Academic and Professional Development Committee Publications

Academic and Professional Development Committee Publications

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Enhancing practical training through collaborations: example from the Masters’ School at Law Faculty of Moscow State University
Professor Alexander Molotnikov introduces the The Masters’ School, an educational project arranged by the Law Faculty of Moscow State University and unique for the Russian educational market. The project comprises the practice-oriented courses of the Masters’ School at the Law Faculty, the Masters’ Games and a Summer Masters’ School.
Editor's note - Academic and Professional Development Committee, January 2018
The Committee's Newsletter Editor offers some suggestions for members who may wish to contribute to future Committee updates.
Mapping the legal ecosystem - December 2017
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the legal ecosystem in which we have lived and thrived is changing at an accelerated pace. This acceleration is driven by geometric growth in the capacity and ability of computers to digitalise, store and communicate data. Our legal ecosystem is ripe for a change, which means that we have no other choice than to adapt to survive.
Resilience under pressure - December 2017
Resilience refers to one's abilities to survive adversities and thrive in life. On 9 October 2017 the Academic and Professional Development Committee discussed whether lawyers are more or less resilient than other professions, both from the law school and the law firm points of view.
Academic and Professional Development Committee Scholarship winner - December 2017
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of human life and hence law firms around the world have adopted AI systems for positive change while aiming for profitability. However, many experts argue that AI with the capability to perform legal tasks would replace the human lawyers who may be the ‘next victim of Silicon Valley’. This paper will attempt to address the possible ways to understand the ethical challenges for lawyers and law firms, the scope of AI systems and how AI can be an asset.
Developing the M&A lawyers of the future - December 2017
The Academic and Professional Development Committee and the Corporate/M&A Committee jointly hosted a panel discussion on how to accelerate the development of M&A lawyers, increase their business acumen and best prepare them for the demands of practice. The session was attended by a mix of practising corporate lawyers, in-house lawyers and educators.
From the Co-Chairs - e-bulletin December 2017
It is a great pleasure to introduce you to our post-Sydney e-bulletin. In this e-bulletin we have collected a number of articles all inspired by the debates we had at the IBA Annual Conference in Sydney. As well as the panel sessions described, our Co-Vice Chair Lewis Patrick organised an Academics Forum, which took place on the last day of the Conference. This brought together academics and learning and development professionals from Australia and other countries.
Artificial intelligence: ethical challenges for lawyers and law firms, October 2017
This article looks at ways to understand the ethical challenges for lawyers and law firms posed by AI, the scope and boundaries of AI systems and how AI can become a complementing asset for lawyers and law firms
Resilience under pressure - thriving or surviving in the legal profession? October 2017
Are lawyers more or less resilient than other professionals: both from law school and law firm points of view?
Developing the M&A lawyers of the future, October 2017
Summary of a panel session discussing how to accelerate the development of M&A lawyers, increase their business acumen and prepare them for the demands of practice
Mapping the legal system, October 2017
Leading academics, who are keeping a close eye on, and tracking the evolution of, the legal ecosystem presented the preliminary results of research on who (technology firms, law firms, the Big Four multidisciplinary firms, universities, start-ups, disrupters) is teaming up with whom and on what basis (exclusive, non-exclusive, global, selective).
Commoditisation and the impact on the development of future lawyers - Academic and Professional Development, December 2016
By Ulrikke W. Krogbeck
If the work traditionally undertaken by junior lawyers is outsourced and commoditised, how does the next generation develop its skills? How do we create top-quality future partners if there is less junior work available?
Survey results: Creating lawyers who can work across civil and common law jurisdictions - Academic and Professional Development, December 2016

This piece is based on a survey among law firms carried out in 2016. Its results were presented at the session 'Creating Lawyers who can work across civil and common law jurisdictions' at the IBA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2016
Creating lawyers who can work across civil and common law jurisdictions - Academic and Professional Development, December 2016
By Soledad Atienza
IBA Annual Conference, Washington DC, 2016. This session focused on the topic of the legal, ethical and cultural issues of lawyers who work across civil and common law jurisdictions, and how to address this issues in law schools and lawyer training
Academic and Professional Development Committee E-bulletin, October 2011

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Academic and Professional Development Committee newsletter, September 2009

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Academic and Professional Development Committee newsletter, September 2008

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