Seminar Competition

The SLSA invites submissions for its annual seminar competition. The fund is £10,000, all of which can be awarded to a single proposal, or alternatively divided between two or more applicants. The money can be used to support the delivery of either an individual seminar or short conference, or a series of events. There are no restrictions concerning the subject matter, provided that applicants can show relevance to the socio-legal community. Applicants must be members of the SLSA. Applications will not be considered where the amount of support required from the SLSA is less than £500, or where the event is targeted at staff or students of a single institution.


2017 winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Seminar Competition. Further details of dates and venues will be announcement when available. Many congratulations to:

  • Sophie Boyron, University of Birmingham, ‘Law, Translation and Migration: An enlightening relationship’: further details are now available
  • Yvonne McDermott Rees and Hayley Roberts, Bangor University, ‘Devolved Nations and International Law’: now open for booking
  • Nick Piska and Hayley Gibson, University of Kent, ‘Power, Property and the Law of Trusts Revisited’: dates confirmed – register your interest on the website
  • Philippa Tomczak, University of Sheffield, event 'The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice: A seminar to set the research agenda' – booking is now open for this event.

See below for details of previous winners.

See our research outcomes page for some of the publications that have resulted from SLSA funding.

Reports of all SLSA seminars are published in the Socio-Legal Newsletter. Please see our newsletter archive.


How to enter

Please download the Rules and Guidance for full details of how to enter. Please ensure that your proposal accords with the guidance.

If you have any queries, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The closing date for this year will be 11 December 2017

The chair of the seminar competition subcommittee is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Seminar Competition winners

2016

Imagining the State for Progressive Politics

19 May 2016

Kent Law School, University of Kent

Applicant: Davina Cooper, University of Kent

Award: £3618

Please see flyer for details.

Reproductive Futures: Reproductive choices?

4–5 July 2016

Southampton University

Applicants: Natasha Hammond-Browning and Claire Lougarre

Award: £3392

Please see flyer for details.

Labour Law for a Warming World? Exploring the intersections between work, regulation and environmental sustainability

12 September 2016

University of Warwick School of Law

Applicant: Ania Zbyszewska

Award: £2500

Please see flyer for details.

International Economic Law in Context: Workshop 2 – Governing the planet: issues in global environmental governance

3 November 2016

Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

Applicants: Celine Tan and John McEldowney, University of Warwick

Award: £2400 

This is the second workshop in a series organised by Centre for Law, Regulation and Governance of the Global Economy (GLOBE), University of Warwick. See website for details.

2015

Symposium on Law and Compassion

1 July 2015, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Applicants: Dermot Feenan and Daniel Bedford, University of Portsmouth

Award: £3000

Appointing Judges in an Age of Diversity: An international conference on the JAC's 10th anniversary

6–7 November 2015, University of Birmingham

Applicants: Graham Gee and Erika Rackley, University of Birmingham

Award: £2215

Lost in Translation? From science to regulation

Date: 19 January 2016, University of Birmingham

Applicant: Aleksandra Cavoski, University of Birmingham

Award: £876

Law's metaphors

25 September 2015, School of Law, University of Southampton

Applicant: David Gurnham, University of Southampton

Award: £1022

Research outcomes

International Economic Law in Context: Workshop 1 – Rethinking international investment law: civic advocacy, representation, University of Warwick: call for papers

3–4 May 2016, GLOBE, University of Warwick

Applicants: Celine Tan and John McEldowney, University of Warwick

Award: £2400 

This was the first workshop in a series organised by GLOBE. A report of this event is available here.

2014

The Cultural Life of Death in Punishment

1 September 2014, Senate House, University of London

Applicants: Lizzie Seal and Evi Girling

Award: £3000

Research outcomes

The Green Economy and Human Well-being: Integrating human development in environment-related economic policies: indicators and impact

November (date to be confirmed)

Applicants: Elena Blanco and Jona Razzaque

Award: £500

Please download attachment for further details of this event to be held at the University of the West of England's Frenchay Campus in Bristol.

Oxford Handbook of Roman Law and Society Conference

12–15 June 2014, Edinburgh University

Applicant: Paul du Plessis

Award: £500

New Technologies, Developments in the Biosciences and the New Frontiers of Human Rights

18 June 2014, Durham University

Applicant: Noa Vaisman

Award: £500

Crimea: EU, human rights and public international law

1 May 2014, Durham Law School (Postgraduate Conference)

Applicants: Aoife O'Donoghue and Catherine Turner

Award: £500

Research outcomes

2013

Graphic Justice

11 September 2013, St Mary's University College, London

Applicant: Thomas Giddens

Award: £2095

Please see flyer for details.

Research outcomes

2011

Economic and Social Rights in a Time of Austerity

1 July 2011, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Lead applicants: Aoife Nolan, Law School, Durham University and Sandra Fredman, University of Oxford

Award: £3096

Podcasts of all sessions are available for download on the seminar website.

2010

Socio-Legal Perspectives on Contemporary Mobilities: Theoretical and Policy Implications

17 & 18 November 2010, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge

Lead applicant: Louise Ackers, Liverpool Law School

Award: £3500

The Role of Databases in Transitional Justice Research

26 October 2010

Lead applicants: Louise Mallinder and Catherine O'Rourke, Transitional Justice Unit, University of Ulster

Award: £400

Research outcomes

2009

Socializing Economic Relationships – New Perspectives and Methods for Analysing Transnational Risk Regulation

15 & 16 April 2010, Centre for Socio-legal Studies, Oxford

Lead applicant: Dr Bettina Lange, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University,
Other applicant: Dr Dania Thomas, School of Law, Keele University

Award: £4000

2007

Children’s Participation in Research Processes: Putting Theory into Practice

10-12 September 2007, University of Liverpool

Lead applicant: Professor Christina Lyon and

Other applicant: Mike Jones (formerly of The Children’s Society)

Both applicants are from the Centre for the Study of the Child, the Family and the Law, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool

Award: £3590

Positions on the Politics of Porn: A Debate on Government Plans to Criminalise the Possession of Extreme Pornography

15 March 2007, University of Durham

Lead applicant: Clare McGlynn

Other applicants: Erika Rackley and Nicole Westmarland

All applicants are from the University of Durham

Award: £1097.50

In 2008, it was judged that none of the entrants was suitable for a seminar grant. In 2012, the scheme was suspended for one year.

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