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The Socio-Legal Studies Association

Welcome to the SLSA website where you will find comprehensive information about the SLSA's aims aims and objectives. You can also 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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New membership benefit

Routledge offering 20 per cent discount for SLSA members on all law titles.

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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

Socio-legal news


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

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New for week ending 22 June 2018  . . .

Events

Socio-legal Journals Global South initiative: Writing workshops: Accra, Ghana; Bangalore, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Recife, Brazil – call for papers

SLSA events and SLSA co-sponsored events

Our Arts in the North, Newcastle

Transmitting Justice: Transparency, visuality and mediatization, London

Security, Borders and International Development: Intersections, convergence and challenges, Warwick: call for papers

The Times and Temporality of International Human Rights Law, Belfast

LSAANZ Annual Conference, Wollongong, Australia: call for papers

Socio-Legal Masterclass, Oxford: waiting list currently open

Publications

International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice: Special Issue on Victims' Rights – call for papers

Sentencing Council proposes General guideline for offences not covered by specific guidance

Call for chapter proposals: Brexit and EU Law: A way forward

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

New book: Gender Justice in Islamic Law, by Musa Usman Abubakar: 20 per cent discount for members

Hart Pubblishing: 30 per cent discount until end of June on all titles

New Book Series: Elgar Studies in Law, Development and Global Justice: call for proposals: call for proposals

Global Law and Sustainable Development: call for book proposals

Vacancies

Lecturer or teaching fellow in migration law, University of Sussex


Vacancies

Lecturer or teaching fellow in migration law, University of Sussex

Applications are invited for the above full-time, permanent position. Please see website for details. Closing date: 19 July 2018.

Judicial Appointments Commission: open and forthcoming selection exercises 

Please see press release for full details of these current and future positions. 

British Academy Global Professorships 2018

Applications are invited for up to 10 Global Professorships over this three-year programme in the first instance.  Each award will provide funding for four years to an outstanding international researcher, not currently working in the UK, to bring their research experience to the UK. The purpose of the Global Professorships is to enable world-class scholars to further their individual research goals while strengthening the UK research base and advancing the research goals and strategies of their UK host universities. Please see website for further details. Closing date: 12 September 2018.

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Online resources

New Blog on Law and Anthropology

A new platform dedicated to legal anthropolog and run by French and European researchers has been launched. This new blog entitled  Law and Anthropology is dedicated to news, analysis and debates on legal anthropology. 

Research Impact at the UK Parliament: New web hub for researchers

The UK Parliament has launched a new web hub providing researchers with a wealth of information about how to engage with Parliament. Please see web hub for details.

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 search warrants

The Law Commission has launched a public consultation on reforming the law of search warrants. The consultation paper is available on the website. Closing date: 5 September 2018.

New guidelines proposed for sentencing people convicted of public order offences

The Sentencing Council has published proposed new guidelines covering public order offences sentenced in England and Wales. They span a wide range of offending from low-level disorderly behaviour, which comprises some of the highest volume offences seen by courts, to larger scale disorder such as football violence and up to major riots. Please see attachment for further details. Closing date: 8 August 2018.

Sentencing Council: new sentencing guidelines for arson and criminal damage proposed

The Sentencing Council has published proposed new guidelines covering arson and criminal damage offences. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 28 June 2018.

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Other announcements

BAILLI User Survey

BAILLI is inviting users to take part in a survey to help understand who its users are, what they want from BAILII, what they like and don't like, and how the service can be improved to best meet users' needs. Please see website for details. The survey only takes about five minutes to complete.

LLM in Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds

The School of Law, University of Leeds is launching an innovative and interdisciplinary LLM in Law and Social Justice. The course is designed for both recent graduates and those currently in employment. For more information see the website.

Flinders mourns the passing of a pop culture pioneer, Steve Redhead

Flinders University has announced the passing of Steve Redhead, the world’s first Professor of Law and Popular Culture. Please see webpage for Flinders University's tribute to Steve. 

 

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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2018

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2019

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2020

June


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Socio-legal Journals Global South Initiative: Writing workshops: Accra, Ghana; Bangalore, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Recife, Brazil; – call for papers

Our Arts in the North, Newcastle

Security, Borders and International Development: Intersections, convergence and challenges, Warwick: call for papers

The Times and Temporality of International Human Rights Law, Belfast

LSAANZ Annual Conference, Wollongong, Australia: call for papers

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

Socio-Legal Masterclass, Oxford: registration now open


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June

Symposium on Law, Compassion, Dignity, and Vulnerability

Date: 21 June 2018

Venue: Institute of Advance Legal Studies, London

Please see website for details.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy; A review of successes and challenges

Dates: 21–22 June 2018

Venue: Department of Law, Maynooth University, Ireland

Please see draft programme for details and website for registration.

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Towards Gender Equality: Clashes in law

Date: 22 June 2018

Venue: School of Law, Politics and Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton

Please see flyer for details. 

Nomos, Spatial Justice and Decoloniality

Date: 22 June 2018

Venue: Westminster Forum, 32–38 Wells Street, London

This is a Westminster Law & Theory Lab event. Please see website for details.

Children, Rights and Childhood: Expo and launch event 2018

Date: 22 June 2018

Venue: The Suites, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham

Please see attachment for details. 

Legal Education and Training Review: 5 years on, Leeds

Date: 25 June 2018

Venue: Leeds Law School, Leeds Beckett University

Please see attachment for details. 

Order, Conflict Resolution and Crime: Re-thinking the role of the state in the 21st century

Date: 26 June 2018

Venue: School of Law, University of Leeds

Speaker: Professor Professor Philip Stenning, Honorary Professor, University KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Adjunct Professor, Griffith Criminology Institute

Hosted by the Centre of Criminal Justice Studies. Please see website for details.

Quantum Law: An interdisciplinary exploration of quantum theory, law and ethics

Date: 26 June 2018

Venue: St Mary's University, London

A one-day international multi-disciplinary symposium, organised by the Westminster Law and Theory Lab, the Centre for Law and Culture, St Mary’s University, London, and the Institute of Advanced Studies. Please see website for details.

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International Conference on Cultural and Global Criminology: Global issues, cultural perspectives 

Dates: 27–29 June 2018

Venue: University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Please see website for details. 

Centre for Criminal Justice Studies Postgraduate Researcher Conference 2018

Date: 28 June 2018

Venue: Baines Wing, University of Leeds

Please see website for details.

Linguistic insights into the needs of International Law (LLM) students

Date: 28 June 2018

Venue: Liberty Building, University of Leeds

Please see website for details.

China and Hong Kong: Overcoming Disability Exclusion in Education

Date: 28 June 2018

Venue: School of Law, University of Leeds

Please see website for details.

2018 Transatlantic Cultural Property Crime Symposium: Combatting cultural crime – new directions and multidisciplinary collaboration

Dates: 28–29 June 2018

Venue: The Octagon at Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London

Please see website for details.

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July

The Times and Temporality of International Human Rights Law

Date: 2 July 2018

Venue: School of Law, Queen's University Belfast

Keynote speaker: Professor Samuel Moyn, Yale University

Please see poster and website for further details. This event is supported by the SLSA via our Seminar Competition.

National Centre for Research Methods: Research methods festival 2018

Dates: 3–5 July 2018

Venue: University of Bath

Please see webpage for details.

Our Arts in the North

Date: 5 July 2018

Venue: Assembly Rooms, Newcastle City Centre

Please see website for details. This event is supported by the SLSA via our Seminar Competition.

Post-Legislative Scrutiny

Date: 10 July 2018

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Please see website for details. 

Law Innovation and Society

Date: 13 July 2018

Venue: Mooting Room, Newcastle Law School

Please see flyer for details.

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August

The Impact of Law on Transnational Families' Staying, Moving and Settling

Dates: 14–17 August 2018

Venue: European Association of Social Anthropologists conference, Stockholm University, Sweden

Please see website for details. 

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September

Critical Legal Conference 2018: Regeneration – call for papers

Dates: 6–8 September 2018

Venue: Open University, Milton Keynes

A graduate workshop will take place on 5 September. Please see website for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 31 July 2018.

  • The critical legal education stream is currently accepting proposals for papers and/or panels. See above website for details.

21st Annual Dilemmas for Human Services International Research Conference

Date: 10–11 September 2018

Venue: University of Northampton

Please see website for details. Cl

RCSL and ISA Joint Meeting: Law and citizenship beyond the state

Dates: 10–13 September 2018

Venue: Lisbon, Portugal

Please see website for details. 

African Studies Association UK Conference

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. 

SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Politics in Latin America: Theoretical, conceptual and strategic lessons from the Global South – call for papers

Date: 14 September 2018

Venue: University of Bath

Please see flyer for details. Call closes: 30 June 2018.

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The Futures of Legal Education and Practice

Dates: 18–20 September 2018

Venue: Open University, Milton Keynes Campus

Keynote speakers: Professor Anthony Bradney, Professor Richard Collier and, founder of the integrative law movement, J Kim Wright

This is the OU's annual conference on the legal profession and legal education, organised in conjunction with the Legal Education Research Network. Please see flyer for details. 

Affirmative Action and the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality

Dates: 22–23 September 2018

Venue: Tamil Nadu Law School,Tiruchirappalli, India 

This event is organised in collaboration with Oxford Human Rights Hub, Oxford University. Please see website for details. 

The Development of Abortion Rights in a Changing Europe

Date: 28 September 2018

Venue: Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Please see flyer for details.

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October

IV CINETS Conference 2018: Mobility and security in an era of globalization – crimmigration at a crossroads?: call for papers

Dates: 5–6 October 2018

Venue: Queen Mary, University of London

Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 30 June 2018.

Socio-legal Journals Global South Initiative: Writing workshop – call for papers

Dates: 11–12 October 2018

Venue: Ghana Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Accra, Ghana

Please see website for details. Call closes: 30 June 2018.

The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform: Third annual conference

Date: 12 October 2018

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Academic Convenors: Dr Maren Heidemann, Catherine Pédamon and Dr Joseph Lee

Organised by the IALS Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law, University of Westminster and University of Exeter. Please see website for details.

Infrastructures of Injustice: Cambridge-Singapore-Princeton Network workshop series

Dates: 26–27 October 2018

Venue: St Edmund's College, Cambridge

Please see attachment for details. 

Socio-legal Journals Global South Initiative: Writing workshop – call for papers

Dates: 29–30 October 2018

Venue: School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India

Please see website for details. Call closes: 15 July 2018.

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November

ESRC Festival of Social Science, nationwide

Dates: 3–10 November 2018

Venues: nationwide

Please see website for details. 

EU Health Law and Policy: Shaping a future research agenda: call for papers

Dates: 29–30 November 2018

Venue: University of Edinburgh

Please see flyer for details. Call closes: 6 July 2018.


December

Socio-legal Journals Global South Initiative: Writing workshop – call for papers

Dates: 5–6 December 2018

Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

Please see website for details. Call closes: 30 June 2018.

Transmitting Justice: Transparency, visuality and mediatization

Date: 10 December 2018

Venue: 83 Pall Mall, London

This event is sponsored by the SLSA (under our Seminar Competition) and the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath. Please see website for details.

LSAANZ Annual Conference: call for papers

Dates: 12–15 December 2018

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

Theme: Inclusion, exclusion and democracy

The SLSA and Canadian Law and Society Association are co-sponsors of this event. Please see website for details. The call for papers is now open. See flyer for details. Closing date: 6 July 2018.

Socio-legal Journals Global South Initiative: Writing workshop – call for papers

Dates: 13–14 December 2018

Venue: Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Please see website for details. Call closes: 30 June 2018.

Relationship breakdown: Informal and legal solutions

Date: 14 December 2018 (tbc)

Venue: De Montfort University, Leicester

Please see website for details.

This event is organised by the International Network of Scholars Researching Unregistered Marriages.

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2019

April

Security, Borders and International Development: Intersections, convergence and challenges: call for papers

Dates: 25–26 April 2019 

Venue: University of Warwick

This event is supported by the SLSA Seminar Competition. Please see attachment for details. Call closes: 30 September 2018.


May

20th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law: call for papers

Dates: 23–25 May 2019

Venue: Instituto Jurídico da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra (UCILeR - University of Coimbra Institute for Legal Research), Coimbra, Portugal

Theme: The limits of law

Please see flyer for details. Closing date: 15 January 2019.


2020


June

Genocide and Law: Communicating through visual arts and language: call for papers

Dates: 26–28 June 2020

Venue: Poznan, Poland

This is the 21st International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law and the 15th Conference on Legal Translation and Interpreting and Comparative Legilinguistics. Please see flyer for details. Closing date for abstracts: 28 February 2020.

 

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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ESRC ISCF Next Generation Services Research Programme: open for applications: open 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

Research methods

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.

BA/Jisc Digital Research in the Humanities Grants: call for proposals

Proposals are invited for the above scheme. Please see website for details. Closing date: 13 June 2018.

British Academy Sustainable Development Programme: call for proposals

The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based researchers in the humanities and the social sciences to develop interdisciplinary research projects that will generate evidence on sustainable development challenges and opportunities in ODA-eligible countries. Please see website for details. Closing date: 20 May 2018.

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants: call for proposals

The BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project. Please visit website for details. Closing date: 6 June 2018.

British Academy: Response to triggering of Article 50

On 29 March 2017, 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 ISCF Next Generation Services Research Programme

The ESRC, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, has announced a research call on Next Generation Services under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The call invites proposals for interdisciplinary research grants of up to £1.25 million (at 100% fEC) over a maximum term of two-and-a-half years, focused on working with business to identify the potential opportunities offered by the application of new technologies in the high value services sector (specifically the accountancy, legal services and insurance industries). Please see website for further details. The closing date will be: 18 July 2018.

ESRC Transnational Organised Crime: Deepening and broadening our understanding – call for proposals

As part of its contribution to the UK Research and Innovation Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research, the ESRC is looking to commission up to four research grants that will deepen and broaden understanding of the complex issues related to transnational organised crime and its interrelation with other licit and illicit activities. Please see website for details. Closing date: 14 June 2018.

ESRC Trust and Global Governance Large Grants: call for proposals

Proposals are invited for this ESRC scheme. See website for details. Closing date: 28 June 2018.

ESRC Governance after Brexit Programme: invitation for proposals

The call is now open for the ESRC's Governance after Brexit Programme. There are two types of grants available. Closing date for Smaller 'Innovation' Grant: 3 May 2018. Closing date for Larger Grant: 22 May 2018. Please see website for details.

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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Research methods

Call for Case Studies in Social Science Research Ethics: SAGE Research Methods Cases

Have you completed a research project with interesting ethical dimensions? Are you interested in sharing your experience of the research process? We are looking for short (2500–5000 words) case studies which report the actual experience of researchers. If you have a tale to tell, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see the SAGE webpage for further information.

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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 (UKRI)  brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. Research England will work closely with its partner organisations in the devolved administrations.

UKRI Future leaders fellowships: call for expressions of interest

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories. Please see website for details. Closing date for expressions of interest: 7 June 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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