CHALLENGES AS diverse as the HIV/AIDS epidemic, climate change, the instability of the international security environment and the aspirations of Generation Y were addressed by international law reform chiefs when they met in Sydney last week.
Representatives of law reform agencies from 25 nations attended the Australian Law Reform Agencies Conference and heard from leading geneticists, demographers, communications experts, human and animal rights activists and international security analysts about the challenges that will face world governments over the next 50 years.
Professor David Weisbrot, Australian Law Reform Commission president, said the aim of the conference was to predict and prepare for the major challenges of the coming decades.
“The changes in areas such as genetic science and community medicine, demographics, the environment, human rights, international security and the ‘new media’ are so dynamic that there’s a real danger that our legal systems won’t cope unless we can be proactive about law reform,” he said.
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