Annual Meeting Committee

The Annual Meeting Committee received and reviewed proposals from nearly a dozen member schools offering to host an annual meeting between 2014 and 2017.  The Committee has chosen Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, as the host for the 2014 Annual Meeting, to take place from October 16-18, 2014.  The Committee will be working with UBC in the coming months to plan the meeting.  The Committee has decided to defer decision on the proposals for the years after 2014 for the present.  In the meantime, any member that has not submitted a proposal for the successive years, and are interested in hosting a meeting, are urged to do so.  We would like to thank those schools that have already submitted proposals for 2015 to 2017.

Committee Members: Chair-Barbara Holden-Smith, Nguyen N. Dien, Paramjit S. Jaswal, Robert Klonoff, Ashok R. Patil, Paul Rishworth, Colin Scott  

Collaborative Research Committee

The collaborative research by faculties from various member schools may be undertaken on the following subject areas in the first phase to identify the commonalities of legal principles and provisions towards the process of universalization of jurisdictions among different countries. IALS will select one faculty from each country to identify the assigned legal provisions which may be characterized as commonality and as part of internationalization of legal process and principles. In the first phase we may broadly divide the subjects.

Committee Members: Chair-N.K. Chakrabarti, Bimal N. Patel, Erika Techera, Qingjiang Kong, Richard Carlson, Samb Moussa

Faculty Innovative Curriculum Awards Committee

The Charter for the Committee proclaims its purpose as to support innovative teaching methods among faculty of member schools. This should be broadly interpreted to include reports of curriculum reform, developments in relation to examination, assessment and feedback, new approaches to learning law, etc. Part of the Committee’s responsibilities is to incentivize innovation through the provision of awards. The committee will create a timeline for awards to be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting.

Committee Members: Chair-Norma Martin Clement, Adam Dubin, Cynthia L. Fountaine, David Bamford, Kim Dayton, Marie-Luce Paris, Melissa Njoroge, Wasis Susetio

Journal of International Legal Education Committee

The Committee met via teleconference on December 3, 2013 to consider revisions to its draft charter and terms of reference. The Committee also reviewed options for establishing a high quality, peer reviewed, and electronic journal. The Committee is pleased to announce that the IALS will establish the International Journal of Legal Education in conjunction with one or more partner law schools that will “host” the journal on a rotating basis with the assistance of distinguished faculty editors. The Committee is developing a Request for Proposals that will be circulated to IALS members. Responses to the RFP will be due by April 1, 2014. Please contact the IALS if you have any questions or would like to receive a copy of the RFP.

Committee Members:Chair-Mary Anne Bobinski, Aalt Willem Heringa, Francis Wang, Luis G Franceschi, Obeng Mireku, Rocque Reynolds, Shashikala Gurpur, Tanel Kerikmäe, Taslima Monsoor

Student Engagement Committee

The goal of the Student Engagement Committee is to get students interested in global issues and writing projects. The committee will pick four winners from each of the IALS regions. These winners will be invited to IALS meeting to interact with each other and member schools. The Committee will encourage co-authorship of papers by students from different law faculties, even across regions. The learning outcomes of the program are to encourage research skills, legal reasoning and writing. The topics will be of an international issue or of a cross-border nature; there may be a law reform component as well. Communication skills are important outcomes of legal education. The current program focuses on the development of writing skills in English, which for many students may be a second language. In the future there may be an oral component such as in a moot court type competition or online submission. The focus should be on persuasion. Students should get excited about the global dimension of law, and recognize that although laws are local, there may be a broader impact or influence. Students should reflect on their own role in the legal community, and the winners will be able to attend conferences, interact, reflect and bring ideas back to their home institutions. This program reward perseverance and engaging in co-curricular activity which goes beyond the compulsory requirements of a law school course. The Student Engagement Awards will help build the future mindsets of students, who will be the global future of the law.

Committee Members: Chair-Nora V. Demleitner, Chih-hsiung Chen, Chris Gale, Laura Pineschi, Thiago Bottino, William MacNeil

Visiting Professor Committee

The IALS’ Visiting Professor Committee serves to facilitate the exchange of legal scholars among our members. State that the Committee has been appointed with a 3 year term to fulfill this function. It is hoped that initially the program will encourage exchanges between developed and developing country institutions. The Committee has responsibility for providing a structure, supervision and coordination of the Association’s Visiting Professor’s Program, as well as for the issuance of public announcements concerning the Program. Its tasks are: 1) to encourage expressions of interest from host schools interested in hosting a faculty member from another member school to teach, pursue a research project, participate in workshops and conferences, and/or present papers to the host faculty on the visiting scholar’s field of research; 2) to develop a template for hosts and visitors to easily identify appropriate positions; 3) to assess and recommend appropriate candidates to the host school; 4) to make recommendation to the IALS’ President and to the General Secretary on the allocation of IALS’ funding determined by the Committee for the Program.

Committee Members: Chair-Nerina Boschiero, Aishah Bidin, Brad Morse, Edita Gruodyte, Joy Ngozi Ezelio, Shubhankar Dam, Somu C S, Valentina Smorgunova