Legis to Participate in International Open Data Conference, Madrid

MADRID - Legis Chief Innovation Officer Lorna Seitz will attend the International Open Data Conference (IODC 16) in Madrid on October 6-7.  Seitz, a legislative/parliamentary expert, institutional reformer, and legislative drafter, is currently spearheading the Legis Institute’s efforts to develop a platform for digital democracy. The Legis platform will facilitate collaborative policy development, legislation assessment, and legislation drafting.

Seitz's contributions at IODC will focus on new research on designing legislation that works, computational law development, machine learning for parliaments, institutional performance monitoring, analyzing disparate legislation and policy impacts, and evidence-based policy-making.

Legis Chief Innovation Officer Addresses ICLAD Conference

BOSTON - Discussing her recent work on "Advances in the Field of Computational Legislation," Legis Chief Innovation Officer Lorna Seitz addressed the annual conference of the International Consortium for Law and Development in Boston. Seitz leads Legis's development of tools for inclusive, broad-based policy and legislation design and digital democracy. 

Legis Announces Project with USAID, ARC, and ILADS to Address Gender-Based Violence


Pursuant to funding from USAID, Legis is working with the American Refugee Committee and the Institute for Law and Development Studies to introduce alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms as a means of addressing gender-based violence in three rural villages in Baluchistan, Pakistan.

Gender-based violence (GBV) has proven globally persistent, despite the existence of protective laws in most countries. GBV victims are frequently socially or economically reliant on their abusers and thus in a poor position to avail themselves of legal protections. Further, police investigators, prosecutors, and members of the judiciary frequently fail to believe claims of GBV, consider such GBV normal and acceptable, or engage in victim-blaming. GBV survivors frequently discover that seeking redress through the courts entails sizable social and economic costs, but accomplishes little more than increasing their vulnerability to future violence.   

During this project Legis will seek to increase community awareness of GBV, and to develop community-based mechanisms for addressing GBV in a manner that will reduce the future vulnerability of GBV survivors and will address the ideologies that condone and accept GBV. 

Legis will help villagers to adapt community-based alternative dispute resolution systems so that they can be used effectively in GBV cases, and will identify strategies for monitoring, and holding parties accountable for complying with, ADR-derived solutions.

Building Broad-Based Coalitions In Support of Women's Rights

On Sunday, April 26th, Legis's Lorna Seitz joined Congresswomen Judy Chu and Sheila Lee at the American Muslim Women's Empowerment Council Conference in Buena Park, CA. On a later panel, Seitz discussed strategies for reducing opposition to women’s rights through legislative problem-solving dialogues. 

Assembly Secretariat of Sindh Participates in Legis Course

Karachi – Legis was pleased to offer a Short Course on the Fundamentals of Legislative Problem-Solving, April 2-3, 2015.

We were honored by the participation of MPs and officers of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh.

ExCITE Board Votes to Support Legis's Tech Innovation

Riverside - The Board of Directors of Riverside ExCITE voted to support Legis’s development of a collaborative policy generation platform and e-courses. Legis's activities in these areas can democratize access to the policy-making and assessment processes, reduce the time required to draft an effectively implementable law, and enable us to overcome barriers to developing socially beneficial laws.

ExCITE’s support will accelerate Legis’s rate of technological innovation, facilitating our efforts to: 

• expand access to effective strategies for legislative assessment and policy formulation beyond members of the existing policy elite (experts), to a broader range of stakeholders who are likely to be affected by the new policies/laws and groups desirous of participating in policy-making processes;

• provide policy-makers with access to more information about the nature and causes of problems that they are addressing, so as to strengthen the evidentiary basis of their proposals and decisions;

• increase the accountability of elected representatives for acting in the public interest by increasing the transparency of the law-making process to voters; and

• logically organize distributive inputs, and generate research reports that justify, elucidate the probable costs and benefits of, and predict implementation problems related to, proposed legislative provisions.

Legis Invited to Offer National Course for Pakistan's Parliament

Islamabad - Legis is pleased to announce its work with Pakistan's PIPS to offer the National Long Course on Legislative Drafting and Assessing a Finance Act, March 16-28, 2015.

We were honored by the participation of MPs and officers of the National Assembly and Senate, along with members of the four provincial Assemblies and the legislative assemblies of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

Legis Offers Course on Legislative Problem-Solving

Peshawar - Legis was honored to offer a Short Course on the Fundamentals of Legislative Problem-Solving for officers of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, March 12-13, 2015.