ICLR Conference 2019 – Scotland

ICLR Conference 2019

Law Society of Scotland | Edinburgh

4-6 September 2019

ICLR is pleased to announce that the host organisation for the ICLR conference in 2019 will be the Law Society of Scotland and the conference will take place in Edinburgh between 4-6 September 2019.  Please hold these dates. We were also grateful to the Kenyan Council for Legal Education and Law Society of Kenya for submitting a well-supported bid and we hope that the conference will be in Nairobi soon.  

Alison Atack, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said:  

“We are delighted and honoured to be hosting the 8th International Conference of Legal Regulators in 2019 – the year we celebrate our 70th anniversary. 

Regulation of the legal profession is an issue at the top of our agenda following a recent review of regulation of legal services in Scotland. We are keen to share our experiences and learn from our fellow regulators in other jurisdictions as we examine the importance of having a regulatory framework which can support growth in the legal services sector, while also placing consumer interests firmly at its heart.   

We will work closely with the conference organisers to develop an interesting, forward-thinking programme for ICLR members – highlighting some of our most recent initiatives such as LawscotTech which aims to drive innovation in legal technology through collaboration between the legal, academic and tech sectors, Lawscot Wellbeing which offers support for busy legal professionals and of course we will be looking at the impact of Brexit on the profession – both at home and overseas – after we leave the EU on 29 March next year.  

I am very much looking forward to welcoming our colleagues from the ICLR community to our wonderful capital city next year.”


International Conference of Legal Regulators 2020

Save the date
October 26-30, 2020 – Virtual Conference

The ICLR 2020 will be held virtually the week of October 26, 2020. ICLR 2020 delegates can anticipate a dynamic week-long program consisting of plenary sessions and breakout sessions available to view both live and in a recorded format across time zones. The program will include sessions on the regulatory challenges encountered and lessons learned from the global COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, this year’s conference will provide virtual networking opportunities to conference delegates.

We are excited that this year’s virtual conference will enable many more regulators in the international community to participate, and welcome all thoughts on how the ICLR 2020 can be a success. Please continue to visit the ICLR 2020 event website to find out more and get involved.

We also look forward to meeting in-person again in Chicago on September 22-24, 2021, for the ICLR 2021. Save the date!



International Conference of Legal Regulators 2017

Singapore | 5-6 October 2017

For the first time, the International Conference of Legal Regulators will be held in Asia, in the thriving metropolis of Singapore.

Abstract graphic for ICLR 2017


Panoramic view of the Singapore skyline at dusk from across the bay.
Singapore has a vibrant and diverse legal industry. Law firms and lawyers from all over the world have a base in the city-state, adding to its cultural melting pot. As an international legal services hub, the Singapore experience is one that looks both east and west. As the regulatory environment continues to evolve, Singapore’s many stakeholders are actively involved in ensuring that its frameworks remain robust and relevant to modern legal practice. Perhaps uniquely, the regulation of Singapore’s legal industry is a continual collaborative effort between the courts, the profession and the government.

It is therefore with great pleasure that the Singapore Ministry of Law and the Law Society of Singapore invite members and prospective members of the ICLR to the 6th edition of the Conference in Singapore on 5 and 6 October 2017.  For programme or registration details please visit the Singapore ICLR 2017 website.


International Conference of Legal Regulators 2016

Washington, DC, United States of America | 14-17 September 2016 | A World of Regulation

Hosted by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in Washington, DC, the 2016 conference focused on the core functions performed by legal regulators, and issues on the horizon.


Thursday 15 September 2016
09:00 | Welcome | Keynote address | Around the room
10:30 | Demonstration of the ICLR website: Watch intro video
10:45 | Attorney discipline system intake procedures from around the globe: comparative analyses and best practices

Materials: (1) Intake materials overview; (2) California; (3) Canada, national; (4) Colorado; (5) England and Wales; (6) Manitoba; (7) South Carolina; (8) Virginia; (9) Zimbabwe;

13:30 | Admission to the practice of law

Materials: (1) Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination in the US; (2) Alberta admissions; (3) Canada admissions; (4) IBA Legal Regulators Directory; (5) Intro to US admissions, Laurel Terry; (6) Ireland admissions; (7) Summary of relevant sessions at ICLR conferences; (8) US guide to bar admission requirements, 2016

14:45 | Diversion: dos and don’ts

Materials: (1) Diversion materials summary; (2) New Mexico paper; (3) Arizona diversion; (4) Texas diversion.

To get the most from this session, please respond to the diversion survey

16:00 | I always feel like somebody’s watching me: reinstatement and supervision of lawyers on probation

Materials: (1) Illinois statistical review; (2) Connecticut reinstatement application; (3) Louisiana readmission; (4) California materials; (5) Missouri reinstatement questionnaire; (6) Singapore reinstatement; (7) Delaware reinstatement questionnaire; (8) New Mexico materials; (9) Netherlands materials; (10) England and Wales reinstatement; (11) Canada reinstatement survey.

17:00 | A question of trust – an exploration of professional values and standards and what they mean in practice.
Friday 16 September 2016
09:00 | Rethinking the application of technology to regulatory work

Materials: (1) Trends in Global and Canadian Lawyer Regulation, Laurel Terry; (2) Updated slides: Rethinking Technology; (3) Guide to going lean.

To get the most from this session, please respond to the technology survey

10:45 | Challenges facing emerging regulatory systems
13:30  | Reimagining the future: how proactive measures can reshape a “lawyer discipline system” into a “lawyer integrity system”

Materials: (1) PMBR materials; (2) PMBR roadmap graphic; (3) Article on improving PMBR, Susan Fortney; (4) Article advocating PMBR to US regulators, Laurel Terry; (5) Infographic; (6) PMBR in Australia

14:45 | Cooperative efforts and agreement between international jurisdictions

Materials: (1) Draft IBA Information Exchange Guidelines; (2) Cooperation Among American and European Disciplinary Bodies; (3) Establishment of lawyers directive 98-5-EC

16:00 | The take away – what have we learned, what do we take home, and what is the future of lawyers and regulation?
17:00 | ICLR in Singapore – a preview | Closing remarks

Full ICLR conference program and biographies


The JW Marriott hotel, in the heart of DC’s tourist district at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.


International Conference of Legal Regulators 2015

Toronto, Canada | 27–28 July 2015 | Building Blocks to Better Regulation

ICLR 2015 Conference Program

The 4th International Conference of Legal Regulators focused on the needs of legal regulators in a rapidly shifting legal services market. Topics included:

  • Lawyer Trust Accounts: Is there a Better System?
  • Lessons Learned from Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement Process
  • Competence Initiative: Beyond CPD
  • Lawyers on the Edge: Licensure and the Impaired Professional
  • In an Ever Expanding Universe of Legal Services What is the Future of Legal Regulation?
  • ABS, Entity Regulation and Proactive Regulation Update
  • Burning Issues for Legal Regulators
  • What Can We Expect from the United States?
  • Building a Regulator (a “how-to” workshop)
  • Building and Maintaining Credibility with the Public – How to Maintain Public Confidence in a Consumer Driven Environment
  • International Cooperation and Information Sharing

This event has closed, but you can see the presentation materials on the 2015 conference website.




International Conference of Legal Regulators 2013

San Francisco, USA | 5–7 August 2013


Topics included:

  • What powers do I need to be an effective regulator of legal services?
  • Risk based regulation
  • The role of intelligence and investigation in legal regulation
  • Fitness to practice, regulatory responses and cooperating with representative bodies
  • Keeping lawyers equipped for practice
  • The challenges of dual qualification
  • The changing purpose and goals of attorney regulation – experience from outside the USA



International Conference of Legal Regulators 2012

London, UK | 27–28 September 2012


Topics included:

  • Regulating the Changing Legal Market
  • The Regulator’s Identity Crisis
  • Proactive Regulation
  • Competence on Admission
  • Tools for setting and monitoring standards
  • Raising the standard of individuals practitioners
  • Regulating law firms
  • When Things Go Wrong
  • Non-Lawyer Involvement in the Delivery of Legal Services
  • Information Sharing – What Can Regulators Tell Each Other?
  • Hot Topics – What Trends and Issues Worry Regulators?
  • Other Influences on Regulatory Policy and Practice
  • Where next? Future Collaboration

Read the ICLR programme 2012

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