• Global Law Deans’ Forum

    18-20 September 2019

  • IALS Annual Meeting

    20-22 September 2019

The International Association of Law Schools 2019 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Law in Gdańsk, Poland.

18-20 SEPTEMBER 2019

Global Law Deans’ Forum

The International Association of Law Schools (IALS) occur every other year, in which law school leaders from around the world meet to exchange ideas in regards to the region they teach. With these efforts IALS are able to define goals and strategies for global legal education informed by the mission and experiences of all our members. The forums are open to both member and non-member Deans and Associate Deans (active and emeritus) from law schools and departments from each region. The Global Deans’ Forum presents an opportunity for deans and heads of law faculties from around the world to meet and share experiences with their counterparts. A series of panels will address key topics of interest and concern for deans operating in a globalized academic environment and training graduates for a globalized profession.

The first Forum was organized by the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (NUS Law) in Singapore (25-27 September 2013). The second 2015 Global Law Deans’ Forum entitled: A Study of Global Evaluative Processes for Legal Education and Scholarship took place at the Instituto Empresa Law School in Madrid (25-27 October 2015). 2017 Global Law Deans’ Forum was hosted by the Symbiosis Law School in Pune, India (8 and 9 November 2017). In 2019 there is time for the University of Gdańsk and its Faculty of Law and Administration.

20-22 SEPTEMBER 2019

IALS Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is IALS biggest event where everyone from each region around the world comes together once a year to learn from each other, is followed with the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from doctrinal study groups. Within the Annual Meeting plenary session speakers present innovative approaches and thought-provoking papers, which help advance legal education globally. The Annual Meeting is open to all member and non-member law faculty members, students, professionals, judges and other law organizations. The Association is engaged in a multiyear endeavor to set standards for a global legal education.

The International Association of Law Schools (IALS) has organized its Annual Meeting every year since 2007 (Suzhou 2007, Montreal 2008, Canberra 2009, Milan 2010, Buenos Aires 2011, Mysore 2013, Segovia 2015, San Francisco 2016, Pune 2017 and Doha 2018). The main subject of IALS meetings is exploration of the principles and specific strategies on improving legal education globally. The theme of the last meeting in Quatar: “From Imitation to Innovation” stemmed from the realization by an overwhelming majority of meeting members that legal education is at a crossroads.













Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk

The University of Gdańsk was founded on 20 March 1970. The Faculty of Law and Administration offers education in the field of Law, Administration, Criminology, European and International Business Law and EU Administration, Taxes and Tax Consulting. The Faculty of Law and Administration also offers a four-year program of third cycle (PhD program) in the field of law to holders of Master studies’ diploma.

It also offers numerous post-graduate studies.



About IALS

The International Association of Law Schools (IALS) is a private, non-political, non-profit, volunteer, collaborative, service organization. It is an association representing more than 155 law schools and departments from over 55 countries representing more than 4,500 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.



Conference agenda

The meeting begins with a welcome dinner on September 18, followed by a full meeting day on Saturday, September 21, and a final half meeting day on Sunday, September 22. An optional cultural tour will be arranged in the afternoon of September 22 for interested attendees.



Global Law Deans’ Forum
General orientation, registration and check-in in your accommodation. Each participant will receive a guide, a printed agenda and conference materials. In the evening participants will be welcomed by official dinner in city centre of Old Town in Gdańsk.



IALS Annual Meeting
First half of the Conference will be concluded by international workshops and coworking sessions. In the afternoon, optional cultural tour will be arranged that will include a tour to European Solidarity Centre and the Westerplatte Peninsula.

City of Freedom



A thousand years of history and picturesque seaside location makes Gdańsk considered one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and in Europe. Located in the north of Poland, at the Baltic Sea coast, at the Motława and the Vistula river estuary and the Bay of Gdańsk, it is a lively cultural, scientific and economic centre with a large commercial port – an important point of marine industry. It is popular with tourists, both from Poland and abroad, who are curious about the city’s history and explore its monuments, absorbing its marine nature. Gdańsk is the city of freedom, where the ideas of Polish companionship and solidarity were born.



Sopot is a seaside resort city in Eastern Pomerania, on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, with a population of approximately 40,000. It is a major health-spa and tourist resort destination. It has the longest wooden pier in Europe, 515.5 metres, stretching out into the Bay of Gdańsk. The city is also famous for its Sopot International Song Festival, the largest such event in Europe after the Eurovision Song Contest.


Established in 1926, Gdynia is a young, but quickly expanding port, offering many tourist attractions, as well as splendid commercial opportunities and entertainment options. Its diversified and unusual location enables you to come across great views of the sea, long promenades, beautiful waterfronts, marinas and yacht clubs, gems of modernist architecture and other unique places.


Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information regarding IALS Congress, accommodation or our University.

The Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk

ul. Jana Bażyńskiego 6,
80-309 Gdańsk