Congratulations to the Netherlands Bar Association. Their invitation to the Hague won the most votes in our recent survey which means that they will be welcoming ICLR delegates to the Hague in 2018 for the 7th International Conference of Legal Regulators.  The proposed dates for ICLR 2018 are 3, 4 and 5 October 2018. This is the week before the IBA Annual Conference, which takes place on 7-12 October 2018 in Rome, Italy.  We would like to thank the other jurisdictions for submitting excellent bids and we hope that they will consider hosting a future conference.

Upon hearing the news of their success, Bart van Tongeren, President of The Netherlands Bar said:

“The Netherlands Bar is honored that the ICLR community has chosen The Hague as the next ICLR Conference. We kindly invite all ICLR members and other interested organizations and individuals to come to The Hague for the 7th annual ICLR conference on 3-5 October 2018. We would appreciate to share our experiences with our recently revised structure of regulation of the legal profession and learn from other jurisdictions. We are looking forward to hosting the 2018 ICLR and would like to work closely with the ICLR community to develop an interesting and interactive program. More news will follow early next year.”

The Netherlands Bar are now seeking input to help shape the conference programme.   They have four specific themes in mind and would like to ask ICLR members to think along/put forward content ideas within the framework of these 4 themes.

The proposed themes are:

  • Quality of the legal profession
  • Regulatory technology
  • Implementation of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive
  • Organisation of bars; in particular as regards to surveillance on bars and law societies.

If you would like to suggest topics, or discuss your ideas in greater detail please contact the organisers at: ICLR2018@advocatenorde.nl