The twelfth Trinity College Law Student Colloquium will take place on Saturday, 15th February 2020, in the Long Room Hub in Trinity College, Dublin. The Brian Lenihan Memorial Lecture will take place in the Graduate Memorial Building Chamber that evening. A reception will follow. Attendance is free.

About the Colloquium

The Trinity College Dublin Law Student Colloquium is an annual conference started in 2007 at which undergraduate and postgraduate law students, recent graduates and young lawyers present their research to their peers. Submissions by undergraduate students are especially encouraged. Students from all over Ireland, the UK and Europe come each year to present their papers. The next Trinity College Law Student Colloquium will take place on Saturday, 15th  February 2020. Attendance is free.

The Best Colloquium Paper Prize

The Editorial Board will publish the best Colloquium paper in Volume XXIII of the Trinity College Law Review. The best paper will also receive a cash prize of €250.


Where should submissions be made?

Submissions can be made online here.

I want to speak at the Colloquium. What do I need to do?
If you are interested in speaking at the Colloquium and if you satisfy the criteria forentry (see above), you may submit an abstract on any area of law for anonymous consideration by the committee. The abstract must be submitted via this link. Abstracts must be submitted by 6pm on the 15th November 2019. Extended abstracts and papers will further be accepted until 6pm on the 10th January 2020. Speakers will be selected solely on the basis of these submissions. While you may submit more than one abstract, you will not be permitted to deliver more than one paper at the event.

What is an abstract?
The abstract is a summary of the paper which you intend to give, and should outline your approach to the issues. Abstracts from prospective speakers should be between 350 and 400 words long, with 400 words being the maximum word count permitted. The committee considers abstracts anonymously. While there are no hard and fast rules as to format, a good abstract will excite interest and should demonstrate a sound knowledge of the subject, a clear structure and original and well-constructed analysis.

Do speakers need to submit their entire paper?
Those chosen to speak must submit an extended abstract of 1,000 words by January 10th 2019. Applicants who have been selected to speak and wish to be considered for the Best Paper Prize should submit a full length paper of no more than 5,000 words by January 10th 2020.

I am in the first year of my degree and I have never presented at a university conference. Will I be speaking in front of experts in the area?
The Colloquium has always encouraged undergraduate participation. To this end, we inaugurated the Freshman panel in 2014, in which all of the speakers are in the first or second years of their undergraduate degree. We believe that this gives an additional incentive to early-stage students to present their ideas to their peers in a less intimidating environment. You will be asked to indicate your stage of study when you submit an abstract, so we will know if your abstract is eligible for the panel.

Abstracts and papers may be submitted here.

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