Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues of FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

September 18 - 20, 2013

Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

This conference is a three-day juried hearing of evidence and scientific findings that allows for the engagement and collaboration of citizens and decision makers in government and the justice system in addressing a specific set of key questions on legal issues related to FASD.

Hon. Ian Binnie, C.C., Q.C.
The Honourable Ian Binnie, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, will serve as Jury Chair for this first-ever Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues of FASD. He will lead a panel of 12-14 distinguished citizens who will hear evidence from experts over 3 days in front of an audience of over 300. Following the hearings, the jury will consider the evidence and develop recommendations, including suggestions of policy improvements, in a consensus statement. On the morning of the third day, the consensus statement is read aloud by the jury chair for consideration and discussion by the experts and audience. After clarification and elaboration, the statement is printed and widely disseminated to people interested in the subject.

Read Ian Binnie's Full Biography.

Questions to be addressed at this conference:

1. What are the implications of FASD for the legal system?

2. Is there a need for enhanced efforts to identify people with FASD, and how can these efforts be achieved?

3. How can the criminal justice system respond more effectively to those with FASD?

4. How can family courts and the family/child welfare legal system address the specific needs of people with FASD?

5. What are the best practices for guardianship, trusteeship and social support in a legal context?

6. What legal measures are there in different jurisdictions to contribute to the prevention of FASD, and what are the ethical and economic implications of these measures?

Participants attending this conference are also welcome to register for the First International Conference on Prevention of FASD, which will take place in Edmonton on September 23-25, 2013.