IALT Annual Conference 2014

7th November 2014

Annual Conference of the IALT, 2014 - Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, 7-9 November 2014

The IALT is delighted to announce  that the IALT Conference 2014 will take place at the Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny, from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November 2014. Kilkenny is a vibrant and historic city dating back to at least 1207. It is a popular tourist destination and the location of the splendid Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral. Kilkenny also boasts many other notable historic and cultural features.

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 a cultural outing on Saturday afternoon, followed by the gala dinner (dress code: elegant/smart) 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 Making an Impact: Can Legal Academics Make a Real Difference? The theme prompts participants to explore how our work – both in the classroom and outside – has or can have a meaningful and beneficial impact on the lives and careers of our students, on industry and the economy, on our environment, in communities and in society generally. In particular, the conference poses the question whether and to what extent academic endeavours can help forge meaningful and sustainable improvements for marginalised and underprivileged segments of society (in Ireland, in Europe, and across the globe).

As always, papers that address the theme of the conference are encouraged, but the Council also welcomes papers on any relevant legal theme from IALT members and other academics and researchers. Inter-disciplinary papers are also encouraged.

A call for papers and posters has now been issued. Those interested in delivering a paper or exhibiting a poster should contact Dr Fergus Ryan at fergus.ryan [at] nuim.ie, including a title (which may be provisional) and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Proposals for panels (of no more than 4 speakers) are also welcome. The provisional deadline for proposals for papers/panels is 30 September 2014.


Venue and Accommodation

The Newpark Hotel (which includes a swimming pool, health club and spa) is located a short distance from the centre of Kilkenny City. (It is 1.4 km by car from the train station, and 20 minutes by foot from the city centre). This comfortable, 4 star, modern hotel has offered a very competitive accommodation rate of €89 per single occupancy bedroom per night and €119 per double or twin occupancy bedroom per night, including breakfast and access to the leisure facilities (excluding spa treatments). Accommodation should be booked directly with the hotel. For further details see http://www.flynnhotels.com/Newpark_Hotel_Kilkenny


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 www.ialt.ie)

*’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 Fergus Ryan for further details.

2 scholarships are available for PhD students. Further details to follow.



Delegates intending to attend the conference are asked to email fergus.ryan@nuim.ie to confirm their attendance. If you have any special dietary requirements, please e-mail Fergus Ryan (fergus.ryan [at] nuim.ie with details. The paypal facility for paying for the conference should be operational soon.

Cheques/bank drafts (demoninated in euros or sterling only, preferrably euros) may also be sent to Mr Val Corbett, Head of the School of Law, Independent Colleges, 60-63 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Queries regarding payment should be sent to fergus.ryan [at] nuim.ie

Accommodation should be booked directly with the hotel itself.


Transport to Kilkenny

Kilkenny is easily accessible by train, bus, and car. It is approximately 1.5 hours from Dublin by car or train.

By train: Kilkenny is linked by train to Dublin and Waterford with regular services from both cities.

By Car: Kilkenny is 1h 30 mins from Dublin City, 3h 10 mins from Belfast, 2h 30 mins from Galway and 1h 50 mins from Cork

By Bus: Bus Éireann and JJ Kavanagh coaches provide a bus service from Dublin Airport to Kilkenny City


Further details relating to the conference, including a full programme and details of the plenary speakers will be added here in due course.

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