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Melbourne to host 2017 Commonwealth Conference


Cite as: December 2015 89 (12) LIJ, p.12

Winning the bid to host the prestigious 20th Commonwealth Law Conference in March 2017 is akin to getting to host the Commonwealth Games, LIV vice-president Belinda Wilson said. “This will bring some of the best legal minds in the world to Melbourne. Not only will we have the ability to listen to them speak, but we will also have many opportunities to continue the conversation afterwards through a comprehensive program of events organised by the LIV.”

The first Commonwealth Law Conference was in 1955 and is held in a commonwealth country once every two years. It was last held in Australia in 2003, when it was also in Melbourne. Winning the bid this time demonstrates the esteem in which Melbourne’s legal community is held internationally, Ms Wilson said. “It shows we are very competitive, strong and an integral part of the international marketplace.” It was a credit to the strength of the LIV and its members to have such strong support from the Law Council of Australia and the Victorian state government to host the conference, she added.

With its overarching theme: “Thriving in a complex world: building on the rule of law”, the conference will have four streams across corporate and commercial law, legal and judicial profession, constitutionalism and human rights and the rule of law. In coming months, the program committee will be seeking input from LIV members on topics of interest within the four streams.

“This will be a great opportunity for members to have access to speakers of amazing calibre across a wide range of legal issues,” Ms Wilson said. The conference timing coincides with the peak period of the CPD program, and attendance at sessions will count towards CPD points. There will also be plenty of events providing networking opportunities with local and international attendees.


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