IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Room 211, Level 2

Session information

Turning law in theory into law in action
Room 211, Level 2 View location
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Academic and Professional Development Committee (Lead)
Judges' Forum


This session will look at the relationship between academic law and law in practice, and the marked differences between the common law world and civil law jurisdictions. These differences may be seen in the perceived value of academic qualifications, in the perceived benefit of practising lawyers pursuing parallel academic careers, and in the courts' approach to academic publications. We will explore what academic law brings to the practice of law, and how the practice of law is improved, the service to clients optimised, and the development of the law itself enhanced, by striking the right balance.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Justice David Barniville President of the High Court of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland; Senior Vice Chair, Judges' Forum
David Travers KC David Travers KC, London, England; Membership Officer, Academic and Professional Development Committee


Helena Abdo Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil; Communications Officer, Academic and Professional Development Committee
Professor Manuel A Gómez Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
Justice Ngozika Okaisabor PhD. Customary Court of Appeal, Abuja, Nigeria; Chair, Judges' Forum
Ben Roe Baker McKenzie, London, England; Treasurer, Academic and Professional Development Committee