Socio-legal news

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Doing International Economic Law Differently? Socio-legal methodologies and the study of international trade, investment and financial law, Warwick

19th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law, Örebro, Sweden: call for papers

Professor Baldur Thorhallsson Leverhulme Lecture ‘New Small States, Brexit and Seeking Shelter’, London

Northumbria University Summer Academy in Contemporary Challenges to International Criminal Justice, Newcastle

Access to Justice Workshop: Reframing a research agenda, Leeds

International Criminal Court Summer School 2017, Galway, Ireland

Abortion Act 1967: A promise fulfilled, London

Listening for Justice: An interdisciplinary conversation, Durham

Brexit in Context: History, politics and society, Northampton: call for papers

Liability versus Innovation: Unpacking key connections – Seminar 5, Keele

The Castle: Free film screening, Oxford

The Will of the People? The history of petitioning in Britain and its implications for today, Oxford

Book Launch: Basic Income by Guy Standing, London

Brexit and the Law School, Newcastle

The Refugee as the Invasive Other, London

Planning Ahead: LGBT issues at the end of life, Southampton

Book Forum: Parliaments in European, regional and global governance, London

Summer COP at King's: International Climate Change MasterclassCOP at King's: International Climate Change Masterclass, London

Rethinking Transitional Justice: What does it mean today? – postgraduate/early career workshopWhat does it mean today? – postgraduate/early career workshop, Oxford: call for expressions of interest: the SLSA is a co-sponsor of this event

Devolved Nations and International Law, Bangor: call for papers: the SLSA is a co-sponsor of this event via our Seminar Competition

The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice: Setting the Research Agenda, Sheffield: the SLSA is a co-sponsor of this event via our Seminar Competition

Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Mexico: the SLSA is a co-sponsor of this event


New book: The Rule of Law in the United Nations Security Council Decision-Making Process by Sherif Elgebeily

NCRM: Latest Research Methods Bulletin – April 2017

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: latest e-news

Research and funding

Grants Assessment Panel appointments 2017 – Economic and Social Research Council

British Academy: Response to triggering of Article 50

British Academy Conversation: What are the biggest challenges facing humanities and social science research and study?What are the biggest challenges facing humanities and social science research and study?


Judicial Appointments Commission: current and forthcoming vacancies

PhD Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship, Kent Law School


Latest AcSS Policy Monitor

Other announcements

Law Teachers' Wellbeing Survey: request for participants


Judicial Appointments Commission: current and forthcoming vacancies

The Judicial Appointments Commission currently has a number of exercises open or due to be launched in the near future. Please see webpage for further details.

PhD Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship, Kent Law School

Applications are invited for the above scholarship on a project entitled: 'Governing marginal populations and making contemporary citizens: a case study of street homelessness in Canterbury’. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 11 May 2017.

Visiting Scholar Scheme: Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, University of Kent

Applications are invited for the above scheme. Please note that the application deadline for visits between January–June 2018 is 30 June 2017, and for visits between September–December 2018 the application deadline is 1 March 2018. Applications may be accepted after the deadlines subject to office space remaining available. Please see webpage for details.

Three chairs in law, University of Birmingham

Birmingham Law School wishes to appoint three professors of law to contribute to and help to lead our diverse and stimulating intellectual community. As members of Birmingham Law School, the successful applicants will join a lively and flourishing school where they will provide intellectual and other leadership, deliver challenging and rewarding teaching, and produce world-leading research in the school's collegiate and highly ambitious scholarly community. Applications are welcome from people of all backgrounds. The Law School is fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in its recruitment activities. Full particulars of the posts can be found on the webpage. Closing date: 23 April 2017.

Kent Law School: LLM by research 2017/2018

The Kent Law School invites applications for LLM by Research Fee Waivers. Research proposals in socio-legal and critical legal studies are particularly welcome. For further information, please visit the website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Research at the Kent Law School. Closing date: 5 May 2017.


Online resources

Sociolegal model making

Amanda Perry-Kessaris has created six sociolegal model-making videos on topics included placeholding and material metaphorization.

Legal Scholarship Blog

The Legal Scholarship Blog is a service from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and University of Washington School of Law. It features law-related calls for papers, conferences and workshops as well as general legal scholarship resources.

Law and Development: Thinking into|about practice: call for contributions

Academics and practitioners are invited to contribute to this collection by informally drawing on text, objects and/or images to reflect upon the nexus between thinking and practice in the field of law and development. To propose a new contribution please contact academic coordinator Amanda Perry-Kessaris.

This collection is part of the Legal Treasure Project.

Film: Socio-legal modelmaking 1 Decisions

The first in a series of films demonstrating the potential of 3D modelmaking as a tool for thinking about complex socio-legal projects and ideas.

 OfficialpapersUK Blog

The OfficialpapersUK blog was launched by the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on 14 September 2015. Managed by members of the Standing Committee on Official Papers (SCOOP) it will have regular posts about collections, web archives and news about official publications from across the UK and further afield. 

 Judicial Appointments Commission: Am I Ready tools – feedback requested

The Judicial Appointments Commission has published some 'Am I Ready?' tools on its website designed to help candidates to assess whether they are ready to apply for judicial appointment. Key points about whom the tools are aimed at and what they involve are provided below. This is the first version of these tools and feedback is invited so they can continue to be developed. Please send any comments to this This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Interdisciplinary Network for Social Protest Research

The Interdisciplinary Network for Social Protest Research (INSPR) promotes cross-disciplinary exchange in social movements research among approaches and disciplines. INSPR organises interdisciplinary events and meetings aimed at promoting multidisciplinary discussion and interdisciplinary collaboration on topics such as social movements, social protest, social change and political behaviour. INSPR is a central hub of interdisciplinary information on social protest and social movements and hosts information about current research, conferences, travel grants, collaboration opportunities and publications. For more information or to sign up to INSPR follow the link. If you want to share information about conferences, calls for paper, or publications, send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to specifying the necessary details.

 UK Data Service: Qualibank

Search and brows qualitative surveys, interviews and open-ended questions. Please follow link for details.

 Nelson Mandela: Rivonia trial recordings

The British Library was instrumental in rescuing the unique recording of Nelson Mandela's trial in 1964. The resource has recently been updated with a new blog, audio clips and pictures.


 British Library help for researchers: Privy Council appeal cases

Follow the link for various primary sources for research on the Privy Council and the disputes decided within the scope of its judicial function and varied colonial and domestic jurisdictions.

Pioneers of Qualitative Research

British social research experienced an unprecedented flowering from the 1940s to the 1970s. This enabled many researchers to carry out their research on a scale and with a methodological diversity which could not easily be repeated today. This website highlights the pioneers who did this research alongside in-depth life story interviews which explain the context of the research – personal, social and intellectual.

Rule of Law Treasures at the British Museum: A mini virtual tour

Constructed by Amanda Perry-Kessaris, this virtual tour visits five objects at the British Musuem exploring the theme of the 'Rule of law'. The tour is based upon the British Museum–BBC History of the World in 100 Objects project.

Ten years of the Old Bailey Online

The AHRC Old Bailey Online project contains a searchable archive of the trials from 1674 to 1913.

British Library recordings of Rivonia Trial

The British Library has recordings from the Rivonia Trial of Nelson Mandela and an interview with Joel Joffe (Mandela’s defence lawyer) in its recorded sound collections.


In His Own Voice: H L A Hart in conversation with David Sugarman

Oxford University Press has digitalised the audio version of Professor David Sugarman’s (Lancaster University Law School) interview with H L A Hart of 1988 and posted it on the web as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations marking the publication of Hart’s The Concept of Law and a new 3rd (2012) edition. Follow the link to access the interview, and a blog about the interview.

National Centre for Research Methods

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) has made available intro-level 'What is?' audio slideshows from the Fifth ESRC Research Methods Festival. Subjects include: 'What are qualitative research ethics?' and 'What are cohort studies'? Visit the website to view the videos.

International Investment Arbitration and Public Policy

This new open access, non-commercial website offers: access to a database of investment treaty cases; an indication of the policy areas to which cases appear to relate; the appointment records of individual arbitrators; other information and commentary on the system.

British Library for Development Studies

Law and development regulation and policy literature newly online at BLDS Digital Library via creative commons.

The National Archive

The National archive crimes, courts and convicts collection is now available.

Statistics on recent public disorder published

Please see Justice website for details.

 New resource from the British Library: World Newsreels online

The British Library has announced that hundreds of hours of world newsreels from 1929–1966 have been added to the Electronic Resources pages. They can be accessed via this link.



Network for Early Career Researchers in the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector: open for applications

Applications are invited from early career researchers to join this new network, run by Dr Philippa Tomczak, Sheffield University, and funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. Please see flyer for details. Closing date for applications: 3 April 2017.

 Judicial Images Network: Invitation to join

The Judical Images Network is a new initiative supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The aim of the project is to promote dialogue, understanding, future research and collaboration amongst stakeholders about the production, management and consumption of judicial images. Please see invitation for details and visit the website. A series of events is also planned.

 New network for restorative justice research

The Community of Restorative Researchers is a new student-led research network connecting restorative justice researchers across a number of disciplines. It was launched in June 2014. Please see attachment for full details.

 Howard League Early Career Academics Network

The Howard League for Penal Reform runs an internet based Early Career Academics Network (ECAN) which has over 400 members. The network provides a regular channel of communication and information about research and promotes closer working and an interface between academics and campaigners. The network is free to join and is interested in recruiting members working in fields related to criminology, social policy, law, or the humanities. Please see attachment for full details.

Graphic Justice

Graphic Justice is for anyone interested in the intersection of justice and graphic fiction. Comics, cartoons, graphic novels, manga and other visual narratives have had a considerable impact on cinema, books and the internet. They form a significant – and growing – element of popular culture, yet the intersection between comics and the concerns of law and justice is one that has received little critical attention. Whether you work in legal studies, philosophy, cultural studies, legal education, penology, law enforcement, art, criminology, sociology, imprisonment/corrections, or literary studies, if you’re interested in comics and the concerns of justice – Graphic Justice is for you. The aim is to gather together academics and practitioners, interested parties and artists, and to promote discourse and engagement on this expansive and under-researched area. An international and collaborative space can be found at, and you can make contact via the comments sections on that website, or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For more details, see the attached call for interest.


LawSync is a project in the Department of Law, Criminology, and Community Justice at Sheffield Hallam University. The project aims to see a better synchronisation between law as an academic discipline and professional practice, the expectations both of legal professionals and users of legal services, and regulatory influences. The website will offer an online resource where new developments and opportunities can be discussed on a blog. The project is also planning to develop a teaching module which will encourage students to innovate in response to developments in legal regulation, the use of technology and consumer expectations. For full details, visit the LawSync website.

Law Development and the Arts Network

The Law, Development and the Arts Network (LDAN) is a forum for those who seek to challenge the boundaries of expertise and expert language, using the arts as an accessible vernacular to explore and communicate ideas, processes and projects in law and development. Members are drawn from academic, policy, non-governmental and artistic institutions. The academic coordinators are Deval Desai (SOAS), Patrick Hanafin (Birkbeck) and Amanda Perry-Kessaris (SOAS). For more information see the LDAN website

American Sociological Association

Call from American Sociological Association presidence Erik Olin Wright to improve sociology entries on Wikipedia. See link for details.

British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Rights Study Group

The British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Rights Study Group is developing fast, and new members are very welcome. Membership is free and open to all; information on how to join (including our jiscmail email list) is available here. The group recently published ‘Sociology and human rights: new engagements’, a special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights 14(6), November 2010. This was co-edited by the group’s convenors: Michele Lamb (Roehampton University), Patricia Hynes (NSPCC), Damien Short (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London) and Matthew Waites (University of Glasgow). The opening article is co-authored by the editors and provides an introduction to sociological research on human rights. The volume has also been published as a book by Taylor and Francis in 2011.

International Academic Network on Bioethics ( Réseau international universitaire de bioéthique)

The International Academic Network on Bioethics is headed by Professor Brigitte Feuillet Liger, Université de Rennes I, France. It is a network of law professors from many European jurisdictions, as well as from the USA, Japan, Brazil, Chile and some African countries. It works on the basis of a workshop every 18 months or so on a defined topic in the area of bioethics and invites relevant specialists to participate to supplement the legal analysis (notably doctors, psychoanalysts, sociologists). An edited collection is then produced on the topic. The working language of the network is French, but English versions of the collections will also be published by Bruylant publishers (Belgium) The network’s first theme on donor anonymity in assisted reproduction has been published in French and the English version will be published in September 2010. The second publication on adolescents and medical decision-making will be out by the end of the year (in French with an English version due shortly thereafter). More information is available from the website an English version of which is planned. Thérèse Callus

New JISCmail group: The Vulnerability Network

This is to announce the creation of a new JISCMAIL group: The Vulnerability Network. The aim of the network is to facilitate a space in which academics can interact on this theme – and to allow for a range of initiatives to be set up, including joint publications, events, funding bids etc. The list already has 30 members, and one call for contributions to an edited collection on vulnerability and migrant women. Please do join if you are interested. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Consultations, inquiries and reviews

Sentencing Council: Intimidatory Offences and Domestic Violence Abuse Guidelines Consultation

This Sentencing Council consultation is open until 30 June 2017. Please see press release and consultation document for details.

Law Commission: Protection of Official Data

The Law Commission has published a consultation paper which suggests ways to improve the law around the protection of official information. This consultation has been extended until 3 May 2017 and views are welcomed. Please see website for details.

Academy of Social Sciences: policy monitor: April 2017

Please see attachment for the latest list of government consultations, reviews and inquiries currently open.


Other announcements

Law Teachers' Wellbeing Survey: request for participants

Please see invitation to participate for full details. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Call for case studies in social science research ethics

There is an ongoing debate about the nature of ethics and ethics review in the design, conduct and practice of social science research. As part of Sage’s collection of cases in research methods, Dr Nathan Emmerich is commissioning and editing a series of case studies in research ethics. These should be relatively succinct tales from the field, suitable for an undergraduate/postgraduate readership and offer insight and guidance on the ethical conduct of research. Previous cases have addressed the challenges of getting ethical approval for research, the ethics of interviewing survivors of rape in post-conflict Rwanda and the construction of information sheets for the purposes of securing informed consent. Cases that address substantive issues and reflect the complexities of conducting research are of particular interest. Further details can be found here.

To discuss a idea for a case please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Closing date for this call: 1 August 2017.

Invitation to participate: research questionnaire on 'Jurisprudence in University Curricula'

SLSA members are warmly invited to participate in the above survey. Please see attachment for details. If you have any queries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

External examiners in law: research project questionnaire

As part of the Association of Law Teachers/Society of Legal Scholars Legal Education Research Network (LERN), a team of researchers is currently undertaking research into the role of external examiners in UK law schools. The project involves a quantitative, and then a qualitative, empirical element which aims to find out: who the external examiners are?; how they are trained?; what they do?; how they are selected; How effective they are and How effective the system is.

The researchers are: Vera Birmingham (University of London), Graeme Broadbent (Kingston University), Mike Cuthbert (University of Northampton) and John Hodgson (Nottingham Trent University).

The quantitative element consists of a questionnaire to be completed by external examiners in Law and we would be grateful for your assistance by completing the questionnaire and/or by forwarding it to colleagues who are fulfilling this role. It is a short on-line questionnaire which should take less than 10 minutes to complete.