Call for Papers

The theme for this year’s conference is “Judicial Training:  A Key to the Successful Transformation of the Judiciary.”  The education program will include plenary meetings and over 15 parallel sessions designed to focus on approaches to the agenda topics outlined below.

The IOJT Conference Program Committee is issuing a call for speakers to submit papers for presentation consideration at the September meeting in Cape Town.  Please submit papers and any questions to:

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 14, 2019.  If your topic is selected, you will be notified in early July.

Submission Guidelines
Submission for a presentation at the conference does not have to be an academic type of paper, although the IOJT leadership and member institutes welcome and appreciate submissions that can be shared with member institutes to further their knowledge and best practices in judicial education.

Should you submit an academic type paper, there is no specified word count or protocols, such as formatting, and it does not have to include a PowerPoint.  Paper submissions should be in a format consistent with what is used in professional journals.  There are no specific formatting or citation requirements, such as, for example, using footnotes or end notes.

If you submit a proposal for a presentation instead of a paper, your submission documents should include the following:

  • Conference theme to which the presentation relates 
  • Goal of the presentation, or what you seek to achieve
  • Learning objectives, or what session attendees will know or be able to do as a result of the session
  • Content 
  • Any supporting materials, such as PowerPoint slides, rules of court, and literature review references
  • Statement of your experience in supporting judicial education (such as through committee work) and/or teaching and presenting for your judicial colleagues


The Local Organizing Committee, headed by the Office of the Chief Justice, with support from the South African Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI), will review all submissions and make decisions by early July.


Judicial Training Challenges

  • The Evolution of Technology and its Impact on Judicial Training Institutes: Digitalization, Social Media, Artificial Intelligence, and Others;
  • New Areas of the Law: Artificial Intelligence Liability, Privacy, Terrorism, Cybersecurity, Ethics Implications, Environmental, Electronic and DNA Evidence, and Others.


Judicial Training - Agent for Transformation

  • Electoral Justice Training Approaches; 
  • Improving Public Trust and Confidence: Managing Accountability, Judicial Outreach, and the Effective Management of Economics,
  • Ethics, LGBT, Human Trafficking, Property and Environmental Law Cases; 
  • Modern Approaches to Curriculum Development; 
  • Developing Performance Baselines and Evaluation Criteria for Training. 


Judicial Training - Institutional Capacity Considerations

  • The Role of Governance in Managing Performance; 
  • Approaches to Partnering with Academic Institutions; 
  • Professional Development of Staff; 
  • Research Management and Goals; 
  • Budget Development Approaches and Communication Strategies.