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The Irish Association of Law Teachers was established in 1979 with the objective of advancing legal education, legal research and the work and interests of law teachers on the island of Ireland.

The Association is managed by a Council. In the last number of years, the main task of the Council has been to run an Annual Conference, though in the past the Council has been involved in activities such as the publication of an Index to Irish Superior Court Written Judgments 1976-1982 and an Index to cases decided in the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and High Court, in which unreported judgments were available for circulation, 1966-1975.

Ordinary Membership is open to all teachers and researchers of law on the island of Ireland, though Associate Membership is also available to individuals based outside Ireland. The Association has representatives at all third level institutions in the country and maintains links between teachers and academics between these institutions. Message from President Welcome to the website of the Irish Association of Law Teachers.

The IALT is a distinctive organisation in Ireland in a number of respects. First, since its inception in 1979, it has been an all-island organisation bringing together legal academics and teachers of law from both of our jurisdictions. Second, it is committed to furthering excellence in legal education and research through conferences, research projects and acting as a collective voice for law teachers. The law teacher of today is very different from that of 1979. It has always been difficult to balance the dual pressures of producing outstanding works of scholarship and being an engaging, informative and inspiring teacher. Today these pressures are all the more present with budget cuts and increased administrative workloads. If you are a law teacher or are actively engaged in legal research, consider becoming a member of the IALT through the membership section on this website. If you have any thoughts on activities that you think the IALT should be engaging in, please let us know in the suggestion box. We hope to see you at a forthcoming IALT event

2018 Annual Conference Photos now available

A wonderful set of photos from the 2018 Annual Conference in Athlone are now available.   

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2019 Kevin Boyle Book Prize – Call for Nominations

We are delighted to announce the 2019 Kevin Boyle Book Prize for Legal Scholarship. All members of the association are eligible for nomination and books published in any field of legal scholarship will be considered. Further details and the nomination form are available here. 

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2019 Conference Dates announced

The 2019 Annual Conference of the Association will take place in Limerick this year. The conference will take place at the Strand Hotel, overlooking the Shannon over the weekend of 22 to 23 November 2019. Further details to follow.     

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2018-2019 Council Elected

A big thank you to all our members who made the trip to Athlone for what was a very successful weekend discussing issues of law teaching and meeting colleagues, old and new. A new council has been elected and is listed here and Deirdre McGowan was elected President of the Association for the year 2018-2019. We look…

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2018 Spring Discourse

IALT Spring Discourse 2018 On Tuesday 24 April 2018 the IALT held its first Spring event in many years when the Spring Discourse took place in the Moot Courtroom of the Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin. The Chief Justice, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, was in conversation with Miriam O’Callaghan about his life…

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