Call for Papers for the Doctoral Students at the 2021 SLS Annual Conference

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. The Doctoral Students sessions will take place at the heart of the conference, on the afternoon of Wednesday 1 September 2021.

The aim is to provide a forum for doctoral students to present their work and obtain feedback. The Society welcomes the full range of intellectual and methodological approaches to law and encourages students to think about how their work could best be presented in a hybrid format. We would expect papers to be no more than 20 minutes in length, but we will also consider shorter papers and posters, or even a single slide, could also be presented.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit your paper abstract by 11:59pm UK time on Monday 17 May 2021. All abstracts and panel details must be submitted through the Oxford Abstracts conference system which can be accessed using the submit button.


Please follow the instructions and ensure you have selected the Doctoral Students Track (Wednesday only).

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. If you experience any issues in using Oxford Abstracts, please contact or call + 44 (0) 1904 702165.

The 2021 conference will be hosted as a hybrid conference offering a blend of in person and virtual content. 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 is merely to assist with conference planning.

You will be informed by Tuesday 1 June 2021 whether your abstract has been accepted. You will then have to register for the conference in order to be able to present, but there is no fee for presenting in the Doctoral Students Conference. SLS will cover the cost of your attendance for Wednesday 1 September only in person or virtually.

Those whose abstracts are accepted will also be invited to submit a paper (maximum 12,000 words) by Monday 23 August 2021. Any paper admitted by this date will be eligible for consideration for a prize that we are offering this year for the Best Paper by a Doctoral Student (for the full rule click here).

Please note that presenters who have had a paper accepted for the Subject Sections programme at the Annual Conference are not able to submit the same paper for consideration for the Doctoral Students Conference. Those who submitted papers for the Subject Sections programme will hear the outcome by Monday 3 May. Any paper which it was not possible to accept in the sections programme will be considered automatically if the proposer requested that option when applying (and it is not necessary to resubmit).

We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal in response to the calls and look forward to welcoming you to our conference in September.

Best wishes,

Thom Brooks Professor FAcSS FHEA FRHisS FRSA
President, Society of Legal Scholars