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Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference 2016

Promoting Collaboration

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Call for Papers and Posters

Proposals are invited for papers to be delivered at the Association of Law Teachers' 51st Annual Conference which will take place from 20th-22nd March 2016 at the School of Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Conference Themes
The overall theme of the conference is Promoting Collaboration. It will examine the ways in which legal educators and trainers can work together and will explore collaborative links between legal education and the legal profession, law students, other professions and the community (amongst others). The conference will be organised around a series of streams which will include, but are not restricted to:

1. Collaboration with the legal profession and providers of legal services
2. Interdisciplinary, international or non-legal professional collaborations
3. Collaboration with the community (recipients of legal services) or students (recipients of legal education)
4. Facilitating collaboration through technology
5. Sharing good practice in legal education and training and collaborative research projects

It is intended that the sessions will include individual papers or group presentations, interactive workshops or discussion forums based on the conference themes. Proposals are particularly welcome from community or professional partners and PhD students and researchers.

Submission of Abstracts for Papers and Workshops

Individual or group papers will be scheduled to take place in a 20 minute time slot with 5 minutes for questions.

Interactive sessions (workshops or discussion forums) will be scheduled to take place in a 50 minute time slot.

Abstracts are required for all contributions and should be submitted using the conference submission form and should contain:

  • The title of the session 
  • The names of those attending the conference to present the paper
  • Lead presenter (who is willing to act as the contact person for group papers) and contact details
  • The institution or organisation you are from (if any)
  • Which of the streams (above) the session relates to or if none how it relates to the conference theme
  • Which type of session you will be presenting ( group/ individual paper or interactive session) so that it can be timetabled appropriately
  • Any IT requirements
  • If you are intending to deliver an interactive session a brief indication of the structure of the session and any facilities required or special layout
  • An abstract of no more than 500 words which should provide a short description of the topic of the proposed session and the arguments put forward or to be explored in the session. In addition the abstract must contain a summary of any research the proposer has conducted in establishing the basis for their argument and the development of the topic against the background of the existing discourse and theory , where appropriate
  • Details of any day or time during the conference that you would not be able to present your paper
  • Whether you wish your paper to be entered into the Stan Marsh competition (see below)

All abstracts should be submitted by Tuesday 6th January 2016 using the submission form and emailed to 

All submissions will be peer reviewed by the Conference Stream Coordinators and acceptance decisions will be made and communicated to the lead presenter in time for you to be able to book at the early bird booking rate. It will be assumed that you are able to present at any time during the conference unless you provide details of any restrictions on the day/ time you require. Please note it may not be possible to accommodate every request.

Poster Proposals

Poster proposals based on the conference themes are welcomed. Please submit a brief summary of your proposal setting out the title of the poster and an explanation of how the poster links to the conference themes in no more than 300 words. All summaries should be submitted by February 1st 2016. Posters should be laminated and ideally produced at A2 size although smaller posters can be accommodated . Please let us know the size of your poster so we can arrange sufficient poster boards. Posters of which we have no prior notice will not be displayed. You can see an example of a poster here – this won the Stan March Best Poster Prize in 2015

Applications to submit posters should be made to before 1st February 2016 and should be marked as posters proposals.

Stan Marsh Best Paper Prize/Stan Marsh Best Poster Prize

The Association of Law Teachers is delighted to announce that we will again be awarding prizes for the best paper and best poster presented at the conference. To be entered for the competition, please use the submission form to indicate that you would like your paper to be entered in the Stan Marsh prize. All posters will be considered for the poster prize. If your paper abstract is accepted for the conference and you wish to enter it for the prize, you will need to submit your full paper NO LATER THAN 4th March 2016. Posters will be judged by the panel during the conference on Sunday 20th March and Monday 21st March 2016 and do not need to be sent in advance.

The judging panel for both the best paper and the best poster will consist of members of the ALT Committee and they will judge the entries based on the following criteria.

For both posters and papers:

A strong educational message or finding which is:

  • Based on existing and/or developing pedagogical research
  • Linked to the conference themes (see above)
  • For papers only (as presented at the conference) 
  • Engagement of audience
  • Clear coverage as clarity of contract

For posters only

  • Eye-catching poster 
  • Appropriate use of poster format 
  • Clear coverage

The winners will be announced at the Annual Dinner on the evening of Monday 21st March. The prize for the best paper is £250 and the prize for the best poster is £100

For  further information or enquiries about the conference please contact:

Northumbria School of Law,
Northumbria University,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

Tel: +44 (0)191 243 7070

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