Socio-legal news


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New for week ending 19 July 2019  . . .

Events

Judging the Troops: Exceptional security measures and judicial impact in India, London

Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Contemporary Issues in Religion and Society, London: call for papers

International Conference of Legal Regulators 2019, Edinburgh

Decolonisation and the Law School, Bristol

Knowledge Frontiers Symposium: Natures, cultures and communities, Dublin: call for applications

SLSA events and SLSA co-sponsored events

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

Socio-Legal Methodology Master Class, Oxford

The Perennial Problem of Disclosure – A way forward?, Bristol

Interdisciplinarity as Resistance, Gothenburg, Sweden: call for papers

Legal Design: Concepts, methods, norms and examples, London

Publications

Book: Feeling like a State: Desire, denial, and the recasting of authority, by Davina Cooper

Book: Ruling Out Art: Media art meets law in Ontario’s censor wars, by Taryn Sirove

Book: Seeking the Court’s Advice: The politics of the Canadian reference power, Kate Puddister

Book: Enforcing Exclusion: Precarious migrants and the law in Canada, Sarah Grayce Marsden

Book: The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet, by Jeff Kosseff

Book: Blaming Mothers: American law and the risks to children’s health, Linda C Fentiman

Funding

British Academy funding call: Knowledge Frontiers – International Interdisciplinary Research 2020

British Academy funding call: Writing workshops 2020

Vacancies

Criminal law reform lawyers, Law Commission, London: two vacancies

Consultations and surveys

 ESRC Capacity Building Project: staff and student survey


Vacancies

Criminal law reform lawyers, Law Commission, London: two vacancies

Applications are invited for the above positions at the Law Commission in London. Please see website for details. Closing date: 16 August 2019.

UKRI Policy Internships Scheme

Applications are invited for the above internships. Please see website for details. Closing date: 12 August 2019.

Lecturers in law, Cardiff School of Law and Politics

The School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University is seeking to appoint lecturers (Grade 6) in law. Please see website for details: reference: 8683BR. Closing date: 8 August 2019.

Assistant professor in financial services and capital markets law, Trinity College Dublin

Applications are invited for the above full-time fixed-term post. Please see website for full details. Closing date: 12 August 2019.

Five lectureships in law (4 grade 7 and 1 grad 8), Keele

Applications are invited for the above vacancies at the ANU College of Law. Please see attachment for details. Closing date for all posts: 19 July 2019.

Legal advice clinic solicitor, School of Law, Keele University

Applications are invited for the above position. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 19 July 2019.

At least four postdoctoral fellowships, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Applications are invited for the above vacancies. Please see website for details. Closing date: 4 August 2019.

UK Research and Innovation seeks to appoint council members

UK Research and Innovation is seeking to appoint further council members for each of the nine councils. See website for details. Closing date: 29 July 2019.

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Online resources

Sabinet partnership wih Jisc gives access to African law journals

For the past 35 years, Sabinet has continued to innovate and expand on ways to achieve its inaugural intent – to facilitate the sharing of library resources and access to information. One such innovation is its newest partnership with UK-based Jisc – a leading provider of digital solutions for UK education and research. Visit the website for details.

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Networks

Invitation to Join the Global Research Network

Expressions of interest are invited for SLSA members to the Global Research Network, a meeting place for doctoral and early career scholars in law and the humanities.

Network members support one another by, for example, arranging visits to their university to speak, sharing useful information about the newest developments in the field, and participating in regular webinars on key topics of interest (publication strategies, career planning, etc). There are PhD and early career writing groups that meet monthly. There is a members’ forum that includes tips and resources, job and fellowship opportunities, and conference calls and publication opportunities. We are also establishing a Think Tank (with programmes in various field of law), and inviting established scholars to act as mentors.

Please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via email if you have any questions or fill in the sign-up form online, where you will find more information. 

The Legal Cultures of the Subsoil Database – new database launched by the Institute of Latin American Studies

The Legal Cultures of the Subsoil Database compiles legal actions and documentation (artefacts) devised in the context of mining conflicts. It has resulted from an ESRC-funded anthropological project led by ILAS lecturer, Dr Ainhoa Montoya, that explored how legal languages, instruments and institutions are employed by different actors within the field of environmental politics, specifically in the context of mining conflicts. It currently contains information on six mining projects in Central America, with plans to expand to other Latin American regions in the future. 

To learn more about the database and the wider 'Legal Cultures of the Subsoil' project please consult the following blog contributions:

The database will continue to be developed and expanded during 2020, as part of a British Academy–GCRF sponsored project, ‘The Juridification of Resource Conflicts: Legal Cultures, Moralities and Environmental Politics in Central America’. A Spanish-language version will be available by the end of 2020. If you have any questions or comments about the database or the wider research projects, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The IEL Collective: launch of a new international economic law initiative

The IEL Collective was launched on Thursday 23 May 2019. It is an initiative started by research centres based at seven law schools around the UK and we are hoping to include more partners from around the world shortly. The IEL Collective provides a space for critical reflection on the complex interactions in the growing field of international economic law and exploring how epistemological and methodological diversity in the discipline can contribute towards the development of a more holistic landscape of scholarship on law and the governance of the global economy. The Collective aims to stimulate conversations about plurality, representation and, criticality, in researching, teaching and practising international economic law and spark new conversations about the future of the discipline. Visit the website for more information

Current partners include: Cardiff Law and Global Justice, University of Cardiff; Centre for Critical International Law, University of Kent; Centre for Law, Regulation and Governance of the Global Economy, University of Warwick; Human Rights Centre, University of Essex; Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham; Liverpool Economic Governance Unit, University of Liverpool; School of Law, University of Bristol; Social Critiques of Law, University of Kent.

To receive more information and get involved, please sign up here.

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Consultations, inquiries and surveys

ESRC Capacity Building Project: staff and student survey

SLSA members are invited to take part in this survey to gather information for an ESRC-supported project. The goal of this research is to explore the need, and demand for, additional training in methodology and methods within the socio-legal community. More particularly, the team is keen to discover whether there is an appetite to develop an online open access suite of online lectures, interviews with experts and short visual ‘explainers’ specifically for socio-legal researchers and delivered by leading scholars in the field.

There are two options available:

Both surveys take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will ask you a number of questions about the sort of research training you have received and your experience on online learning. This project has received the support of the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee. 

If you have any queries about the research, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ESRC national consultation on leadership development

The ESRC has launched its national consultation as part of the ‘Fit for the Future’ project. Led by Professor Matt Flinders from the University of Sheffield, this consultation focuses on the need to promote researcher and leadership development within the social sciences and aims to drive forward a more ambitious and collaborative national strategy. See website for further details. Closing date: 16 August 2019.

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Other announcements

Law, Literature and Humanities Penny Pether Prize 2019: Australasia

Nominations are invited for the above prize. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 1 August 2019.

'Exploring feminist academics’ experiences of teaching gendered and intersectional socio-legal issues': call for participants

Dr Marian Duggan (Kent) and Dr Charlotte Bishop (Exeter) are looking for UK university-based feminist academics who teach criminal law, criminology or criminal justice to participate in a research project funded by the SLSA. This will involve completing an online survey exploring experiences of incorporating gender and intersectional socio-legal issues into teaching. We are interested in hearing from established academics and early career researchers from all areas of the UK, whether or not you are able to incorporate these perspectives at present. If you are interested in participating, further information and a link to the survey is available here. If you have any questions about this research please email either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Charlotte Bishop. Follow-up focus groups will be conducted in the autumn – details of how to participate in these are available via the survey. 

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