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News 

Events

SLSA events

SLSA Annual Conference 2024, Portsmouth

Contemporary Challenges in Migration Research, Ulster University Belfast

From the University to the Grand Chamber: How can academic work on asylum and immigration have greater impact in the European Court of Human Rights?, Royal Holloway University of London

Other events

17th Annual McGill Graduate Law Conference, Montreal, Canada: call for papers extended

Everyday Ambassadors: Lessons from Socio-Legal Studies for a Fractured World, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford

Advisory Opinions on Climate Change: A View From : A view from practice, online from QMUL School of Law

Recent and Emerging Trends in EU and UK Copyright, QMUL, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London

The Power of AI Narratives, JRF webinar

NCRM summer school: 'Large and Complex Social Surveys – New Horizons', Edinburgh: open for applications

Radical Research Ethics, online from NCRM, Southampton

Book Launch – Intersections of Law and Memory: Influencing Perceptions of the Past, University of Strathclyde and online

#publicdisco Special Edition: From crisis to empowerment, Public Law Project, London

Publications

HMCTs Blog: Inside the Criminal Courts – safety of court buildings

Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies: Legal research on reels – a case for creative methods

Leverhulme Trust Newsletter: February 2024

Nuffield Foundation February Newsletter

Bar Council publishes Response to the Review of Civil Legal Aid

New book: Out of Place: Fieldwork and Positionality in Law and Society, Lynette J Chua & Mark Fathi Massoud (eds): available open access

National Centre for Research Methods: latest issue of Methods News

New book: Intersections of Law and Memory: Influencing Perceptions of the Past, Mirosław Michał Sadowski

New issue of Amicus Curiae including a special section on 'Children’s Rights: Contemporary Issues in Law and Society'

Funding

British Academy: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Led by or Actively Involving Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities – call for applications

Leverhulme Research Centres funding: call for applications

Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Fund: still time to apply

Nuffield Foundation: Invitation to tender for a young people participation pathway feasibility pilot evaluation

Consultations

Law Commission: Digital assets and ETDs in private international law: which court, which law?

Law Commission: Digital assets as personal property: draft legislation

EDICa: UK visa & immigration system and impact on protected characteristics – call for evidence

Other

Philip Leverhulme Prizes: open for nominations


Vacancies

Two Doctoral Researchers, Sociology of Law Unit, University of Bern

Applications are invited for these two four-year positions on a transnational socio-legal research project on maritime law and security led by Professor Tobias Eule. See website for details. Closing date: 13 March 2024.

Fully funded PhDs in AI and the Law, University of Stirling

The University of Stirling’s Just AI Lab is inviting applications for a number of fully funded PhDs about artificial intelligence (AI) and the law. The Lab’s mission is to assist the just transition to socially just, trustworthy, responsible, open, inclusive, and sustainable AI through impactful mission-oriented interdisciplinary research. The guide for applicants is here. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the Lab’s Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss initial ideas, and to register for the information webinars on 7 March and on 12 March 2024. Research proposals and personal statements are to be submitted by 25 March 2024.

Up to two chairs and one senior lecturer in Criminology, University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is making a significant investment in Criminology by appointing up to two Chairs and one Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Law, following its strong performance in REF2021. Criminology has a long and rich tradition at Sheffield, with a Centre for Criminological Research (CCR), established more than 30 years ago as one of the first four criminology research centres in the UK. The chair posts are open to applicants from all areas of criminology and/or criminal justice, with expertise in the international/global dimensions of the discipline. The senior pecturer post is also open to applicants from all areas of criminology and/or criminal justice, but we are especially keen to attract excellent applicants in the areas of crime and technology and/or green criminology. 

Closing date: 9th April 2024

Academy for Social Sciences: Campaign for Social Sciences – call for new Board members

The Academy’s Campaign for Social Science is seeking to appoint a small number of new members to serve on its advisory board. See website for details. Applications close at 5pm on 15 March 2024.

UK Parliament Thematic Research Leads: call for applications 

Applications are invited for these prestigious part-time academic roles. See website for details. Closing date: 3 March 2024.

PhD and Fellowship: WASH, AMR and Environmental Justice: Addressing the Challenges in the Global South, SOAS, London

Applications are invited for this PhD+fellowship opportunity. See announcement for details. Closing date: 1 May 2024.  

Research fellow in international law (full-time, 42 months), Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University is looking for an exceptional researcher with international migration law and/or law of the sea expertise to contribute to the policy development of the research project ‘Mass Grave Protection, Investigation & Engagement – a comprehensive universal human rights framework’ (MaGPIE). MaGPIE was selected by the European Research Council (ERC) for funding to foster world-leading, pioneering research to develop a human rights framework around mass graves. Information on how to apply. Closing date: 3 March 2024.

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Visitors' Programme: open for applications

Applications are invited for the CSLS's Visitors' Programme. See website for details. Closing dates: 22 March 2024 and 5 July 2024. See website for details.

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Consultations, inquiries and surveys

Law Commission: Digital assets and ETDs in private international law: which court, which law?

On 22 February 2024, the Law Commission launched a call for evidence to help it identify the most challenging and prevalent issues of private international law that arise from the digital, online and decentralised contexts in which modern digital assets and electronic trade documents are used. See website for details. Consultation closes: 16 May 2024.

Law Commission: Digital assets as personal property: draft legislation

The Law Commission has published a short consultation exercise on this piece of draft legislation. See website for details. Consultation closes: 22 March 2024.

EDICa: UK visa & immigration system and impact on protected characteristics – call for evidence

The Equality Diversity and Inclusion Caucus (EDICa) has been commissioned by UKRI to look into diversity of globally mobile researchers and the impact of UK immigration policy on groups with protected characteristics. EDICa has issued a call for evidence from the research community to feed into this research. See invitation and announcement for details. Call closes: 11 March 2024.

Sentencing Council: Aggravated vehicle taking offences guidelines, disqualification and other motoring related matters – consultation 

This consultation seeks views on a comprehensive package of new and revised guidelines for aggravated vehicle taking offences, for use in both the magistrates’ courts and in the Crown Court. See website for details. Closing date: 22 May 2024.

Next 100 Years: Carers in law survey

Women remain main carers for their loved ones: whether looking after children, elderly parents or caring for relatives. The Next 100 Years Project is conducting this survey as part of its Carers in Law Research. See announcement for details. Survey closes: 1 March 2024.

Ministry of Justice Crime Lower legal Aid consultation 

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation setting out proposals for reform of the criminal legal aid fee schemes which fall under Crime Lower. Crime Lower mostly covers work carried out by legal aid providers at police stations and in magistrates’ courts in relation to people accused of, or charged with, criminal offences. The main proposals in this consultation cover the police station fee scheme and Youth Court fees and it remains open until 28 March 2024.

Ministry of Justice Introducing Fees in the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal consultation

This consultation sets out a proposal for introducing modest fees in the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. See website for details. Closing date: 25 March 2024.

Sentencing Council: Consultation on new sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of blackmail, kidnap or false imprisonment

The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on new sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of blackmail, kidnap or false imprisonment. The Council is seeking views on the draft guidelines from the judiciary, legal professionals who use the guidelines, and organisations or members of the public with an interest in this area. The proposed guidelines will ensure judges in England and Wales follow a consistent approach when sentencing these offences, which can range in severity and can cause serious harm to victims. These will be the first dedicated sentencing guidelines for these offences. See website for details. Closing date: 24 April 2024.

Northern Ireland Executive:  Review of Defamation Law in Northern Ireland

The Department of Finance wishes to engage with stakeholders to obtain their views on the performance of the Defamation Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 and on defamation policy in general. See website for details.

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Other announcements

Philip Leverhulme Prizes: open for nominations

Nominations are invited from researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. The prizes of £100,000  can be used for any research purpose. See website for details. Closing date: 16 May 2024.

Inside the Criminal Courts: HCMTS video

In the second in 'Inside the Criminal Courts' series, we hear from Jennifer, a magistrates' court usher.
Ushers are often one of the first faces people will see when they come to court and their role includes supporting court users, ensuring the courtroom is in good order and helping hearings to run smoothly. See website for details.

Palgrave Macmillan: advice about getting published

Palgrave Macmillan offer three reasons for publishing a book with them and invite submissions. See website for details.

Virtual Reading Group on Property Law: call for expressions of interest 

Are you interested in joining a virtual reading group on Property Law? If so, please email Dr Tola Amodu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Palgrave Macmillan: Book-publishing mini course 

This short email course offers an introduction to academic book publishing for aspiring authors. See website for details.

Law in Societies Research Cluster Lecture: Are We Living in a Post-Democratic Society? available on YouTube

This lecture took place at Wolfson College, Oxford, in October 2023. The speaker is Professor Colin Crouch. Visit  YouTube to view this event.

IVR Book Prize: nominations open

Nominations are invited for the 2024 IVR Prize for the best book on Legal or Social Philosophy. See website for details. Closing date: 15 March 2024

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 2028.

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