Venue criteria


  • Applications should be sent to the President, chairing the Conference Committee
  • Applications should clearly state the year foreseen for the Annual Course
  • Applications should name the main organizer, and the members of the Local Planning Committee (LPC)
  • Applications should state the overarching theme
  • Applications should contain a proposal for an outline of the program, a timeline, the venue for the meeting, the conference hotel and other possible accommodation
  • Applications should have information on cultural events within the program, the Annual Dinner restaurant (and, if economically sound, a Pre-Conference-Workshop, and/or so-called Optional Day/Post-Conference-Workshop)
  • Applications should state the capacity to disseminate publicity for the conference through the IALL website and other means
  • The President, Chair of the Conference Committee, will table applications in a Board meeting. Reasonable time will be granted to applicants with respect to further information requested by the Board
  • The Board’s approval of an application requires a majority vote within the Board. The Board’s decision is final and there will be no appeal
  • The Board, will inform the applicant of its decision. Reasons for rejection will be provided
  • The Board does not discuss openly, e.g. in the AGM, the reasons for acceptance or rejection


  • The Conference Venue needs to be easily accessible through air travel, and, eventually, further transportation
  • The Conference Venue needs to be a safe city for the attendees
  • The Conference Venue needs to have a home base of professors, scholars or others in the legal arena as presenters, all of whom are proficient in speaking English
  • The Conference Venue needs to show proof concerning the honoring of Freedom of Speech
  • All necessary official authorization for holding of the conference will be the responsibility of the LPC
  • Ideally, North America, Europe and a third region will host the Annual Course on the following rotational basis; North America at least every 4 conferences; in or near Europe at least every 2 conferences; at another location at least every 4 conferences
  • Ideally, the cost of the Annual Course should be cost effective and financially viable


  • The Board appoints a Liaison, who frequently advises the LPC, acts as a guide in all possible ways, visits the Conference Venue, for verification, with the President
  • The Board remains responsible for the success or failure of Annual Courses

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