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The Society holds an Annual Conference in September, at which there are always also meetings of the subject sections. The Annual Conference is something of an institution, and provides an unrivalled forum for networking. Papers are read and discussed at each of the section meetings, and many of these are later published either in the Society’s journal or elsewhere. The Presidency of the Society is an annual office, and the conference is usually held at the home university of the President. Members may reasonably expect their law school to help with the cost of attending.

The Annual Conference not only allows formal consideration to be given to matters of current importance but also provides a unique opportunity for academic lawyers to get to know each other and share information about each other’s law schools, for example, about research and research facilities or about responses to government policy. In difficult times, this exchange of information and these personal contacts are indispensable. Without them, law schools would be weaker and less well co-ordinated in the defence of the vital interests of legal education.

2023 Annual Conference, Oxford Brookes University

General Call for Papers/Panels for the 2023 SLS Annual Conference Subject Sections Programme at Oxford Brookes University

The 2023 Society of Legal Scholars’ Annual Conference will be held at Oxford Brookes University, from Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th June, under the Presidency of Professor Lucy Vickers.  The theme of the conference will be Law and the Public Good.

The calls for papers for individual Subject Sections will be circulated in the coming days, and we look forward to receiving many submissions for the Subject Sections programme at the conference. Those presenting do not need to be members of the Society, although we encourage those eligible to be members to join (and the Best Paper and Doctoral Student Paper Prizes at the Conference are only open to fully-paid-up members).

The allocation of Subject Sections between the two halves of the 2023 conference is as follows:

 Section A: 27th and 28th June 2023 Section B: 29th and 30th June 2023
Banking & Finance Services Law Conflict of Laws
Company Law Energy Law
Comparative Law Family Law
Contract, Commercial & Consumer Law Health Law
Criminal Justice Intellectual Property
Cyberlaw International Law
Environmental Law Labour Law
EU & Competition Law Legal History
Human Rights Media & Communications Law
Jurisprudence Migration and Asylum
Legal Education Open
Open Practice, Profession and Ethics
Property & Trusts Public Law
Torts Restitution
Tax Law


Following annual feedback from delegates and the Subject Sections Reports we should like to highlight the following points:

  • The 2023 conference is in person with a virtual element. The virtual element to the conference will take place on the 28th June 2023 for Subject Sections falling in Section A of the conference and 29th June 2023 for Subject Sections scheduled in Section B of the conference. Those who wish to present their papers virtually should select that option in Oxford Abstracts. Please note that speakers who select to present in person will be unable to revert to virtual delivery at a later date. We will be using Oxford Abstracts as the virtual platform this year. Those attending remotely on the 28th and 29th June will be able to participate in the sessions on those days, as well as having access to the plenary sessions.  There are significant costs involved in including a virtual element to the conference, and the numbers opting to attend virtually are quite low, but we are keen to ensure as many people have access to the conference as possible. On that basis, not only have we retained our two-day virtual option, but we will also be providing remote access to all of the papers to delegates attending virtually, and where permission is granted by the presenters through Oxford abstracts.
  • The Society has set aside a fund of up to £10,000 as a hardship fund to support attendance by those with special circumstances or in financial hardship warranting additional support. Priority for support will be given to applicants who have no other source of funding.
  • Doctoral students are very welcome and are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Subject Sections Programme. There will not be a separate doctoral stream at the 2023 conference.
  • We welcome proposals representing a full range of intellectual perspectives and methodological approaches in the subject section, and from those at all stages of their careers.
  • This year we are trialling first blind peer review, with a subsequent non-blind review once initial decisions have been made to consider profile diversity before final decisions are made and communicated.
  • All virtual and in-person tickets include access to all of the conference content on-demand to watch back post event for up to 90 days following the conference.

If you are interested in delivering a paper or organising a panel, please submit your paper abstract or panel details by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 6 February 2023.  All abstracts and panel details must be submitted through the Oxford Abstracts conference system which can be accessed here – and following the instructions (select ‘Track’ for the relevant subject section). If you registered for Oxford Abstracts for last year’s conference, please ensure that you use the same e-mail address this year if that address remains current. For those whose papers are accepted, the original submission offers the facility to upload a full paper nearer the time. If you experience any issues in using Oxford Abstracts, please contact slsconference@mosaicevents.co.uk.

Further information on the theme of the conference and submission process is available online here: https://www.slsconference.com/

After the calls for papers close, there is extensive liaison between convenors and the Subject Sections Secretary to try to ensure that papers of sufficient quality can be accommodated within the programme, even if in a different Subject Section from that to which the paper was originally submitted. Decisions on papers and proposals being included in the programme will be communicated by the 3rd March. All speakers will then need to book and pay to attend the conference, and will have to register for the conference by Friday 21 April 2023 in order to secure their place within the programme.

We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal in response to the calls, and look forward to welcoming members and delegates to Oxford Brookes in June 2023.

Best wishes,

Professor Nicola Wake
Honorary Subject Sections Secretary
Society of Legal Scholars