We are very pleased that our through our four years of regional forums and two global forums we have been able to finalize the Madrid Protocol on the Principles of Evaluation of a Legal Education and the Singapore Declaration. It is only through such cooperative efforts that we are able to define principles, goals and strategies for a global legal education informed by the mission and experiences of all our members.
The International Association of Law Schools is a private, non-political, non-profit, volunteer, collaborative, service organization. It is an association representing more than 160 law schools and departments from over 55 countries representing more than 7,500 law faculty members. One of our primary missions is the improvement of law schools and conditions of legal education throughout the world. We have and will be introducing more programs to support the legal education community’s need to expand its global reach and understanding.
The idea for an international association of law schools emerged from several meetings of legal educators from around the world who recognized the growing inter-relationship of norms from transnational legal systems. The first such meeting was held in Florence, Italy in the year 2000, and consisted of 50 invited legal educators from twenty-seven countries. This meeting led to additional meetings of international legal educators, and during the May 2004 meeting in Hawaii, 130 legal educators from forty-seven different countries unanimously adopted a resolution to form the International Association of Law Schools. In May 2005 a select group of legal educators from fourteen different countries, representing all types of the world’s legal systems, gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, and agreed to the terms of a charter for the International Association of Law Schools. In October 2005, the IALS was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia in the United States of America