Michael Sayers

Michael Sayers | England

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Michael Sayers, a barrister, was educated at Oxford University. He has mainly worked in the public sector, often on improving the law. He was the Chief Executive of the Law Commission (the official law reform body for England and Wales) for ten years until his retirement.

His work has since concentrated on capacity building for law reform. He has acted as a law reform consultant for the Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency and the European Development Fund, among others.

He has worked as a consultant for law reformers and Governments and as a training course leader at international, regional and in-country events. He has worked in a variety of countries, for example, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brunei, Chile, Malawi, Malaysia and Uganda.

He is the Director of Studies for the first international training course in law reform methodology, taking place annually since 2008.

He has also co-organised law reform international conferences in, for example, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Trinidad. He co-founded the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies (CALRAs) in 2004, is its first General Secretary and has represented CALRAs at Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Meetings since 2005.