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SLS Welcomes Professor Lucy Vickers as the 2022/23 President

4th October 2022

We welcome Professor Lucy Vickers of Oxford Brookes University, who took up post as SLS President 2022/23 on October 1st 2022.

“It is an honour to serve as the President of the Society of Legal Scholars for 2022-23.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you, and to give you some information about next year’s Conference, to be held at Oxford Brookes University in June 2023.

I am currently Professor of Law and head of the School of Law at Oxford Brookes, where I have worked for all of my academic career. I have been involved in the SLS for many years. I first attended a conference in 1996 as an early career academic, and have since then increased my participation in the Society. Having first engaged with my subject section, I later responded to a call put out by the Society for new members, at a time when there were few women or academics from the post-92 sector on the committee: I fitted the bill! I was elected as a member of the Executive and have since been Subject Sections Secretary, Treasurer, and a member of the EDI committee. So, I have enjoyed many years of involvement with the Society and am looking forward to the next stage as your President.

Coming from a relatively small law department, and spending my career in one place, the SLS has given me a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with colleagues from a range of different universities across all areas of the UK and Ireland, many of whom have become friends as we have returned to the conference over the years. I would really like to encourage others to take the opportunities the Society offers for making connections and friendships through the society’s activities. There are lots of ways to get involved: come to the conference, apply for funding for a small research event or the annual seminar; attend one of the subject section meetings that take place outside of the conference, such as the event in Bristol held last year for early career academics by the labour, migration, public law and human rights subject sections; represent your law school as a Council Member; stand for election as a member of one of our committees!

It is your society – do join in!

With regard to the Annual Conference, this year we will be breaking with tradition by holding the conference in the summer, in June 2023. I hope that this will enable some colleagues to attend who have been unable to attend in previous years due to the conference being held at the start of the new school year. The Conference will run from 27-30 June 2023 at Oxford Brookes, with evening events to be held at Brookes, as well as in the Natural History Museum in Oxford; with our annual dinner at Magdalen College Oxford.

The conference theme is ‘Law and the Public Good’, a topic which feels to me to be more important with every passing week. In plenary sessions during the conference we will be joined by a panel of senior judges from the UK, European and overseas courts. Other plenaries will involve academics and speakers from NGOs discussing their experience of using law practically in the cause of promoting justice, development and minority rights; and we will have sessions on the Legal Research and the Public Good, and on Equality Diversity and Inclusion within the SLS and legal academia. Participants from our 28 subject sections will be invited to consider ways in which the law can identify and uphold the public good within their own discipline.

The new timing for the 2023 Conference will mean that the call for papers will be going out earlier than usual. Please watch your emails for invitations to submit papers!

I look forward to meeting as many members as possible in the coming year, and particularly look forward to welcoming you to the annual conference at Brookes in June 2023.”

Professor Lucy Vickers
SLS President 2022/23