International Association of Law Schools IALS

(in the six UN languages)

Linked with Francis S.L. Wang – USA & China;

The International Association of Law Schools (IALS) is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 with a membership of educational institutions, associations, and legal educators from throughout the world. Its members are committed to the proposition that the quality of legal education in any society is improved when students learn about other cultures and legal systems and the diverse approaches to solving legal problems employed in those legal systems … (full text).

The Charter for the IALS;
IALS Newsletter;
Contact & Address: International Association of Law Schools (IALS), 1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC, 20036-2717, Phone: 202.296.8851, Fax: 202.296.8869


What Is the Mission of the IALS?

The mission of IALS is to:

  • foster mutual understanding of and respect for the world’s varied and changing legal systems and cultures as a contribution to justice and a peaceful world;
  • enhance and strengthen the role of law in the development of societies through legal education;
  • serve as an open and independent forum for discussion of diverse ideas about legal education;
  • contribute to the development and improvement of law schools and conditions of legal education throughout the world;
  • contribute to the better preparation of lawyers as they increasingly engage in transnational or global legal practice, and when they pursue careers other than private practice, including governmental, non-governmental, academic, and corporate careers;
  • share experience and practices regarding legal education.

Who May Become an IALS Member?

IALS has both voting and non-voting members. Voting members are institutions offering legal education. Non-Voting members include individual legal educators and associations of law schools. All members are committed to the principles and mission of the Association and to paying dues in an amount established by the Governing Board. Specific membership requirements and the membership application can be found on the IALS website.

Each voting member has one vote in the General Assembly, which is the ultimate authority of the Association. To assure that IALS will not be dominated by law schools in any single country the charter provides that, regardless of the number of voting members from any one country, no more than 10 percent of the vote totals in the General Assembly may be from such country.

The General Assembly elects eighteen members to the Governing Board. The Governing Board consists of four officers (President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, and General Secretary/Treasurer). No country may have more than one member of the Governing Board except that one additional person may serve as an officer … (full text).

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