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Call for Nominations for SLS Officers and Committee Members

(Deadline Monday 2 August 2021, 17:00hrs BST).

The SLS invites nominations for the following posts:

  • Vice-President Elect (from October 2021, to be Vice President from October 2022 and President from October 2023)
  • Convenor for Scotland (to be elected in 2021, a year in advance of starting October 2022)
  • Three Ordinary Members of Executive (from October 2021)
  • One member of the Libraries Sub-committee (from October 2021)
  • One member of the Research Grants Committee (from October 2021). The convention is that the members of this committee are full Professors.

The SLS encourages applications from members of all genders, ethnicities, types of institution, and career stage based anywhere in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Ethnic minority* and early career members of the SLS, currently under-represented in these roles, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Anyone interested in any of the above posts or who would like to nominate another person is welcome to contact the Vice President, Professor Catharine MacMillan, for more information: catharine.macmillan@kcl.ac.uk.

Nominations for SLS Officers will be considered and voted on by the members who are present at the Society’s AGM** on Thursday 2 September 2021.  Nominations for ordinary members of the Executive will be considered and voted on by the members who are present at the Council Meeting** on Thursday 2 September 2021 .

*  We recognise that ‘BAME’ fails properly to capture the varied and particular experiences and identities of People of Colour in the UK and Ireland. Our use of this term aims to be inclusive of all disadvantaged groups.

** Both meetings will be held as part of the SLS Annual Conference 2021 at Durham University.

For further details of the vacancies and how to apply, please see below:

(i) OFFICERS

Under r 15 of the Society’s Rules, the President is elected two years in advance, becoming first Vice President Elect, then Vice President, and then President. We are therefore now looking to elect the President for 2023/24.

Other officers are elected a year in advance and are subject to re-election on an annual basis. There is a convention that they will be available to serve for a period of five years, subject to being re-elected annually during that time.  Where colleagues are on maternity, parental, caring and other leave appropriate cover is provided by other officers.

The following will be standing for re-election in September 2021, for the year 2021/22:

Professor Stephen Hardy, University of Hull (Honorary Treasurer)
Professor Nicola Wake, Northumbria University (Subject Sections Secretary)
Professor Colin Reid (Convenor for Scotland)
Dr Desmond Ryan (Convenor for Ireland)

The term of the following post holder will end in September 2022:

Professor Colin Reid (Convenor for Scotland)

Nominations for any of the above officer posts must have a proposer and seconder and be signed by the candidate. The proposer, seconder and candidate must all be members of the SLS. Where a member seeks to be nominated and does not know another member who can propose or second them, they are encouraged to contact the Vice President, Professor Catharine MacMillan: catharine.macmillan@kcl.ac.uk.

Nominations must be returned to the Vice President via the Administrative Secretary (Rosa Bladon, admin@legalscholars.ac.uk) by Monday 2 August 2021, 17:00hrs (BST).

Nomination forms are available here or from admin@legalscholars.ac.uk . 

(ii) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

In addition to the officers of the Society, the Executive Committee has nine elected members, three of whom must be “recent” members of the Society (being members who, at the date of their election, have fewer than eight years membership). In many cases these will be early career researchers.

The Committee meets three times a year in London (November, January, and May – meetings have been held remotely during Covid-19 restrictions) and the Society pays travelling expenses.

Members are elected for an initial term of three years and may serve one further term of three years.

There are three Ordinary Member vacancies on the Executive Committee.  Nominations must have a proposer and seconder and be signed by the candidate. The proposer, seconder and candidate must all be members of the SLS. Where a member seeks to be nominated and does not know another member who can propose or second them, they are encouraged to contact the Vice President, Professor Catharine MacMillan: catharine.macmillan@kcl.ac.uk

Nominations must be returned to the Vice President via the Administrative Secretary (Rosa Bladon, admin@legalscholars.ac.uk) by Monday 2 August 2021, 17:00hrs (BST).  Nomination forms are available here or from admin@legalscholars.ac.uk.

(iii) SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS

There is a vacancy on the Libraries Sub-Committee. This is open to all members.

There is also a vacancy on the Research Grants Committee. The convention is that the members of this committee are full Professors.

Appointments are normally made by Council and the usual term of office is three years. If there are insufficient candidates to carry out the work of the committees, the Executive may co-opt members. Where co-option is necessary the Executive will seek to ensure that the whole membership of the Society is represented, and thus take account of gender, race, institution type, jurisdiction, and career stage.

Nominations must be returned to the Vice President via the Administrative Secretary (Rosa Bladon, admin@legalscholars.ac.uk) by Monday 2 August 2021, 17:00hrs (BST).  Nomination forms are available here or from admin@legalscholars.ac.uk.