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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
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
EDICa: UK visa & immigration system and impact on protected characteristics – call for evidence
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Law Commission has published a short consultation exercise on this piece of draft legislation. See website for details. Consultation closes: 22 March 2024.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 offer three reasons for publishing a book with them and invite submissions. See website for details.
Are you interested in joining a virtual reading group on Property Law? If so, please email Dr Tola Amodu at
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.
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.
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.