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The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education and European Network of Clinical Legal Education Conference 2020 in Collaboration with the Law Society of Ireland


Law Society of Ireland


 The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education and European Network of Clinical Legal Education

Conference 2020 in Collaboration with the Law Society of Ireland Law Society of Ireland


13-15th July 2020

Can Clinic Change the World?

Investigating the Impact of Clinic

Covid-19 Update 24th March 2020

Dear Fellow Clinicians

Sadly we have to cancel our IJCLE/ENCLE conference.  We will now work to provide an opportunity for all to share your thoughts and work online and we will send some plans for that over the next couple of weeks.  For this reason, we will leave the portal open for submissions of papers until 27th March. 

This has not been an easy decision but in light of the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19, there is too much uncertainty regarding how the situation will develop for each participants’ country along with uncertainty for the principal hosts: Northumbria in the UK and the Law Society of Ireland in Ireland. Even if it were to become logistically possible to run the conference in Dublin, were we to continue with the conference, many delegates, especially those with underlying health conditions, or with family members, or caring responsibilities for others, who are particularly at risk of complications from COVID-19 would understandably choose not to attend so we are confident cancelling the conference is the right thing to do. We were also concerned that the visa situation would be very uncertain for delegates requiring visas.

Delegates who have already registered will be entitled to a refund of the conference fee. Northumbria University will process the refund and the delegate will be notified when this has been completed. There is no need for a delegate to contact us in this regard. Due to the large number of refunds that will need to be processed, we are unable to provide an exact date by which the refund will be processed but will do this as soon as possible.  As previously indicated, we are not able to meet any lost travel, accommodation and other costs and expenses. We encourage delegates who have already paid for such costs to investigate the options (including insurance).

Should you have any queries relating to these issues please contact

We are sorry to have to write to you in this way but wish you, your loved ones and your communities well in this difficult period.

Best wishes

Jonny Hall on behalf of IJCLE and ENCLE


In this year’s conference, we will ask ourselves whether and in what ways clinics can bring about transformational change


  • The Climate Emergency: what role can Clinical Legal Education play? Including a half day pre-conference workshop for academics and students - Further Information
  • Mechanisms for transformation in clinic: curriculum design, experience, feedback and assessment
  • The role of technology in transformational learning and service
  • Transforming society: Access to Justice, the impact of clinical work on clients, communities, students and the profession
  • Interdisciplinary and community partnership: who is being transformed and by whom?
  • New frontiers for Clinical Education: innovations of site and practice

Taking part

Presentations at IJCLE can take one of three formats, each with its own structure and proposal application form:

  • Short presentations

These short presentations are timed and rely on strong visuals. The presentations consist of 20 slides timed to change every 20 seconds, so each presentation lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Each presenter in the session will be assigned a 10 minute slot to allow for a question to be posed. We anticipate that short presentations will consist of short introductions to new work, methodological innovations or insights from the field.

  • Paper presentation

These will be in traditional conference paper format with a twenty minute presentation followed by questions. Please indicate which conference theme(s) your paper addresses to aid the programming team.

  • Interactive seminar

These sessions will be 45 minutes long and will involve active participation from the audience as well as input from the presenters and will be designed to generate discussion and new learning for the participants and convenors.

Proposal Submission Form

Session proposals should be submitted online using this link.

Key Dates

  • Call for Papers opens: 18th November 2019
  • Deadline for submission of papers: 27th March 2020
  • Acceptance of papers on a rolling basis with final acceptance no later than: 20th March 2020
  • Conference Registrations, Hotel Options, Requests for Invitations for Visa Purposes Opens:
    31st January 2020
  • Early Bird Registration Closes: 10th April 2020
  • Registrations Close: 5th June 2020


Registration is now open

  • Early bird conference (without conference dinner) £170 – closes 10th April 2020
  • Early bird conference with conference dinner £235 – closes 10th April 2020
  • Normal conference (without conference dinner) £200 closes 5th June
  • Normal conference (with conference dinner) £265 closes 5th June
  • Conference dinner only (for guests of delegates who are not attending the conference) £65 closes 5th June
  • Student attendance on 12th and 13th July only £28 – closes 5th June 


The Conference cannot contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office abroad on your behalf so please begin your visa application process as soon as you determine that you want to attend ENCLE – IJCLE 2020 Conference. In order to do this you will require an invitation letter from us.  Please provide as much information as possible to avoid delays in receiving your letter. You must register and pay for the conference before requesting an invitation letter. Click here to request a Visa letter.

Note that the Irish authorities advise that processing visa applications can take up to 8 weeks and so you should request your invitation letter from us well in advance of applying for a visa and in time for the Irish authorities to process your application. Full information on visas for Ireland is available here.

Fee Waivers

Persons who cannot pay the conference fee can request a fee waiver. The fee waiver entitles the person to free attendance at the conference. We regret we are unable to grant a waiver for the conference dinner cost.


  • Please keep in mind that ENCLE/IJCLE make a lot of efforts in order to provide those, who are not able to attend our conferences otherwise, with financial support. We therefore would ask you to apply to the fee waiver ONLY in such a situation.


If you wish to request a fee waiver, you may send an email to the following email address: Please include the following information:

  • Email address,
  • Family Name/Given Name,
  • Organisation/Affiliation
  • Please provide (1) reasons, why you would need a fee waiver to attend the Conference and (2) explain, how will your participation in the IJCLE/ENCLE conference promote clinical legal education in your institution or country? 

The ENCLE/IJCLE Fee Waiver Committee will verify your request and will propose a decision to ENCLE/IJCLE.


Applications for fee waivers and grants are reviewed by ENCLE/IJCLE’s Fee Waiver Committee, which will apply the criteria listed below:

  • All applicants must have shown a commitment to Clinical Legal Education/Justice Education or have engaged in other activities consistent with the goals of ENCLE/IJCLE (see for example ENCLE’s goals:
  • Applicants for fee waivers are not required to be presenting at a conference session or being actively involved in the organization of the conference. Nevertheless, actively involved persons will be given preference.
  • The availability to receive a fee waiver will depend on the applicant’s capacity to pay the fee from personal resources and funds available from sponsors. Applicants MUST therefore provide comprehensive reasons on why he/she cannot afford to pay the conference fee.
  • The following criteria will also be considered:
    • The geographical spread of applicants. The Committee will aim to include as many applicants from different countries as possible. This may result in some applicants not receiving a fee waiver if there are multiple applications from one location.
    • The gender of the applicant, as ENCLE/IJCLE endeavors to ensure regional representation of all genders at the conference.
    • Representatives of new and emerging clinical programs, as ENCLE/IJCLE values the opportunity to assist those locations and countries where new clinical legal education programmes emerge.

Information: for further information, please write to


We are not currently able to offer conference packages. There is a wide range of accommodation available in Dublin. There is a good selection of hotels in Dublin to suit most budgets, early booking is advised. Examples of options include:

  • Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, Dublin, Ireland – hostel accommodation with some private rooms available. 4-minute walk from the conference venue
  • Travel Lodge, Navan Road, Dublin – budget-mid range hotel accommodation. 15-minute bus journey from the conference venue
  • The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate St, Arran Quay, Dublin - budget hotel, 8-minutes walk from the conference venue
  • The Maldron Hotel, Smithfield, Dublin - mid-range hotel, 5-minute walk from the conference venue

We have secured a preferential rate at The Maldron Hotel, Smithfield, Dublin - visit their website at and use Promo Code INTJ100720

Optional Activities

The conference dinner will take place at the Law Society of Ireland on the night of Tuesday 14th July.  It is possible to pay to attend the conference only or to pay a fee that includes the dinner. Please note that the capacity for the dinner is 180 delegates.  Further optional activities will be announced shortly.

Publishing Your Paper

The IJCLE conference will provide copies of all abstracts and submitted papers to delegates attending the conference on the internal webpages for the conference.  The conference will not be externally publishing papers presented at the conference but we do encourage delegates to publish their paper in the IJCLE journal following presentation at the conference.  Acceptance of the presentation at the conference does not constitute acceptance for publication in the Journal.  Information about submitting to the IJCLE can be found here.

The journal is open access and we encourage all clinical colleagues to sign up to the journal.

Practical Information 

  • Further details about the Law Society of Ireland, including address information and city maps can be found here
  • Information on flying to Dublin and airport transfers to the city can be found here.
  • Information on taking the ferry to Dublin can be found here
  • Further tourist information about the city and sites can be found here.

Contact Details

For any queries please contact the conference organiser.




Event Details

Law Society of Ireland
Blackhall Place
Dublin 7
D07 VY24


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