The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) carries out scholarly research, writing and analysis for law reform, collaborating with government and other entities, and providing materials and support for outreach and public information. The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL) carries out similar work focused on issues of interest to older adults.




About BCLI

Our History

The British Columbia Law Institute was created in January 1997 by incorporation under the Provincial Society Act. The broad purposes of the Institute, described in Article 2 of its Constitution, are to:

  • promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs,
  • promote improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law, and
  • promote and carry out scholarly legal research.

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