Society of Legal Scholars, 115th Annual Conference

3 September 2024, 12.00 AM - 5 September 2024, 12.00 AM

Wills Memorial Building, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

The University of Bristol is delighted to host the 115th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), which will take place between 3 – 5 September 2024. 

The conference theme is “Learning from Others: Lessons for Legal Scholars?”. As scholars, we interact with others – students; fellow academics; legal practitioners; the wider public – and the 2024 conference will reflect on the gains we can achieve from such interaction in a global academic environment. The conference will examine this theme in two ways.

First, as scholars attending the SLS conference, we benefit greatly from meeting colleagues from different backgrounds and disciplines and, notably, from other legal jurisdictions (both within and outside the common law world). What can we gain from taking an international or comparative perspective? To what extent do different perspectives, such as socio-legal, interdisciplinary, or historical viewpoints, assist our work?

Secondly, one of the significant elements of the conference is the inclusion of papers from both junior and senior scholars. What lessons can we gain from each other, both in terms of mentoring and in recognising the need to promote the interests of early career legal scholars and offering support for those entering the academy? No scholar is an island. The SLS provides a positive inclusive environment for legal academics, at all stages of their career, to engage with and learn valuable lessons from each other.

The themes will be supported by plenaries drawing on the two main themes of the conference.

View the programme

Register for the conference. Booking is available until 19 August 2024.

Early bird registration closes Friday 12 July 2024. 

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation will be available nearby and there is easy access to Bristol City Centre, where the historic Clifton Village and lively harbourside area offer a large selection of bars and restaurants. For information on accomodation, please visit the SLS conference website.

Bristol is a beautiful and vibrant city and is easily accessible by public transport, including its own airport with excellent links to Continental Europe and Ireland. In accordance with the Society’s commitment to environmental sustainability we would encourage colleagues to use public transport.

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