Society of Legal Scholars

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice section welcomes colleagues with an interest in criminal justice from any perspective – whether that be doctrinal, philosophical, socio-legal, criminological or policy-oriented. We are particularly interested in encouraging those with such research interests to submit papers for consideration for the Annual Conference, and / or to attend the subject section meetings. Graduate students undertaking research in the field of criminal justice are especially encouraged. The section is committed to addressing both topics of contemporary concern (such as those which are the subject of Law Commission consultation papers), and more general and timeless issues in the fields of criminal justice and criminal law.

Section Convenor


Dr Hannah Quirk
School of Law
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL



Natalie Wortley
School of Law
Northumbria University
City Campus East
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 ST


Further details on the Criminal Justice Section programme can be found on the Conference Website:


SLS Criminal Justice Section: Call for Papers/Panels for 2018 SLS Annual Conference at Queen Mary University of London
This is a call for papers and panels for the Criminal Justice section of the 2018 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference to be held at Queen Mary University of London from Tuesday 4th September – Friday 7th September.  This year’s theme is ‘Law in Troubled Times’.

The Criminal Justice section will meet in the second half of the conference on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th September.

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 Oxford Abstracts 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

We would welcome proposals for papers and panels on any issue relating to criminal justice. We would particularly welcome proposals 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 we recommend panels of three to 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 are able to present, we discourage speakers from presenting more than one paper at the conference.  With this in mind, when you submit an abstract via Oxford Abstracts 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.
We 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 us know if this is likely to pose any problems for you.  Booking information will be circulated in due course.

With best wishes,
Hannah Quirk and Natalie Wortley