The Promise of Law Reform the most comprehensive examination of the institutions and processes of law reform published in the common law world and provides a rich source of information, inspiration and ideas. It is an edited collection of 30 essays published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Australian Law Reform Commission.
The authors – law reform commissioners, judges, academics, politicians, government officials, and journalists – reflect the plurality of law reform styles and structures, within Australia and overseas.
They cover the broad themes of the history, purpose and function of law reform; institutional design of law reform agencies; methodology and operations; how successful law reform should be assessed and judged; cooperation and mutual assistance; other law reform initiatives; and law reform in action.
A. History, Purpose and Function
A History of Law Reform in Australia
The Future for Institutional Law Reform
A Vision of Tidiness: Codes, Consolidations and Statute Law Revision
B. Institutional Design
Independence and Accountability of Law Reform Agencies
Continuity, Discontinuity, Stasis and Innovation
Initiation and Selection of Projects
J Bruce Robertson
C. Methods and Operations
Strategic and Project Planning
Law Reform and Community Participation
Relations with the Media
D. Outputs and Outcomes
Products of Law Reform Agencies
E. Co-operation and Mutual Assistance
Leadership and Ideas: Law Reform in a Federation
Nathalie Des Rosiers
Co-operation across Frontiers
F. Other Law Reform Initiatives
Professional and Private Bodies
Law Reform Agencies and Royal Commissions: Toiling in the Same Field?
Law Reform through the Executive
Law Reform and the Legislature
Law Reform and the Courts
Sir Anthony Mason
G. Law Reform in Action
The Growth of Civil Justice Reform
Challenges to Criminal Justice Reform
Law Reform and Social Justice
Science, Medicine and Health and the Work of the Australian Law Reform Commission
Law Reform and Legal Education: Uniting Separate Worlds
The Challenge of Law Reform in Pacific Island States
The Challenge of Law Reform in Southern Africa
Are We There Yet?