In response to the corona virus outbreak, schools and universities have been closed in parts of Italy. We also learned on Monday that the outbreak has reached Bari, the host city for the next Global Legal Skills Conference. The outbreak has the potential to cause significant travel concerns such as hotel and airport closures.

Although we can hope that the university would be open during the original dates of the GLS Conference, May 20-22, 2020, we do not know what quarantine measures will be in place at that time. Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a level 3 warning last Friday for travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to Italy. We also know that at least one U.S. law school has banned its faculty and students from traveling to Italy and that other schools have canceled their Italian summer programs.

Given this rapidly-developing situation, we have decided to postpone the conference until May 2021. We anticipate that the new dates of the conference will be May 19-21, 2021 (subject to confirmation by the University of Bari Department of Law). Proposals submitted for the 2020 conference will be transferred to the 2021 conference. You may, of course, update those later.

Our thoughts are with our colleagues, students, and friends in Italy and elsewhere who are dealing with the virus and its fallout.

Join us in beautiful Bari!

The 2020 Global Legal Skills Conference (GLS-15) will provide an opportunity to share the best practices of international legal skills education while taking in the beautiful surroundings of Bari, Italy. The May 2020 conference at the University of Bari will begin on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, and continue through Friday, May 22, 2020. There are certain to be activities before and after the conference itself, so if your schedule allows please plan to arrive early and to stay for a few days after.

Your experience at the Global Legal Skills Conference will allow you to learn and share cutting-edge information on global legal education and to meet experts and new friends expected from Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries.

Important Dates

  • March 31, 2020: Final presentation proposals deadline
  • April 15, 2020: Early bird registration deadline
  • May 20, 2020: Conference opens
  • TBD: Post-Conference Culture Outing


  • University of Bari (Bari, Italy)
  • Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
  • UIC-John Marshall Law School (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
  • Lexis Nexis