General Call for Papers/Panels for 2021 SLS Annual Conference
Subject Sections Programme

The 2021 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference will be held both at Durham University and virtually on Tuesday 31 August – Friday 3 September 2021, under the Presidency of Professor Thom Brooks.

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 2021 conference is as follows:

Section A: 31 August & 1 September 2021
Banking & Finance Services Law
Comparative Law
Conflict of Laws
Contract, Commercial & Consumer Law
Criminal Justice
Environmental Law
Family Law
Human Rights
Labour Law
Legal Education
Property & Trusts

Section B: 2 and 3 September 2021
Company Law
Energy Law
European & Competition Law
Health Law
Intellectual Property
International Law
Legal History
Media & Communications Law
Migration & Asylum
Practice, Profession and Ethics
Public Law
Tax Law

If you are interested in delivering a paper or organising a panel, please submit your paper abstract or panel details by 11:59pm UK time on Friday 26 March 2021. All abstracts and panel details must be submitted through the Oxford Abstracts conference system which can be accessed using the button below – and following the instructions (select ‘Track’ for the relevant subject section).

We intend to host the 2021 conference in person, with an online option for those who would prefer to participate virtually. The precise format of the conference will be confirmed by the end of April. When submitting an abstract you will be asked to indicate whether you would wish to present in person or virtually. Please note that this indication is not binding and it is merely to assist with conference planning.


If you registered for Oxford Abstracts for last year’s conference, please ensure that you use the same e-mail address this year if that address remains current. For those whose papers are accepted, the original submission offers the facility to upload a full paper nearer the time. If you experience any issues in using Oxford Abstracts, please contact

Those wishing to present a paper should submit a title and abstract of around 300 words. Those wishing to propose a panel should submit a document outlining the theme and rationale for the panel and the names of the proposed speakers (who must have agreed to participate) and their abstracts. Sessions are 90 minutes in length and so we recommend panels of three to four speakers, though the conference organisers reserve the right to add speakers to panels in the interests of balance and diversity.

As the SLS is keen to ensure that as many members with good quality papers as possible are able to present, we discourage speakers from presenting more than one paper at the conference. With this in mind, when you submit an abstract via Oxford Abstracts you will be asked to note if you are submitting a paper(s) or panel(s) to another section(s).

After the calls for papers close, there is extensive liaison between convenors and the Subject Sections Secretary to try to ensure that papers of sufficient quality can be accommodated within the programme, even if in a different subject section from that to which the paper was originally submitted. Decisions on papers and proposals being included in the programme will be released by the end of April. All speakers will then need to book and pay to attend the conference and will have to register for the conference by Friday 18 June 2021, in order to secure their place within the programme. More information on ticket prices is available here.

If you do have any queries on the call for papers please email Sarah Byrne on or call +44 (0) 1904 702165.