Society of Legal Scholars,
113th Annual Conference

6th – 9th September 2022,
King’s College London

King’s College London

This is London calling.

In September 2022 we look forward to welcoming delegates to King’s College London for the 113th annual conference of the Society of Legal Scholars. This year’s conference theme is ‘The links and connections to legal development’. The conference explores how links and connections both within one legal system and across different legal systems work to influence the development of law. Legal rules, ideas and concepts develop as a result of diverse influences, both internal and external to any legal system. The importance of links and connections in legal development can be demonstrated in many different ways, including the examination of particular links between people, within institutional and political networks or with bodies in other legal systems. As John Donne observed, ‘[n]o man is an island, entire of itself’.

In a return to our usual practice, the 2022 conference will be held in person. In recognition of the difficulties that might be present for some members because of Covid-19, a new online attendance option will allow delegates the opportunity to attend and to present papers virtually in the sessions held on the 7th and 8th of September. These two days will cover the second day of Subject Session A and the first day of Subject Session B. It is also anticipated that virtual delegates to either of these days will also be able to access a live streaming of each of the three plenary sessions.

The conference venue is the iconic Bush House, located in the heart of legal London between Aldwych and the Strand. Now a part of King’s College London’s Strand campus, Bush House has a history of links to the wider world as the former home of the BBC World Service. A full social programme with events at unique venues is presented, including a welcome drinks and supper atop Bush House with panoramic views of London, a supper at the House of Commons Members’ Dining Room and a conference dinner in the Great Hall of Lincoln’s Inn.

The conference consists of a full range of 28 separate subject sections with 14 subject sections in each half. Each subject section will have four 90-minute sessions. The successful mentorship programme for early career researchers, first begun in 2020, will continue at our 2022 conference. We also welcome back our publisher exhibitors. There will be manifold opportunities for delegates to speak with publishers and with each other. The 113th annual conference allows delegates to both renew old links and connections and also to make new ones.

Answer London’s call! I look forward to seeing you in September.

Catharine MacMillan
President, Society of Legal Scholars
Professor of Private Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

Call for Papers

Call for Papers/Panels for 2022 SLS Annual Conference

Please note the Call for Papers/Panels is now closed

The 2022 conference will be held in-person at King’s College London on Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th September under the Presidency of Professor Catharine MacMillan. A new online attendance option will allow delegates the opportunity to attend and to present papers virtually in the sessions held on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of September 2022. When submitting an abstract you should have indicated whether you intend to present your paper in-person or virtually in the event your proposal is accepted. It will not be possible for presenters to deliver their paper online on the days which are listed as in-person only since the facilities will be unavailable. The organisers anticipate that there may be somewhat greater opportunities to present papers in-person.

Those presenting do not need to be members of the Society, although we encourage those eligible to be members to join (and the Best Paper and Doctoral Student Paper Prizes at the Conference are only open to fully-paid-up members) for more information on becoming a member visit the SLS website.

The allocation of subject sections between the two halves of the 2022 conference is as follows:

Section A: 6th and 7th September 2022
Company Law
Comparative Law
Energy Law
EU & Competition Law
Health Law
Intellectual Property
International Law
Legal History
Media & Communications Law
Migration and Asylum
Open
Practice, Profession and Ethics
Public Law
Restitution

Section B: 8th and 9th September 2022
Banking & Finance Services Law
Conflict of Laws
Contract, Commercial & Consumer Law
Criminal Justice
Cyberlaw
Environmental Law
Family Law
Human Rights
Jurisprudence
Labour Law
Legal Education
Open
Property & Trusts
Torts
Tax Law
The Society of Legal Scholars’ 2022 annual conference explores how links and connections both within one legal system and across different legal systems work to influence the development of law. Legal rules, ideas and concepts develop as a result of diverse influences, both internal and external to any legal system. Existing studies have identified the importance of legal diffusion and of legal transplants between legal systems as agents of legal change and development. Similarly, within one legal system the development of a particular subject matter is often undertaken as a result of borrowings or copying from another subject matter within the same legal system. The importance of links and connections in legal development can be demonstrated in many different ways, including the examination of particular links between people, within institutional and political networks or with bodies in other legal systems. Proposals are invited for papers which consider, broadly or specifically, how links and connections have worked to influence legal development in any area of law.

Best Paper Prize

Click the link for the Best Paper Prize 2022 rules (links will open in a new window):

Key Deadlines Summarised for 2022

Friday 4 February 2022
Abstract submission opens for general call for papers

Tuesday 12 April 2022
Deadline for abstracts for general call for papers

Monday 2 May 2022
Conference registration opens

Friday 17 June 2022
Deadline for speakers to register for the conference in order to secure their place in the programme

Friday 15 July 2022
Early bird registration deadline

Monday 23 August 2022
Registration booking deadline for live event (virtual delegates can continue to book until the event)

Friday 29 August 2022
Best Paper Prize deadline

Registration

Attend in-person

Registration for the conference will open on Monday 2 May 2022 the early bird deadline is Friday 15 July 2022.

We are delighted that you are considering attending the conference in-person. You can expect the following:

  • A fantastic opportunity to meet and network with colleagues at King’s College, London
  • The opportunity to explore the vibrant city of London
  • The option to attend our excellent social events. This will commence with informal drinks and buffet at Bush House, King’s College on Tuesday 6 September. The SLS Annual Dinner will take place at Lincoln’s Inn on Wednesday 7 September. Enjoy the rare opportunity to attend a reception at the House of Commons, Members Dining room on Thursday 8 September (all events will be at charged an additional cost)
  • A chance to meet face to face with publishers/exhibitors of the SLS conference and perhaps discuss your next book!
  • All prices include conference day attendance, refreshment breaks, lunch and access to the conference App
  • Leave feeling reassured, re-energised and re-enthused!
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Booking terms and conditions

Please read the below Terms and Conditions carefully before booking the terms apply to conference tickets, social event tickets and any accommodation booked via the SLS registration system.

Cancellations must be received in writing to slsconference@mosaicevents.co.uk.

– Received on or before 15th July 2022: Full Refund (minus £15 administration charge)
– Received on or after 16th July 2022: 50% Refund
– Received on or after 5 August 2022: No Refund

Delegate substitutions can be made at any time by contacting slsconference@mosaicevents.co.uk.
No refunds will be made for delegates not attending conference or for missed bookings.
All rates shown are not applicable for VAT.

Due to COVID 19 if the UK government impose further restrictions on conference venue capacities, bookings for the ‘in-person’ conference will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If we are unable to provide a place at the ‘in-person’ conference you will be advised of this change and moved to the ‘virtual’ conference and provided a refund for the difference. Please note the partial refund will be available until 5 August 2022, following this date no refund will be available but you will still be able to attend in a virtual capacity.  The same will apply if we are placed into another local or national lockdown you will be rebooked for the ‘virtual’ conference and a partial refund applied. We also reserve the right to cancel any session should they not be viable to run.

To benefit from the discounted member rate your membership must be up to date. To become a member or to renew your membership please visit www.legalscholars.ac.uk.

Please note: Full payment for your booking must be received prior to the event.

You can view our privacy policy here.

Social Events

ECR Dinner

Monday 5th September 2022 – 7.00-9.00pm
Ticket price – £20 per person
Pizza Pilgrims
23, Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BN

In 2012, Thom and James Elliot founded Pizza Pilgrims in a Soho market stall. It was the result of an eponymous “Pizza Pilgrimage” through Italy in late 2011. They brought everything there was to know about pizza back to London in the back of a Piaggio Ape van.

Sandwiched between Covent Garden and Leicester Square, the Garrick Street pizzeria is small, buzzy and perfectly formed!

This event offers a great chance for Early Career Researchers to arrive early and network with colleagues in an informal setting. We have very limited spaces available at this event so book early to avoid disappointment!

Legal London Walk

Tuesday 6th September 2022, 09.30-11.30am
Ticket price – £15 per person
Starting at Bush House, Entrance off the Strand
King’s College, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG

The Inns of Court – habitat of the wigged and gowned English barrister – could pass for a collection of Oxford and Cambridge colleges right in the heart of London. They’re a warren of cloisters, courtyards, and passageways set amongst some of the best gardens in London. So: ancient rites and customs, high drama, colourful characters, and matters of life and death amid delightful surroundings. It’s a rich confection, making this the prettiest and most historical of the central London walks. 

SLS Informal Welcome Dinner

Tuesday 6th September 2022, 18.30-21.30
Ticket Price – £30 per person
Bush House, floor 8

King’s College, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG
Bush House is the former home of the BBC. The building has been completely renovated and now offers modern conference and event space.

Based in the heart of London, Bush House incorporates the ideal blend between historical and traditional features. The building benefits from two roof top terraces; to the south you can enjoy views of the River Thames, Westminster, and the London Eye, and to the east St Pauls and the city.

This event will give you the chance to network further following the publishers’ drinks reception. We will give delegates the opportunity to enjoy an informal fork buffet with drinks included taking in the views from the 8th floor of Bush House.

SLS Annual Dinner and Announcement of the Birks Book Prize Winner

Wednesday 7th September 2022, 17.30-22.00
Ticket Price – £65 per person
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
11A New Square, London, WC2A 3QB
Situated in the heart of central London, set in a tranquil, eleven-acre estate containing distinctive ‘old Legal London’ architecture, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn is an unincorporated association of students, barristers and judges and is the oldest of the four Inns of Court, dating back to 1422.

Opened by Queen Victoria in 1845, the Great Hall complete with Minstrels’ Gallery, striking fresco and ceiling of beautifully worked oak is described as one of the most impressive surviving buildings of its kind in London.

The SLS Annual Dinner will commence with the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour around Lincoln’s Inn followed by drinks then a 3-course meal within the Hall. At the dinner the Birks Book Prize winner will also be announced.

Dicken’s London Walk

Thursday 8th September 2022, 17.15-19.15
Ticket Price – £15 per person
Starting at – Bush House, Entrance off the Strand

King’s College, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG (ending at the House of Common’s)

A sojourn into a lost city – an Atlantis

Dickens and London? He wrote London. You read him, it’s part of you, you’re part of it. Same goes for walking his London. Pip’s lodgings in Great Expectations (“who enters here leaves noise behind”); the bank which employed “resurrection man” Jerry Cruncher in A Tale of Two Cities; Tulkinghorn’s chambers (“where lawyers lie like maggots in nuts”) in Bleak House; even the “original” Old Curiosity Shop (or is it?). Dickens’ immortal Sam Weller had “extensive and peculiar” knowledge of London. This walk keeps that tradition alive. Tradition and peculiar being the watchwords. Because we thread our way into a London of nooks and crannies and alleyways and gas lamps and 18th- and 19th-century houses – and no cars! It’s the London where Dicken’s lived and worked. It’s the London of David Copperfield and Pip and Pickwick. It’s “Inimitable” – like Dickens himself.

House of Commons SLS Supper

Thursday 8th September 2022, 19.30-22.00
House of Commons Members’ Dining Room
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Palace of Westminster and its fascinating collection of national treasures provide a unique perspective on the events that have shaped modern Britain.

The Members Dining Room is the largest and most versatile space in the House of Commons. This impressive room is adorned with beautiful flock wallpaper, wooden relief sculptures and fascinating paintings. The ornate Royal coat of arms sits proudly above the main entrance signifying the connection of the Monarchy to Parliament.

SLS are offering delegates the unique opportunity to enjoy supper within the surroundings of the Members’ Dining Room at the House of Commons. A hot & cold bowl food style supper will be served along with wine and soft drinks.

Social Events ticket prices:

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Attend Virtually

The SLS Conference will be streaming virtual content on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September 2022. We are delighted that you are considering attending the conference virtually. You can expect the following:
  • Access via one login to all content virtually within the programme at the times scheduled, via our online conference platform
  • All content will be available to view post event ‘on demand’ for up to 90 days
  • Meet with publishers via our virtual booths, offering you the chance to download resources and arrange 121 meetings
  • Access to the conference app

You can select a 1 day or 2 day virtual ticket

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Accessing the virtual event

Please note all live sessions will be delivered via Zoom meetings or webinar feature. The content will be hosted within Cvent Attendee Hub. Full joining instructions will be provided on the lead up to the conference.

Booking terms and conditions

Please read the below Terms and Conditions carefully before booking.

Cancellations must be received in writing to slsconference@mosaicevents.co.uk.

– Received on or before 15th July 2022: Full Refund (minus £15 administration charge)
– Received on or after 16th July 2022: 50% Refund
– Received on or after 5 August 2022: No Refund

Delegate substitutions can be made at any time by contacting slsconference@mosaicevents.co.uk.
No refunds will be made for delegates not accessing the virtual content.
All rates shown are not applicable for VAT.

At a later stage should you with to change your booking to an in-person ticket, we can transfer this for you and apply a charge for the difference, subject to availability. This change can be made up until Monday 23 August 2022, when the in-person bookings registration deadline closes.

To benefit from the discounted member rate your membership must be up to date. To become a member or to renew your membership please visit www.legalscholars.ac.uk.

Please note: Full payment for your booking must be received prior to the event.

You can view our privacy policy here.

Accommodation

When registering to attend the SLS conference you can choose to add in accommodation (subject to availability) as part of your registration.
Stamford Street Apartments
£69.00 per room per night which includes breakfast and VAT
127 Stamford Street
London
SE1 9NQ
Less than five minutes’ walk from Waterloo train and tube station, Stamford Street Apartments are perfectly located for exploring London and are within walking distance of the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Covent Garden and Tate Modern attractions. All rooms available are single with ensuite showers, breakfast and WIFI is included.

£123.50 per room per night which includes breakfast and VAT
County Hall
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 7PB

A Grade II listed County Hall on London’s South Bank, is just minutes away from the London Eye, in sight of some of London’s most famous landmarks. Premier Inn London County Hall puts you at the heart of the city. – From this central spot, located in the historic County Hall building, you’ll be able to see all sides of the capital.

There is no on-site parking at this hotel. Chargeable off-site parking is available a 3-minute walk away at Waterloo Car Park (39 York Rd, Bishop’s, London, SE1 7NQ).

£155.50 per room per night which includes breakfast and VAT
1-2 Dorset Rise
London
EC4Y 8EN

A short walk from Blackfriars and City Thameslink stations, close to London’s West End. With St Paul’s Cathedral to one side, Tate Modern to the other, and the City on your doorstep, it’s hard to get more central than Premier Inn London Blackfriars. Wander to the West End and Covent Garden.

There is no on-site parking available at this hotel. Chargeable off-site parking is available at Baynard House Car Park (EC4V 4BQ).

£225.00 per room per night which includes breakfast and VAT
Strand
Charing Cross
WC2N 5HX

Situated on the Strand at Charing Cross Station, The Clermont, Charing Cross is just a few steps from the most central point in London.

That also means many of the Capital’s must-see attractions including Trafalgar Square, National Gallery, London Eye, West End and Covent Garden Market are all within a few minutes’ walk from our front door.

£240.00 per room per night which includes breakfast and VAT
Aldwych
London
WC2B 4DD

Blending Edwardian grandeur with modern comfort, this hotel sits in the centre of London’s glitzy theatre district and is just a four-minute walk from the Royal Opera House. Covent Garden, The British Museum, and Trafalgar Square are all within a mile. Enjoy the pool with sauna and steam room.

Please contact the Secretariat:

SLS 2022 Conference Secretariat
c/o Mosaic Events
Tower House
Mill Lane
Askham Bryan
York
YO23 3FS

Tel +44 (0) 1904 702165

Email: SLSconference@mosaicevents.co.uk

Please note the SLS Treasurer and SLS web team are unable to answer questions relating to the conference.

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