Welcome to the news section of the SLSA website. This area is divided into the following categories:
- Research and funding
- Online resources
- Consultations, inquiries and surveys
- Other announcements
New for week ending 11 June 2021
Critical Legal Conference: ‘Frankenlaw: Community, Division, Modernity’ – call for papers
Listen to the experts! Migrant women matter: online from the British Academy
AHRC Futures Festival: Time, uncertainty and the imagination: online free events
Working Parties at Work: A Covid Inquiry: online JUSTICE event
SLSA events and co-sponsored events
Art/Law Network Online Seminar Series: Enabling and disabling mobilities: call for abstracts
Art/Law Network Online Seminar Series: Migrant in art: call for abstracts
Art/Law Network Online Seminar Series: Borderlands, theory and the everyday: call for abstracts
Art/Law Network Online Seminar Series: Value of art – artist showcase: call for abstracts
Publishing in the 'Proceedings of the British Academy': call for proposals
The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law: edited by Cathryn Costello, Michelle Foster and Jane McAdam
Mutinies for Equality: Contemporary Developments in Law and Gender in India, edited by Tanja Herklotz and Siddharth Peter de Souza
Applications are invited for the above full-time, permanent post at Stirling Law School. See website for details. Closing date: 4 July 2021.
The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in Oxford would welcome expressions of interest from early career scholars interested in applying for one of the following two schemes.
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie 2021 Individual Fellowships – expected to open June 2021
Offers support for experienced post-doctoral researchers of any nationality to come and work at a European institution for 12–24 months. Proposals are joint submissions between the Fellow and their host Department/supervisor. Expressions of interest welcomed.
- British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship – Expected to open July/August 2021
Award supports a 36-month fellowship for outstanding early career researchers in the humanities or social sciences. Expressions of interest welcomed.
Applications are invited for this full-time post at York Law School. See website for details. Closing date: 20 June 2021.
Applications are invited for this scheme which enables UK institutions to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the skills and knowledge of the academic staff and/or students. See website for details. Next closing date: 7 October 2021.
The British Academy and the Polish Academy of Sciences are inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to participate in a virtual Knowledge Frontiers Symposium on the broad theme of 'Just Transitions'. See announcement for details. Closing date: 21 July 2021.
Applications are invited for the following openings.
- Framing reproductive violence as a crime distinct from sexual violence in international crime law
- An employer's right to know
Both can be undertaken on either a part-time or full-time basis. Closing date: September 2021.
The IILAH podcast is the online home of lectures and conversations hosted by the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School. Please see website for details.
A series of lectures organised by the family of K G Kannabiran (1929–2010) to remember him 10 years after his death: jurists, lawyers and judges who knew and worked with KG Kannabiran recall and celebrate his life, his work, and his futures. Details can be found on the YouTube Channel.
Countersign is a podcast hosted by Stewart Motha, Professor of Law at Birkbeck. Stewart and guests discuss books, films, and other materials from across disciplines which open new perspectives on law, difference, and plural existence.
This year these events livestreamed as webinar debates on 'The Sovereignty of Parliament'. The entire series, featuring Sir Adam Roberts, AC Grayling, Helen Mountfield QC, and a host of other panellists, is now available online.
Dr Ed Johnston, University of the West of England, has launched a new videocast channel which will feature interviews with individuals wth an interest in criminal justice. In the first episode, Ed will be speaking to Liam Allan who was accused of rape in 2016 and took two years to clear his name. The second episode will US lawyer David Rudolf of The Staircase documentary series. See Criminal Jusice Natters on YouTube for details.
Catch-Up Webinar: Populism and the law, by Prof Daniel Smilov, hosted by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, Oxford
Catch up on FLJS Fellow Prof Daniel Smilov's webinar exploring the link between the rise of populism and the rule of law in liberal democracies. Prof Smilov challenges prevailing wisdom on populist regimes in Eastern Europe, offering instead a provocative 'anti-paternalist' thesis to argue that populism in fact fits well with many liberal constitutional principles. See website for details.
Catch-Up Webinar: The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty, hosted by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, Oxford
A panel of experts discuss The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty, a crucial new big-picture framework that answers the question of how liberty flourishes in some states but falls to authoritarianism or anarchy in others, by Daron Acemoglu and James A Robinson, the authors of the international bestseller Why Nations Fail. See website for details.
Doing Ethnography Remotely: Stanford Centre for Global Ethnography – six video interviews with researchers
In this video series, the Center's co-directors Sharika Thiranagama (Anthropology) and Sylvia Yanagisako (Anthropology) interview six ethnographers who have conducted research remotely. See website for details.
The IEL (international economic law) Collective invites contributions for its online pop-up collection of artefacts (objects or images). Please see website for details.
This new network's key aim is is to support the queer aspiring lawyer community across the UK with the creation of an inclusive, informative network. It seeks to support the development of professional relationships enabling likeminded people to connect. Queer Lawyers of Tomorrow is also planning to create a calendar of events that are of particular interest to queer aspiring lawyers whilst holding a few annual events of its own. Social mobility will also be put at the forefront of the network's activities with all its events and opportunities being accessible to all. For further information, please see announcement and website for details.
The new Pracademia Network aims to:
- inform the development of training programmes
- encourage and share best practice and
- facilitate internal/external collaborations
for the benefit of a much wider group of local, national and international stakeholders; including academics, students, Higher Education Institutions, and other organisations. The network has been set up with the help of Advance HE following research at Sheffield Hallam University around former/current practitioners who now lecture/research in HE. See the website for further details.
The Ada Lovelace Institute and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have today launched JUST AI, a network of researchers and practitioners, led by Dr Alison Powell from LSE, that will establish a multidisciplinary research base around ‘just AI’ – AI that is ethical, works for the common good and is effectively governed and regulated. The humanities-led network will build on research in AI ethics, orienting it around practical issues of social justice, distribution, governance and design, and seek to inform the development of policy and practice. See website for full details.
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
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.
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 Legal Cultures of the Subsoil’: mapping the use of law in environmental politics in Central America
- A database of legal actions and artefacts devised in conflicts over mineral resources
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.
Plans to revise sentencing guidelines for domestic, non-domestic and aggravated burglary offences in England and Wales have been published for consultation by the Sentencing Council. See website for details. Closing date: 1 September 2021.
The Welsh Government has asked the Law Commission to evaluate current legislation and to consider options for new legislation to ensure a robust, integrated and future-proofed regulatory system which adopts a uniform approach to inspection, maintenance and record-keeping throughout the life cycle of all coal tips from creation to abandonment to remedial works. See website for details: 10 September 2021.
The Law Commission is conducting a public consultation on provisional proposals to allow for electronic trade documents, such as electronic bills of lading and bills of exchange, to have the same effect in law as their paper equivalents. Please see website for full details. Closing date: 30 July 2021.
The Law Commission is considering reform of the legal treatment of cryptoassets and digital assets. The call for evidence is the first step in this process and seeks information from stakeholders and market participants on how such assets are being used and dealt with and about how the law might accommodate them now and in the future. See website for full details. Closing date: 30 July 2021.
The Sentencing Council is consulting on proposals to revise sentencing guidelines for child sexual offences in cases where no sexual activity takes place or the targeted child does not exist. The revised guidelines will clarify how courts in England and Wales should sentence offenders convicted of these offences. See announcement and website for details. Closing date: 13 August 2021.
Access to scholarly legal information is crucial to teaching and researching the law. The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library (IALS Library) is considered to be the national library for legal research and we provide academics and the postgraduate legal research community with access to the most extensive collections of foreign and international law in the UK. What’s more, membership of IALS Library is freely available to all academic staff and law PGR students.
Staff at the Law Faculty at Oxford University were saddened to hear of the death of Donald Harris on 10 August 2020. One of his many achievements was the centre role he played in establishing the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford in 1972. He was the centre's director for 21 years. The current director, Professor Linda Mulcahy, commemorates his work and legacy on behalf of her colleagues at the centre.
Following the recent death of Professor Reza Banakar, the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, has published a tribute to its former colleague. Reza held the Paul Dodyk Resarch Fellowship at the centre from 1997 to 2002. He was also Professor of Law at the University of Westminster before moving to a Chair in Legal Sociology at Lund University. He was also a lifelong member of the SLSA.
Law and Society Association commemorates the life of its former president, Professor Sally Engle Merry
The Law and Society Association is inviting expressions of condolences following the recent death of Professor Sally Engle Merry. Sally was a pre-eminent law and society scholar, who won many prestigious awards during her career and whose work was hugely influential. Those who knew her either personally or through her work are invited to contribute to the condolences page.