IALS W G Hart Legal Workshop

W.G. Hart Legal Workshop

The W. G. Hart Legal Workshop is a major annual legal research event organised and hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Over the years this eponymous workshop series, subsidised by funds from the W. G. Hart Bequest, has focused on a wide range of comparative and international legal issues and topical interests.

The W G Hart Legal Workshop 2015 entitled: Law and the Ageing of Humankind - will be held at the Institute from Monday 22 June 2015 to Tuesday 24 June 2015. The 2015 Workshop will bring scholars and practitioners together to explore legal responses to the challenges arising from the 'greying' of the population and the demands of inter-generational equity. It will ask whether we need a new category of 'Elder Law', and perhaps an older persons' rights convention. Papers will examine developments in domestic laws in various countries (including China, Israel and Germany), developments at European level, internationally and in human rights law. The programme is grouped around themes concerning the human rights of older persons; the recognition of relational issues (such as the protection of friendships and grand-parenting roles); rights to, and within, institutional care (including the role of the Care Standards Tribunal); vulnerability; age discrimination; property, inheritance and taxation issues; and medical decision-making at the end of life.

Academic Directors
Professor Jonathan Montgomery (University College London)
Professor Richard Ashcroft (Queen Mary, UL).

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  • Workshop Fees:
  • Standard Rate for two days: £120.00;
  • Sandard Rate for one day: £75.00;
  • Concessionary Rate for two days (students, Workshop speakers and chairs, and SALS members): £70.00 for two days
  • Concessionary Rate for one day (students, Workshop speakers, chairs, and SALS members): £50.00

The W G Hart Legal Workshop 2016 - call for Workshop proposals and the nomination of Academic Directors


The W.G. Hart Legal Workshops began in 1981, building on the success of previous Legal Workshops organised at the Institute with support from the Ford Foundation in the early years.

Collected papers from several of the annual Legal Workshops have been published and copies are catalogued and held in the IALS Global Law Library. The Institute plans to make selected past papers available to researchers in the IALS section of the SAS-Space institutional E-repository.


Delegates at the W G Hart Legal Workshop 2007 Professor Michael Zander at the W G Hart Legal Workshop 2007
Lord Woolf at the W G Hart Legal Workshop 2007