Society of Legal Scholars


The Jurisprudence section aims to offer an opportunity for members interested in any aspect of the theory and philosophy of law to meet and discuss ideas. The section is open to all schools of thought and intellectual traditions. A meeting of the section is always held at the Annual Conference. In recent years, papers have been presented on various topics, ranging from analytical and normative jurisprudence to theoretical engagement with substantive law: the diversity of subject matter can be seen from the archive below.

Contributions from established scholars are very welcome, and the section has a proud record of encouraging the involvement of early career academics and doctoral researchers. The section is willing to lend its support to members in any way it can. A digest advertising events of potential interest to members can be circulated to the section: if you would like to publicise an event, or have any suggestions, please contact the Convenor.

Section Convenor


Dr Olufemi Ilesanmi

Aberdeen Business School
The Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Phone: 01214143629


Rebecca Moosavian
School of Law
University of Northumbria
City Campus East
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 8ST


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


SLS Jurisprudence 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 Jurisprudence 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 Jurisprudence 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 Subject Section Link – and following the instructions (select ‘Track’ for the relevant subject section). If you experience any issues in using Oxford Abstracts, please contact SLS Conference Organizers.

We would welcome proposals for papers and panels on any issue relating to area of law covered by Jurisprudence and/or Philosophy of Law, 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 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,

Dr Olufemi Ilesanmi, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and
Rebecca Moosavian, University of Leeds, Leeds