Socio-legal news

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New for week ending 18 October 2019  . . .


Modern Slavery and Migration in Rural Areas: The impacts, London

CSLS Socio-Legal Discussion Group: Institutional Design of Judicial Review – Kelsen before the Bulgarian Constitutional Court, Oxford

CSLS Socio-Legal Discussion Group: Constitution-making in a post-conflict environment – socio-legal perspective of the Libyan process, Oxford

CSLS Socio-Legal Discussion Group: Islamic finance: the convergence of faith, capital and power, Oxford

CSLS Socio-Legal Discussion Group: Title tbc, Oxford

CSLS Seminar Series: Reproductive labour, law and property accumulations – rereading East African social history, Oxford

CSLS Seminar Series: Book Launch – Paul Rock in conversation with Linda Mulcahy and Emma Rowden, Oxford

CSLS Seminar Series: Delivering dispute resolution, Oxford

CSLS Seminar Series: Business and human rights in Australia, Oxford

CSLS Seminar Series: Cause lawyering with the grain? Immigration and refugee lawyers in Russia, Oxford

CSLS Seminar Series: Water efficiency in the public sector – the role of social norms, Oxford

CSLS Seminar Series: Stage managers of the criminal courtroom – uncovering the lives of Crown Court clerks through oral history, Oxford

CSLS Seminar Series: The poodle problem – are corporate lawyers still professionals?, Oxford

Impact and Wellbeing, Nottingham: call for papers

A Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce, Manchester

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

TLI Focus Seminar Series: The legal underpinnings of imperial life, London

SLSA events and SLSA co-sponsored events

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

Interdisciplinarity as Resistance, Gothenburg, Sweden

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


New book: Free Hands and Minds: Pioneering Australian Legal Scholars, by Susan Bartie

Journal of Law and Society: Notice from Editorial Board

Journal of Legal History: call for applications for funding for a one-day conference


European Reproductive Justice network: call for interest


Law Commission consultation on automated vehicles


Faculty Positions at the China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies (CISLS), Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Applications are invited for a number of positions at the above Institute. Please see webpage for details. Closing date: 31 October 2019.

Two positions at Northumbria University, Newcastle: senior lecturer/lecturer in law and professor/associate professor in law

Applications are invited for these two positions in law:

Closing date for both vacancies: 3 November 2019.

Two fully funded Master’s scholarships, Swansea University

Swansea University is inviting applications for its Hillary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Scholarships. These fully funded Master’s scholarships are offered in partnership with Sky and are available for exceptional applicants seeking to make a difference. Applicants must be able to commence their studies in January 2020. The deadline for applications is 21 October 2019. Please note that applicants who already hold a Master’s degree are eligible for this programme. For further information, please visit the website


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.



European Reproductive Justice network: call for interest

This is a call to anyone interested in being part of a European Reproductive Justice network. The aim of the network is to share knowledge of law, society and culture across Europe in relation to reproductive justice. The network recognises reproductive justice as a core element of human rights, particularly, but not exclusively for women. As such, the focus is upon, but is not limited to:

  • ability and means to become pregnant
  • ability and means to prevent pregnancy
  • support around and for decision to remain pregnant
  • support around and for decision to discontinue a pregnancy
  • obstetric healthcare
  • gynaecological healthcare
  • obstetric violence
  • economic and social support for parents or those wishing to become parents

This is an interdisciplinary network for academics, professionals and activists. If you are interested in being part of the network then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


Consultations, inquiries and surveys

Law Commission consultation on automated vehicles

The Law Commission has published its second consultation on its review of the regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles. Please see website for details. Closing date: 16 January 2020.


Other announcements

Call for interview participants: 'Incorporating gender and intersectional perspectives into your teaching of criminal law, criminology and criminal justice'

Are you a feminist academic? Did you recently take part in the online survey exploring your experiences of incorporating gender and intersectional perspectives into your teaching of Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice? If so, we are running some follow-up individual interviews (via Zoom) during October. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to take part in one of these and they will send you the information and link to the doodle poll so you can select a time for your interview. Your name will not be visible to other participants on doodle and all responses will be fully anonymised after the interview. As a token of our appreciation we will be able to offer participants a £20 book voucher after the interview.

There are lots of available slots available for interviews to take palce over the three weeks from 9 October 2019.


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