Annual conference


The main event of the Irish Association of Law Teachers is an annual conferencing bringing together our members to discuss the issues facing Irish legal scholars and scholarship in both teaching and research. It is a weekend event including panel discussions and paper presentations, a plenary session and a gala dinner.  The Association’s annual general meeting also takes place at the conference.


2019 saw the marking of the 40th anniversary of the Irish Association of Law Teachers with a successful annual conference, hosted by the Strand Hotel in Limerick. The theme of the conference was Beyond Borders: Collegiality and Collaboration in Law, which was the focus of the panel discussion featuring Professor Aoife O’Donoghue of Durham University, Professor Tobias Lock of Maynooth University and Dr Catherine O’Rouke of the University of Ulster. Honoury Membership was awarded to Judith Eve in light of her contribution to the life of the Association, including as President for 1988-1989, to legal scholarship and public service. The Kevin Boyle Book Prize was awarded to Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden for her exceptional book entitled Children as Risk: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Children and Young People (CUP 2018).

We would like to thank Deirdre McGowan, the 2019 Association President for all her hard work in making the Limerick 2019 Conference such a success.

Details for the 2020 conference, to be held in November 2020 will be announced shortly.


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IALT Seminar Series 2020-2021

Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, the IALT Annual Conference for 2020 could not take place. Instead, the Association is running an online Seminar Series dealing with various aspects of legal scholarship in Ireland today. Below you will find information on past and future seminars.   The series is available to members of the association.…

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Kevin Boyle Biography Published

‘Are you with me?’, Mike Chinoy’s new biography on Kevin Boyle and his contribution to justice in Northern Ireland and around the world, has just been published by The Lilliput Press. As members will be aware, Kevin Boyle was instrumental in the establishment of the Association in 1979 and served as President on a number…

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Spring Discourse Cancelled

It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the Spring Discourse for 2020. The Discourse, a conversation between Senator David Norris and Miriam O’Callaghan, was due to be held in TU Dublin on 22 April 2020. In light of the extension of University closures and the ongoing nature of the Covid-19 crisis we…

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Call for Papers – Annual Conference 2019

The Call for Papers for the Annual Conference of the IALT 2019 has been launched. The Conference will be held at the Strand Hotel in Limerick on 22-24 November 2019. Submissions are especially welcome on the conference theme,  Beyond Borders: Collegiality and Collaboration in Law and we encourage the submission of panels. Looking forward to seeing you…

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2019 Spring Discourse photos available

A selection of photos from the 2019 Spring Discourse held in the Kings Inns last April are available here. 

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