The 111th Annual Conference 1-4 September 2020 University of Exeter

2020 Annual Conference, University of Exeter

The 111th Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars will be held at the University of Exeter, from lunchtime on Tuesday 1 September until early afternoon on Friday 4 September.

In a departure from tradition, there is no specific theme for the 2020 conference. This is to enable as wide a range of legal scholarship as possible to be presented and discussed in the subject sections.

The full range of 28 subject sections will again be offered in parallel sessions, 14 subject sections in each of the two halves of the conference, with four 90 minute sessions for each subject section.

In a further change to the usual order, instead of holding a separate PhD conference we are replacing the Wednesday afternoon plenary with parallel sessions for PhD students to present their work. The aim is to bring PhD students into the heart of the conference, and all delegates will be encouraged to attend and support those at the start of their academic careers. PhD students are of course also very welcome to submit papers to any of the existing sections.

All of the venues will be situated on the university’s Streatham campus. This is an attractive 300-acre estate overlooking the city, with excellent facilities and plenty of green places to explore. The plenaries, publishers’ exhibition, and subject sections will be held in the Forum, a wonderful space that allows plenty of scope for social interaction (and which featured in ITV’s Broadchurch). Reasonably priced accommodation will be available close at hand in Holland Hall, which has stunning views of the Exe valley. Social events will also be held on campus, to ensure that they are as accessible as possible to all. There will be a reception and Devonshire-themed buffet on the Tuesday evening, dinner in the Great Hall on the Wednesday, and a quiz with a fish-and-chips supper on the Thursday. And of course, no trip to Exeter would be complete without a traditional Devon cream tea (cream first, jam second!).

The campus is just a 10-minute walk from the main station, Exeter St David’s, from where there are regular and direct services to London and Birmingham. There is also a regular bus service to Exeter airport, with direct flights from London City, Aberdeen, Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle, and Norwich. For those planning to drive, Exeter is linked by the M5 to the Midlands and South Wales, and by the M5/M4 and the A303/M3 to London and the Southeast.

The campus is only a 20-minute walk from Exeter city centre. For anybody wanting to take some time out to explore this beautiful and historic city, there will be a legal-themed walk and a trip to the cathedral. And for the particularly energetic there will be a run/jog along the River Exe and its historic quayside.

I very much look forward to welcoming you to Exeter in September!

Rebecca Probert

Professor of Law
University of Exeter
President, Society of Legal Scholars 2019/2020