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The Socio-Legal Studies Association

This website contains information about the SLSA and our aims and objectives. You can find out how to join and about the many benefits of membership. There are details on all our activities including our prestigious socio-legal prizes, our research grants scheme, our seminar competition and our popular annual and postgraduate conferences.

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SLSA nominations of panel members for REF 2021

The SLSA has been invited to nominate individuals for panel membership. Closing date for expressions of interest: 29 November 2017.

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SLSA 2020 and 2021: Call for expressions of interest

The SLSA Executive is seeking expressions of interest from universities wishing to host our annual conferences in 2020 and 2021.

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SLSA chair and Exec

The SLSA chair is Professor Rosie Harding (pictured) of the University of Birmingham. She took up the post in April 2017. Members are invited to contact the chair or a member of the Executive Committee with their comments, suggestions and feedback. See the Exec page for details.

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Socio-legal news


Welcome to the news section of the SLSA website. This area is divided into the following categories:

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Events

European Law in the United Kingdom: UKAEL annual lecture by Sir Jonathan Faull, London

Socio-legal Studies/Sociologie du Droit: Methods, traditions, theories in France and the UK, Paris: call for contributions and registration

SLSA 2018, Bristol: call for papers and posters and registration now open – conference poster now available

SLSA Postgraduate Conference 2018, Belfast

Publications

National Centre for Research Methods: latest Research Methods Bulletin

Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies: 2018 preview and call for papers

Research

British Academy: Visiting Fellowships Scheme: call for applications

Vacancies

LINCS PhD studentship, Queen's University Belfast


Vacancies

LINCS PhD studentship, Queen's University Belfast

Applications are invited for these Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society studentships. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 5pm 15 January 2018.

Kent Law School: PhD research studentships, fee waivers and bursaries 2018/2019

Please see attachment for details. Please note that closing dates vary.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The School of Advanced Study is able to support a limited number of Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships. Expressions of interest are welcomed from candidates wishing to conduct research in one, or more than one, of the institutes’ subject areas. Please see website for further details. Closing date: 18 December 2018.

ESRC Leadership Fellow

The ESRC has announced the introduction of a Leadership Fellowship. The ESRC wishes to appoint a senior academic as a Leadership Fellow to develop an ambitious vision and strategy for how the organisation can build leadership capability within the social sciences. Please see website for details. Closing date: 3 January 2017.

Judicial Appointments Commission: current selection exercises

There are a number of selection exercises just launched or due to launch in the next few weeks. See website for details.

Feminist Legal Studies: Call for editorial board members

Feminist Legal Studies is looking to appoint new editorial board members for the three years from March 2018. Please see flyer for details. Closing date for expressions of interest: 16 December 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 September–December 2018 is 1 March 2018. Applications may be accepted after the deadline subject to office space remaining available. Please see webpage for details.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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Networks

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 graphicjustice.blogspot.com, 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

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.

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Consultations, inquiries and reviews

Law Commission consultation on simplifying the planning process in Wales

The Law Commission has launched this consultation on a new planning code for Wales. Please see website for details. Closing date: 1 March 2018.

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Other announcements

Trans-disciplinary Research Fellowship Scheme: Survey by the Academy of Health Sciences and The Health Foundation

To take part in this survey to inform the development of a new Trans-disciplinary Research Fellowship Scheme, please foll the link. Closing date: 12 December 2017.

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards

Proposals are invited for this British Academy award scheme. Please see website for details. Closing date: 14 December 2017.

 

News: conferences, events and seminars


This page contains details of conferences, events and seminars either organised and run by SLSA members or of interest to them.

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European Law in the United Kingdom: UKAEL annual lecture by Sir Jonathan Faull, London

Socio-legal Studies/Sociologie du Droit: Methods, traditions, theories in France and the UK, Paris: call for contributions and registration

SLSA 2018, Bristol: call for papers and posters and registration now open – conference poster now available

SLSA Postgraduate Conference 2018, Belfast


2017


December

Centre for the Study of Women and Gender: Graduate seminar series 2017–2018

Dates: Unitl March 2018

Venue: Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, Warwick University

Please see flyer for details.

Brexit Will Not Happen!? But what if it would?

Date: 4 December 2017

Venue: Sustainability College, Bruges, Belgium

Please see website for details.

Health, Environment and Food: European law and risk regulation: call for abstracts

Date: 4 December 2017

Venue: University of Parma, Italy

Please see website for details. Call closes: 10 November 2017.

Westminster Briefing: Higher education policy in 2018

Date: 6 December 2017

Venue: Central London

Please see website for details.

70 Years Ago - How universal rights were being made

Date: 6 December 2017

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Please see website for details.

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LSAANZ Conference 2017

Dates: 6–9 December 2017

Venue: Otago University, Dunedin New Zealand

Hosted by the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre for Research Excellence. Please see website for details. 

Crimmigration Law at a Crossroads: Promises and pitfalls after Trump and Brexit

Date: 7 December 2017

Venue: Queen Mary University of London

Speaker: Professor Juliet Stumpf of Lewis and Clark Law School

This is the Annual Lecture of the Criminal Justice Centre. Please see website for details.

Subversive Legacies: Law, literature and repetition

Date: 7 December 2017

Venue: Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong, Australia

Speaker: Professor Marianne Constable

Please see flyer for details.

The North Sea as a Source of Sustainable Energy and Law

Date: 8 November 2017

Venue: Centre of Energy Law, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Please see website for details.

Children's Right to Health, Brighton

Date: 11 December 2017

Venue: Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

Please see attachment for details

Law, Human Rights and Religion: Flashpoints

Date: 11 December 2017

Venue: Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University

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Westminster Briefing: Narrowing the gap in HE outcomes

Date: 14 December 2017

Venue: Central London

Please see webpage for details.

European Law in the United Kingdom: UKAEL annual lecture by Sir Jonathan Faull

Date: 14 December 2017

Venue: Great Hall, King's College London

Please see website for details.

Contemporary Issues in Financial Markets Law and Company Law – National, international, European and comparative perspectives

Date: 15 December 2017

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Please see website for details.

Orient Far and Near: call for papers

Date: 20 December 2017

Venue: Centre for Oriental Law Research, University of Wroclaw, Poland

Please see Facebook page for details. Closing date: 1 December 2017.

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2018


January

SLSA Posgraduate Conference

Dates: 4–5 January 2018

Venue: Queen's University Belfast

Please see webpage for details.

Regulating Healthcare: The NHS at 70

Date: 12 January 2018

Venue: University of Liverpool London Campus, Finsbury Square

Please see website for details.

Intoxication, Addiction and the Criminal Law

Date: 13 January 2017

Venue: Bramber House, University of Sussex, Brighton

Co-Hosted by the Sussex Crime Research Centre and Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre. Please see website for details.

Boards of Directors: Composition and Process

Dates: 15–16 January 2018

Venue: Centre for Business Law and Practice, University of Leeds

Registration now open. Please see website for details.

The Future for Charity Law and Governance: Accountability, regulation and priorities for new legislation

Date: 18 January 2018

Venue: Central London

Organised by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum. Please see website for details. 

Leeds Historical Criminology Seminar Series: History and criminal justice policy

Date: 24 January 2018

Venue: University of Leeds

Please see website for details. This event is free, but registration is required.

Northern Public Law Forum Inaugural Seminar

Date: 31 January 2018

Venue: University of Sheffield

Speakers: Professor Carol Harlow (LSE) and Professor Richard Rawlings (UCL)

Please see attachment for details.

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February

Flags, Identity, Memory: Critiquing the public narrative through color: call for papers

Dates: 7–9 February 2018

Venue: Université de Lille, France

This is a preliminary conference in advance of the publication of a reference book of the same name. Please see attachment for details. Call for paper abstracts for the conference closes on 2 January 2018. Call for abstracts for the book closes on 1 April 2018.

UK–US Early Career Research Collaboration Workshop: Applications invited

Dates: 10–11 February 2018

Venue: 136 Irving Street, Cambridge MA, USA

Organised by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy and the American Philosophical Society. Applications are invited from early career scholars. Please see webpage for details. Closing date: 6 December 2017.

Thesis Boot Camp: call for expressions of interest

Dates: 17–24 February 2018

Venue: Fishley Hall, Norfolk

Please see attachment for details. Call for expressions of interest closes on 11 December 2017. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

International Law on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Environmental Protection in Times of Disorder and Contestation: call for papers

Date: 28 February 2018

Venue: Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Please see website for details. Call closes: 15 December 2017.

Heteronormativity in Practice: Marginalization and inequity in the law and public sector: call for papers

Date: 28 February 2018

Venue: University of Exeter

Please see flyer for details. Closing date: 8 January 2018.

 

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March

Boundaries, Conflicts and Alliances: Interactions between international, transnational and comparative law

Dates: 1–2 March 2018

Venue: Osgood Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada

This is the conference of the Toronto Group for the Study of International, Transnational and Comparative Law. Please see website for details. 

How to get a PhD in Law: Day Two on the PhD in law journey – supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas

Date: 2 March 2018

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Please see website for details.

KLS-IALS Workshop: Making sociolegal research visible and tangible

Date: 9 March 2018

Venue: Institute of Advance Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, Bloomsbury,
London WC1B 5DR

Places are funded by KLS-IALS and there is a limited bursary fund. Please see flyer for details. Closing date for applications: 1 December 2017.

Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness: call for papers

Dates: 21–22 March 2018

Venue: Keble College, Oxford

Organised by the Howard League for Penal Reform. Please see website for details. Call closes: 4 December 2017.

Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference 2018: call for papers

Dates: 26–27 March 2018

Venue: Keele University

Please see website for details. Call closes: 22 December 2017.

SLSA 2018: call for papers and posters and registration now open

Dates: 27–29 March 2018

Venue: University of Bristol

See website for details. Closing date for call for papers and posters: 8 January 2018. Conference poster now available.

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April

BILETA Conference 2018: call for papers

Date: 9 April 2018

Venue: School of Law, University of Aberdeen

Theme: Digital Futures: places and people, technology and data

This is the conference of the British and Irish, Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA). Please see website for details. Closing date: 26 January 2018.

Modern Studies in Property Law

Date: 10 April 2018

Venue: UCL Laws, Bentham House, London

Please see website for details. 

Modern Studies in Property Law Post-Graduate Research Conference 2018: call for papers 

Date: 12 April 2018

Venue: Bentham House, Faculty of Law, University College London

Please see website for details. Call closes: 1 December 2017.

The World of Work: Interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early career researchers: call for papers

Date: 13 April 2018

Venue: University of Bristol

Please see attachment for details. Call closes: 15 January 2018.

Socio-legal Studies/Sociologie du Droit: Methods, traditions, theories in France and the UK: call for contributions and registration

Date: 16 April 2018

Venue: University of Kent in Paris

Please see webpage for details. Call closes: 8 December 2017.

Trust, Risk, Information and the Law: call for papers

Date: 25 April 2018

Venue: Holiday Inn, Winchester

Please see website for details. Call closes: 26 January 2018.

Expert Seminar on Gender and the Judiciary: call for papers

Date: 27 April 2018

Venue: Ghent University, Belgium

Please see flyer for details. Closing date: 20 December 2017.

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May

How to get a PhD in Law: Day Three on researching, disseminating and publishing in the digital world

Date: 11 May 2018

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Please see website for details.

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

Dates: 23–25 May 2018

Venue: Örebro University, Sweden

Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 1 December 2017.

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June

Joint Meeting of the LSA and CLSA

Dates: 7–10 June 2018

Venue: Toronto Canada

Please see website for details. 

WG Hart Legal Workshop 2018: Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights: call for papers

Dates: 11–12 June 2018

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

Please see attachment for details of call and confirmed speakers. Closing date: 31 December 2017.

Elder Law and its Discontents, Tel Aviv

Dates: 18–19 June 2018

Venue: Tel Aviv University, Israel

Please see flyer for details. 

Access to Justice and Legal Services: call for papers and registration now open

Dates: 11–13 June 2018

Venue: University College London Faculty of Laws, Bentham House

Please see website for details. Closing date for submission of proposals: 26 January 2018. Early bird registration open until 28 March 2018.

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July

National Centre for Research Methods: Research methods festival 2018

Dates: 3–5 July 2018

Venue: University of Bath

Please see webpage for details.

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September

RCSL and ISA Joint Meeting: Law and citizenship beyond the state: call for papers and session proposals

Dates: 10–13 September 2018

Venue: Lisbon, Portugal

Please see website for details. Call closes: 15 December 2017.

African Studies Association UK Conference: call for papers for two legal streams

Dates: 11–13 September 2018

Venue: University of Birmingham

Papers are invited for the African Feminist Judgments stream and the Customary Law and Legal Pluralism stream. Please see flyer and website for further details. Closing date: 16 February 2018.

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2019

WG Hart Legal Workshop 2019: Call for proposals and the nomination for academic directors

Date: tbc

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Please see website for details. Closing date: 20 November 2017.

 

News: research and funding


On this page, we report on the latest news about research and funding in the world of socio-legal studies. This can include information from the major UK funders, launches of research projects or research centres, calls for collaboration, in fact, any aspect of academic research that is of interest to socio-legal scholars.

Items will usually be retained for a period of about three months, or until any significant dates have passed.

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British Academy: Visiting Fellowships Scheme: call for applications


Funding bodies and other related organisations

AcSS

AHRC

British Academy

British Library

ESRC

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Higher Education Academy

ICANN

International Research Collaboratives

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Law and Society Association

Legal Education Research Network

Ministry of Justice

National Archives

National Centre for Research Methods

Nuffield Foundation

Research Councils UK

REF

Research Cluster in Law, Justice and Society

Restorative Justice Council

Science and Technology Select Committee

Sociolegal Model-Making Project

UK Administrative Justice Institute

UK Research and Innovation

University of Leeds


Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) is the voice of social sciences in the UK.

The Academy is composed of over 800 individual academicians and 44 learned societies. Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most of the learned societies (including the SLSA) in the social sciences in the United Kingdom are represented within the Academy.

Please visit the AcSS website for full details.

AcSS Council

Professor Robert Dingwall has been elected to the AcSS Council for a three-year term until 2016. Please see website for details of council meetings.

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AHRC

Research funding guide

The AHRC research funding guide version 1.2.

Researchers in residence

Researchers in Residence (RinR), funded by RCUK with support from the Wellcome Trust, brings together researchers, young people and teachers via exciting and innovative placements in secondary schools and colleges across the UK. The scheme is  open to all PhD and post-doctoral researchers funded directly or indirectly by one of the seven UK Research Councils or the Wellcome Trust.

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British Academy

The British Academy's funding page is constantly updated.

British Academy: Visiting Fellowships Scheme: call for applications

Applications are invited for this British Academy scheme. Please see website for details. Closing date: 31 January 2018.

British Academy: Apex Awards – call for applications

The APEX awards are a new funding opportunity designed to promote collaboration across academic disciplines through the support of world-leading interdisciplinary research projects. Please see website for details. Closing date: 14 December 2017.

British Academy Newton Fund opportunities

The British Academy is currently inviting applications from scholars for the Newton Advanced Fellowship and the Newton Mobility Grant. Closing date for both schemes: 20 December 2017.

British Academy: Response to triggering of Article 50

On 29 March, the Academy responded to the UK government triggering Article 50 as part of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. Foreign Secretary at the British Academy Professor Ash Amin, said: 'The Government must do everything within its power to safeguard the UK's world-leading research, innovation and higher education systems.' See website for full statement.

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

British Academy Vice-President for the Humanities, Professor Alan Bowman, and Vice-President for Social Sciences, Professor Dominic Abram, discuss the challenges facing research and study in the humanities and social sciences in 2017. Follow link to listen to the conversation.

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British Library

Mapping Oral Histories of Law: call for participation

National Life Stories at the British Library has commissioned a Scoping Study to map the existing collection of oral histories of legal professions in post-war Britain. The study, being undertaken by Chris Monaghan, a senior lecturer in law at the University of Greenwich, will inform the focus of a relaunched National Life Stories Legal Lives project. The research phase of the Scoping Study finishes in early March 2015. We would be incredibly grateful for any help in identifying  existing oral histories. Please send any suggestions or queries to Chris Monaghan. See attachment for further details.

New social welfare portal

Please visit the new social welfare portal, test the service, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your feedback. You can also blog post about the portal.

British newspaper archive

A British Library partnership with Brightsolid has launched a new online newspaper archive with a list of around 170 titles mainly dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries drawn from British Library newspaper collections. Searching with preview snippets will be free. Content will be free to access in BL reading rooms, while pay-per-view and annual subscription models will be available for remote access on an individual basis.

The emphasis of title selection is predominantly sub-national regional press, and appears to have a family history audience in mind. It appears that the following titles are likely to be included: Cobbett's Weekly Political Register (1802—1835), a few Chartist titles (1837—1852) including Northern Star and Northern Liberator, Illustrated Police News (1867—1900), Perry’s Bankrupt Gazette (1828–1867), Freeman's Journal (1820 - 1900). Neither the County Courts Chronicle nor Weekly Police News appear on the list butThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will pass on suggestions from British Library readers in the SLSA to the project team and Brightsolid (please include subject line' britishnewspaperarchive SLSA').

New moving image service at the British Library

1 October 2012 sees the piloting of the British Library's moving image services. From 1 October two new, instant access services are available for anyone researching in one of the Reading Rooms (at St Pancras, Colindale or Boston Spa) plus special access to a huge television and radio database. In combination with the existing sound collections, the British Library can now provide instant access to nearly a million sound and moving image items onsite, supported by data for over 20 million sound and moving image recordings. Please visit website for full details.

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ESRC

ESRC Centres Competition 2018: call for outline proposals

Outline proposals are invited for this year's competition. Please see website for details. Closing date: 15 March 2018.

ESRC Cross-disciplinary mental health network plus: call for proposals

Proposals are invited for the above scheme. Please see website for details. Closing date: 22 March 2018.

ESRC launches 2018 Celebrating Impact Prize

Applications are invited for the above prize. Please see website for details. Closing date: 23 November 2017.

ESRC Centres Competition 2018: Pre-call announcement

In November 2017 the ESRC will be announcing an open competition for research centres. There will be no priority areas for this call. The ESRC would welcome applications of excellent quality in any area of social science within its remit. For further details and to register your interest, please see the full pre-call announcement.

ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund: pre-call announcement

The ESRC has pre-announced the commissioning of four new calls under the Global Challenges Research Fund. The calls will focus on the areas of mental health, education and skills, decent work and transitions towards sustainable and inclusive societies. See website for details. The formal launch will be in October/November 2017.

ESRC New Investigator Grants: call

Applications are invited for this new scheme. Awards will be from £100,000 to £300,000. Please see website for details. This is an open call with no closing date.

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Higher Education Academy

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) provides services to the higher education sector for individual learning and teaching professionals, senior managers in institutions and for subject and discipline groups. Please visit website for further information.

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Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission invites tenders for research into the equality and human rights impacts of recent changes to civil law justice.  It involves a literature review and delivery of two roundtables. Please see website for details. Closing date: 4 December 2014

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International Research Collaboratives

‘Law, Reason and Emotion’ – call for expressions of interest

The Law and Society Association (LSA) has awarded the status of International Research Collaborative (IRC) to the network entitled Law, Reason and Emotion. Please see attachment for full details of this IRC and of the call.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an endowed charity that funds a large, UK-wide research and development programme. It seeks to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming then and to show how social needs can be met in practice.

Please visit the website for more information.


Law and Society Association 

The Law and Society Association was set up in the USA in 1964 to support its members in developing theoretical and empirical understandings of law. See the website for full details.


Legal Education Research Network

For information on the Legal Education Research Network (LERN) please see website.


Ministry of Justice

Sentencing

Published for the first time every sentence handed down at each court in the country between July 2010 and June 2011, along with the age and ethnicity of each offender. Please see press release for full details.

Court statistics

View the latest court statistics: published quarterly.

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 National Centre for Research Methods

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is a network of research groups, each conducting research and training in social science research methods. It is co-ordinated from a hub in the University of Southampton and nodes across UK universities. NCRM provides a focal point for research, training and capacity-building activities. These activities are aimed at promoting a step change in the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, and providing support for, and dissemination of, methodological innovation and excellence within the UK.

The NCRM provides regular email bulletins. To register, please visit the subscriptions page. The centre also runs regular training events.

NCRM latest research methods training and events programme

The NCRM has published its training and events programme for March–July 2015. Please see attachment for details.

NCRM training bursaries open for applications

Applications are invtied for NCRM training bursaries. The bursaries are worth up to £1000 and are aimed at enabling staff in the UK social science community to update their research skills. There is no closing date but the scheme will close for the year when the budget has be exhausted. Please see website for details.


Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1943 by William Morris, Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors. Lord Nuffield wanted to contribute to improvements in society, including the expansion of education and the alleviation of disadvantage. He called this the ‘advancement of social well-being’, and emphasised the importance of education, training and research in achieving that goal. Today, the foundation works to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation in education and social policy. the foundation is also increasing the proliferation and quality of research and professional skills – both in science and social sciences – through its capacity-building programmes.

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Research Cluster in Law, Justice and Society, Oxford

A new Research Cluster in Law, Justice and Society has been launched at Wolfson College, in collaboration with the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS). The research cluster will join several other research clusters created under the guidance of college President, Professor Hermione Lee, which draw on the outstanding scholarly strengths and interests within the college to foster innovative approaches to interdisciplinary research.

Please see flyer for further details or visit the cluster website.

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Research Councils UK

Each year the Research Councils invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.

RCUK statement on international collaboration post-EU referendum

The outcome of the EU referendum raises questions for UK researchers and international partners about the Research Councils’ international activities and collaborations. RCUK's statment can be found on the website.

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Research Excellence Framework

Latest publications from the REF: all submissions made by UK universities plus Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel report and HEI codes of practice

The 1911 submissions made by 154 UK universities to the 2014 REF have now been published on the REF website. The submissions included 52,061 academic staff, 191,150 research outputs and 6975 case studies on impact of resesarch. Please see website for details.

The panel overview reports and the final report by the Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel are also available here and the final lists of panel membership and special advisers have also been published. The codes of practice on staff selection from all submitting Higher Education Institutions are also available.

Full REF results now available

The REF2014 results were published at the end of 2014. For full details of the overall and sub-profiles for each submission see the website. In addition to the results, the updated website also contains summary data about each unit of assessment and an analysis of the 2014 REF results as a whole.

HEFCE to publish database of REF impact case studies

As part of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise, UK higher education institutions submitted 6975 impact case studies demonstrating the impact of their research on wider society. HEFCE and its partners have commissioned Digital Science to produce a freely available database of these impact case studies. These case studies will provide a unique and invaluable source of information on the impact of UK research. Please see website for further details.

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Restorative Justice Council

Access to and experiences of restorative justice for BAME young people

The Restorative Justice Council is embarking on a research project to gain a better understanding of the access to and experiences of restorative justice for BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) young people who have offended. In addition to a lack of research in relation to BAME young people and criminal justice, there is also a perception among some practitioners that there are problems in effectively engaging and delivering restorative interventions with this group. The aim of the research is to develop practical solutions for the restorative field and recommendations for change to future policy development.

For more information please contact the RJC’s senior research officer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sociolegal Model-Making Project

The Sociolegal Model Making Project explores the risks and rewards of using design-based strategies, and model-making in particular, to enhance socio-legal research – that is, research that interprets law as a social phenomenon.

Please see website for details.

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UK Administrative Justice Institute

UKAJI Current Research Network: next update May 2017

The UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI), based at the University of Essex, has been set up to develop a UK-wide, cross-disciplinary community of researchers undertaking empirical research, funders, practitioners and policy-makers. More about UKAJI’s work, which is funded by the Nuffield Foundation until September 2017, is on our website and blog.

Please see attachment to find out how take part in the latest update of the UKAJI Current Research Register of work in progress. Closing date: 14 April 2017.


UK Research and Innovation

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. Research England will work closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations.

UK Research and Innovation interim website

An interim website has been launched by UK Research and Innovation. The site will be a source of news and information about the development of UK Research and Innovation ahead of its formal creation in April 2018.


University of Leeds

N8 Policing Research Partnerships, University of Leeds

A new programme of research and knowledge-sharing – N8 Policing Research Partnerships (N8 PRP) – is to play a key role in informing future policing policy, following funding for a major new collaboration in the north of England. Led by the University of Leeds and funded with £3m from the Higher Education Funding Council, the five-year programme of activities brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines to generate new insights with practical relevance. The programme's director is Professor Adam Crawford, University of Leeds. Please visit website for further details.

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