Call for Proposals CALT Conference 2021

Call for Proposals 

CALT annual conference 2021

7-11 June, 2021

Virtually Hosted by:

 Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia


We are pleased to release this Call for Proposals for the 2021 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT).   The conference will be held in a virtual online format throughout the week of 7 to 11 June (which is the week following the virtual gathering of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities). 

The virtual platform for the conference will be provided by the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.  We gratefully acknowledge their participation and support.

Subject to the level of response to the Call for Proposals, and logistical factors, our tentative plan is to schedule 6 plenary sessions over the course of the week, with no more than two sessions of up to two hours duration on any one day. 

The general focus of the conference will remain on legal education and pedagogy.  We primarily invite proposals on two specific themes:

  1. “Building Back Better: Lessons from Adapting to Teaching in the Pandemic”;
  2. “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism” – the theme of the cancelled 2020 conference.

We will also consider proposals that address non-theme topics and issues of current interest in legal education and law, but preference may be given to theme-related proposals and proposals that address teaching and learning.


Proposals can be either of two types: session or individual.

Session Proposals should address a unified theme, and be designed for a total duration of 60 to 120 minutes, including activities and/or discussion. Sessions may be in one of three formats: panels (successive individual presentations); workshops (with active learning and participatory approaches aimed at capacity building); or, roundtables (interactive discussion and exchange). Other formats may be proposed.

  • Session proposals should be contained in a standalone Word document (i.e. not in the body of an email) that is no longer than 2 pages and must provide the following information:
    • Session title;
    • Brief description of session topic (100-200 words);
    • Identification at least 3 presenters, including a session chair;
    • Session format (panel, workshop, roundtable or other);
    • Titles of individual contributions (for panel format);
    • Brief description of session content and roles (for workshop or roundtable);
    • Brief biographical information for each contributor (including institutional affiliation and position title or program status);
    • Proposed duration;
    • Preferred dates, if any.

Individual Proposals should identify a topic to be addressed by a presentation of no more than 15-20 minutes. 

  • Individual proposals should be contained in a standalone Word document (i.e. not in the body of an email) of no longer than 1 page and must provide the following information:
    • Presentation title;
    • Brief description of presentation content;
    • Brief biographical information (including institutional affiliation and position title or program status).

Please send all proposals to <[email protected]> no later than Friday 9 April 2021.

The CALT Conference Committee will review all proposals and make selections based on relationship to the conference themes, anticipated interests of attendees (substance and formats), potential for interactive exchange and learning impact, and scholarly quality. The Committee may request additional information and modifications.  Individual presenters will usually be combined into panel-format sessions, with unifying topics where possible.

Please note that all proposers and contributors who are eligible for CALT membership must be members at the time of the conference (the annual CALT membership period now commences with the start of the annual conference).  Further information on membership renewal or commencement will be provided closer to the time of the conference.


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