Society of Legal Scholars

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Established in 2017, the function of the Society’s EDI Committee is promote equality, diversity and inclusion across legal academia. In line with our EDI Mission Statement our overarching aspiration is to ensure that legal academia is a profession representative of all and for all. This includes the promotion of an environment that welcomes and values diverse backgrounds, thinking, skills and experience such that everyone – regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and social and economic backgrounds – can thrive and fulfil their potential. This is vital both for the long-term success of the SLS and the profession of legal academia.

EDI Mission Statement

  1. TITLE

Statement on equality, diversity, and inclusion

  1. OVERARCHING VISION

The Society of Legal Scholars aims to promote equality, diversity and inclusion across legal academia. Our overarching aspiration is to ensure that legal academia is a profession representative of all and for all. We recognise that promoting an environment that welcomes and values diverse backgrounds, thinking, skills and experience, and which allows everyone – regardless of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and social and economic backgrounds – to thrive and fulfil their potential, is vital for the long-term success of the SLS and the profession of legal academia.

  1. OBJECTIVES

To promote access to all areas of legal academia, irrespective of background.
To work with law schools to embed good practices of recruitment, retention, and progression.
To encourage all members in career development.
To encourage efforts that seek to ensure the diversity of legal academia is reflected at all stages of seniority.
To communicate the profession’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion to all stakeholders.
To keep under review law reform and wider developments with implications for equality, diversity and inclusion.
To ensure that the Society’s internal processes are consistent with best practices of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

  1. SPECIFIC ACTIONS

To monitor, scrutinise, and report regularly on the SLS’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
To celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion on an annual basis.

Recent (2017) activities of the Committee have included:

  • ensuring that the process of nomination by the Society of candidates for the expert panels for REF 2020 conform to EDI principles by seeking a balanced nominating committee, anonymising applications (i.e. redacting names/institutions/gender specific pronouns etc), and aiming for a nomination list with an equal number of male/female candidates. The SLS’s long-list did indeed achieve a balance of gender, as well as a diversity of geographies, nationalities, and institutions.
  • the form of the SLS presidency – ongoing but the need to ensure that future Presidents are drawn (and encouraged) from the full range of eligible institutions has been fully taken on board.
  • Future/ongoing work (2018) will focus on undertaking an audit of the Society’s own workings to ensure that they conform to our own EDI Statement and ambitions.

In all its work, the EDI Committee welcomes the input of members. Please feel free to contact the convenor directly. Navraj Singh Galeigh n.ghaleigh@ed.ac.uk

The members of the EDI committee can be found here.