International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Legal Ethics at a time of Regulatory Change
10th - 12th July 2014, City University London, UK
Legal professions around the world are operating in a period of rapid economic, social and technological change. Consumerism, the decline of self-regulation, the intensification of globalisation and the growth of international legal practice, call into question the traditional role of legal professions in society. They also challenge the manifestation of legal professionalism in the organisation, culture and regulation of lawyers. Regulators are reconsidering their functions and approaches in relation to legal education, as seen in the US's ABA Task Force Report and the UK's LETR Report.
The sixth bi-annual conference of the International Legal Ethics Association takes place at a critical time in the evolution of legal ethics. The conference is built around short, paper presentations organised in streams - see Call for papers.
The streams are:
1. Culture, Technology, Ethics and Society
2. Empirical Approaches to Legal Ethics
3. Philosophy and Legal Ethics
4. Regulation of the Profession(s)
5. Ethics and Legal Education.
The conference attracts a large international audience including leading scholars and practitioners from the main jurisdictions. The atmosphere of the conference is open and inclusive. It is attended by academics from a range of disciplines, by practising lawyers and regulators. The format allows for a third of the time in each session to be devoted to discussion of the session themes by the audience. The format encourages expression of a wide range of views and provides opportunities to debate with a diverse and expert audience.
The conference will be hosted by The City Law School. The main conference sessions will take place on the Northampton Square campus, close to London's theatres, museums and restaurants. The dinner on Friday night will take place in the Great Hall, Inner Temple. The City Law School is part of City University London and incorporates the historic Inns of Court School of Law, the first institution to provide training for the Bar of England & Wales. Its professional programmes are still taught within Gray's Inn, one of the original Inns of Court.