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2017 Conference

The ACU provides a range of opportunities to engage with like-minded individuals and universities to learn about, discuss, and tackle the key issues in higher education today. Below is a round-up of such opportunities, for your benefit.

Six Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships in South Africa and Sri Lanka 

Applications are still open for six Commonwealth Scholarships at ACU member institutions in South Africa and Sri Lanka. These Commonwealth Scholarships give talented students – who can be from any Commonwealth country other than the host country – the opportunity to gain a degree, while developing new skills and experiencing life in another country. The scholarships are fully funded, including tuition fees, a return flight, an arrival allowance, and a living allowance.

Four fully-funded Research Master’s Scholarships are being offered at any ACU member university in South Africa, and two fully-funded Master’s Scholarships are being offered at two universities in Sri Lanka.

Developing early career academics – 2 workshops, week of 10 July in Lagos

The ACU is organising two workshops at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, targeted at early career academics and anyone with a responsibility for academic staff development.

The first, Structured Training for African Researchers (STARS) workshop, will take place from Monday 10 to Tuesday 11 July and will enable senior academics to develop strategies and tools to facilitate mainstreaming early career support within their institutions.

The second workshop, Developing the next generation of researchers, will take place from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 July and will explore innovative approaches to academic mentoring and career development for emerging researchers.

Working together to support research – conference on 11 July in Oxford 

How can publishers, librarians and researchers work together to support the use, production and sharing of research in developing countries?

The 2017 Publishers for Development Conference, hosted by our partner organisation INASP and taking place on Tuesday 11 July, will explore this question with a programme of international speakers from publishers, country representatives from the South and others involved in research information provision, access and uptake.

The theme for this year's conference is 'Working together to support research', with speakers from Kenya, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the UK.

Find out more and register (early bird rate available until Monday 26 June 2017)

The Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice establishes the President’s Award and names a first recipient

Montreal- October 13, 2016

 The Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) establishes the President’s Award to highlight the exceptional contribution of one of its volunteers. The Award was given for the first time at CIAJ’s Annual Conference, which took place in Ottawa from October 5 to 7, to Mr. John Mark Keyes. “John Mark is a natural leader. He is prepared to debate each issue of importance to make sure we get it right. […] He is a worthy recipient of the first President’s Award!” said the Honourable Justice Georgina R. Jackson, from the Court of appeal for Saskatchewan and President of CIAJ.

About John Mark Keyes

John Mark Keyes is a sessional professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa – Common Law Section, teaching mainly in the field of public law and legislation. He is also an instructor with Athabasca University in its Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Legislative Drafting Program. He was employed in the Department of Justice (Canada), first in the Privy Council Office Section examining draft regulations, then moving to the Legislation Section to draft government bills. From 1999, he worked in various managerial positions in the Legislative Services Branch and was the Chief Legislative Counsel (Assistant Deputy Minister Responsible for Legislative Services) from 2005 until 2013. John Mark Keyes Keyes has been a member of CIAJ for over 20 years. He first began playing a role in the development of CIAJ programs in 1994. He has been a member of its Board of Directors for almost six years and has held various posts. Prior to becoming a Board member, he became the Chair of the Legislative Drafting Committee. In that capacity, he chairs the organizing committee for CIAJ's bi-annual drafting conference.

About CIAJ

The Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) promotes excellence and leadership in the administration of justice through knowledge, learning and the exchange of ideas. The CIAJ offers education and research programs and provides a forum for everyone interested in the administration of justice. Since its inception in 1974, the CIAJ has kept a critical eye on our justice system and explored cutting-edge issues likely to improve the administration of justice and preserve a strong and independent judiciary.

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Legislative Drafting at Athabasca University is pleased to announce the launch of four open access courses.

February 6, 2015

These non credit courses may be studied by everyone free of charge and take the form of Open Courseware (OCW) which contain all of the learning materials in the diploma program including interactive online exercises.

They are available at:

Thanks are due to the Commonwealth of Learning which made the study materials available as open educational resources (OER) under the most permissive copyright license (CC BY). The course materials were authored by the late Professor Keith Patchett and have been revised by John Mark Keyes and Peter Pagano who are Instructors in our diploma program.

We believe these courses will be of value and assistance to all those who wish to improve their knowledge of legislation and their skills in preparing laws of all types and similar documents. Through online forums the courses also invite feedback and discussion of legislative drafting as it is practiced in different jurisdictions.

Athabasca University is proud to present these important resources for legislative counsel worldwide who support the rule of law by preparing effective, well-written legislation.

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Legislative Drafting hosted an online "webinar" on drafting techniques in order to help promote the program across Canada.

November 15, 2013

This event was sponsored by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, a national organization composed of judges, and lawyers in the public and private sectors.

The webinar took the form of a "master class" conducted by Janet Erasmus Q.C. from her office in Victoria, B.C., and was moderated by John Mark Keyes from Ottawa. Janet is recognized as a leading legislative counsel in Canada and internationally, and John Mark (an Instructor in the program) is a former Chief Legislative Counsel for the Government of Canada.

Dale Dewhurst and I joined the webinar in the company of a group of legislative counsel from the Alberta Department of Justice at one of their training locations in Edmonton.

The event was a great success with over 130 participating legislative counsel in government offices from all regions of Canada. A recorded version of the webinar will also be made available.

Special thanks are due to Associate Dean Bob Heller who consulted with us on technical aspects of using Adobe Connect to present the session and who was online during the event as a "co-host".

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Updated March 25 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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