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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SLS OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS
(Deadline Friday 5 August 2022, 17:00hrs BST).

The SLS invites nominations for the following posts:

  • Vice-President Elect (from October 2022, to be Vice President from October 2023 and President from October 2024)
  • Two Ordinary Members of Executive (from October 2022)
  • Four members of the Legal Education Sub Committee (from October 2022)
  • One member of the Libraries Sub-Committee (from October 2022)
  • One member of the Research Grants Committee (from October 2022)
  • One member of the Research Sub-Committee (from October 2022). The convention is that the members of this committee are normally full Professors.

The SLS encourages applications from members, in good standing, 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 Honorary Secretary, Professor Anne Davies, for more information: anne.davies@law.ox.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 8 September 2022.  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 8 September 2022.

*  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.

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

(i) OFFICERS

Under r 14 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 2024/25.

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 2022:

Professor Stephen Hardy, University of Hull (Honorary Treasurer)
Professor Nicola Wake, Northumbria University (Subject Sections Secretary)
Professor Anne Davies, University of Oxford (Honorary Secretary)
Dr Desmond Ryan (Convenor for Ireland)

Nominations for Vice-President Elect 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 Honorary Secretary, Professor Anne Davies: anne.davies@law.ox.ac.uk

Nominations must be returned to the Honorary Secretary via the Administrative Secretary (Rosa Bladon admin@legalscholars.ac.uk) by Friday 5 August 2022, 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 are hybrid with in-person and virtual attendance options) 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.

Please see the SLS website here for further details.

There are two 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 Honorary Secretary, Professor Anne Davies: anne.davies@law.ox.ac.uk.

Nominations must be returned to the Honorary Secretary via the Administrative Secretary (Rosa Bladon admin@legalscholars.ac.uk) by Friday 5 August 2022, 17:00hrs (BST).  Nomination forms are available here.

(iii) SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS

There are four vacancies on the Legal Education Sub-Committee; one vacancy on the Libraries Sub-Committee; and one vacancy on the Research Grants Committee. These are open to all members. The Society recognises that from 2022, women will be under-represented on the Research Grants Committee and would therefore particularly encourage women to apply.

There is also a vacancy on the Research Sub-Committee. There is a convention that the members of this committee, which is responsible for awarding the prestigious SLS Annual Seminar, are normally 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.

Members can nominate themselves for sub-committee vacancies.   Nominations must be returned to the Honorary Secretary via the Administrative Secretary (Rosa Bladon admin@legalscholars.ac.uk) by Friday 5 August 2022, 17:00hrs (BST).  Nomination forms are available here.