The Victorian Law Reform Commission hosted the Australasian Law Reform Agencies Conference in Melbourne from 2–4 March 2016.
Message from the Chair, the Hon. Philip Cummins AM
The Australasian Law Reform Agencies Conference has been held biennially since the 1970s and attracts representatives from law reform agencies in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
The theme of the 2016 conference was 'Law reform – survival and growth'. The conference considered the important role of law reform agencies in modernising the law, and discussed different models and approaches to law reform and to agency structures.
The conference was very well attended with representatives from all but one Australian jurisdiction, and from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Hong Kong, Kenya and Mauritius.
The presentations and discussions were stimulating and thought provoking and I have received a great deal of very positive feedback from participants. I extend my warm thanks to all those who contributed.
Papers and presentations from the conference are presented here from those speakers who wished their material to be included.
 The Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, ‘Forty Years of the Alberta Law Reform Institute–Past, Present, Future’ (2009) 46 Alberta Law Review 831, 844.