Socio-legal news


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New for week ending 24 January 2020

Events 

Law and Digital Society: Re-imagining the futures – annual meeting of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law, Lund, Sweden: call for papers

Witch-branding and the Law in Jharkhand: Two-day workshop, Ranchi, India

Writing Nomos Otherwise? Appropriation in the Anthropocene, London

Book Launch: Fucking Law, by Victoria Brooks, London

SDGS, Biodiversity and Plant Health: International legal aspects, Moscow: call for papers

Solidarity in the Context of Natural Management Resources, Catania, Italy: call for papers

The Rule of Law in Modern Britain: A core principle or compromised ideal, Liverpool: call for papers

Rule of Law in Brazil: One year of Bolsonaro government, London

SLSA events and SLSA co-sponsored events

Legal Design: Concepts, methods, norms and examples, London – further details and call for abstracts now available

SLS-JAC-SLSA Workshop on Judicial Appointments: ‘Academics as Judges’, Coventry

SLSA Annual Conference 2020, Portsmouth

Interdisciplinarity as Resistance, Gothenburg, Sweden

SLSA Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff – January 2020 (dates tbc)

Publications

Touch, by Caterina Nirta, Danilo Mandic, Andrea Pavoni, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (eds): open access ebook

Vacancies

Early career fellow in intellectual property law/lecturer in intellectual property law, University of Edinburgh

Fellowships in interdisciplinary legal studies, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, University at Buffalo, New York

American Bar Foundation Doctoral Fellowships Program

Assistant professor and associate professor, School of Law, University of Warwick

Consultations

British Academy research funding consultation 


Vacancies

Early career fellow in intellectual property law/lecturer in intellectual property law, University of Edinburgh

Applications are invited for this full-time permanent post. Please see website for details. Closing date: 31 January 2020.

Fellowships in interdisciplinary legal studies, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, University at Buffalo, New York

Applications are invited for the latest round of Baldy Center fellowships 2020–21. Please see website for details. Closing date: 20 March 2020.

American Bar Foundation Doctoral Fellowships Program

Applications are invited for this year's American Bar Foundation doctoral fellowships. See website for details. Closing date: 15 February 2020.

Assistant professor and associate professor, School of Law, University of Warwick

Applications are invited for these two full-time permanent posts. Please see website for details. Closing date: 23 February 2020.

Lectureships in constitutional law and criminal law, Kuwait International Law School

Kuwait International Law School (KILAW) is seeking to appoint outstanding candidates to lectureships in constitutional law and criminal law. KILAW is a new law school with faculty drawn from across the world and an international orientation with teaching being conducted in both Arabic and English. Candidates should have a degree in law and a PhD, as well as a strong commitment to innovative teaching at LLB and LLM levels and a developed interest in advancing research in their chosen specialisms. For further details of the posts and the attractive renumeration and support packages available contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lecturer in law, York Law School 

Applications are invited for the above full-time post. Please see website for details. Closing date: 25 February 2020.

Lawyer, criminal justice at JUSTICE

Applications are invited for this position to join the JUSTICE criminal justice programme. See website for details. Closing date: 28 January 2020.

Research associate, York Law School

Applications are invited for the above full-time fixed-term post. Please see website for details. Closing date: 2 March 2020.

Two funded PhD studentships Northumbria University

Applications are invited for two studentships at Northumbria University:

Please follow links above for details. Closing date for both studentships: 24 January 2020.

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Online resources

IEL Collective: call for contriutions to IEL Pop-up Collection

The IEL (international economic law) Collective invites contributions for its online pop-up collection of artefacts (objects or images). Please see website for details. 

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Networks

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.

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Consultations, inquiries and surveys

British Academy research funding consultation

The Academy is consulting researchers and institutions about the support which it currently offers through some of its research funding schemes, particularly its funding and training offer for early career researchers. Researchers are invited to contribute via a short survey by Friday 7 February 2020.

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Other announcements

Sir Ernest Ryder to join the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies as a senior associate

The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is delighted to announce that the Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder will be joining the Centre as a senior associate. Sir Ernest will also be taking over the Mastership of Pembroke when Dame Lynne Brindley steps down at the end of June this year. Sir Ernest is a distinguished member of the judiciary, who was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013, and the Senior President of Tribunals for the UK in 2015. As Senior President he has led a £1bn change transformation programme for the justice system which aims to modernise the courts and tribunals system. He is also the Chair of the Administrative Justice Council and a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation where he has played an important part in developing a sustainable model for research in justice, welfare and education and building capacity in the field. The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is looking forward to working with Sir Ernest on itsprogrammes of research in dispute resolution, administrative justice and regulation. See website for further details. 

 

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