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SLSA Conference 2013

March 26th-28th 2013

York Law School is delighted to be hosting the Socio-Legal Studies Association 2013 conference. Over the past 21 years, the annual SLSA conference has expanded to become one of the most prestigious international events in socio-legal studies. Last year’s conference at Leicester De Montfort University attracted 300 delegates from around 25 different countries. Delegates came from a variety of backgrounds: academic law; social science disciplines; criminology; and policy makers. The conference prides itself on welcoming delegates and speakers at all stages of their professional career, from early career researchers through to the most eminent scholars in their field. Many enduring scholarly connections have been established at the SLSA conference over the years.

This year we are particularly pleased to announce that our plenary speaker will be Lady Hale, Justice of the Supreme Court who will be speaking to the question “Should judges be socio-legal scholars?”

As well as the usual wide range of papers we are also holding for the first time a poster competition for Post Graduate students. For those who want an alternative intellectual stimulation there will be a book group. The chosen book is: The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng. The conference dinner will take place at the National Railway Museum.

SLSA 2013 will take place in the new Law and Management Building which is part of the £750 million development of the University on the Heslington East campus. The University is located just a short distance from the historic city of York, in beautiful parkland. A regular bus service runs from York station.

City Walk - For those arriving early you may be interested in seeing what York has to offer. Please see the City Walk tab below which has the details of our city walk on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

We are now closed for bookings.


Call for papers has now closed

 We are still accepting posters from post graduate students for the poster competition. If you would like to present a poster, please submit a title and a brief written abstract of your research, as you would for a paper, to Kathryn Wright at by Monday March 11 2013. You do not need to submit a provisional image of your poster at this stage.

For more information please see the PG Poster Competition tab.

SLSA Conference Streams and Themes 2013

Conference StreamsConvenor Email

Administrative Justice (MS Word , 13kb)


Richard Kirkham

Trevor Buck

Art, Culture and Heritage stream (MS Word , 15kb)


Janet Ulph    

Charlotte Woodhead

Banking and Finance Stream (MS Word , 14kb)


Clare Chambers

Challenging Ownership Managing Space & Identity (MS Word , 15kb)


Penny English

Sarah Blandy

Civil Procedure ADR (MS Word , 23kb)


Masood Ahmed

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (MS Word , 13kb)


Vanessa Bettinson

Ben Livings

EU Law (MS Word , 13kb)


Ian Kilbey

Kathryn Wright

Family and Children Law and Policy (MS Word , 14kb)


Anne Barlow

Liz Trinder 

Gender Sexuality Law (MS Word , 14kb)


Chris Ashford

Indigenous Rights and Minority Rights (MS Word , 13kb)


Sarah Sargent 

Information Technology Law and Cyberspace (MS Word , 14kb)


Mark O’Brien 

Brian Simpson


Intellectual Property (MS Word , 15kb)


Jasem Tarawneh

Labour Law (MS Word , 13kb)


Michael Jefferson 

Law and Literature (MS Word , 14kb)


Julia Shaw 

Lawyers and Legal Professions (MS Word , 14kb)


Andy Boon

John Flood 

Legal Education (MS Word , 13kb)


Tony Bradney

Fiona Cownie

Medical Law and Ethics (MS Word , 13kb)


Glenys Williams

Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law Stream (MS Word , 15kb)


Nell Munro

Peter Bartlett 

Race, religion and human rights (MS Word , 13kb)


Fernne Brennan 

Renewable energy and sustainable development (MS Word , 14kb)


 Jona Razzaque 

Research Methologies and Methods Stream (MS Word , 14kb)


Antonia Layard

Jonathan Sims

Simon Halliday 

Sentencing and Punishment (MS Word , 14kb)


Gavin Dingwall

Karen Harrison 

Sports Law (MS Word , 14kb)


Ben Livings

Simon Boyes

John O’Leary

Systems Theory Thinking, Law and Society (MS Word , 14kb)


Thomas Webb 

Conference Themes



Colonial Legalities (MS Word , 13kb)


Carol Jones 

Europe: crisis, what crisis? Contested political and legal visions (MS Word , 16kb)


Nicholas Dorn 

Families And Work (MS Word , 14kb)


Nicole Busby

Grace James 

Human Rights Defenders and the Law (MS Word , 14kb)


Alice Nah

Martin Jones

Lars Waldorf

International Economic Law and Development (MS Word , 14kb)


Celine Tan

Donatella Alessandrini

Amanda Perry-Kessaris

The Use of Information in Regulatory and Enforcement Contexts (MS Word , 15kb)


Richard Hyde

Ashley Savage

Book Group

Book Group

We are also running a book group that will take place in the last session on the afternoon of Tuesday, 26 March. This will be run by Daniel Monk. The chosen book is: The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Listening to papers can be tiring and a book reading provides a very different form of engagement between participants. If you would like to read the book and take part in the discussion please let Daniel know by e-mailing him at

PG Poster Competition

PG Poster Competition

This year we are running for the first time a poster competition for post graduate students. We are particularly keen for students in the ESRC doctoral training centres to use this as an opportunity to get together and find out about each other’s work.

Posters are an established feature of conferences in other disciplines and are becoming increasingly common at legal events, particularly in the US.

Posters allow you to present the core aspects of your research in a central location within a conference and are suitable for doctrinal, theoretical and empirical projects. You can be at any stage of your research as a poster can be used to convey not just finding, but also your research questions and background context and law. Here is an example of a poster from a recent conference held at Queen Mary University.

‌‌You will be able to put your poster on display any time on Tuesday March 26, The posters will be judged on March 27 and the winners announced at the conference dinner.


The posters will be on display throughout the conference in the Problem Based Learning area in the Law and Management Building.  The idea is that you will stand with your poster during the breaks so that you can discuss your research in more detail with interested participants. Your poster is a means for you to attract the interest of participants and to provoke in-depth discussion with them on a one-to-one basis. As such, posters not only provide you with an effective means of disseminating your research widely amongst the academic community but they also provide an excellent means of networking with your colleagues and of meeting new people.

The title of your poster will be advertised in the conference programme, which is published on the SLSA website in advance of the conference and in hard copy at the conference. A prize will be awarded for the best poster.


If you would like to present a poster, please submit a title and a brief written abstract of your research, as you would for a paper, to Kathryn Wright at by Monday March 11 2013. You do not need to submit a provisional image of your poster at this stage.

Please note that those presenting a poster will need to book and pay the relevant post graduate rate for attending the conference in the same way as those presenting papers. You do not need to be an SLSA member to present a poster though membership attracts a preferential conference rate.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Kathryn by e-mail.


Your poster should be printed on A1 paper and laminated. As your poster is your means of attracting participants' interest and attention, it is crucial for you to adopt an effective design. It should be readable from a distance of around 2 metres. It should also feature a strong title and be clear and uncluttered. Avoid the temptation to cram your poster with all of the details you would normally convey in a paper. Remember, the idea is to draw people in and to encourage one-to-one discussion of the detail. As such, posters should contain:

  • Your name and contact details;
  • Your title;
  • A summary of your main thesis or research objective;
  • A summary of your supporting arguments or key findings (if available)
  • A summary of any wider issues or questions raised by your research.

Here are a few more examples of posters presented at legal conferences in the UK and the US:

Example 2

Example 3

As you can see, presenters adopt a variety of different approaches. They key is to finding the approach best suited to your individual research project. There are a large number of websites offering guidance on poster design, some containing templates which you may wish to use. Here are some of the most useful websites we have found:

Some are directed at other disciplines, whilst others are directed at students. Together, however they should provide sufficient guidance.

Please do not hesitate to contact Kathryn if you require any further assistance.

Please note that you will be expected to attend the conference with your laminated poster ready to display. Neither the SLSA nor York Law School can provide printing facilities.



Tuesday 26th March
10.00 Registration opens
10.30 - 12.30                           
York Wall Walk for Early Visitors
12.00 noon Post Graduate Hub Room Opens (PBL Area)
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Session 1
15.30 - 16.00 Refreshments (Sponsored by Oxford University Press)
16.00 - 17.30 Session 2 (Book Group – Room 125 (PBL Area))
17.45 - 18.45 Plenary session: Lady Brenda Hale, Justice of the Supreme Court
“Should judges be socio-legal scholars?”
18.30 - 20.00 Evening Reception 
(Sponsored by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society)
Wednesday 27th March
08.30 Registration opens
09.00 - 10.30 Session 3
10.30 - 11.00 Refreshments (Sponsored by Oxford University Press)
11.00 -12.30 Session 4
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
13.00 - 14.00 SLSA Annual General Meeting (LMB/002)
14.00 - 15.30 Session 5
15.30 - 16.00 Refreshments (Sponsored by Oxford University Press)
16.00 - 17.30 Session 6
17.30 - 18.30 Judging of the Poster Competition (PBL Area) (Sponsored by the Journal of Law and Society)
19.30 - 23.30

Conference dinner and SLSA Prize giving - National Railway Museum        

(Sponsored by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society)

Thursday 28th March
Registration opens
09.30 - 11.00 Session 7
11.00 - 11.30 Refreshments (Sponsored by Oxford University Press)
11.30 - 13.00 Session 8
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch and end of conference
13.30 - 16.30 SLS Executive meeting (132 - PBL Area)

Parallel sessions timetable

Parallel sessions full timetable (PDF , 378kb)

City Walk

City Walk

For those who arrive early and want to explore a little of what York has to offer you may be interested in our City Walk.

Meeting: 10.00am – next to the fountain in the centre of Parliament Street, near to the HSBC Bank, the Disney Store and Marks & Spencer. Parliament Street is the central paved shopping area in the city centre. If you are looking to find this by GPS the post code is YO1 8SG (for the Disney Store). 

Advice: – we will return on the No. 44 bus, so guests may want to use the 44 in the morning and purchase a return ticket.


Micklegate Bar – Micklegate Bar is one of the main “Bars” or entrances through York’s city wall. Micklegate has the added honour of being the Royal Entrance to York, and each Monarch must enter the City through Micklegate Bar, most recently Queen Elizabeth on Maundy Thursday 2012.

Walk on the Walls – From Micklegate we will take a walk on the Walls themselves, heading over the train station and down to Lendal Bridge.

Museum Gardens – Past Lendal Bridge we will enter the Museum Gardens, which contain a range of historical monuments. They include remnants from the Roman fortifications, as well as the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey which was suppressed in 1539.

King’s Manor – We will then visit King’s Manor, once a part of the Abbey complex, but preserved when the Abbey was suppressed. It was used for a century as the seat for the Council of the North, thereafter having various uses before becoming the home for the Yorkshire School for the Blind. The University acquired the building in 1963, and it now houses various departments.

Walk through City Centre – We will then take a walk through York’s historic city centre. We will pass York Minster, and other historic places (including the birthplace and baptismal church of Guy Fawkes) and the Shambles, York’s most famous medieval shopping street.  

This will take us to the No. 44 bus stop, and we will take the bus back to the university campus. The 44 will stop at the Sally Baldwin Building (for accommodation) and continue to the Law School on Heslington East campus.

Time: Approx. 1.5 hours.

Key info: This tour will include some heavy walking, including steep stairs (on the City Walls), and going off paved roads (in the museum gardens).

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Contact us

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Thanks to our sponsors:





Cambridge University Press




Hart Publishing




Journal of Law and Society


Oxford University Press


Palgrave Macmillan


Routledge Taylor & Francis Group


thomson reuters


York Law School