Law Reform

The following organizations focus their efforts on the development and improvement of the law and public policy.

Suggested Resources

Alberta Resources

The Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre is a Canadian non-governmental, non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Calgary which undertakes research on contemporary civil liberties and human rights issues that are of concern to Albertans. The projects are diverse - from proposals for reform of human rights legislation, to a report on citizen complaints about police conduct, to a manual for lawyers who represent mentally disabled clients. Staff and volunteers make presentations on a wide range of civil liberties and human rights topics.

Related legal topic(s): Civil liberties, Human rights, Law reform, Research reports and institutes

The Alberta Law Reform Institute is the official law reform agency for the province of Alberta. It provides independent comprehensive advice to the Government of Alberta and other agencies to ensure that the law and administration of justice are kept up to date and serve Albertans to the best extent possible.

Related legal topic(s): Law reform

British Columbia

The British Columbia Law Institute was created in January 1997 by incorporation under the Provincial Society Act. The broad purposes of the Institute, described in Article 2 of its Constitution, are to: promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs, promote improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law, and promote and carry out scholarly legal research. The website of the British Columbia Law Institute provides access to an invaluable database of law reform materials from common law jurisdictions around the world.

Related legal topic(s): Law reform


This federal government website details a legislative plan to strengthen accountability in government through democratic reform.
Related legal topic(s): Federal government departments, Law reform, Political process and voting

As a project sponsored by the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), Equality Rights Central (ERC) is a website to find cases, commentary, trends, news and facta about equality and discrimination issues, in law and policy. This site is for advocates, academics and practitioners involved in equality rights, to monitor and advance the development of equality law in Canada. The goal of the ERC is to stimulate discussion, and provide resources for work to advance equality rights and equality issues affecting any disadvantaged and marginalized group.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Charter of Rights, Courts and court judgments, Disabilities, Human rights, Law reform, Public policy

Now that the highly anticipated new copyright legislation has been introduced, more and more librarians are hearing from concerned library users that copyright laws must reflect the public interest. As the voice of the community of library users and professionals, CLA is committed to getting the crucial message to government that copyright issues do indeed strike a chord with Canadians.

Related legal topic(s): Advocacy, Copyright and patents