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News 

Events

Human Rights against Democratic Backsliding in Poland, UCL, London

Authoritarianism and Genocide: Narratives of exclusion, Barcelona, Spain – call for papers

AHRC Engaging with Government 2023: two-day course, London

The Common European Asylum System and the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, QMUL, London

Feminist Approaches to Sex and Gender in Law: The official launch of the Feminist Legal Research and Action Network, hybrid from University of Liverpool

SAFI Conference 2022: 'Responsibility', Verona, Italy

SLSA events and co-sponsored events 

Places in Transition: SLSA Property, People, Power, and Place stream, online meeting

SLSA 2023 University of Ulster: call for papers coming soon

Publications

Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies Blog: 'Designerly ways can help'

The Age of Human Rights Journal: call for papers

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: latest newsletter

Resarch and funding

AHRC Strategic Development Plan 2022–2025

Vacancies

Two assistant professorships, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada

Tenure-track or tenured Indigenous faculty appointment, Peter A Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada

UKRI Policy Internships Scheme: open for applications

Other

Perceptions of Wellbeing in Law School: Developing International Guidelines – call for survey participants

Academic Mentoring: Professor Didi Herman


Vacancies

Two assistant professorships, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada

Applications are invited for the following two positions:

Tenure-track or tenured Indigenous faculty appointment, Peter A Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada

Applications from Indigenous candidates are invited for this full-time position. See announcement for details. Closing date: 14 November 2022.

UKRI Policy Internships Scheme: open for applications

Applications are open for these three-month placements at one of a selected group of influential policy organisations.This scheme is only open to doctoral students funded by the research councils of UKRI. See website for details. Closing date: 4 November 2023.

Costs Lawyer Standards Board Policy Adviser

Applications are invited for this part-time, flexible, remote-working 12-month position. This oppourtunity would suit a PhD student or recent graduate. See announcement for details. Closing date: 25 September 2022.

ADR UK, 20 PhDs

ADR UK is accepting applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships to host PhD studentships focused on quantitative research using linked administrative data. Funding is available for up to 20 PhD studentships located anywhere in the UK, which are expected to start in autumn 2023. See website for details. Closing date: 21 October 2022.

Postdoctoral research associate, Kent Law School

Applications are invited for this full-time fixed-term position on the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship project ‘The Future of Good Decisions: An Evolutionary Approach to Human-AI Government Administrative Decision-Making'. See website for details. Closing date: 9 October 2022.  Informal enquiries welcome: to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Three research positions for doctoral projects, Hamburg Institute for Social Research

Applications are invited for these three-year posts on two separate projects within the Research Group on the Sociology of Law (in cooperation with the Chair of Sociology of Law at the University of Bern). See website for details. Closing date: 10 October 2022.

Lecturer in business law, University of Sussex

Applications are invited for this permanent post. See website for details. Closing date: 5 October 2022.

Visiting fellows, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Lucerne

Applications are invited for this annual scheme at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. See website for details. Closing date: 30 September 2022.

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Consultations, inquiries and surveys

Miscellaneous Amendments to Sentencing Guidelines – Consultation 2022 

The Sentencing Council is seeking views on a series of proposed changes to existing guidelines in the second annual miscellaneous amendments consultation. See website for details. Closing date: 30 November 2022.

Ministry of Justice: Increasing the use of mediation in the civil justice system

This consultation document sets out the Government’s proposal to introduce a requirement to attempt mediation for all proceedings allocated to the small claims track of the County Court. See website for details. Closing date: 4 October 2022.

Sentencing Council: Child cruelty offences consultation

The Sentencing Council invites views on sentencing guidelines for child cruelty offences. See website for details. Closing date: 27 October 2022.

Sentencing Council: Motoring offences consultation

The Sentencing Council is consulting on drafts of 12 new and revised sentencing guidelines for motoring offences. See websites for details. Closing date: 29 September 2022.

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Other announcements

Perceptions of Wellbeing in Law School: Developing International Guidelines – call for survey participants

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth are seeking participants to take part in the above study. See announcement for details.

IALS Summer Workshop: Teaching Tomorrow’s Law Teachers, London – call for applications

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the IALS Summer Workshop: Teaching Tomorrow’s Law Teachers. The workshop is a one-week intensive summer school for early career (ie, first two years) academics in law to be held 3–7 July 2023. It is designed to provide focused professional development for those legal academics who wish to engage with interdisciplinary and critical perspectives in their teaching. The workshop will be facilitated by Professor Shauna Van Praagh, of the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal and Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Academics working in all fields of research and teaching are welcome and encouraged to apply. See website for details. Closing date: 9 January 2023.

British Institute of International and Comparative Law: Training Courses 2022

BIICL training combines world-leading research with an applied perspective. Thecourses are convened and taught by international experts from BIICL’s own team in collaboration with external partners, combining academic expertise with practical experience. They are designed to enable legal practitioners, government officials, students, academics, and civil society organisations to gain expert insights and to deepen their knowledge in areas of international law. See website for full details of this year's varied programme.

The Inspirational Women in Law Awards 2022: call for nominations

The Inspirational Women in Law Awards seek to identify individuals from across the legal profession who are leading the way in improving equality and diversity. The Awards recognise those who are excelling in their areas of practice and are working for the changes needed to ensure women working in the law are able to thrive. Please see call for nominations and website for details. Closing date: 29 September 2022.

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.

Children's Voices in Surrogacy: call for participants 

Dr Katherine Wade (University of Leicester), Dr Kirsty Horsey (University of Kent) and Ms Zaina Mahmoud (University of Exeter) are recruiting participants for an empirical study that collects the views of children aged 9–18 who were either born through surrogacy or are the children of surrogates. It includes focus groups, a conference panel and a 'Digital Art Wall'. Please see child-friendly website for details  and pass along to anyone/other networks who may be interested.

Participants needed for Compassion and Legal Academia PhD Study

Aysha Mazhar is a PhD candidate based at the School of Law at Keele University and is looking for legal academic participants who are currently working at a university law school in England or Wales for her doctoral study 'The Manifestations of Compassion in Legal Academia of England and Wales'.

In this research study, she is exploring the ways in which compassion can be manifested within legal academia with reference to legal education, legal research and in additional academic roles and responsibilities. For this study, she is asking for input from legal academics who currently work in university law schools based in England and Wales to fill out the survey.

At the end of the survey, the participants have the option whether to include their contact details for a follow up one-to-one online interview, which will take place on Microsoft Teams.

If you would like to participate, here is the link to the survey: https://forms.office.com/r/w4Ty8uhgbh. The closing date is Friday 30 September 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the research study, please contact Aysha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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