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Legal regulation is not a uniform concept

The recent summit of legal regulators showed that the approach to regulation takes different shapes from one jurisdiction to the next, even where there is a shared legal tradition. John Flood reports

8 October 2012

Professor Laurel Terry, of Penn State Dickinson Law School in the US, and I have been arguing for a long time that legal regulators around the world should be talking to each other. They are about the only group of global professionals that haven’t done so. Last week the seed was sown as the Solicitors Regulation Authority organised the first international conference of legal regulators (27 and 28 September).

Representatives of different legal regulatory bodies came from around the world as far as California and Hong Kong with Germany, Italy, Zambia and South Africa in between. Professional associations such as the CCBE and BSB attended. And I was glad to see a sprinkling of academics.

The first session looked at what it meant to...

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