The first conference was held in Brisbane, Australia in 2014. It was co-hosted by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research with the Dalhousie Health Law Institute (Canada) and the Tsinghua Medical Law Center (China).
The second conference was held in Halifax, Canada in 2017. It was co-hosted by the Dalhousie Health Law Institute (Canada), the Australian Centre for Health Law Research and the End of Life Care Research Group (Belgium), and researchers in the Netherlands.
The third conference was held in Ghent, Belgium in 2019. It was hosted by the End of Life Care Research Group (Belgium) with other research centres and researchers represented on the conference committee.
It has generally been a 2.5 day conference with a very diverse participants (see culture below). Attendance has been from about 500 to 200 people. In some cases, the conference was credited for professional on-going education for physicians.
Interdisciplinary – all disciplines are welcome and ongoing efforts have been made to reach out to new disciplines working in end of life
International – local conferences have worked hard to ensure that people from around the world are encouraged to attend. This has tended to be strong overseas representation from the countries who have been historically been involved, e.g. Australia and Canada, but there has been wide international participation. To illustrate, it has generally been the case that almost half of the participants attending were from outside of the host country.
Inclusive – a welcoming conference that is open to different ideas and perspectives, especially on this subject matter where views can be very different and polarised.
Spans professional boundaries – while this is an academic conference (and this is critical because there are other outlets for non-academic or purely activist work), as noted above it includes those in academic, professional practice (clinical, legal etc), government, non-government organisations and even individuals (many of whom have made important contributions to the conference and its culture). Each of the conferences has also attracted policy-makers from different jurisdictions as part of the audience.