Past Events

2011 World Jurist Association Biennial Congress - Prague



National Legal Cultures in a Globalized World 


OCTOBER 23 - 28, 2011 

What is the WJA Biennial Congress?

The WJA Biennial Congresses are an important tradition in the international legal community.  With a tradition of almost 50 years, our goal is to raise support for institutions of law and provide a unique dynamic and open forum for legal professionals to share their experiences, exchange ideas and learn from their colleagues regarding the Rule of Law and its use to promote world peace. “A world ruled by law, not force” has been the WJA´s mission since its founding.

The WJA will bring together over 1000 distinguished lawmakers, legal practitioners, educators and other professionals from around the world increasingly called upon for policy and judicial expertise when working to promote the rule of law. This Congress will examine a range of perspectives inseeking to promote world peace through the Rule of Law. Speakers will be presenting on numerous international topics from the global, worldwide vantage point, always in consideration of the cross-cultural aspects at the intersection from legal cultures that are defined by their divergent historical and social genesis.

Your participation is important to the success of the program, and we would be greatly honored if you could share your breadth of knowledge with us. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse speakers for their expenses, and we do ask that speakers register in order to be able to participate in the Congress’ full program.  However, as a speaker, you will be exposed to an international audience of over 1000 legal and other professionals from more than 40 nations.  This is a truly unique opportunity that should not be missed.


Prior to COB June 24 Members and Spouses at $400 each.  After June 24 Members and Spouses at $500 each. Registration Form AVAILABLE HERE 

Please see our Congress Program by CLICKING HERE.  

Call for Speakers

The Organizing Committee forthe World Jurist Association's 24th Biennial Congress on the Law of the World - National Legal Cultures in a Globalized World to be held in Prague, Czech Republic - October 23-28, 2011 is now accepting proposals from qualified speakers.

WJA and IMLA have a long and fruitful partnership, and we are proud to once again be partnering with IMLA.  This year WJA will feature a full day of programming on topics of interest to local governments around the world. IMLA will be the host of these panels and we welcome proposals from IMLA members that further our theme. Additionally, IMLA members may submit proposals to speak on any topic of interest.

All proposals should include a brief (ideally not more than 800 words) abstract of the paper and a short description of the 15-20 minute oral presentation that will be delivered at the Congress.

Please submit your proposal via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Chair of the IMLA International Committee, Ben Griffith notes:

Over the past two decades a significant number of IMLA members have taken part as speakers and participants in WJA meetings in the Mideast, China, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Central Europe, the Ukraine, and that truly exotic never-never land, Los Angeles. We have shared our knowledge, experiences and expertise with lawyers and judges from scores of other nations. We have participated with our international counterparts in panel presentations on such subjects as land use, takings jurisprudence, emergency management best practices, governance issues post-disaster, human trafficking, anti-discrimination laws, civil law-common law comparisons of state and local government systems, national-state-local intergovernmental relationships, transparency of electoral systems, international election principles, human rights issues, government corruption and a host of other subjects that center on the rule of law and democracy.

I can tell you that this international exposure has had an impact on my own career as a local government attorney. It has broadened my perspective and enhanced my practice in civil rights, institutional and voting rights litigation. It has opened up entirely new areas of comparative law and shown how much we American legal professionals have to learn from our brothers and sisters in Edinburgh, Nigeria, South Africa, Kiev, Beijing, Dublin and Israel.  And they have much to learn from us. IMLA's International Committee provides a great foundation for IMLA members to participate in planning for WJA conferences like the one coming up in October in Prague, and it enables us to share our WJA experiences with other members of the International Municipal Lawyers Association.You might say that we are doing our best to keep the "International" in IMLA, and in more than a nominal way. 

The upcoming Biennial Congress in Prague promises to be one of the best attended and an exciting program for our group of IMLA attorneys and judges. CLE programs come and go, but this one will stand out among the rest. You will meet your counterparts in national, state and municipal government and have an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with them.

I realize the cost, logistics and planning incident to participating in this kind of international conference can be daunting, but those of us who have done this several times can assure you that the long-term benefits, the adventure of speaking with a group of law professionals from all over the world and depth of shared knowledge far outweigh the costs. I encourage you to do everything possible to join our IMLA delegation for the WJA Biennial Congress in Prague. You will be amongfriends.”  Ben Griffith 


Voting Rights Litigation: Dealing with the 2010 Census

The electoral success of minority candidates on the local, state and national level reflects our national commitment to protect voting rights, equal access and effective participation by minority voters in the political process under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as recently amended. Nationally recognized experts will address recent decisions, remedies and emerging trends in the protection of minority voting rights in a  program designed for municipal and county attorneys not familiar with the redistricting process and its requirements under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, and seasoned local government attorneys who are.

EVENT: Voting Rights Litigation: Dealing with the 2010 Census

DATE: Thursday, December 10th, 2009

TIME: 8:00am - 5:00pm

WHERE: Columbia, South Carolina - Radisson Hotel

IMLA has secured a block for rooms at the Radisson Hotel, Columbia, South Carolina. Room rates are $114 for a single or double. Call 1-803-731-0300 or 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the IMLA room block. Hotel Cutoff date is November 9, 2009.


More information to follow.


2011 Mid-Year Seminar

2011 Mid-Year Seminar


  April 10-12, 2011

Washington, DC



The 2011 Mid-Year Seminar... is coming to you April 10-12, 2011.  Take advantage of IMLA's Early Bird Rate.  Register today for the best offer and rate. 


CLE Programming

The IMLA Mid-Year 2011 Seminar Program is available by CLICKING HERE

Special Update (March 15, 2011) -  

IMLA Announces Exciting New Addition to April 11th Mid Year Seminar Program, Omni Shoreham, Washington, DC


Monday, April11th 10:30am until 12noon

Projectfinance/public finance using the UK/EU model which utilizes (i)design-build-operate-maintain streamlined infrastructure procurement and finance, (ii) equity capital and conventional debt (iii) sovereign guaranties of debt repayment which in the US could be in the form of state infrastructure banks, (iv) project labor agreements which supersede standard collectively bargained labor contracts, and (v) transfer of financial, construction and operating risks from the public sector to the private sector with public sector regulation and oversight.


EdwardJohnson is partner with Squires, Sanders and Dempsey and is a project finance partner in the firm’s London office, with a particular focus on public-private partnerships(PPP) and infrastructure development projects.  Mr. Johnson has acted for public and private sector clients on a range of large scale domestic and international PPP projects with a focus on the health, transport, education and defense sectors. He has particular experience with infrastructure projects in the health sector with transactions in primary care (NHS LIFT) and acute/general hospitals procured under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Mr. Johnson advises on all aspects of PPP projects including procurement strategy, project structures,construction/operation & maintenance/facilities management contracts and all associated lending and security agreements. Mr. Johnson is recognized by Legal 500 for PFI/PPP projects.

Paul Byrne is a MBA graduate and a Chartered Surveyor with 24 years experience in finance and real estate. He is a partner at Elgar Byrne Infrastructure Finance LLP.  He has represented both public and private sector clients across a range of projects in the Project Finance / Private Finance Initiative industry including: health, education. emergency services,housing and accommodation. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Attend a full day of outstanding IMLA programming to include the above addition for only $150 special day rate.  A registration form for this special day rate is AVAILABLE HERE . Please indicate if you will attend lunch on the registration form.  Space is limited for Monday’s programming so it is imperative that you return your registration form asap.

Other highlights of Monday’s Programming include:

8:30am –10:15am Emerging Issues in Land Use


8:30am –10:15am Voting Rights: A Panel Discussion

Luncheon Speaker 12:10pm to 1:40pm

Leon Rodriguez

Chief of Staff/Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Civil Rights Division, US Dept of Justice

1:45pm –3:15pm Public Contracts, Projects, Procurements and PCBs


1:45pm –3:15pm Legislative Update: An Eye On Congress

3:30pm –5:00pm Supreme Court: An Update on Current Cases

For you locals, this is the best deal in town – act now to take advantage of this special offer!


Hotel Information

The Omni Shoreham has offered an excellent rate for IMLA Event Attendees. Click Here to make your booking online!

Registration Information

We are offering bundle registration this year, meaning that you can register (at a discounted rate) for the Mid-Year Seminar and the Annual Conference at the same time!








2011 The Canadian Institute’s 17th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability Conference

The Canadian Institute’s 17th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability Conference


Your IMLA membership entitles you to a 10% discount on registration for The Canadian Institute’s 17th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability Conference on February 8-9, 2011 in Toronto. This event is designed to help you address potential problems, not only at the litigation stage, but before the claim arises. The 2011 topic lineup includes:


•             Liability for injuries caused by objects falling off buildings and construction sites,

•             Challenges to regulation of land held under Crown patents,

•             New case law from the Supreme Court of Canada on Charter damages,

•             Claims for damages arising from nearby wind turbines,

•             Issues arising from unsafe holes in the ground left by defaulting landowners, and

•             How to embrace social media without attracting liability.


To view a PDF of the full agenda and speaker list, see


To take advantage of this offer, please mention the discount and quote priority service code 239IMLA when registering.


To register, visit  or call 1-877-927-7936.