Socio-legal news


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New for week ending 20 September 2019  . . .

Events

The Future of the Commercial Contract in Scholarship and Law Reform, London

The Futures of Legal Education and Practice Annual Conference 2019, Milton Keynes

Reconceiving the Womb in Medicine, Law and Society, Manchester 

Neuroscientific Evidence in Criminal Cases, Aberdeen

Flashpoints: Human Rights, Law and Religion, Nottingham: call for papers

SLSA events and SLSA co-sponsored events

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

Universal Credit and Gender equality: Exploratory workshop on prospects for actual or fictional judicial review challenges, Birmingham

Interdisciplinarity as Resistance, Gothenburg, Sweden: call for papers

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

Publications

New book: Emotions in the Law School, by Emma Jones: 20 per cent discount code available

Journal of Law and Society: Winter 2020 issue REF guidelines

Funding

British Academy funding opportunity: Education and Learning in Crisis 

Leverhulme Trust: funding rounds currently open 

Vacancies

Assistant Professor in Financial Services Law, Tenure Track, Trinity College Dublin


Vacancies

Assistant Professor in Financial Services Law, Tenure Track, Trinity College Dublin

Applications are invited for the above position. Please see website for details. Closing date: 14 October 2019.

Lecturer (0.5 teaching only), UCLan Cyprus

Applications are invited for the above position three-year part-time position. Please see website for details. Closing date: 4 October 2019.

Two lecturers in law, University of Sheffield

Applications are invited for the above to positions. These posts are open, but applications from those working in one or more of the following fields are especially welcome: international law; international human rights law; climate change and international environmental law; intellectual property law; and law and technology. Please see website for details. Closing date: 20 September 2019.

Reader/senior lecturer in criminal law/the law of evidence, University of Sussex

Applications are invited for this full-time, teaching and research role within Sussex Law School. For a confidential discussion about this role please contact Professor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Head of Sussex Law School, See website for full details and applications. Closing date: 23 September 2019.

Lecturer/ senior lecturer in land law, Manchester Metropolitan University

Applications are invited for the above full-time, permanent post. Please see website for details. Closing date: 7 October 2019.

Professor in Language and Law, Aston Law School

Applications are invited for the above position at Aston University. Please see website for details. Closing date: 13 September 2019.

Three PhD scholarships in socio-legal studies, Hamburg Institute of Social Research in cooperation with the University of Bern

Applications are invited for the above scholarships. See website for details. Closing date: 1 October 2019.

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hamburg Institute of Social Research in cooperation with the University of Bern

Applications are invited for the above research associate position. See website for details. Closing date: 1 October 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: one week left to contribute your views

Please note the closing date for this survey: 14 September 2019.

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.. See also invitation to participate from Linda.

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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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