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News 

Events

SLSA events

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

Other events

International Law in the UK: A troubled relationship?, University of Worcester: call for papers 

Comparative Perspectives on Migration Attitudes and Behaviours: Causes, consequences, interventions, Oxford

Leverhulme Seminar 1: Multi-examination on “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof, Northumbria Law School, Newcastle

Leverhulme Seminar 2: How ChatGPT and other AI technologies will change legal practice and legal educationLeverhulme, Northumbria Law School, Newcastle

Leverhulme Guest Lecture: Asynchronous trialsLeverhulme Guest Lecture: Asynchronous trials, Northumbria Law School, Newcastle

Leverhulme Seminar 3: The shadow effect of the rules of evidence on ADR, Northumbria Law School, Newcastle

Critical Legal Conference, Lund, Sweden: Critical Nordic Colonial Legal Histories stream: call for papers

Summer School: Law and technology, London

Summer School: Public international law, online and London

Roundtable on Forced Scam Labour and Human Trafficking, online

16th Annual SOAS Law PhD Colloquium, SOAS and online: call for papers extended

Workshop for PhD candidates: Ius ad bellum and ius in bello, UWE Bristol: call for abstracts

Best Interests Decision-Making in Clinical and Legal Practice, Bristol

(Re-) Drawing Borders: When and where was the United Kingdom?, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: call for papers

Pluralism, Decolonisation and Socio-Legal Studies, online from Centre of Law and Society, Cardiff

Publications

Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies: Weird Law for Weird Times?Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies: Weird Law for Weird Times?

New book: International Dialogues on Litigation and Society, edited by Antonio Rodrigues de Freitas Júnior  and Jorge Cavalcanti Boucinhas Filho

Centre for Sport and Human Rights, Cambridge: Annual Reading list and glossary

Edited Collection on Neurodivergence and Criminal Justice: call for contributing authors

Research and funding

BA Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects 2025 – open for applications 

Vacancies

Research fellow in law, Open University

The CLS Visiting Fellowship, Centre of Law and Society, Cardiff University: call for applications

Consultations

Sentencing Council: Consultation on draft sentencing guideline for non-fatal strangulation and suffocation


Vacancies

Research fellow in law, Open University

Applications are invited for this permanent, full-time post (hybrid and Milton Keynes) at the Open University Law School. See website for details. Closing date: 6 June 2024.

The CLS Visiting Fellowship, Centre of Law and Society, Cardiff University: call for applications

The Centre of Law and Society invites early career scholars and emerging researchers to apply for the CLS fellowships in the academic year 2024/25. See announcement for details. Closing date: 28 June 2024.

JUSTICE: two Linklaters legal fellows

Applications are invited for these two fixed term six-month paid fellowships, funded by Linklaters. See website for details. Closing date: 19 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.

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Consultations, inquiries and surveys

Sentencing Council: Consultation on draft sentencing guideline for non-fatal strangulation and suffocation

The Sentencing Council is consulting on a new sentencing guideline for two new offences – non-fatal strangulation and non-fatal suffocation. See website for details. Closing date: 14 August 2024.

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.

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Other announcements

EDICa Session on Journal Special Issues: call for paricipants

The EDI Caucus (EDICa), which is funded by UKRI and the British Academy, is undertaking a programme of work focused on peer review.

One of the issues they are keen to explore is the ways in which special issues of academic journals are handled. How are decisions made about what to cover and who guest-edits these? How might under-represented communities of researchers gain vital experience in guest-editing and bring a broader range of experiences, perspectives and voices to bear in this key academic process?

They are looking for senior and managing editors from a range of disciplines to join an initial discussion to inform this research. The session will be online on Thursday 30 May 2024 from 10am to 11am GMT.

To express interest, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Next Hundred Years: Survey on Artificial Intelligence

In partnership with She Breaks the Law the Next Hundred Years Project has launched a Survey on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The survey is open to ALL women who work in the legal profession and those in legal roles. We want to understand the impact of AI for women in law, the role they are playing in embracing it, how they making their voices heard and addressing some of the biases we know exist. With AI representing the future economy and opportunities in and beyond legal, Next 100 Years and She Breaks the Law want to ensure women in law’s voices aren’t just participating in the Great AI Conversation, but leading it.

See website for details.

Springer Nature: Book publishing essentials – free mini-course

Springer Nature’s free mini-course on book publishing consists of five modules emailed to you every week for five weeks. See website for details.

Public Engagement Training Sessions, online from School of Advanced Study, University of London

Each year, the SAS Public Engagement team offers a series of training sessions alongside Being Human Festival, the UK's national festival of the humanities. Whether you are a researcher with experience in engagement or are trying out public engagement for the first time, the training series covers some of the key knowledge and skills to help you connect the wider public with research. The course runs from April to October this year. See website for details.

Law School Staff Sense of Belonging in Higher Education Institutions: call for participants

Invitation to participate:

Universities are increasingly emphasising the importance of 'communities' and 'belonging' to both staff and student happiness within the institution. Through online, 90 minute focus groups, this project – led by Professor Lydia Bleasdale (University of Leeds) and Dr Jill Dickinson (Leeds Beckett University) - will examine how Law School staff working across a range of Universities experience and view institutional attempts to create or generate a sense of belonging amongst staff.
If you work within a Law School, on any type of contract (including, but not limited to, fixed term, permanent, professional services, researchers and academics); are interested in being involved; and are available to take part in a focus group on 3rd June, 6th June, 10th June, 13th June or 3rd July, please email Professor Lydia Bleasdale (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for a participant information sheet.

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.

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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