Annual Conference of the IALT, 2015 – Salthill Hotel, Galway 27-29 November 2015

Date: 28th July, 2015

Annual Conference of the IALT, 2015 – Salthill Hotel, Galway 27-29 November 2015

UPDATE: We are still accepting proposals for papers for the IALT conference, with an extended deadline of Monday 12th October 2015

The Irish Association of Law Teachers is delighted to announce that the IALT Conference 2015 will take place at the Salthill Hotel, Salthill, Galway, from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th of November 2015. Frequently called Ireland’s most Irish city, Galway is a coastal metropolis where culture and literature have long flourished.

As usual, the conference will have a strong academic tone, with a series of keynote and plenary sessions, alongside parallel sessions catering for a wide range of papers on discrete areas of law. The Annual Conference is also widely valued as an opportunity for social interaction, and this year will be no exception.

Conference Format

The conference will open with the awarding of the IALT Kevin Boyle Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship on Friday night. This will be followed by a buffet dinner. There will be an outing on Saturday afternoon to Ireland’s longest running Christmas Market, the Galway Continental Christmas Market in Eyre Square. This outing will be followed by the gala dinner (dress code: elegant/smart/Seasonal Jumper) on Saturday night. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking and establishing contacts with colleagues researching and teaching in other institutions in Ireland and abroad. Parallel panels of papers will feature on Saturday and Sunday mornings/early afternoon with a plenary session after lunch on Saturday. The AGM of the IALT will take place following lunch on Sunday.

Theme and Call for Papers

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Law Lecturer: Enhancing Academic Life’ to include discussions on a number of different topics relating to the changing role of the legal academic. The Council welcomes papers on any legal theme from IALT members and other academics and researchers. Participants are also encouraged to propose panels addressing specific themes in any area of law, and especially (though not exclusively) on the conference theme. A call for papers and posters has now been issued. Those interested in delivering a paper should contact Dr Charles O'Mahony at charles.omahony [at] Applicants should set out the title of their proposed paper (which may be provisional) and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Proposals for panels (of no more than 4 speakers) are strongly encouraged.  The deadline for offers of papers for the conference has been extended to Monday 12th October 2015.

Venue and Accommodation

The Salthill Hotel is a 5-minute drive from the centre of Galway City and a short walk from the heart of the lively and popular Salthill. The hotel is set against views of the Salthill Promenade. The 4 star Hotel offers spacious bedrooms, a new leisure facility and a fitness centre where you can swim laps in sunlit 18m and 25m indoor pools and relax afterwards with a choice of sauna, steam room or whirlpool. This comfortable, 4 star, modern hotel offers IALT delegates a very competitive accommodation rate of €85 per single occupancy bedroom per night and €110 per double or twin occupancy bedroom per night, including breakfast and access to the leisure facilities (excluding spa treatments). Delegates are advised to book early to avail of the discounted accommodation rate. Accommodation should be booked directly with the hotel. For further details see

Conference Fee and Booking Conference fees (to include attendance at the conference and all coffee breaks, lunches, dinners, receptions and a social outing but excluding accommodation) for the entire weekend are: 

For IALT members: €180 / £140 

Discounted Student rate: €120 / £95 (for postgraduate members)* 

For non-members: €250 / £200 (to get the members’ rate, you can simply join up to the IALT at

*’Postgraduate member’ for this purpose means a postgraduate research student who is a member of the IALT who is pursuing a research degree, excluding staff who are employed full-time in a teaching/research role. Please contact Charles O'Mahony for further details.

PhD Scholarship

2 scholarships are available for PhD students wishing to present a paper at the 2015 IALT Annual Conference. These scholarships will cover the cost of accommodation, reasonable travel costs within Ireland, and the conference fee of the successful applicants. Those interested in applying for this scholarship should contact Dr Charles O'Mahony at charles.omahony [at] Applicants should set out the title of their proposed paper, their institutional affiliation and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Applications should be received by 30 September 2015.


Delegates intending to attend the conference are asked to email charles.omahony [at] to confirm their attendance. If you have any special dietary requirements, please e-mail Charles O'Mahony with details. Payment for the conference may be made using the form below.


Cheques/bank drafts (demoninated in euros or sterling only, preferably euros) may also be sent to Dr Fergus Ryan, Department of Law, Maynooth University, Co. Kildare. Queries regarding payment should be sent to fergus.ryan [at]

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