Law in the Modern World: New Problems, New Solutions

The Irish Association of Law Teachers’ Annual Conference 2004

City Hotel, Derry from Friday April 2nd, to Sunday April 4th, 2004

This event will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Irish Association of Law Teachers.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Law in the Modern World: New Problems, New Solutions”.  This conference seeks to examine, under a variety of headings, the role of law and laws in our modern, complex and heterogeneous society, both at home and abroad.

In the 25 years of the IALT, much has changed in the landscape of law and legal systems.  Law Reform, codification and consolidation, as well as fresh caselaw, have transformed legal rules and legal systems both at home and abroad, sometimes beyond recognition.  In other areas, however, legal change has been more muted, with the result that some legal rules appropriate to former times may sit uneasily with the realities of the 21st century.  How do these rules cater to the realities of the 21st century?

The conference is being held in the four-star City Hotel, a bright modern venue located convenient to Derry (Londonderry) City Centre, providing breath-taking views of the River Foyle and the Guildhall.  This historic city, site of the siege of 1688-9, boasts many fine attractions including the historic City Walls, which envelop one square mile of the city centre.  Convenient to the Giant’s Causeway and the beautiful Co. Donegal, Derry provides the ideal gateway for exploring North-west Ireland.  For further details, check out

In addition to the annual gala dinner of the Association, we hope to host historic tours of the City of Derry as well as a leisure cruise down the River Foyle, which flows just opposite the City Hotel.

Our programme of papers is filling up but further proposals for papers are welcome and should be sent to:

Dr. Fergus Ryan, (President of the IALT)

Dublin Institute of Technology,

Aungier Street, Dublin 2,

Ireland (Ph. +353-1-402-3016)

or by e-mail to: by Monday 1st March, 2004 at the latest.

By Air:

Loganair flies direct to Derry City Airport from Dublin, London Stansted, Glasgow and Manchester and Ryanair flies from Stansted.  See,, as well as

Alternatively Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is a 75 minute drive from Derry City, with regular services to many destinations.  See AIRporter offers a direct coach service to Derry from Belfast phone: (028) 71269996

By Rail:

Derry is served by a rail line connecting it to Belfast and from there to Dublin.  Contact Northern Ireland Railways (028) 7134228 for further details.

By Bus

Both Bus Éireann and Ulster Bus operate regularly from Dublin and Belfast respectively.  Buses run every hour from Belfast’s Europa Bus Centre (028) 90337011.  Bus Éireann has an express bus service direct from Dublin to Derry (01) 8366111.  See also

By Road:

Derry is a 3.5 hour drive from Dublin travelling on the N2/A5, 1.5 hours from Belfast on the A6 and M2.

The non-residential fee for the conference (not including accommodation) is:

* Members of the IALT/ALT/SLS/ALSB/AALS:        €160/stg£100
* Non-members:                                              €200/stg£140
* Students/unwaged/retired:                            €100/stg£70
* Partners/guests of the above:                          €100/stg£70

This fee includes all meals and activities, but excludes accommodation.

Special one day fee, Saturday only (including main meal):            €120/stg£80

Accommodation should be arranged directly with the City Hotel, Derry: please mention the IALT when you book for these special rates. See

Twin/Double room per night, inclusive of full Irish Breakfast:          Sterling £80

Single room per night, inclusive of full Irish Breakfast:                Sterling £55

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