Law Commission of England and Wales and their recommendations for law reform. In this session a team from the Law Commission will explain some of the ways that academics can most effectively engage with the Commission. Topics they will cover include:

• Getting a project on to the Law Commission’s reform agenda

• Once a project has commenced, pre-consultation engagement (including who is on a project team, how they work, how to find and contact people, how academic work can be useful and how it can inform the provisional proposals and consultation questions)

• Once a consultation paper is published, how to respond effectively (including how academic work can inform the Commission’s recommendations, and what happens to your response after you submit it)

• Going beyond consultation responses, including how academic research can build the evidence base to inform the Commission’s work

To attend this free webinar please register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ElXqM1deSWq3KFmxpMmsQQ.

This event is open to members of the SLS, SLSA and ALT. In order to get through as many of your questions as possible, please send them in advance to admin@legalscholars.ac.uk. A recording will be made available on the SLS website after the event for those who cannot attend.