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Date(s) - 20/07/2018 - 22/07/2018
All Day

St. John's College, Cambridge


Booking is now open for ALBA’s summer conference, which is returning by popular demand to St John’s College Cambridge on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018.

You can choose to stay at St John’s on Friday and Saturday nights, or just on Saturday. There will be dinner in hall on both nights. As usual, on Saturday afternoon, there will be plenty of time for a walk to Grantchester, or punting on the river, followed by drinks and dinner.

Book below, or get discounted rates for groups of 5 or more.

The organising committee will consider applications for scholarships from current pupils intending to practice in public law, covering the full amount of the cost of the conference. Only a small number of scholarships are likely to be available. Applications should be made by email to administrator@adminlaw.org.uk with a cover email and CV. Closing date for applications is Friday 15th June 2018.


Friday 20 July

  • Accommodation and registration available from 1800
  • Buffet dinner in hall from 1930
  • Drinks in the College bar until 2300

Saturday 21 July

  • 0800-0900: Breakfast
  • 0900-0945: Registration
  • 0940-0950: Welcome and introduction: Martin Chamberlain QC (Vice-Chair of ALBA)
  • 0950-1045: Keynote address by Lord Lloyd Jones (Justice of the UK Supreme Court): “Foreign Affairs and Domestic Courts: A Sea Change”
  • 1045-1110: Morning Coffee
  • 1110-12.30: Immunities and the justiciability of claims affecting the interests of foreign States – Chair: Lord Justice Leggatt; Speakers: Karen Steyn QC and Ben Jaffey QC
  • 1230-1330: Buffet lunch in hall
  • 1330-1445: The relevance of unincorporated international law – Speakers John Larkin QC (Attorney General for Northern Ireland) and Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
  • 1445-1545: Human trafficking and modern slavery – Chair: Mrs Justice Laing; Speakers: Anne Gallagher and Shu Shin Luh
  • 1545-1830: Free time in Cambridge
  • 1830-1930: Drinks on the College lawn
  • 1930-2200: Dinner in hall, with an after-dinner speech from Karon Monaghan QC

Sunday 22 July

  • 0800-0915: Breakfast
  • 0915-1030: Brexit update – Chair: Mr Justice Lewis; Speakers: Alison Young (Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law, University of Cambridge) and Richard Gordon QC
  • 1030-1055: Morning coffee
  • 1055-1215: Panel discussion: “The future of human rights 20 years on from the Human Rights Act 1998” – Chair: Mr Justice Kerr; Speakers to include Nathalie Lieven QC and Corey Stoughton (Advocacy Director, Liberty)
  • 1215-1225: Closing remarks: Martin Westgate QC (Chair of ALBA)
  • 1230: Buffet lunch in hall



Ticket Type Price Spaces
A1: QC, staying Fri & Sat nights £420.00
A2: Junior over 5yrs call/PQE & Judges staying Fri & Sat nights £360.00
A3: Junior under 5yrs call/PQE/voluntary sector staying Fri & Sat nights £270.00
B1: QC, Sat night only £285.00
B2: Junior over 5yrs call/PQE & Judges Sat night only £220.00
B3: Junior under 5yrs call/PQE/voluntary sector Sat night only £160.00
C1: QC, non-residential £200.00
C2: Junior over 5yrs call/PQE & Judges non-residential £150.00
C3: Junior under 5yrs call/PQE/voluntary sector non-residential £100.00