Ontario Law Union Annual Conference

Mark it in your calendars: This year’s Annual Conference will be taking place on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 2015! The Friday evening program will take place at Friends House (60 Lowther, Toronto, ON) and the all-day program on Saturday  will take place at Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould Street, Toronto, ON). The Law Union of Ontario’s Annual Conference brings progressive legal and activist communities together to discuss an exciting and challenging series of pressing issues. More information coming soon.

Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 4th Annual Conference

Developing Democracy

Conversations on Democratic Governance in International, European and Comparative Law


Conference Programme

  • A keynote address by Dame Rosalyn Higgins, DBE, QC, former President of the International Court of Justice (Friday, 8 May 2015);
  • A keynote address by Christopher Vajda, QC, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union (Saturday, 9 May 2015);
  • A drinks reception at the St John’s College Divinity School (Friday, 8 May 2015);
  • A three-course conference dinner in the beautiful college hall of Clare College with an after-dinner speech by Professor James Crawford, AC, SC, Judge of the International Court of Justice (Saturday, 9 May 2015);
  • More than 35 presentations in 10 different panels.

Click here to download information on the various conference panels.

Conference Time and Location

The conference will be held from Friday, 8 May 2015, 9.00 am to Saturday, 9 May 2015, 6.30 pm. Registration and all conference sessions will take place at the Divinity School, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, All Saints’ Passage/St John’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TP, located directly opposite St John’s College in the centre of Cambridge.


Delegates are encouraged to register online. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended.

2015 Equal Justice Conference

The Equal Justice Conference brings together all components of the legal community to discuss equal justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the poor and low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.

The emphasis of this Conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the civil justice system. Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the Conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees.

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference

The conference brings scholars together to discuss their works-in-progress concerning freedom of speech, expression, press, association, petition, assembly, and related issues of knowledge and information policy.

The conference offers participants an opportunity to receive substantive feedback through group discussion. Each accepted paper will be assigned a discussant, who will lead discussion and provide feedback to the author. Participants will be expected to read papers in advance, and to attend the entire conference.

Participation in the conference is by invitation only, but we welcome paper submissions and applications to participate as discussant from a wide range of scholars.  Titles and abstracts of papers should be submitted electronically to jonathan.manes@yale.edu (link sends e-mail) no later than February 20, 2015.  Those interested in participating as discussants or participants without submitting a paper should also contact jonathan.manes@yale.edu (link sends e-mail) by February 20, 2015.

Workshop versions of accepted papers will be due on April 3, 2014 so that they can be circulated to discussants and conference participants in advance.

Please feel free to be in touch with Jonathan Manes (link sends e-mail) or Colin Agur (link sends e-mail) with any questions or concerns.

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ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting

The early bird deadline for the ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting expires March 16, 2015.


The 2015 Spring Meeting will be held in the beautiful and historic city of Washington, DC from April 28 – May 2, 2015. Join over 1,200 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers for four days of networking and programming on the latest international legal and ethics issues. On Tuesday, you can also attend a special workshop at the Law Library of Congress.


The 2015 Spring Meeting will offer you:

  • Cutting edge programming and an entire year’s worth of CLE including nearly 70 substantive concurrent panel sessions that will cover themes including: Business, Disputes, Energy/Environment, Intellectual Property, Law Practice and Human Rights.
  • Opportunities to learn from top legal experts and hear from world class speakers including:  Bill Browder, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Hermitage Capital Management; International Court of Justice Judge Joan Donoghue; and United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
  • Networking opportunities with thought leaders and experts, policy makers, key international enforcers, decision makers and international leaders in the law.

Save on your registration by taking advantage of early bird rates before March 16th! Registration rates are further discounted for young lawyers (35 years and under), full time government and NGO employees, academics, law students, corporate counsel, solo / small practice and retired attorneys, and members of the ABA Section of International Law and cooperating entities (like the American Branch of the International Law Association, for example).

Institute for Law and Philosophy Conference on Global Justice and Global Trade

Date and Time:

Friday, April 24, 2015 – Saturday, April 25, 2015


Warren Hall Faculty Reading Room


Do principles of social justice that apply within each country also apply among nations on a global scale? If so, what are these principles? If not, what special principles of justice apply to nation states in their dealings with each other and to individuals around the globe just in virtue of their common humanity? Recent writings on justice have generated a rich, impressive and somewhat chaotic array of answers to these questions. This conference aims to explore these issues with a focus on economic trade. What is fair trade? What do individuals and countries engaged in global trade owe one another? Can we develop a plausible characterization of a just global economic order? Or are these questions misplaced or misguided? How should we frame the inquiry?

Confirmed Participants:

  • Aaron James, University of California, Irvine
  • Fernando Teson, Florida State University
  • Helen De Bres, Wellesley College
  • Horacio Spector, USD School of Law
  • Mathias Risse, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Thomas Christiano, University of Arizona

ABA Tech Show

ABA TECHSHOW 2015 Conference and EXPO, which brings together lawyers, legal professionals and technology experts for three days to learn about the most useful and practical technologies available for the legal profession, will be held April 16-18 at the Hilton Chicago.

In addition to educational sessions designed to help legal professionals understand how to get work done more efficiently, saving time and money, the EXPO will showcase the latest services, software and hardware designed specifically for practicing lawyers.
Keynote presenters will be author Nick Carr, along with consultant and former in-house counsel Casey Flaherty and law professor Andrew Perlman.

Carr, who writes about technology and culture, will be the luncheon speaker on Friday, April 17, from 12:45-1:45 p.m. In addition to being a best-selling author, Carr has written for such publications as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His latest book, “The Glass Cage: Automation and Us,” offers a rare and necessary look at the intersection of the machine and humanity.

Flaherty and Perlman will lead a Saturday morning (8:30-9:30) plenary panel titled, I’m a Lawyer, Not a Techie! Examining the 21st Century Lawyer’s Evolving Ethical Duty of Competence,” in which they will discuss how much of today’s technology you really need to know from a practical and ethical standpoint. Casey was in-house counsel for Kia Motors America and is the creator of the Legal Technology Audit. Perlman is a professor at Suffolk University Law School and the director of the Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation there. They will also talk about how and why it was important for the Commission on Ethics 20/20 to include a requirement for technology.

Another highlight of ABA TECHSHOW will be the presentation of the James I. Keane Memorial Award to the law firm of Houghton Vandenack Williams of Omaha, Neb., for excellence in eLawyering. The award will presented to Mary Vandenack and Mark Williams during a luncheon on Thursday, April 16. The State of Legal Technology presentation will also take place during the luncheon, highlighting the major statistics of legal technology from the past year.

A complete agenda can be found online.

Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015

On 16-17 April 2015 the Netherlands will host the fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) in The Hague. Representatives from governments, private sector and civil society will gather in order to promote practical cooperation in cyberspace, to enhance cyber capacity building, and to discuss norms for responsible behavior in cyberspace.

Access to Justice and the Rule of Law: The Next 25 Years

Access to justice requires the existence of independent, accountable, and functional justice institutions that are capable of serving citizens’ justice needs in a fair, effective, and efficient manner. Yet, courts and other justice sector institutions throughout the world face common challenges, such as insufficient professionalism and integrity, inadequate resources, overwhelming backlogs and delays, unwillingness to embrace a service-oriented role, and the resulting lack of public trust in the formal system. This panel will explore various top-down approaches to creating, reforming, and strengthening the capacity of judiciary and other rule of law institutions. What does it take to put in place a framework that ensures a steady supply of justice services to adequately meet the society’s growing demand for justice? What innovations have been tried in the past, how have they fared, what were the factors driving their success or failure, and what other measures might be tried in the future? How can leaders in government, civil society, and the donor community effectively draw upon their knowledge and experience, so that the most effective justice delivery models can be institutionalized and standardized worldwide?

The New Normal in Election and Political Law

The New Normal in Election and Political Law conference will bring together academics, advocates, and strategists from across the political spectrum to discuss the state of political and electoral legal practice, with an eye to generating new ideas for research and advocacy. The event, which is sponsored by the Yale Law & Policy Review and Yale Law Political Society, will be held on April 11, 2015.

“This is a unique opportunity to foster better engagement between those who study elections and some of the top political lawyers and campaign finance experts in the nation,” said Ann M. Ravel, Chair of the Federal Election Commission and the conference’s keynote speaker. “It’s important for people to understand the new political landscape and its implications for our democracy.”

The Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, and Shelby County v. Holder have reshaped campaign finance and voting rights law. These changes are expected to have significant, long-term effects on electoral politics. Yet most analyses have focused on these decisions’ individual impacts rather than their collective consequences on the political system, according to the conference organizers.

“We are asking people from all perspectives to sit together and confront today’s toughest questions,” said conference organizer Alexander Holtzman ‘16. “Election law is changing how today’s campaigns are run. This is our chance to talk about what we want from our elections and the laws that govern them.”

The conference will feature panels on political parties, election design, ballot access and voter identification requirements, campaign finance disclosure, and the role for election law in political campaigns. Participants include Joseph Fishkin ’07, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Texas; Heather Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law; Dale Ho ’05, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project; and Robert Post ‘77, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law.

For more information, visit the conference’s website.