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The first Global Legal Skills Conference was held at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. It was an intimate conference connecting legal writing and ESL professionals who had an interest in teaching law students, lawyers, and other legal professionals from around the world. GLS has since grown to include not only legal writing faculty, but also international and comparative law professors, clinical faculty, linguists, librarians, judges, attorneys, court translators, law students, and scholars interested in global legal skills education. Now in its 13th iteration, the conference draws hundreds of professionals from around the world.

The conference has been held four times in Chicago, three times in Mexico, twice in Costa Rica, twice in Italy and once in Washington D.C. In December 2018, the conference travels to Melbourne, Australia. In December 2019 we will meet in Arizona.

In holding the GLS-13 Conference at Melbourne Law School, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where the law school is located: the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.

Sponsors Heading link

  • Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne (Victoria, Australia)
  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago (Illinois, USA)

Cooperating Organizations and Institutions Heading link

We are pleased to have the support of the following academic and professional organizations:

  • American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • American Society of International Law
  • Asian Law Centre at Melbourne Law School
  • Australasian Law Teachers Association
  • Australia and New Zealand Society of International Law
  • Clarity
  • International Law Institute
  • International Law Students Association (ILSA)
  • Legal Writing Institute
  • Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers
  • Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association

Speakers and Participants from at Least 20 Countries Heading link

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bhutan
  4. Brazil
  5. Canada
  6. China
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Germany
  9. Hong Kong
  10. Italy
  11. Japan
  12. Mexico
  13. Netherlands
  14. New Zealand
  15. Poland
  16. Qatar
  17. Saudi Arabia
  18. Singapore
  19. Spain
  20. Switzerland
  21. United Kingdom
  22. United States

If you have any questions about the GLS Conference, please contact Professor Mark Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School at We welcome the participation and support of other organizations, institutions, and law schools around the world.