Brno 2017

Dear ELFA members and website visitors,

below you will find a programme of ELFA AGM and Conference 2017 that was held on April 19 - 21, 2017 in Brno (Czech Republic) as well as powerpoint (or PDF) presentations presented at the conference.
Here, you may find ELFA Resolution 2017 and ELFA President´s Report 2016-2017.



Annual General Meeting 2017 and Conference Programme

„Legal Education in Changing Europe”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

18.00 – 19.30              Opening Reception

Location: Špilberk Castle, Brno


Thursday, April 20, 2017

9.00 – 9.30                  Registration


9.30 – 9.45                  Welcome Addresses

            JUDr. Robert Pelikán (Minister of Justice, Czech Republic)

            Assoc. Prof. Mikuláš Bek (Rector, Masaryk University)

            Assoc. Prof. Markéta Selucká (Dean, Masaryk University)


9.45 – 11.15                Plenary Session 

            Chair: Assoc. Prof. Věra Kalvodová, Masaryk University

Prof. Jaroslav Fenyk (Vice-President of the Czech Constitutional Court, Professor at Masaryk University): Theoretical and Practical Aspects within Legal Education

Prof. Diana Wallis (President of the European Law Institute): The European Law Institute; Developing European Law in Challenging Times

Assoc. Prof. David Kosař (Head of the Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University): Recent Challenges to Judicial Independence


11.15 – 11.30              Coffee Break


11.30 – 12.45              Plenary Session

Chair: Prof. Michele Graziadei, University of Turin

Prof. Laurence Gormley (University of Groningen): Implications for law faculties and the legal profession

             Prof. Josep Maria De Dios Marcer (Autonomous University of Barcelona): Brexit and Academia

             ELFA Award 2016 Announcement


12.45 – 14.00              Lunch


14.00 – 15.30              Parallel Sessions

Assessment of Law Faculties

Chair: Prof. Andreas R. Ziegler, University of Lausanne

Prof. Leo P. Martinez (Albert Abramson Professor of Law, University of California): U.S. Legal Education Through the Looking Glass: Education Standards

Prof. Nigel Duncan (City, University of London): Assessment of Law Faculties in the UK


Central European Experience in Legal Education 

Chair: Prof. Marek Grzybowski, Warsaw University

Assoc. Prof. Izabela Krasnicka (University of Bialystok): (Legal) education challenges for young students with Autism. Comparative Perspective

Dr. Ondrej Blažo (Vice-Dean, Comenius University): Central European Legal Education: Comenius University in Bratislava

Prof. Janina Ciechanowicz-McLean (University of Gdańsk): The role of law in ecological education

Prof. Iurii Barabash (Vice-Rector, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University): Legal training reform in Ukraine


15.30 – 16.00              Coffee Break


16.00 – 17.30              Parallel Sessions

Cooperation in Legal Research

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Begüm Bulak Uygun, Yeditepe University

Dr. Pamela Gorini (European Commission for the Research Executive Agency): EU-funded opportunities for researchers: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Assoc. Prof. Michal Radvan (Vice-Dean, Masaryk University): Foreign instructors as the base for legal research cooperation


Training Lawyers for International Mobility

Chair: Prof. Michele Graziadei, University of Turin

Prof. Barbara Pozzo (Università degli Studi dell'Insubria): Training Lawyers for International Mobility

Prof. Anne Klebes – Pelissier (University of Strasbourg)

Mark Maxwell (Deputy Legal Councel, U.S. Africa Command): Perspectives of Training Lawyers to build Governance


19.00                           Conference Dinner

Location: SONO centrum, Brno


Friday, April 21, 2017

9.00 – 10.30                Panel SEALS 

Guardians of the Bar

Chair: José Maria De Dios Marcer, Autonomos University of Barcelona

Prof. Richard V. Meyer (Director of the Foreign Master of Laws Programme, Mississippi College, School of Law): A Comparative Look at How U.S. States and other Countries Restrict Access to the Practice of Law

Dr. Marta Isern (Deputy General Director and Director of life-long learning program, Barcelona BAR Association): Do Bars restrict access to the practice of law?


10.30 – 11.00              Coffee Break


11.00 – 11.30              Panel Reports 


11.30 – 12.30              Annual General Meeting

            Chair: Assoc. Prof. Věra Kalvodová, Masaryk University


Adoption of the Resolution

Presentation and Approval of the President’s Report

Presentation and Approval of the Treasurer’s Report

Presentation and Approval of Budget 2017

Election of the New President

Election of the First Vice-President

Election of the New Board Member

Future Plans

Presentation of Membership Certificates to the new Members and Affiliated Members

Any other Business


12.30 – 13.30              Lunch


14.00                           Social Programme

Guided Tour in the Historic Centre of Brno