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News 

Events

JUSTICE: Human Rights Act Reform: A dangerous or welcome change?, Farrer & Co, London 

JUSTICE: Current Threats to the Rule of Law in the UK, Gibson Dunn, London

JUSTICE: Parliamentary and Media Attacks on Lawyers – A threat to the rule of law, Farrer & Co, London

Operation Naseby: A voice from the grave, Bush House, London

Sixth Tax Policy Conference, Cambridge: call for papers

Gender Matters, online and in-person from Oñati, Spain

Plural Visions of Law – The legacy of Joseph Raz, York: call for papers

SLSA events and co-sponsored events 

SLSA 2023 University of Ulster: call for papers now open: call closes 9 January 2023

Publications

Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies: Contemporary Reflections on the Push and Pull of the Policy Audience by Two Feminist Methodologists

Hart Publishing: Christmas sale ends on Sunday

LSE Blog: Adding equity to transformative agreements and journal subscriptions – The Read & Let Read model

Palgrave: hardcover holiday sale: 70% discount on selected books

Research and funding

UKRI Open Access Policy Update

New JRF Project: Talking about homes: the foundation for a decent life

British Academy Innovation Fellowships Scheme 2022–23 – Route B: Policy-led (Governance, Trust and Voice)

Vacancies

Sheffield School of Law: five posts

Law Society Learning: call for authors 

Associate/fellow or senior research fellow (fixed term), University of Nottingham

Commissioner in the Law Commission of England & Wales


Vacancies

Sheffield School of Law: five posts

Applications are invited for the following posts: 

Law Society Learning: call for authors

The Law Society invites applications for contributors to help deliver its strategy for legal education and professional development. See announcement for details. Closing date: 6 January 2023. These collaborations are remunerated.

Associate/fellow or senior research fellow (fixed term), University of Nottingham

Applications are invited for this post on Dr Philippa Tomczak’s prestigious £1.3m, five-year European Research Council Starting Grant RECEDE: ‘REgulating Criminal justicE DEtention: glocal prospects for improving health and safety in detention and society’. See website for details. Closing date: 18 January 2023.

Commissioner in the Law Commission of England & Wales

The Law Commission invites applications for this forthcoming vacancy. Please see the letter from Sir Nicholas Green, Chair of the Law Commission, for details. Further details will be released in early 2023.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Trust chair, York, London and hybrid: voluntary position for two days per month

The JRF is seeking to appoint a chair who shares the trust's vision and holds a deep belief that a more equitable and just future for the UK, free from poverty, is within reach. See website for details. Closing date: 16 December 2022.

Visitors' Programme, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford, call for applications

Each year, the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford invites doctoral students and faculty members to pursue their research as visitors and engage with our vibrant community of scholars for one or several terms. Applications must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in accordance with the procedure and before the deadlines specified. The next two deadlines are: 24 March and 14 July 2023. See website for full details.

International Social Science Journal: associate editor in sociology

Wiley is seeking an editor-in-chief and a team of associate editors, including an associate editor with a background in sociology, for the International Social Science Journal to start in early 2023. See announcement for full details. Closing date: 31 December 2022.

Assistant professorships, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada

Applications are invited for the following position:

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Consultations, inquiries and surveys

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Other announcements

Professor Surya Subedi Global Essay Prize: open for submissions 

The Wilberforce Institute will award the Professor Surya Subedi Global Essay Prize on Modern Slavery or the Protection of Human Dignity annually for the best original essay in English on the abolition of modern forms of slavery or the protection of human dignity anywhere in the world. The winner will receive £500 in recognition of their success. See website for details. Closing date: 31 December 2022.

Law Teacher of the Year: nominations open

Nominations are open for the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year awards. See website for details. Closing date: 16 December 2022.

Law Commission call for evidence: Decentralised Autonomous Organisations

The Law Commission aunched a public call for evidence on 16 November 2022. The call for evidence asks users and other experts for information about how DAOs can (and should) be characterised, and how the law of England and Wales might accommodate them now and in the future. See website for details. Closing date for submissions: 25 January 2023.

Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year: nominations open 

Nominations are now open for Law Teacher of the Year 2023. See website for details. Closing date: 16 December 2022.

British Academy and the Royal Irish Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium: The Future – call for applications

The Royal Irish Academy and the British Academy are inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to attend a research collaboration symposium on the broad theme of ‘the future’. See website for details. Closing date: 7 December 2022.

International Law Students survey: call for participants and prize draw

Have you come to study a law course at a university in England and Wales from another country? Can you help universities understand their students better? Would you like the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw for £100? See announcement for details. Survey closes: 22 November 2022. The researchers are Jane Ching and Azhin Omer from Nottingham Law School and the study is funded by the Society of Legal Scholars.

Sentencing Council: Consultation on totality guideline 

The Council is consulting on proposed changes to the Totality guideline. The guideline sets out the approach for sentencing an offender for more than one offence or where the offender is already serving a sentence. See website for details. Closing date: 7 December 2022.

Perceptions of Wellbeing in Law School: Developing International Guidelines – call for survey participants

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth are seeking participants to take part in the above study. See announcement for details.

IALS Summer Workshop: Teaching Tomorrow’s Law Teachers, London – call for applications

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the IALS Summer Workshop: Teaching Tomorrow’s Law Teachers. The workshop is a one-week intensive summer school for early career (ie, first two years) academics in law to be held 3–7 July 2023. It is designed to provide focused professional development for those legal academics who wish to engage with interdisciplinary and critical perspectives in their teaching. The workshop will be facilitated by Professor Shauna Van Praagh, of the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal and Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Academics working in all fields of research and teaching are welcome and encouraged to apply. See website for details. Closing date: 9 January 2023.

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.

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.

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

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