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Welcome to the Society of Legal Scholars


The Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) is the learned society for those who teach law in a university or similar institution or who are otherwise engaged in legal scholarship. As of beginning of 2013 the SLS had over 2900 members consisting of academic and practising lawyers in a wide variety of subject areas. The SLS was founded in 1908 and has charitable status. For more information on the SLS please read on.


Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2015

The following books have been shortlisted for the Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2015:

Jacco Bomhoff, Balancing Constitutional Rights: The Origin and Meanings of Postwar Legal Discourse (Cambridge University Press)
Paul S Davies, Accessory Liability (Hart Studies in Private Law: Hart Publishing)
Ryan Goss, Criminal Fair Trial Rights: Article 6 of the Convention on Human Rights (Hart Publishing)
Yseult Marique, Public-Private Partnerships and the Law: Regulation, Institutions and Community (Edward Elgar)
Katja LH Samuel, The OIC, the UN, and Counter-Terrorism Law-Making: Conflicting or Cooperative Legal Orders? (Studies in International Law, Hart Publishing)
Helen Scott, Unjust Enrichment in South African Law: Rethinking Enrichment by Transfer (Hart Studies in Private Law, Hart Publishing)

The judges noted that there was a particularly strong field of nominated books this year. They would like to congratulate all of the short-listed authors, and to thank all those who made nominations. The winners will be announced at the Annual Conference Dinner on Wednesday 2 September 2015.

SLS Centenary Lecture 2015

SLS Centenary Lecture 2015 will be given by Nicholas Green on Wednesday 18 November, at 18:00, at the University of Bristol. Further details will be published when they become available.

SLS Small Projects and Events Fund (formerly the Legal Scholarship Fund)

Council has recently approved the change of name and revised rules in order to give more guidance to potential applicants and in particular to distinguish this fund from the Research Activities Fund and also from the Annual Seminar Series.

REF Feedback Session

March 2015: PowerPoint Slides from the REF Law Sub-Panel Feedback session given on the 4 March 2015 at the IALS by Professor Gillian Douglas.


- Seminar: Comparative law, the Courts and the influence of Europe Tuesday September 01 2015
- Conference: Current Issues in Freight Forwarding - Law and Logistics Thursday September 03 2015
- Conference: Small States in a Legal World Monday September 07 2015
- Symposium: First Women Lawyers - Establishing the known and unknown Wednesday September 09 2015
- Public Lecture: What's Wrong with Banking and What Can Be Done? Wednesday September 09 2015
- Forum: The Role of ‘Big Data’ in Competition and Privacy Law Wednesday September 09 2015
- Workshop: Competition Law Public Enforcement Across the EU Thursday September 10 2015
- 1st Annual Event of the UK Energy Law and Policy Association Thursday September 10 2015
- Conference: Administrative Justice in Wales and Comparative Perspectives Thursday September 10 2015
- Conference: The Transformation of Consumer Dispute Resolution in the EU Thursday September 10 2015

For all forthcoming events please click here. The SLS is pleased to provide details of forthcoming legal events in on this site and via email. Should you wish to advertise an event please contact us.


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University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia's Peter A. Allard School of Law is undertaking an external search for the following posts:

Closing date 21 September 2015.

Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. Lakehead University

Lakehead University is conducting an extensive search for the Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law and invites expressions of interest, applications and nominations.

Other Vacancies

- Buckinghamshire New University: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer x 2
- All Souls College, Oxford: Senior Research Fellowships in History, Law, and Philosophy
- Leeds University: Academic Fellowship in the Governance of Bio-Data
- Judicial Appointment Commission: Fee-paid judge

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Directory of Members 2014

The Society's Directory of Members is available online. The password for this members' only resource can be obtained from your Council Representative. The Directory contains records of those who were members on 1 January 2015.

Annual Conference: York 2015

The Society's Annual Conference in 2015 will be held on 1 - 4 September at the University of York. Further details are available here.

Call for Papers

Calls for papers have now been issued (Feb'15). Further details may be found here and on the Subject Sections home pages.