Law Commission of Ontario Hosts Free Public Lecture and Law Reform Symposium

    TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - How can governments benefit from the work of law
reform commissions while respecting their independence? How do law reform
commissions maintain their independence while responding to government needs?
This perennial issue will be the subject of the first Public Lecture presented
by the Law Commission of Ontario, free to the public.
    Michael Tilbury, a long time member of the New South Wales Law Reform
Commission, will present "'Win-Win' or 'Who Will Rid Me of this Turbulent
Priest?" The Relationship between Law Reform Commissions and Governments" on
May 12, 2009. The Public Lecture will begin at 5:30 pm in Convocation Hall at
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto. Tilbury has had considerable
experience in working with the delicate relationship between the government
and independent law reform agencies in Australia.
    "The relationship between any independent law reform body and the
government is a complicated one," observes Dr. Patricia Hughes, the Executive
Director of the Law Commission of Ontario. "It requires sensitivity and a
realistic understanding of how law reform commissions and governments should
relate to each other. Michael Tilbury knows from experience that even good
relationships can have their bumpy moments and the importance of getting back
on track when that happens", she said.
    The Public Lecture will be followed on May 13th by a day-long free
Symposium made up of three Conversations about Law Reform. Participants will
have the opportunity to discuss what they believe law reform involves, how it
should be carried out and what challenges it faces today. The Symposium will
start at 8:45 am at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and will last
until 4:30 pm. Registration information is available on the LCO website at
    The conversations on May 13th will be prompted by comments from speakers
who have played a role in fostering change through law reform, including Rod
MacDonald, the first President of the Law Commission of Canada; Harry Arthurs,
responsible for recommending reform to federal labour law and the Ontario
pension system; Kim Murray who will talk about the "government to government"
approach of First Nations to law reform; and David Lepofsky, disability rights
activist, among others.
    "The Law Commission of Ontario is committed to engaging with the
community about the nature of law reform," said Hughes. "We can't do law
reform in isolation and this Symposium is intended to foster dialogue around
crucial issues in law reform with those who should benefit from it," she said.

    Launched in September 2007, the Law Commission of Ontario is an
independent body that makes recommendations for reform of the law.

    The Lecture and Symposium will be in English only; materials from the
events will subsequently be available in French on the LCO's website.

For further information:

For further information: Patricia Hughes, Executive Director, at or (416) 650-8402

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