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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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SLSA Annual Prize 2018

The 2018 Prize for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community has been awarded jointly this year to Fiona Cownie and Tony Bradney.

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SLSA Annual Conference 2019 Leeds

The call for papers is now open. Closing date: 14 January 2019.

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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 14 December 2018  . . .

Events

Cosmopolitan Pluralism and International Criminal Justice Conference, Leeds

Showcasing Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice, Leeds

Everyday Political Economies of Plural Policing Conference, Leeds

Funding Justice or Fuelling Crime? The political economy of crime and justice in historical perspective - Leeds Historical Criminology seminar, Leeds

Professor Colin Mayer CBE: Centre for Business Law and Practice annual lecture, Leeds

W G Hart Legal Workshop 2020, London: Call for workshop proposals and the nomination of academic directors

SLSA events and SLSA co-sponsored events

Socio-Legal Studies in Germany and the UK: Theory and methods, Berlin: call for papers

Rich Law, Poor Law, London: registration now open

Impact and Law Reform Conference, London: save the date

Workshop on Security, Borders and International Development: Intersections, convergence and challenges, Warwick

SLSA Annual Postgraduate Conference, Warwick: 3–4 January 2019 – registration now closed: waiting list full

Publications

New book: Criminal Law Reform Now, edited by J J Child and R A Duff – 20 per cent discount for SLSA members

Research and funding

Vacancies

Associate professor/senior lecturer in employment law, Swansea University

Consultations

Law Commission consultation paper on commonhold reform

 


Vacancies

Associate professor/senior lecturer in employment law, Swansea University

Applications are invited for this permanant post at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. Please see website for details. Closing date 31 January 2019.

Chair in law, York University

Applications are invited for the above position. Please see website for details. Closing date: 3 February 2019.

Kent Law School: PhD research studentships, fee waivers and bursaries 2019/20

The Kent Law School invites applications for funding from prospective postgraduate research students to commence in September 2019 at the Canterbury Campus. Please see attachment for full details. Note that closing dates for the different funding opportunities differ:

  • CHASE – 11 January 2019
  • Kent Law School Studentships and the Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships: 20 January 2019
  • Larry Grant Scholarship – 3 May 2019

Two PhD research scholarships: School of Law, Warwick University 

Applications are invited for the above scholarships at Warwick Law School. There are two full scholarships available covering tuition and a stipend for three years of study. Please see website for details. Closing date: 28 February 2018.

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Overseas Researchers 2019

Applications are invited from UK early career researchers who wish to conduct research in Japan. Applications open for 2019–2020. This scheme is a collaboration between the British Academy and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Please see website for details. Closing date: 12 December 2018.

York Law School: PhD funded scholarships

Application are invited for the above scholarships at York Law School. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 23 January 2019.

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Overseas Researchers 2019, Japan

Applications are invited from early career researchers who wish to conduct research in Japan. Please see website for details. Closing date: 12 December 2018.

ESRC Doctoral Scholarships, Midlands Graduate School DTP

Applications are invited for these socio-legal studentships. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 22 January 2019.

Law/Criminology: Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarships 2019

Applications are invited for a number of studentshis at Swansea. Please see webpage for details. Closing date: 4 January 2019.

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Online resources

New Blog: 'Housing After Grenfell': call for contributions

A ‘Housing After Grenfell’ blog has been launched by Susan Bright, Centre for Socio-legal Studies, Oxford. She is inviting contributions to add to the debate about housing and law-related matters following the Grenfell Tragedy. For current blogs and for guidelines on how to contribute, see: the blog homepage

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 paper on commonhold reform

The Law Commission has published a consultation paper on commonhold reform: 'Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership'. The consultation period is open until 10 March 2019. See website for details.

Law Commission: preliminary consultation on automated vehicles

The Law Commission is reviewing the regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles in the UK. The preliminary consultation is now open and closes on 8 February 2019.

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Other announcements

Leverhulme Trust: new website launched

The Leverhulme Trust has announce the launch of its new website. See the new website for details of grants, the newsletter and other details.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize 2019: open for applications

The ESRC has launched the 2019 Celebrating Impact Prize. The ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize is an annual opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of ESRC-funded researchers in achieving and enabling outstanding economic and/or social impact from excellent social science research. Please see website for details. Closing date: 8 January 2019.

Sexual Offences: Assessing the impact of the definitive guideline – Sentencing Council

The Sentencing Council has completed an impact assessment of the Sexual Offences Definitive Guideline. The guideline, which came into force in April 2014, covers over 50 offences including rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault, sexual activity with a child and indecent images. The guideline appears to have achieved its aim to make sentencing practice more consistent for the offences covered, with one exception: sexual assault. This offence has seen an increase in average sentencing severity since the guideline came into force. Having considered the impact assessment, the Council will revisit areas of the guideline for which issues were identified. See website to download the full report or executive summary.

ESRC Better Lives writing competition

The ESRC writing competition aims to encourage and reward outstanding written communication by ESRC-funded students. In a change to previous eligibility requirements, the competition is only open to students who are in receipt of ESRC funding onthe closing date: 7 December 2018. First prize: £1000. Please see website for further details.

Law Commission Consultation on Employment Law Hearing Structures

On 27 September 2018, the Law Commission has launched the above consulation. Please see website for details. Closing date: 11 January 2019.

Open access and monographs survey by UKRI

UKRI invites learned societies, subject associations and researchers to complete a short survey aimed at providing evidence to be used during policy development with regard to open access and monographs. Please see attachment for full details. There are two surveys: one for researchers and one for learned societies and subject associations.

Law Commission: new Welsh law reform project on tribunals

Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales, has announced that the Law Commission will review the laws which govern tribunals in Wales. The consultation will commence in 2019. Please see website for details.

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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2020

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Cosmopolitan Pluralism and International Criminal Justice Conference, Leeds

Showcasing Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice, Leeds

Everyday Political Economies of Plural Policing Conference, Leeds

Funding Justice or Fuelling Crime? The political economy of crime and justice in historical perspective - Leeds Historical Criminology seminar, Leeds

Professor Colin Mayer CBE: Centre for Business Law and Practice annual lecture, Leeds

W G Hart Legal Workshop 2020, London: Call for workshop proposals and the nomination of academic directors

Socio-Legal Studies in Germany and the UK: Theory and methods, Berlin: call for papers

Rich Law, Poor Law, London: registration now open

Impact and Law Reform Conference, London: save the date

Workshop on Security, Borders and International Development: Intersections, convergence and challenges, Warwick

SLSA Annual Postgraduate Conference, Warwick: 3–5 January 2019 – save the dates


2018


December

LSAANZ Annual Conference

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 Modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty

Date: 13 December 2018

Venue: Academy Hall, Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands

Organised by the Groningen Centre of Energy Law. Please see website for details.

Socio-legal Journals Global South Initiative: Writing workshop

Dates: 13–14 December 2018

Venue: Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Please see website for details. 

Relationship breakdown: Informal and legal solutions

Date: 14 December 2018

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Russell Square, London

Please see website for details.

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

'Orient Far and Near' Conference: call for papers

Dates: 14–15 December 2018

Venue: University of Wrocław, Poland

Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 23 November 2018.

Law, Human Rights and Religion: Flashpoints: call for papers

Date: 17 December 2018

Venue: Nottingham Trent University

The call for papers is now open . All topics on law, religion and human rights welcomed. Specialist streams on: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, Childrens Rights, Duties of the State, and Public Bodies and Historical Papers. Please see website to register.

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2019


January

SLSA Postgraduate Conference

Dates: 3–4 January 2019

Venue: Warwick University

Follow link for further details.

Introduction to MPhil/PhD Legal Research Methods

Date: 7 January 2019

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

This course aims to introduce a range of research methodologies that may be relevant to MPhil/PhD research in law and legally related fields. Please see website for details.

The Regulation of Partnerships and Closely-Held Corporations

Date: 10 January 2019

Venue: Newton Building, City Campus, Nottingham Trent University

Joint Conference of the Partnership, LLP and LLC Law Forum and the Nottingham Law School Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. Please see programme for details. Please see website for registration.

LawTech in Clinical Legal Education Settings

Date: 10 January 2019

Venue: University of Manchester

A one-day event to explore ideas for access to justice, law clinics and embedding lawtech into Law Schools’ curricula. Jointly organised by CLEO, University of Manchester Law School and LawWorks, Please see website for details.

Cosmopolitan Pluralism and International Criminal Justice Conference

Date: 10 January 2019

Venue: Moot Court Room, University of Leeds

Please see website for details.

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Showcasing Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice

Date: 16 January 2019

Venue: Liberty Building, University of Leeds

Please see website for details.

Everyday Political Economies of Plural Policing Conference

Date: 17 January 2019

Venue: Liberty Building, University of Leeds

Please see website for details.

Inaugural PropTech and Blockchain discussion on land registration and recording of real property interests

Dates: 17–18 January 2019

Venue: RMIT Europe, Barcelona

Please see attachment for details. 

Film screening followed by a panel discussion: Dispossession: The great social housing swindle

Date: 22 January 2019

Venue: Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Campus

Please see website for details.

Funding Justice or Fuelling Crime? The political economy of crime and justice in historical perspective - Leeds Historical Criminology seminar

Date: 25 January 2019

Venue: Maurice Keyworth Building, Business School, University of Leeds

Please see website for details.

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Rich Law, Poor Law: call for papers

Date: 25 January 2019

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

This is an SLSA-sponsored one-day event. See webpage for details.

Excluded Voices and Suppressed Narratives:Signature lecture

Date: 30 January 2019

Venue: Somerset House East Wing, King's College London

Speaker: Professor Emily Grabham, University of Kent

Please see website for details. Title to be confirmed, but save the date.

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February

Sir Richard Arnold: Annual Westminster Law School lecture

Date: 5 February 2019

Venue: Five Hall, Regent Street, London

Please see website for details.

Excluded Voices and Suppressed Narratives: Signature lecture

Date: 6 February 2018

Venue: Somerset House East Wing, London 

Speaker: Professor Walter Kaelin

Please see website for details. Title to be confirmed, but save the date.

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

Date: 28 February 2019

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

This day will cover: the PhD journey - the staging posts of your PhD and support for research students; handling the supervision relationship; preparing for the Ethics Committee; preparing for upgrade viva and the PhD viva; discussion panel of students who have nearly completed their PhD in law; the foreign, international and comparative research collections of IALS Library. Please see website for details.

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March

Professor Colin Mayer CBE: Centre for Business Law and Practice annual lecture

Date: 20 March 2019

Venue: Maurice Keyworth Building, Business School, University of Leeds

Please see website for details.

Annual Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Graduate Student Workshop: call for applications

Date: 21 March 2019

Venue: Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

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

The 'Acceptable' Cartel? Horizontal agreements under competition law and beyond: call for papers

Date: 22 March 2019

Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science

This is a workshop reflecting McEllistrim v Ballymacelligott Co-Operative Agricultural and Dairy Society Limited [1919] AC 548. Please see website for details. Closing date: 31 January 2019.

Annual Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities Annual Conference

Dates: 22–23 March 2019

Venue: Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Please see website for details. 

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April

Workshop on Security, Borders and International Development: Intersections, convergence and challenges

Dates: 25–26 April 2019 

Venue: University of Warwick

This event is supported by the SLSA Seminar Competition. Please see attachment for details.

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May

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

Date: 10 May 2019

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

This day will cover: the PhD in law in the digital world; legal writing; disseminating your legal research; getting your research published in journals; what books are law publishers looking to publish; publishing in Open Access online law journals; tips on keeping up to date with your research topic after completion. See website for details.

Association for Law Property and Society Annual Meeting: call for papers

Date: 16–18 May 2019

Venue: Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York

Please see website for meeting details and call for papers. Closing date for submitting papers and panels: 20 February 2019.

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.

Law and Society Association Annual Meeting 2019: Dignity

Dates: 30 May–2 June 2019

Venue: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, USA

Please see website for details. 

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June

Canadian Law and Society Association/Association Canadienne Droit et Société Annual Meeting

Dates: 3–5 June 2019

Venue: The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Please see website for meeting details and call for papers. 

Impact and Law Reform Conference

Date: 11 June 2019

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Please see webpage for details.

ASLI Conference: The rule of law and the role of law in Asia: call for papers

Dates: 11–12 June 2019

Venue: Asian Law Institute, Faculty of Law, Bukit Timah Campus, National University of Singapore

Please see website for details. Closing date: 3 December 2018.

Corruption, Democracy and Human Rights: call for papers

Dates: 20–21 June 2019

Venue: European University Institute, Florence, Italy

This is a joint event organised by Portsmouth Law School and the European University Institute. Please see flyer for details. Closing date: 26 February 2019.

Labour Law Research Network LLRN4 Valparaíso: A global conversation on labour law

Dates: 23–25 June 2019

Venue: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile

Please see website and attachement for details of call. 

International Critical Management Studies Conference: call for papers for 'Being open to Care, Being Open about Care: Working Motherhood under Neoliberalism’ stream

Dates: 27–29 June 2019

Venue: The Open University, Milton Keynes

Please see website for details. Closing date: 13 January 2019.

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Third International Advocacy Conference: save the date

Date: 28 June 2019

Venue: Centre for Advocacy, Nottingham Law School

Theme: Advocacy and Vulnerable Witnesses: 20 Years on from the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999

Please see flyer for further details.

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July

Applied Legal Storytelling: call for proposals

Dates: 9–11 July 2019

Venue: University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Please see website for details. Closing date: 21 January 2019.

Tax Policy Conference 2019: call for papers

Date: 9 July 2019

Venue: University of Cambridge

Topic: 'Tax justice and tax law'

Please see website for details. Closing date: 15 December 2018.

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September

Television drama, law and national identity: call for papers

Date: 6 September 2019

Venue: University of Westminster, London

Please see attachment and website for details. Call closes: 1 February 2019.

Socio-Legal Studies in Germany and the UK: Theory and methods: call for papers

Dates: 23–24 September 2019

Venue: Humboldt University Berlin

Please see webpage for details. Closing date: 4 March 2019.

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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.

W G Hart Legal Workshop 2020: Call for workshop proposals and the nomination of academic directors

Date: tbc

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

The W G Hart Legal Workshops are directed towards the advancement of legal education at the academic stage. The Institute invites applications to lead the 2020 Workshop and will particularly welcome proposals that continue the workshop’s long tradition of breaking new ground. For further information please see the website. Closing date for submission: 11 January 2019.

 

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: Global Professorships Scheme – call for applications

ESRC/NORFACE: Democratic governance in a turbulent age – call for proposals


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 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.

British Academy: Global Professorships Scheme – call for applications

This programme provides mid-career to senior scholars – active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities and based in any country overseas – with the opportunity to relocate for a period of four years to the UK and make a contribution to UK research and higher education. Each four-year appointment is intended to be a complete project in itself and is expected to involve a specific research focus, although the British Academy does not have a preferred model for the balance of time to be spent between research and teaching (which may vary over the course of the award and will depend on the UK host institution’s needs). Please see website for details. Closing date: 6 March 2019.

British Academy: reciprocal schemes

Under the Newton Fund, the British Academy's international partners in Brazil, China, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey and Vietnam have opened further opportunities for research funding for collaborations with the UK. Many of these schemes are directly aimed at researchers based in the UK. Applications for these schemes are submitted directly to the country partner. Please see website for details.

British Academy Writing Workshops 2019

Applications are invited for this programme that aims to further collaborative links between researchers in the UK and in the Global South, and promote the uptake of research emanating from the Global South in academic journals. Please see website for details. Closing date: 16 January 2019.

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British Library

Social welfare portal

Please visit the 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/NORFACE: Democratic governance in a turbulent age – call for proposals

The NORFACE Network has launched its sixth joint transnational research programme with the topic 'Democratic governance in a turbulent age'. Researchers from the social sciences are invited to apply for funding on behalf of an international consortium, comprising researchers from three or more countries that participate in this NORFACE call for proposals. Please see website for details. Closing date: 19 February 2019.

ESCR: Age 50 Sweep of the 1970 British Cohort Study – call for suggestions

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) is seeking input to help determine the content of the Age 50 Sweep of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70). It is asking anyone who is interested (including academics, policy makers and representatives of the third sector) to put forward their suggestions for content and questions by 11 January 2019. See website for details.

The suggestions will help them produce a high-quality survey that meets the needs of researchers across a range of disciplines and that has the potential to influence policy.

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize: now open for applications

Applications are invited for the ESRC's Celebrating Impact Prize fo 2019. Please see website for details. Closing date: 8 January 2019.

NORFACE: Democratic governance in a turbulent age – pre-call announcement

NORFACE will be announcing a new transnational research programme on democratic governance. The main focus of this research programme will be on understanding the precise nature of the recent turbulence in democratic politics and governance in Europe, how European states can negotiate it and how they can develop strategies to enhance the quality of democratic politics and governance. Please see website for details of pre-call announcement. The call will be announced on 3 December 2018 and close on 19 February 2019.

Administrative Data Research Partnership launched by the ESRC

Combined data from across government and hundreds of UK public bodies will be used to improve healthcare, education, business growth and the fight against crime by making it available to world-leading research teams. The Administrative Data Research Partnership will maximise the potential of administrative data as a resource for high-quality innovative research in the UK. See website for further 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

Ministry of Justice: Areas of research interest

The Ministry of Justice has recently published its Areas of Research Interest. This document can be found here. It highlights the Ministry of Justice’s strategic evidence gaps with a focus on long-term and cross-cutting gaps in understanding. The aim is also to engage with the external community to expand and deepen the department’s underpinning evidence base. The Chief Social Researchers at the Ministry of Justice are keen to hear from researchers working on any of the strategic evidence gaps outlined in the Areas of Research Interest. Please do get in touch and describe in a few sentences what you are doing. The email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 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.


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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