Society of Legal Scholars

Civil Liberties and Human Rights

The Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section invites participation from members interested in a wide range of issues related to its remit: this includes international human rights law, comparative human rights and all areas of domestic human rights protection. It welcomes papers concerned with the philosophical foundations of human rights and in recent years has had a particular concern with the constitutional protection of human rights, focusing on the Human Rights Act. It provides a forum for members interested in any of these areas to meet and give papers, generally of work in progress, with a view to stimulating debate. The emphasis is placed on providing plenty of space for lively discussion, rather than receiving long, formal papers.  The Section always meets at the Annual Conference and in some years has held an additional meeting at another time of year. It aims to be inclusive and so contributions from any academic angle or point of view are very welcome, as are members at advanced or early stages in their academic careers.

Section Convenor

Dr Ruvi Ziegler

School of Law
University of Reading
Foxhill House
Whiteknights Road
Reading RG6 7BA


Further details on the Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section programme can be found on the Conference Website:


Call for Papers for Civil Liberties and Human Rights Subject Section.

This is a call for papers and panels for the Civil Liberties and Human Rights section of the 2018 SLS Annual Conference to be held at Queen Mary University Law from Tuesday 4th September – Friday 7th September 2018.  This year’s theme is ‘Law in Troubled Times’.
The Civil Liberties and Human Rights section will meet in the first half of the conference on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September and I am very pleased to announce that Professors Aoife O’Donoghue (Durham) and Lorna McGregor (Essex) have already agreed to give a presentation.
If you are also interested in delivering a paper or organising a panel, please submit your paper abstract or panel details by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 26th March.  All abstracts and panel details must be submitted through the EasyChair conference system which can be accessed using the following link – – and following the instructions (select ‘Track’ for the relevant subject section). If you experience any issues in using Oxford Abstracts, please contact
I would welcome proposals for papers and panels on any issue relating to Civil Liberties and Human Rights, including those addressing this year’s conference theme.
Those wishing to present a paper should submit a title and abstract of around 300 words, whilst those wishing to propose a panel should submit a document outlining the theme and rationale for the panel and the names of the proposed speakers (who must have agreed to participate) and their abstracts.  Sessions are 90 minutes in length and so panels should include three or four speakers, though the conference organisers reserve the right to add speakers to panels in the interests of balance and diversity.
As the SLS is keen to ensure that as many members with good quality papers as possible can present, we discourage speakers from presenting more than one paper at the conference. When you submit an abstract via EasyChair you will be asked to note if you are also responding to calls for papers or panels from other sections.
Please also note that the SLS offers a Best Paper Prize which can be awarded to academics at any stage of their career and which is open to those presenting papers individually or within a panel.  The Prize carries a £250 monetary award and the winning paper will, subject to the usual process of review and publisher’s conditions, appear in Legal Studies.  To be eligible:

  • speakers must be fully paid-up members of the SLS; Where a paper has more than one author, all authors eligible for membership of the Society under its rule 3 must be members. The decision as to eligibility of any co-authors will be taken by the Membership Secretary, whose decision will be final.
  • papers must not exceed 12,000 words including footnotes (as counted in Word);
  • papers must be uploaded to the paperbank by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 27th August; and
  • papers must not have been published previously or have been accepted or be under consideration for publication.
  • papers must have been accepted by a convenor in a subject section and an oral version of the paper must be presented at the Annual Conference.

I have also been asked to remind you that all speakers will need to book and pay to attend the conference and that they will need to register for the conference by the end of June in order to secure their place within the programme, though please do let me know if this is likely to pose any problems for you.  Booking information will be circulated in due course.

With best wishes,

Dr Ruvi Ziegler
Convenor, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section