The SLSA and Humboldt University Berlin’s Law Department are hosting an international workshop to explore the different traditions of socio-legal studies in the UK and Germany. The workshop will be held from 23–24 September 2019 at the Humboldt University’s Law and Society Institute (LSI). The keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Dr Susanne Baer (German Constitutional Court).
We invite papers that seek to understand the influence of institutional contexts and scholarly traditions upon the development of those approaches that come under the banner of socio-legal studies.
The workshop has three core aims:
To achieve these aims, the workshop will reflect upon the similarities and differences between German Rechtssoziologie and socio-legal studies in the UK, with particular focus on the historical development of such ideas and approaches, as well as on identifying points of connection. It will look to generate initial conversations between scholars in these communities and to foster the continuation of such conversations subsequent to this event. Using the themes space, time, text and image to organise the contributions, participants will discuss the relevant methodologies, theories and concepts used in the shaping of contemporary socio-legal studies in Germany and the UK.
Full details of the call for papers are also available for download.
For further information, please contact one of the organisers:
The SLSA PGR reps Rachael Blakey and Tahir Abass have compiled a resources list for PGRs. It includes sources to help postgraduates with writing and preparing for the viva, as well as communities for support
The SLSA 2019 website is now live. It will be regularly updated over the coming months.
If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words on one of the streams or current topics. Abstracts must be submitted via the EasyChair online system here. Submissions opened on 19 October 2018 and close at 6pm on 14 January 2019.
In general, each panel session is 90 minutes long, contains three papers of 20 minutes each, leaving 30 minutes for discussion. Streams/current topics which are heavily subscribed may have four papers of 15 minutes in each session. stream and current topic convenors will provide more specific information on the structure of their sessions, which may differ from this model, nearer to the time.
In line with the SLSA's ethos, papers may be interdisciplinary in nature, and submissions from outside of law are welcome. Similarly, papers concerning socio-legal issues beyond the UK are also welcome.
If your proposal concerns something other than a paper (for example, a pre-formed session, a joint panel proposal, a 'meet the author' session, a film screening etc.), you should contact the relevant stream or theme convenor to discuss this.
The poster display will take place in Parkinson Court. Researchers should bring their posters to registration between 10:00 and 13:30 on Wednesday 3 April 2019. They will then be assigned a board on which to display their poster. As in previous years, there is a specific Poster Competition for postgraduate researchers who are presenting, the prize of which will be presented at the conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 4 April 2019.
Posters should be designed to be A1 size (594 x 841mm) and can be landscape or portrait. Participants will be provided with a posterboard. Posters should have a title and the name of the researcher(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es) should be clearly presented.
Researchers should ensure that:
This one-day SLSA-sponsored event is being organised by Katie Bales and Dave Cowan, University of Bristol, and Ann Mumford, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.
Date: 25 January 2019
Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London
Plenary speakers: Kathleen Lahey (Queens, Canada), Linda Mulcahy (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford (from January 2019)), John Flint (Sheffield)
Registration is now open.
This one-day conference has been organised by the SLSA and the Society for Legal Scholars in collaboration with the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission.
Date: 11 June 2019
Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR
Keynote speaker: Brenda Hale (President of the Supreme Court, The Right Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE)
‘Impact’ has become an increasingly important aspect of academic work over the last decade. This conference – co-organised by the SLSA, the Society of Legal Scholars, the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission – aims to reflect on how academic legal research has influenced and informed law reform in the past, engage in debate and dialogue on contemporary law reform projects, and equip legal researchers with the tools they require to generate legal and policy impacts in the future.
The conference seeks to address the following questions:
Registration will open in due course, and more information on the exciting range of speakers will follow soon. Until then, please SAVE THE DATE!