Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) Announces Its 6th Worldwide Conference
*"Combatting Social Injustice Through Justice Education"
*12th-15th July 2011
In partnership with
The 9th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference (11th -12th July) Hosted by The Institute of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Valencia
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
About the Organizer and Partners
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.
To date, GAJE has organized five international conferences in: India (1999), South Africa (2001), Poland (2004), Argentina (2006), and the Philippines (2008). More information is available at:
IJCLE is part of the School of Law at Northumbria University in England.
annual IJCLE conferences serve as unique forum in which clinical educators from all jurisdictions can come together to discuss all aspects of clinical teaching and learning, to learn from one another and to share best practice. More information is available at:
The Institute for Human Rights at the University of Valencia (IUDHUV) is a research unit within the Law Faculty. It offers courses on human rights, law, and international protection of rights and participates actively in post-graduate courses and organizes practicum for its students in the field of human rights. It also serves as the host unit for the pioneer legal clinic focusing on international protection of human rights.
More information is available at:
About the Conference
The Valencia 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 Conference will also play a key role in charting the future role of GAJE in the Global Clinical Movement. In a range of plenary, small-group, and workshop sessions, delegates will explore Justice Education as a concept for presenting, discussing, and creating innovative ideas for promoting social justice through new and existing university legal clinics.
The Conference will be held, for the first time, in partnership with the 9th Annual IJCLE Conference on 11th - 12th July at the same venue. The two Conferences will be joined for one day (12th July) in order to bring together delegates with a wide range of shared interests, while enabling each conference to retain its unique identity and character. Discounted rates will be available for delegates booking both conferences.
The Conference Overarching Theme will be "Combatting Social Injustice Through Justice Education"
The Conference Thematic Streams are:
Legal Clinics and Human Mobility
This Stream will focus on the practical and social justice aspects of migration and the role of legal clinics in destination countries for promoting rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
Legal Clinics and Socio-Economic Rights
This Stream will focus on ways in which legal clinics can promote social and economic rights, such as the right to education, health, social welfare, etc.
Legal Clinics and Environmental Justice
This Stream will focus on social justice and environmental rights and the roles of legal clinics in promoting environmental justice.
Justice Education and Academic Institutions This Stream will focus on the challenges of implementing Justice Education in traditional academic institutions (universities, research institutes, etc.), including issues such as curriculum reform, clinical scholarship, social action agendas, and innovation in clinical teaching methods.
Justice Education Initiatives
This Stream will encompass all new initiatives that focus on forming the new generation of lawyers for social justice, including developing professional ethics, standards for working with vulnerable populations, street law programs, community legal education, etc.
Each thematic stream will contain several sub-topics to be announced together with the call for proposals for workshops and presentations.
Proposals for presentations on other topics of general interest related to the overarching conference theme will be solicited as well.
About the Format:
The aim of the conference structure will be to facilitate as much participation as possible by those attending. While there will be a small number of plenary sessions, including a few key note speeches, most of the conference will consist of small group sessions, interactive workshops, and other opportunities for sharing ideas, materials, etc. There will also be organized site visits to local justice education projects and a social calendar.
Preliminary Conference Outline:
Monday, July 11th, 2010
Day 1 of the IJCLE Conference
Arrival of delegates who are not attending the IJCLE Conference
Tuesday, July 12th, 2010 - shared day with the IJCLE Conference Registration; Formal opening of GAJE Conference and Joint GAJE-IJCLE Plenary Session on the recently-published book "The Global Clinical
Movement: Educating Lawyers for Social Justice"
GAJE and IJCLE parallel sessions continue for the rest of the day.
GAJE Conference Opening Dinner, held together with the IJCLE Conference Dinner (included in the conference fee).
Wednesday, July 13th, 2010
GAJE Conference parallel sessions and workshops continue all day.
Thursday, July 14th, 2010
GAJE Conference parallel sessions and workshops continue all morning.
Friday, July 15th, 2010
GAJE Conference parallel sessions and workshops; GAJE General Meeting The Closing Dinner will be held on Friday night (included in the conference fee).
Saturday, July 16th, 2010
Site visits to NGOs and social justice projects
About the Venue:
The Law School is based in the beautiful Spanish city of Valencia on the Mediterranean Coast. With a population of just over 800,000 the city is large enough to retain a vibrant cultural and economic infrastructure while small enough to explore and get to know in a relatively short space of time.
The Conference will be hosted in the new campus of the University of Valencia within the 15 minutes drive from the center of the city. More about
About the Registration and Proposals
The GAJE Steering Committee is currently finalizing the membership for the Conference Planning Committee. Early in January 2011, the GAJE web-page will announce the call for registration, the amount of conference fee, and the call for proposals for sessions and workshops. For further information regarding this announcement, please visit:
contact Mariana Berbec Rostas, Chair of the Conference Planning Committee at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to seeing you in Valencia!
GAJE Steering Committee Members