School of Law
Association of Law Teachers Conference 2017
The 2017 Association of Law Teachers’ conference took place on the 10 and 11 April 2017 at the School of Law, University of Portsmouth. Over 150 delegates and sponsor delegates attended to discuss the foundations and futures of legal education across 70 parallel sessions, three plenaries, a LERN lunchtime session and presentations for the Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize. Michael Mansfield QC focussed on the power of information in his keynote on Monday showing how empowering individuals to take control and have the ability to ask questions and use information was fundamental to individual wellbeing as well as upholding democracy and the rule of law (as evidenced through a series of his cases and personal experience). Professor Lisa Webley, Law Teacher of the Year 2016, offered a positive outlook on the current challenging, dynamic and contradictory environment in her keynote on Tuesday outlining how law teachers may hold on to their values and combine the best elements of current legal education with new ways of looking at law and lawyering.
The Stan Marsh and Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prizes were awarded at the Annual Dinner which took place on HMS Warrior. Lydia Bleasdale (Leeds) won the Stan Marsh Best Paper Prize for 'Contextualising ‘Resilience’ Amongst Undergraduate Law Students' and a high commendation was awarded to Kelly VanBuskirk (New Brunswick) for 'The utility of Reader’s Theatre as a teaching method in law schools'. The Stan Marsh Best Poster prize was won by Stephen Clear (Bangor) with 'Expectations, Employability and Mooting: Is this the Real Life? Is this Just Fantasy?'. The Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize was awarded to Luke Moffat (QUB) and Dug Cubie (Cork) for their project using computer games to teach international humanitarian law.
Photographs, Papers and Presentations from the Conference
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Professor Lisa Webley's keynote presentation:
Kirsten Maslen's plenary presentation