Call for abstracts

The 9th International SCL Conference is being held in Auckland on 4 to 6 November 2020. The members of the conference committee are now calling for abstracts for the panel sessions. The topics, guidelines and rules relating to abstracts are set out below, and for your information the guidelines for papers and presentations are here.

The theme for the 9th International SCL Conference is "Building for Change":

Legal systems are dynamic in nature often built on precedent and always by incremental development. With the passage of time and severing of colonial apron strings, the common law has developed in unique ways around the world. This applies equally to construction law and how it operates in the Asia-Pacific region.

That development continues with new influences in the form of natural disasters, who funds large scale infrastructure projects and the adaptation (and adoption) of emerging technologies. The SCL 9th International Construction Law Conference will explore construction law as it relates to contracts, negligence, product liability and dispute resolution through keynote and specialist presentations along with two streams of plenary sessions over two days.

On receipt of all abstracts topics covered in the 24 panel sessions will be assigned. The current programming for the panel discussions is as per the draft programme.

Panel format

The format of the conference is two concurrent streams, each with 12 panel discussions. There will be two to four panellists, with a preference for three. Each panel will have a Primary Panellist. The objective is to have a multi-jurisdiction panel, paper and presentation. Abstracts may be submitted by more than one author and the Committee encourages abstract submissions that identify 3 authors, each from a different jurisdiction. In the absence of multiple authors the Committee will liaise with you to recommend panellists.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted online and follow the guidelines. Please note that all details must be filled out and the abstract text limited to 200 words. Do not include endnotes or footnotes or other referencing to the abstract.

Please click here to see an example of a presentation abstract.

Paper and Presentation

It is a condition of submitting an abstract that you undertake to contribute to and produce either solely or as a combined panel effort a paper which must meet our PowerPoint presentation guidelines and timeframe. 
It will also be necessary to produce presentation materials to aide the panel discussion at the conference. To view guidelines for both Papers and Presentations please click here.


By the date set out below, the Committee will notify whether an abstract has been accepted or not. The Committee's decision will be final.
An author whose abstract has been accepted must register to attend the conference within 30 days of receiving notice of acceptance of their abstract. Failure to register or attend at the conference may result in the acceptance being withdrawn.
All panellists are required to pay the conference registration fee.


Submit your abstract here


Key Dates

  • Call for abstracts open - 1 December 2019
  • Call for abstracts close -  28 February 2020
  • Abstracts reviewed - 30 April 2020
  • Notification of acceptance/declined - 31 May 2020
  • Full papers due by panellists - 31 July 2020
  • Full PowerPoint presentations due by presenters - 2 October 2020

For further information please contact:

Claire Bark
Conference Manager
Conference Innovators
T +64 9 972 2034