The first Global Legal Skills Conference was held at UIC-John Marshall in Chicago. It was an intimate conference connecting legal writing and ESL professionals who had an interest in teaching law students, lawyers, and other legal professionals from around the world. GLS has since grown to include not only legal writing faculty, but also international and comparative law professors, clinical faculty, linguists, librarians, judges, attorneys, court translators, law students, and scholars interested in global legal skills education. Now in its 15th iteration, the conference draws hundreds of professionals from around the world.

The conference has been held four times in Chicago; three times in Monterrey, Mexico; twice in San Jose, Costa Rica; twice in Verona, Italy; once in Washington D.C., once in Melbourne, Australia, and most recently in Phoenix, Arizona. The 15th Global Skills Conference will bring the conference back to Italy, for a third time.  The University of Bari will host the conference on May 20-22, 2020. Proposals for the 15th Global Skills Conference are now being accepted at https://forms.law.asu.edu/gls15 


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

Cooperating Organizations and Institutions

We are pleased to have the support of the following academic and professional organizations:

  • American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • American Society of International Law
  • International Law Institute
  • International Law Students Association (ILSA)
  • Legal Writing Institute
  • Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers
  • Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association

Speakers and Participants from at least 20 Countries

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bhutan
  4. Brazil
  5. Canada
  6. China
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Germany
  9. Hong Kong
  10. Italy
  11. Japan
  12. Mexico
  13. Netherlands
  14. New Zealand
  15. Poland
  16. Qatar
  17. Saudi Arabia
  18. Singapore
  19. Spain
  20. Switzerland
  21. United Kingdom
  22. United States

If you have any questions about the GLS Conference, please contact Professor Mark Wojcik of UIC-John Marshall at mwojcik@jmls.edu. We welcome the participation and support of other organizations, institutions, and law schools around the world.