Ed O’Brien International Street Law Best Practices Conference 2016

SL-LOGO1A Conference to Honour Ed O’Brien and Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the First International Street Law Programme established at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly the University of Natal), South Africa

1-3 APRIL 2016

(to be preceded by a three day Ed O’Brien Memorial Safari (29-31 March 2016) to the world famous Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve where the white rhinoceros was saved from extinction)

The School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal invites law teachers, law clinicians and educators involved in Street Law and legal literacy programs from around the world submit abstracts of best practices lessons of not more than 300 words for an exciting International Ed O’Brien Street Law Best Practices Conference (1-3 April 2016) to honour Ed O’Brien and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the First International Street Law Program established at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (formerly the University of Natal), South Africa in 1986. The Conference will enable participants to share their best practices lessons used in Street Law or law clinic outreach programs with colleagues from other countries. Information about accommodation, Safari bookings, local transport etc. will be available on the Conference website at a later date. The Conference will be preceded by a three day Ed O’Brien Memorial Safari (29-31 March 2016) to the world famous Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve where the white rhinoceros was saved from extinction.

The cut-off date for submission of abstracts is 30 November 2015, and acceptances will be indicated within three weeks of receipt.

As the Abstracts will be collected in a Conference Booklet they should reflect the Title and Presenter (name, designation and institution) in separate headings, followed by an Abstract of not more than 300 words.

Abstracts should be sent to Professor David McQuoid-Mason at: mcquoidm@ukzn.ac.za

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The Conference provides a platform for Street Law-type programs from around the world to share their best practices lessons and projects. Colleagues involved in Street Law and legal literacy programs are invited to attend to share their lessons and interact with each other in an international conference that is devoted entirely to Street Law-type activities.
Likewise, individuals, law schools and NGOs interested in establishing or becoming involved in Street Law-type activities will benefit from attending the Conference. A selection of the lessons from the Conference will be published in a Street Law International Best Practices Manual.

REGISTRATION FEES

The Conference is self-funding and has no travel or accommodation grants available but we have tried to keep costs to a minimum by securing sponsorships:

Registration fees for developed countries: US$100.
Registration fees for developing countries: US$50.
Electronic transfers payable

Potential participants should indicate their interest in the Conference and pre-conference Safari program by emailing Melanie Reddy on: reddys2@ukzn.ac.za

REGISTRATION

You may register using the attached Registration Form directly on the Conference Website once it is established by going to www.ukzn.ac.za Conferences.

THEMES OF THE CONFERENCE

The Conference will comprise a series of workshops in which best practices lessons will be presented by law teachers, law clinicians and law educators running Street law, community outreach and legal literacy programs from different parts of the world. The best practices lessons may cover, but are not restricted to: (a) introduction to law and the legal system; (b) constitutional law, democracy and human rights; (c) criminal law and child justice; (d) civil wrongs – torts and delicts; (e) consumer law and contracts; (f) family law; (g) housing, health, social security and the environment; and (h) employment law.

GUIDANCE FOR PAPERS

Each paper should begin with a brief introduction to the country and the context within which the Street Law, community outreach or legal literacy program was or will be introduced, during which you (a) identify the problems the program was trying to solve; (b) the objectives of the program; (c) the target audience of the program; (d) the methodology used; (e) the challenges faced or to be faced in implementing the program; and (f) the results of the program in terms of its impact or how it will be evaluated if it is not yet operative (not more than 5 pages).

The introduction should be followed by the best practices lesson set out under the headings mentioned below (not more than 5 pages).

Each best practices lesson should be accompanied by a lesson plan consisting of (a) the topic taught; (b) the outcomes to be achieved in terms of knowledge, skills and values (eg. at the end of this lesson participants will be able to …); (c) the content required to teach the lesson; (d) the interactive learning activities used and their time frames; (e) the resources required to teach the lesson (eg. hand-outs, flip charts, PowerPoint etc.); and (f) the evaluation questions to check if the outcomes were achieved.

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