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Socio-legal news

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SLSA events

Law and Global Justice: Research Centres without a Research Field?, University of Durham: workshop and PGR conference

Contemporary Challenges in Migration Research, Ulster University Belfast

From the University to the Grand Chamber: How can academic work on asylum and immigration have greater impact in the European Court of Human Rights?, Royal Holloway University of London: programme available and registration open 

Climate Change & Migration: New Challenges, Legal Responses, and Policy Solutions, Nottingham: call for abstracts 

Other events

A Cold Climate for Refugee Women?: Seminar Two, online from Women in Refugee Law

Socio-legal Methodology Masterclass: Exploring research methods in mental health law & mental capacity law, in-person, York Law School

Legal Professional Privilege in the 21st Century: Adversarialism, confidentiality and justice, Northumbria Law School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Law Commission Project Launch Event: Domestic homicide defences, Northumbria Law School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Crimes of Domination, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: invitaiton for expressions of interest

Bar Conference 2024, London

Socio-legal and Critical Legal Studies: History of commonalities and differences, online from Centre of Law and Society, Cardiff


Latest from Frontiers of Socio-legal Studies: Revolutionising Corporate Criminal Liability – A New Paradigm through Anthropic Modelling and Cutting-Edge Behavioural Game Theory

Law & Society Review: first issue published with Cambridge University Press 

Research and funding





MethodsCom: Futures, Manchester: call for contributors

This innovative and cross-sector meet-up is part conference, part learning opportunity, part innovation forum and has been designed to connect and energise people with a focus on futures. It will take place from 12–13 September 2024. The organiser, the National Council for Research Methods, is seeking contributions from forward-thinking, futures-oriented researchers and practitioners, who can contribute to stimulating, developing and advancing this critical (research) development area. Contributors will receive expenses and accommodation and bursaries are also available. See website for details. Closing date for applications: 20 April 2024.

Three fully-funded PhD stutendships, Bournemouth University MaGPIE project 

The Bournemouth University-based MaGPIE project is seeking three talented PhD researchers for its fully-funded studentships. Follow the links to the adverts below to learn more about what these PhDs entail, and how you could contribute to developing a better mass grave protection framework. 

The closing date for all the above studentships is 5 May 2024.

PhD and Fellowship: WASH, AMR and Environmental Justice: Addressing the Challenges in the Global South, SOAS, London

Applications are invited for this PhD+fellowship opportunity. See announcement for details. Closing date: 1 May 2024.  

Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Visitors' Programme: open for applications

Applications are invited for the CSLS's Visitors' Programme. See website for details. Closing date: 5 July 2024. See website for details.


Consultations, inquiries and surveys

Sentencing Council: Consultation on proposed sentencing guidelines for immigration offences

The Sentencing Council is consulting on the first ever sentencing guidelines for immigration offences. The guidelines reflect legislative changes to the Immigration Act 1971 brought in by the Nationality and Borders Act 2022. See website for details. Closing date: 12 June 2024.

Law Commission: Consultation on aviation autonomy 

The Law Commission has been asked by the Civil Aviation Authority and Department for Transport to review the law around autonomous flight, in order to support the safe development of rapidly advancing technology. The consulation paper is available on the website. Closing date: 27 May 2024.

Sentencing Council: Aggravated vehicle taking offences guidelines, disqualification and other motoring related matters – consultation 

This consultation seeks views on a comprehensive package of new and revised guidelines for aggravated vehicle taking offences, for use in both the magistrates’ courts and in the Crown Court. See website for details. Closing date: 22 May 2024.

Sentencing Council: Consultation on new sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of blackmail, kidnap or false imprisonment

The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on new sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of blackmail, kidnap or false imprisonment. The Council is seeking views on the draft guidelines from the judiciary, legal professionals who use the guidelines, and organisations or members of the public with an interest in this area. The proposed guidelines will ensure judges in England and Wales follow a consistent approach when sentencing these offences, which can range in severity and can cause serious harm to victims. These will be the first dedicated sentencing guidelines for these offences. See website for details. Closing date: 24 April 2024.


Other announcements

NCRM 20th Anniversary Impact Prize: call for applications

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is inviting researchers to apply for the NCRM 20th Anniversary Impact Prize. The competition is open to anyone who has participated in NCRM training, used NCRM resources, taken part in an NCRM initiative, event or network, or been in receipt of NCRM funding, since the NCRM was founded in 2004. See website for details. Closing date: 2 June 2024

LASSnet moves to SOAS

The Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, initiated the establishment of the Law and Social Sciences Research Network (LASSnet) in 2007 in order to bring together scholars, lawyers and doctoral researchers engaged in research and teaching of issues of law across social sciences in contemporary South Asian contexts. Now LASSnet is moving to a new home at SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) and the School of Law at SOAS, with Dr Mayur Suresh as its anchor. See announcement for full details.

Philip Leverhulme Prizes: open for nominations

Nominations are invited from researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. The prizes of £100,000  can be used for any research purpose. See website for details. Closing date: 16 May 2024.

Virtual Reading Group on Property Law: call for expressions of interest 

Are you interested in joining a virtual reading group on Property Law? If so, please email Dr Tola Amodu 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 also offering expert consultancy to law schools for advance preparation for REF 2028.

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