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News 

Events

British Association of Comparative Law's Annual Webinar: Comparative torts – liability for AI

Legal Research for Social Impact Conference, University of York

Diaspora Remittance Flows: Restitution, Culture and Capital – ASAUK Biennial Conference 2022, online

The Legal Impact of the CJEU Judgment C-817/19 on the Legality of the EU's Passenger Name Records, online from Utrecht University

Judicial Independence in Developing Democracies, online from School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University

We Move – Race Equality & Migrants Rights Summit, Leeds

Women, Listening and Law – what does it take to be heard?, School of Law, University of Wollongong: call for abstracts

AHRC Future Leaders Fellowship Information Event, online

Legal Tech Breakfast: Innovation and the future of justice, online hosted by Support Through Court

David Bowie and Ideas, University of Warwick

Online Symposium on Longtermism and the Law, Verfassunblog on Matters Constitutional

Neil MacCormick Memorial Lecture, online from UK IVR Association

SLSA events and co-sponsored events 

Abolition Feminism: Breaking Free from The Master’s Tools Workshop, online from Read and Resist 

Publications

UKRI Annual Report published

Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies Blog: there are four new postings on the blog this summer

The Right to Be Protected from Committing Suicide, by Jonathan Herring: 20% discount available

AHRC Blog: Investing in impact

BR Blog: How an Inquisition trial helped uncover ordinary lives and gender relations in 17th-century West Africa

Social Citizenship in an Age of Welfare Regionalism: The State of the Social Union, by Mark Simpson – 20% discount available

Journal of Law and Society: new website launched

Resarch and funding

Researchers at Risk Fellowships: call for applications open 

British Academy: International Writing Workshops – call for applications

Funding call: Postdoctoral Fellowships – outline stage 2022–23

British Academy: Visiting Fellowships 2023

Nuffield Foundation: Research, Development and Analysis Fund – call for applications

Pandemic & Beyond project team report radical changes in arts and humanities research

UKRI open access policy updated

ESRC ADR UK and Ministry of Justice Data First Evaluation Fellowship

ESRC Embedding methodological development in social science research: 2022 – call for applications

Vacancies

JUSTICE, paid legal internships

Research fellow, University of Warwick: evaluation of initiatives to improve responses to rape complaints and complainants research project

Senior research associate for Nuffield-funded 'Fair Shares' project, University of Bristol 

Lecturer in law, Keele University

Consultations

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

Law Commission: Issues paper on remote driving

Sentencing Council: Response to terrorism guidelines consultation

Sentencing Council: Child cruelty offences consultation

Other

British Institute of International and Comparative Law: Training Courses 2022

Participants needed for Compassion and Legal Academia PhD Study


Vacancies

JUSTICE, paid legal internships 

Applications are invited from UK law graduates for these paid internships. See website for details. Closing date: 29 August 2022.

Research fellow, University of Warwick: evaluation of initiatives to improve responses to rape complaints and complainants research project

Applications are invited for this fixed-termed position working on this project with Professor Vanessa Munro. See website for details. Closing date: 29 August 2022.

Senior research associate for Nuffield-funded 'Fair Shares' project, University of Bristol 

Applications are invited for this position to work with co-investigators Caroline Bryson, Gillian Douglas and Emma Hitchings on this Nuffield-funded project. See website for details. Closing date: 4 September 2022.

Lecturer in law, Keele University

Applications are invited for this permanent full-time post. See website for details. Closing date: 12 September 2022.

Lecturer in criminology, University of Sheffield

Applications are invited for this full-time open-ended post: reference UOS033888. See website for details. Closing date: 19 August 2022.

Law Society learning and development steering group

The Law Society is inviting applications for a number of voluntary advisory roles on this new steering group. See website for details. Closing date: 31 August 2022.   

PhD Scholarship in Law, University of Birmingham

Applications are invited for this fully funded scholarship on the project: 'The lived legal experiences of those impacted by gambling harms: understanding encounters with law and regulation'. See website for details. Closing date: 19 August 2022.

PhD scholarships, University of Sheffield

Applications are invited for these full-time funded scholarships in the School of Law. See announcement for details. Closing date: 17 August 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

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.

Law Commission: Issues paper on remote driving

The Law Commission is currently inviting views on the published issues paper for this project. See website for details. Consultation closes: 2 September 2022.

Sentencing Council: Response to terrorism guidelines consultation

A summary of the responses received to the consultation on the revisions to the terrorism guidelines has been published. See website for details.

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.

Sentencing Council: sale of knives etc to persons under 18

The Sentencing Council invites contributions to the above consultation. See website for details. Closing date: 24 August 2022.

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Other announcements

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 offering expert consultancy to law schools for advance preparation for REF 2027.