Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE)
7th Worldwide Conference
“Advancing Justice Education through Global Commitments and Connections”
10-18 December 2013
PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON 25 NOVEMBER
About the organizers and host
GAJE’s 7th Worldwide Conference is being hosted by the Jindal Global Law School of OP Jindal Global University (JGU) and the National Law University-Delhi. It will take place in two parts, with the first part on the JGU campus in Sonipat, located outside Delhi, on 10-14 December, and the second part at NLU-Delhi in the New Delhi district of Dwarka on 16-18 December.
GAJE has organized six worldwide conferences, as well as a number of regional conferences in collaboration with other national and regional clinical organizations. The six prior worldwide conferences were held in India (the inaugural conference, in 1999), South Africa (2001), Poland (2004), Argentina (2006), the Philippines (2008), and Spain (2011). Jindal Global Law School has incorporated justice education into its curriculum though the Centre for Clinical Programmes, which works in collaboration with several law schools and NGOs to reach out to underprivileged communities on several aspects of social justice. The National Law University-Delhi shares the broader vision of justice education and weaves public interest work into the curriculum and its pedagogy and teaching to prepare students as humane lawyers and agents of social change.
About the conference
To view the conference program, click here.
The Delhi Conference will be an opportunity for law teachers, law students, legal practitioners, jurists and social activists to acquire new ideas, models, and skills for the use of education to promote social justice. The aim of the conference structure is to facilitate as much participation as possible by those attending. While there will be a small number of plenary sessions, including a few keynote speeches, most of the conference will consist of small group sessions, interactive workshops, and other opportunities for sharing ideas, teaching materials and exercises, etc. There will also be organized site visits to local justice education projects and a social calendar.
The first part of the conference will explore the themes listed below though a mix of plenary and small-group concurrent sessions, with an emphasis on interactive presentations by justice educators from around the world. Free housing will be provided for all delegates on the JGU campus in order to encourage informal exchanges.
The second part of the conference will be a 3-day training session designed for relatively new clinical teachers, led by an international group of highly experienced justice educators. The target group for the training is teachers with 5 or less years of clinical teaching experience
Throughout the full conference delegates will be able to explore innovative ideas for promoting justice education through new and existing university legal clinics as well as in other aspects of the law school curriculum.
Conference thematic streams
The overarching theme of the conference is reflected in the conference title: “Advancing Justice Education through Global Commitments and Connections”
The various sessions during the first part of the conference at Jindal Global Law School will explore the following sub-themes (streams):
- Legal Empowerment and Economic Justice For Rural and Marginalized Communities
- Health and Environmental Justice
- Human Rights and Rule of Law
- Gender Justice, Equality and Violence Against Women and Children
- Legal Ethics, Professional Responsibility, and Promotion of Pro Bono
- Legal Literacy (Street Law, Legal Awareness and Citizen Participation)
- ADR and Informal Justice Systems
- New Initiatives in Justice Education
Proposals for conference sessions should address one or more of these sub-themes. (See below for further information about submitting proposals.)
Registration and Conference Fees
To register for the conference, complete the form on the Registration page of this website. The preferred method of payment is by credit card; however, arrangements can be made for payment by check in US dollars, British pounds, or rupees. Fee waivers and reductions are available under certain circumstances (see below for details).
The fee for the first part of the conference at the Jindal Global Law School is $US 375 (which includes accommodations on the JGU campus, as well as all meals during the conference and two special conference dinners); the fee for Train-the-Trainers workshop during the second part of the conference at NLU-Delhi is an additional $US 75 (which also includes most meals and a workshop dinner); the fees will increase to $US 450 for the first part and $US 100 for the second part after 30 October 2013.
Requests for Fee Waiver or Reduction
Persons who cannot pay the full conference fee can request a fee waiver/reduction by completing the form on the Fee Waiver/Reduction page of this website. PLEASE NOTE: Requests for a waiver or reduction of conference fees must be approved and any balance due on the fee paid before registration is complete. The last day to submit a request for a fee waiver or reduction is 15 November 2013.
Submission of Proposals
To submit a proposal for a conference session during the first part of the conference, complete the form on the Sessions Proposal page of this website. PLEASE NOTE: There are two deadlines for session proposals.
The first deadline is 1 July 2013, which is intended for persons who need an early decision on their proposal. Decisions on proposals submitted by the 1 July deadline will be sent by the middle of July; however, the exact date and amount of time allocated for any particular session cannot be set until all proposals have been reviewed and acceptances have been confirmed.
The deadline for a second round of proposal review is 12 August 2013. These proposals will be considered on a similar basis as those submitted by July 1, except that there may be less slots available depending on the results of the first round of proposals. Decisions on proposals submitted by 12 August will be sent by the end of that month. As noted above with respect to decisions on proposals announced in July, the exact date and amount of time allocated for any particular session cannot be set until all proposals have been reviewed and acceptances have been confirmed.
PLEASE NOTE ALSO: The curriculum for the Train-the-Trainers workshop during the second part of the conference will be fixed by the organizers and therefore proposals are not being solicited for that part of the conference.
Applications for Travel Grants
GAJE has a limited amount of funds to support travel (and accommodation expenses during the Train-the-Trainers workshop) for delegates from less developed countries. Travel grants will generally be given only to persons playing a specific role at the conference, such as a session organizer, program speaker, or workshop leader. Therefore, unless you already have a confirmed conference role, you should submit a session proposal before the deadline (see below).
To apply for a grant, complete the form on the Grant Request page of this website. PLEASE NOTE: Applications for early-decision travel grants must be submitted by 1 July 2013. Depending upon funding, applicants will be informed of the decision regarding their application for a travel grant as soon as possible and generally by 1 August 2013. There will a second round of grant request reviews with a deadline of 12 August 2013. However, priority will be given to grants filed by July 1 and therefore the amount of funds available for second-round grants may be limited.
As noted earlier, accommodations on the Jindal Global University campus will be provided for all delegates during the first part of the conference at no extra charge. All delegates will be expected to stay on the campus and therefore no other types of accommodations are being arranged. The accommodations at JGU are well equipped to cater to the delegates’ regular needs. Other campus facilities, such as laundry service, general stores, and a fitness centre, will be available to delegates, as well as campus doctors and nurses in case of regular illnesses. Details on reserving rooms on campus will be published later.
The organizers will provide a variety of low-cost housing options during the second part of the conference at the National Law University-Delhi, including accommodations on the NLU-Delhi campus and at various hotels nearby. Details on reserving these accommodations will be published later.