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Socio-legal news

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Digitalisation of Civil Justice Systems in Europe and Access to Justice, online and in-person from Radboud University, Netherlands 

Conceptualizing a Decolonizing Rule of Law for Animals, Liverpool Law School

‘Substituted Parenting’ in the family court context – Project Report Launch, online from Nuffield Foundation

Designing for Inclusion Launch, online from Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford

SLSA events and co-sponsored events 

The Vulnerable Accused in the Criminal Justice System Conference, Birmingham

Fantasy Legal Exhibitions, London

Socio-Legal Approaches to Protecting Athletes from Financial and Physical Harm: Challenges, reflections and solutions, Manchester Metropolitan University

Prisoner Rights – Time for a rethink?, University of Liverpool: call for abstracts


Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies – Terror on Trial: A French ethnography

New contributions to the JLS Blog: Meet the Book Authors: Stewart Field and Cyrus Tata; and Fae Garland and Mitchell Travis

UKRI publishes stipend and postgraduate research consultation

HMCTS Vulnerability Action Plan: updated

Spatial Dynamics and Cultural Changes in Contemporary Legal Experience: call for papers for special issue of International Journal for the Semiotics of Law

Judicial Appointments Commission: latest issue of Judging Your Future

Access to Justice in Rural Communities: Global Perspectives, by Daniel Newman and Faith Gordon – 20% discount

Research and funding

Pre-announcement: AHRC responsive mode: follow-on funding for impact and engagement

Pre-announcement: AHRC responsive mode: standard research grant

Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Fund: open for applications


Two research associates, University of York 

Five 5-year PhD positions in the the Department of Law, Society & Crime, Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam


Palgrave Macmillan Researcher Survey: Which imprint and publisher brands are you familiar with?


Two research associates, University of York

Applications are invited for the following two posts:

Five 5-year PhD positions in the the Department of Law, Society & Crime, Erasmus School of Law, Rotterdam

Applications are invited for these five socio-legal studentships. See website for details. Closing date: 21 June 2023.

Three interdisciplinary PhD studentships: datafied/data-intensive technologies and human rights, University of Strathclyde

Applications are invited for these three studentships at the Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training in Human Rights-Based Decision-Making:

Completed applications should be sent to the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Closing date for all posts: 9 June 2023

Assistant professor of law and society, University of Leiden

Applicants whose research has a clear socio-legal signature are invited to apply for this post in the Netherlands. See website for details. Closing date: 11 June 2023.

Matheson Diversity in Law Newman Fellowship, University College Dublin

Applications are invited for this new fellowship at UCD. See website for details. Closing date: 16 June 2023.

Visitors' Programme, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford: call for applications

Each year, the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford invites doctoral students and faculty members to pursue their research as visitors and engage with the centre's vibrant community of scholars for one or several terms. Applications must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in accordance with the procedure and by the deadlines specified on the website. The upcoming application deadline is 14 July 2023.


Consultations, inquiries and surveys

Sentencing Council: Response to consultation on animal cruelty 

The Sentencing Council has published a summary of the responses received to the consultation paper on animal cruelty offences.


Other announcements

Palgrave Macmillan Researcher Survey: Which imprint and publisher brands are you familiar with?

Palgrave Macmillan is inviting researchers to take part in this 10-minute survey on perceptions of imprints and publisher names. There is the option of entering a £250 prize draw on completion. See announcement for details.

Women Who Will Class of 2023: nominations open

Nominations are invited for this year's 'Women Who Will' awards for the next generation of female leaders in law who are breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes, organised in partnership by Obelisk and the Next 100 Years project. See website for details. Closing date: 31 July 2023.

British Academy announces 28 International Writing Workshops to support early career scholars

The British Academy has announced 28 International Workshops to support early career researchers in developing countries. The International Writing Workshops programme aims to stimulate professional networks, develop research partnerships, encourage skills development, provide advice on career development and promote the uptake of research emanating from developing countries. See website for details.

British Academy Early Career Researcher Network

The British Academy is extending its Early Career Researcher Network (ECRN) pilot into a three-year programme thanks to generous funding from the Wolfson Foundation. The ECRN aims to establish an inclusive, UK-wide network for and led by Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the humanities and social sciences, providing opportunities for skills development and networking. See website for further details

Network for Empirical Legal Studies in Intellectual Property (NELSIP)

The network for empirical legal studies in Intellectual Property seeks to bring together academics undertaking or interested in undertaking empirical research with a bearing on IP law. This new international network aims to facilitate the dissemination of empirical studies in IP and provide a forum for dialogue, networking, and collaboration amongst its members. Full details and membership form can be found here.

Bullying or Harassment in Vacation Placements/Mini-Pupillages: call for participants in scoping project

Vanessa Munro and Sadie Chana (Warwick) are working on a scoping project exploring students’ experiences of, and structures for reporting and oversight of, bullying and/or harassment during legal vacation placements/mini-pupillages. The study will involve interviews with a range of stakeholders and has secured approval from the University of Warwick Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee. If you have thoughts or experiences to share around this topic, do please get in touch with the research team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will give you more information about the study and about what your participation would involve.

Academy of Social Science: 56 new fellows announced

The Academy of Social Sciences has announced that fifty-six leading social scientists have been conferred Fellowship of the Academy this spring. Thenewly elected Fellows are highly accomplished individuals recognised for excellence in their fields and their wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit. See website for details. 

PRESERVERE Network: on the more effective implementation of the EU anti-racism legal framework

PRESERVERE is concerned with fighting intolerance, racism, xenophobia and discrimination against vulnerable ethnic groups and, in particular, Roma, Jews, Muslims and people of African descent. Starting from the premise that any system tasked with protecting the vulnerable from discrimination must, first and foremost, rely on an effective legal framework, the project implements activities concerned with the better enforcement of the law. See announcement for details.

Academic Support Network for Ukrainian students and scholars

The IVR section in Poland has prepared an Academic Support Network for Ukrainian students and scholars who work on legal and social philosophy. See website for details.

Academic Mentoring: Professor Didi Herman

Professor Didi Herman has retired from Kent Law School and is now offering confidential help to individuals and universities looking to improve scholarship for publication, mentoring, and the REF. See her website for details.

Professor Herman is now also offering expert consultancy to law schools for advance preparation for REF 2027.

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