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Call for Papers for Academic Conference in Colombia


LSGL Academic Conference

17 July 2024

Universidad de los Andes,

Cartagena, Colombia

The Law Schools Global League (LSGL) is delighted to announce its forthcoming Academic Conference to be hosted by Universidad de los Andes, in Cartagena, Colombia. LSGL faculty members, researchers, and graduate students are cordially invited to submit their research papers and participate in stimulating discussions on the cutting-edge developments in the realm of global law and legal education. The conference will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and perspectives on various legal disciplines and their impact on the global community.

Conference Theme

Learning Law through Experience


The paradigm of education around the world is currently undergoing a revolution, where experiential learning, competency-based learning, and the use of active methodologies in general are increasingly taking a central role. In that context, legal education faces a global challenge by reimagining itself to integrate practical experiences and fostering the development of students’ applied skills through innovative ways of teaching.

The LSGL Academic Conference topic aims to explore and address the complexities surrounding the innovation process in legal education, particularly the implementation of these experiential and competency-based approaches. Addressing issues such as the rigidity of conventional approaches to legal education, the inclusion and ethical challenges, the importance of building bridges between theory and practice, the trans and interdisciplinary dialogues, among others, are part of the debates that we must intensify to reimagine the future of legal education. How to innovate in legal education to train better lawyers and equip them with the key competencies and skills for the legal profession?

Moreover, proposals such as legal education based on competencies require a restructuring of law faculties. Challenges such as the adjustments in terms of course groupings, essential to incorporate competencies into the structure of Law departments, ensuring a more efficient administration of legal education curricula, professors’ reluctance to embrace this innovative organizational model (one grounded in competencies rather than the traditional subject areas), among other, pose difficult decisions. How can faculties be restructured to adopt a competency-based management approach while preserving the essence of thematic areas?

The proposals can be articulated, although not exclusively, around the following themes:

(1)       Investigating the role of experiential learning in legal education and its impact on skill development.

(2)       Analyze the transition from legal education to competency-based education models.

(3)       Investigating the use of active teaching methods in legal education and their impact on student engagement.

(4)       Identifying barriers to change in legal education and suggesting strategies for overcoming barriers.

(5)       Exploring strategies to make legal education more student-centric and the role of student involvement in shaping the design of legal education programs.

Submission Guidelines

Applicants are invited to submit paper proposals of 300 to 500 words, together with a short CV. All submissions must be sent to  no later than 30 March 2024. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel consisting of the current LSGL co-presidents and faculty members from Universidad de los Andes.

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30 March 2024
  • Notification of decision : 15 April 2024
  • Paper submission deadline: 14 June 2024
  • Conference date: 17 July 2024


Expenses for Participation

The conference does not provide funding for participant expenses. Researchers submitting paper proposals are responsible for covering their own travel expenses.

Publication of Papers

The Law Schools Global League (LSGL) and the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) collaborate on a joint project, in the form of a special issue on global legal education for the European Journal of Legal Education. Selected papers for the LSGL Academic Conference will also be evaluated for publication in this special issue.


About Law Schools Global League

LSGL brings together law schools that share a com­mitment to the globalisation of law and to integrating global law in their teaching and research. The purpose of the League is to promote legal education and scholarly re­search in relation to the globalisation of law by, among other things, fostering academ­ic debate on the impact of globalisation on law and setting a research agenda for this. The League’s agenda is broad and inclusive, covering all fields of law where globalisa­tion and interdependence are an issue.