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The Society in Scotland

It is to be noted that the system of legal education in Scotland is significantly different from that in other parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland, with the LLB still being accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Bar, Faculty of Advocates, still accepting University passes in certain courses, eg private international law, as exempting students from the equivalent Bar exam.  In addition higher education in Scotland is a matter within the competence of the Scottish Parliament and Government.

Convenor for Scotland

The role of the Convenor for Scotland is to:

– ensure that the Society is kept informed about developments affecting legal education and scholarship in Scotland

– seek support from the Society on these matters when appropriate and required (e.g. in responding to consultation exercises)

– assist from time to time in organising Society events in Scotland

– promote the Society and its activities in Scotland and encourage colleagues to join.

The Convenor is an ex officio member of the Executive Committee.  The expected term of office for the Convenor is 5 years and they are welcome to stand for two consecutive terms.  The Convenor for Scotland is currently:

Professor Paul Beaumont
Professor of Private International Law
University of Stirling

Email: paul.beaumont@stir.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1786 467549

Useful links

Scottish Parliament: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/
Scottish Government: http://home.scotland.gov.uk/
Law Society of Scotland: http://www.lawscot.org.uk/
Faculty of Advocates: http://www.advocates.org.uk/
Scottish Courts: http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/
Judiciary in Scotland: http://scotland-judiciary.org.uk
Scottish Law Commission: http://www.scotlawcom.gov.uk/
Scottish Information Commissioner: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/home/ScottishInformationCommissioner.aspx
Scottish Human Rights Commission: http://www.scottishhumanrights.com/
Scottish Legal Action Group: http://www.scolag.org/
Stair Society: http://www.stairsociety.org/
Scottish Public Law Group: http://splg.co.uk/
Scottish Legal News: http://www.scottishlegal.com/

The Society in Ireland

The Society of Legal Scholars has approximately 130 members based at 12 universities and institutes of technology across Ireland. Several one-day SLS conferences have been held at Trinity College Dublin in recent years. Two of the Society’s centenary lectures were delivered at universities in Ireland. Professor Alan Dignam of Queen Mary University of London presented the first of these at Trinity College in 2011. John Larkin QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland, gave his centenary lecture at Queen’s University Belfast in 2014. Professor Imelda Maher of University College Dublin was President of the SLS 2016-7, commencing October 1st 2016.  The 2017 Annual Conference was held for the first time in Ireland at UCD.

Convenor for Ireland

The role of the Convenor for Ireland is to:

– ensure that the Society is kept informed about developments affecting legal education and scholarship in Ireland (the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland)

– seek support from the Society on these matters when appropriate and required (e.g. in responding to consultation exercises)

– assist from time to time in organising Society events in Ireland

– promote the Society and its activities in Ireland and encourage colleagues to join.

The Convenor is an ex officio member of the Executive Committee.  The expected term of office for the Convenor is 5 years and they are welcome to stand for two consecutive terms.

The Convenor for Ireland is currently Dr Desmond Ryan, and he very much welcomes contact from members on matters which they would like to be brought to the attention of the relevant SLS committees. He is contactable by email at desmond.ryan@tcd.ie or by telephone at +353 1896 8572 for this purpose

Dr. Desmond Ryan
School of Law
College Green
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Ireland