Socio-legal news

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New for week ending 3 April 2020


LSA Annual Meeting: plans to move to Virtual Conference: NB refund deadline for cancellation of physical meeting – 15 April 2020

Lay Participation in Criminal Proceedings, London: CANCELLED

SeNSS Socio-Legal Conference: Using quantitative methods in socio-legal research, Colchester: POSTPONED 

All European Academies General Assembly: Research collaboration in changing times, London: CANCELLED 

British Society of Criminology Conference 2020, Liverpool: CANCELLED

SLSA events and SLSA co-sponsored events

SLS-JAC-SLSA Workshop on Judicial Appointments: ‘Academics as Judges’, Coventry: POSTPONED

SLSA Annual Conference 2020, Portsmouth: CANCELLED

Workshop on Critical Perspectives on Land Registration, London: CANCELLED

Interdisciplinarity as Resistance, Gothenburg, Sweden: CANCELLED

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


Values in the Supreme Court: Decisions, division and diversity, by Rachil J Cahill-O'Callaghan: 20% discount available 

Lawyers in 21st-Century Societies, Richard L Abel, Ole Hammerslev, Hilary Sommerlad, Ulrike Schultz (eds): 20% discount available


Four vacancies, Australian National University, College of Law 




Four vacancies, Australian National University, College of Law 

Applications are invited for four positions at ANU: levels B–D (lecturer, senior lecturer and reader). The College of Law is looking for top quality researchers with a completed Phd who are willing to teach in one of the compulsory courses on the LLB or JD: these include all the foundations of knowledge in UK terms, plus international law, corporations law and legal theory.

For further details see:

Closing date: 27 April 2020.

Two vacancies at JUSTICE

JUSTICE is inviting applications for tw positions:

  • a strategy fellow – closing date: 17 April 2020
  • and a JUSTICE Scotland fellow – closing date: 14 April 2020.

Please see website for details.

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium: call for applications from early career researchers

Applications are invited from early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to attend this symposium on the broad theme of 'security'. The symposium will take place in Montebello, Quebec, Canada from Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 December 2020 with arrival on Monday 7 December 2020. The costs of travel and accommodation for participants will be covered by the organisers, in accordance with their travel policies. See website for details. Closing date for applications: 6 May 2020.

Half-chair in procedural justice, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Germany

Applications are invited for the above part-time post. Please see website for details. Closing date: 1 April 2020.

Associate professorship of Socio-Legal Studies, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford

Applications are invited for the above full-time post - permanent on completion of successful review. Please see website for details. Closing date: 3 April 2020. Anyone interested in discussing the post should feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

British Academy–Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei Knowledge Frontiers Symposium, Rome: call for applications

Applications are invited from early career researchers to attend this two-day event in Rome on 7 and 8 October 2020. See announcement for details. closing date: 29 April 2020.

British Academy–Polish Academy of Sciences Knowledge Frontiers Symposium, Warsaw: call for applications

Applications are invited from early career researchers to attend this two-day event in Warsaw on 16 and 17 October 2020. See announcement for details. closing date: 13 May 2020.

University of California Irvine, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology, Law and Society

Applications are invited for the above fellowship. See website for details. Closing date: 1 November 2020.


Online resources

IEL Collective: call for contriutions to IEL Pop-up Collection

The IEL (international economic law) Collective invites contributions for its online pop-up collection of artefacts (objects or images). Please see website for details. 



Network: New AHRC humanities-led network will put social justice at the heart of AI research

The Ada Lovelace Institute and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have today launched JUST AI, a network of researchers and practitioners, led by Dr Alison Powell from LSE, that will establish a multidisciplinary research base around ‘just AI’ – AI that is ethical, works for the common good and is effectively governed and regulated. The humanities-led network will build on research in AI ethics, orienting it around practical issues of social justice, distribution, governance and design, and seek to inform the development of policy and practice. See website for full details.

European Reproductive Justice network: call for interest

This is a call to anyone interested in being part of a European Reproductive Justice network. The aim of the network is to share knowledge of law, society and culture across Europe in relation to reproductive justice. The network recognises reproductive justice as a core element of human rights, particularly, but not exclusively for women. As such, the focus is upon, but is not limited to:

  • ability and means to become pregnant
  • ability and means to prevent pregnancy
  • support around and for decision to remain pregnant
  • support around and for decision to discontinue a pregnancy
  • obstetric healthcare
  • gynaecological healthcare
  • obstetric violence
  • economic and social support for parents or those wishing to become parents

This is an interdisciplinary network for academics, professionals and activists. If you are interested in being part of the network then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


Consultations, inquiries and surveys

UKRI launches consultation on Open Access policy

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has today launched a consultation as part of its Open Access Review. The consultation will inform the development of a new open access policy, aimed at ensuring that the published outputs of research are widely and freely accessible to all. See website for details. Closing date: 17 April 2020.


Other announcements

International Master's in the Sociology of Law, Oñati

Please see website for further information on the course list and application forms.

Professor David Sugarman receives award for ground-breaking legal history scholarship and dedication to mentoring

Professor Emeritus David Sugarman has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the American Society for Legal History for his 'scholarly distinction and leadership in the field'. He is the first legal historian of modern England (as distinct from medieval or early modern England) to be so recognised. The award recognises his pioneering role in opening-up and developing a socio-legal history of modern England, and his dedication to mentoring and supporting other scholars. See website for further details. 

Sir Ernest Ryder to join the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies as a senior associate

The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is delighted to announce that the Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder will be joining the Centre as a senior associate. Sir Ernest will also be taking over the Mastership of Pembroke when Dame Lynne Brindley steps down at the end of June this year. Sir Ernest is a distinguished member of the judiciary, who was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013, and the Senior President of Tribunals for the UK in 2015. As Senior President he has led a £1bn change transformation programme for the justice system which aims to modernise the courts and tribunals system. He is also the Chair of the Administrative Justice Council and a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation where he has played an important part in developing a sustainable model for research in justice, welfare and education and building capacity in the field. The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is looking forward to working with Sir Ernest on itsprogrammes of research in dispute resolution, administrative justice and regulation. See website for further details. 


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