The world continues to face unprecedented multiple challenges linked to war, health crises, climate change and economic, social and political instabilities, which are also deeply affecting education and the production of knowledge.
In these times, socially relevant justice education becomes even more important. Not only because of its potential to confront crucial practical legal problems societies face and to find innovative responses to them, but also to build-up resilient societies able to overcome the multiple challenges.
This conference, organised in partnership between the Global Alliance for Justice Education, the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, the South African University Law Clinics Association and the Faculty of Law of the University of Stellenbosch will provide a platform to discuss the current challenges and how resilience can be built-up within society. It offers (in person and online) an important forum for making strong connections with and being inspired by a broad diversity of legal justice educators from all over the world. It provides a unique platform for sharing innovative approaches and research on educational methods promoting students’ engagement, diversity and social justice.
The General Conference is structured to facilitate as much participation as possible. While there will be a small number of plenary sessions, most of the conference will consist of parallel paper presentations or interactive workshops providing many opportunities for delegates to share ideas, experience, and teaching materials.
The conference has been organized to allow for in-person and online participation. Some sessions will be accessible only in-person, some in a hybrid mode (in-person and online) and some only online.
Interactive sessions and Papers presentations are welcomed on a very diverse range of subjects. All necessary information on how to present a session proposal can be found in the Call for Proposals (for download here).
Session proposals should be submitted online through the Proposal Submission Form. We encourage early submissions, as this helps not only the organizers to create an engaging program, it also helps presenters to receive early feedback on their proposals and then eventually to apply timely for possible funding that will allow them to attend the conference.
The 2022 GAJE conference will also include an interactive in-person Training-of-Trainers workshops, taking place on Sunday 11th December and on Thursday 15th December. Each of these days will have a different focus with the intent to cover both basic and advanced concepts, enhance interactivity of the trainings, strengthen the synergy between the TOT sessions with the main conference and create an offer of training activities useful for all participants. Updates about the content and trainers will follow soon!
In order to better tailor the TOT activities organized by GAJE in 2022 and beyond to the needs of the GAJE community, we would like to ask you to fill-in a short questionnaire consisting of three questions, available here.
The registrations for the Conference will open shortly. More information about the Conference Fee, the availability of Grants (helping participants to participate) and other logistical details about Stellenbosch will be available very soon.
Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE): GAJE is an ALLIANCE of persons committed to achieving JUSTICE through EDUCATION. Clinical education of law students is a key component of justice education, but GAJE also works to advance other forms of socially relevant legal education, which includes education of practicing lawyers, judges, non-governmental organizations and the lay public. GAJE has held ten worldwide conferences (1999 in India, 2001 in South Africa, 2004 in Poland, 2006 in Argentina, 2008 in the Philippines, 2011 in Spain, 2013 again in India, 2015 in Turkey, 2017 in Mexico and 2019 in Indonesia), some of which were organized in cooperation with the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE). In addition, GAJE organised together with IJLCE, Association of Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) and the Northumbria University (UK) an worldwide online conference in June 2021. GAJE has also sponsored or co-sponsored a number of regional conferences and workshops. See more information on www.gaje.org.
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE): The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education publishes a range of articles, including: reviewed articles, practice reports, from the field, editorials and reviews. It is open access and does not charge APCs or submission charges. We welcome submissions from practitioners from all legal and educational jurisdictions and from allied fields. The journal organises an annual conference with the first International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference being held in London in July 2003, the conference has been hosted in South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, England, Spain, Canada, Turkey and the Czech Republic. Delegates from more than 50 countries have participated in these conferences. Papers from these annual conferences together with submissions from clinicians worldwide provide highly relevant and topical material for what has over the last decade become a respected resource in the field of clinical legal education.
South African University Law Clinics Association (SAULCA): SAULCA is a voluntary association of all South African University Law Clinics and is committed to democratic values and human rights. SAULCA is dedicated to promoting excellence in clinical legal education and access to justice. The primary objectives of SAULCA are the provision of free legal services to indigent communities, the practical legal education of senior law students and candidate attorneys, to ensure the sustainability of SAULCA and its members, to assist member law clinics to attain their goals, to network with relevant stakeholders, to lobby relevant organizations when appropriate and to foster public confidence in the law and the administration of justice. In the pursuit of its vision, SAULCA's mission is to: (1) Provide financial- and program support to its members; (2) Promote high quality Clinical Legal Education-programs at Universities in South Africa; (3) Encourage and assist member law clinics to promote social justice; (4) Promote access to justice; and (5) Foster and encourage values of integrity, professionalism and dedication to human rights within the legal profession. For more detail about SAULCA: https://www.saulca.co.za/.
Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law : was established in 1921. Today, the Faculty offers a broad range of undergraduate law programmes to around 1200 students. The Faculty collaborates with several universities internationally and offers joint educational programmes with international partners. The staff of the Faculty of Law are passionate about legal education, research and social impact. The Faculty consists of 37 academics and 19 administrative and professional staff members supported by postdoctoral fellows and extraordinary appointments. Several staff members have National Research Foundation (NRF) ratings; this signifies their international and national esteem as researchers. The Stellenbosch University Law Clinic was established in 1975 and offers legal assistance and representation in a wide range of cases for members of the public who qualify for legal aid. Since 2018, the Law Clinic has received numerous awards for, among other things, its community interaction initiatives. For more details, please visit: https://blogs.sun.ac.za/law/.
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