International Association of Procedural Law

International Association of Procedural Law

June 02, 2009 16:25 ET

Toronto to Host International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL) Conference, June 3-5, 2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - The prestigious International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL) will hold its 2009 Conference in Toronto on June 3 - 5.

This Conference, which is hosted by two leading North American law schools, Toronto's Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) and New York University School of Law, and the Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration (based in New York), will bring to Toronto delegates from 33 countries around the world - many of the world's leading specialist in procedural law and dispute resolution processes.

Court reform is an important issue in Canada, as in many parts of the world. Civil justice systems are being reformed to make them fairer, more effective and more efficient in the face of changing populations, resources, demands and technologies. With this reform we are experiencing a convergence between the two main western legal traditions: common law and civil law, both of which exist in Canada. Each system is borrowing from the other to improve how civil disputes are resolved.

By examining and comparing the ways in which civil justice systems around the world are changing, the Conference will look ahead to see what the future holds for our own justice system and for those of our neighbours and trading partners.

The Conference will consider the justice systems in many countries, including Canada, United States, Spain, Switzerland, England, Japan, Turkey, South Africa, Israel, Russia, China and Croatia, with leading speakers from each of those countries. Delegates will look at the changing roles of witnesses, judges, lawyers, and the parties themselves. They also will hear special presentations on lessons that may be learned from the procedures now emerging in international commercial arbitration and international criminal tribunals.

The Conference Program, and information about the 63 speakers, is at

The IAPL, which is meeting in Canada for the first time, was established in Europe in 1955 to further the appreciation, study and implementation of just and effective legal procedures as a response to the lawlessness of the despotic regimes of the first half of the 20th Century. Information about the IAPL is available at

Proceedings at: Osgoode Professional Development, 26th Floor, 1 Dundas Street W., Toronto

Co-Chairs: Oscar G. Chase (Russell D. Niles Professor of Law, New York University)

Janet Walker (Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School)

Barry Leon (Torys LLP)

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