Ulster University, Derry-Londonderry, 4-6 April 2023

Ulster University, Derry-Londonderry, 4-6 April 2023

**The 2023 SLSA conference will take place at Ulster University’s Magee campus in the historic walled city of Derry-Londonderry.

Socio-Legal Studies is where law meets the humanities and social sciences. The SLSA annual conference is the UK’s leading forum for socio-legal researchers and interdisciplinary researchers with an interest in the law to share ideas and their latest findings. Ulster University and Derry-Londonderry look forward to welcoming 600+ in-person and virtual delegates to the 2023 conference.

Call for Papers

The call for papers for the Socio-Legal Studies conference 2023 is now open!

The conference will be hosted by Ulster University, Derry-Londonderry, from 4 to 6 April 2023. Authors wishing to present at the conference (in person or virtually) should use the link below to submit their abstract via Oxford Abstracts. Please choose the most appropriate stream or current topic for your proposed paper by using the drop-down menu provided. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. The deadline for submissions is 9 January 2023.

Decisions on acceptance/rejection of papers will be made by individual stream/current topic conveners. If you have any questions about the suitability of your idea to a particular stream/current topic, please contact the conveners directly. Any problems with Oxford Abstracts should be reported to the conference team at the email address below. Decisions on submissions will be made by 23 January, after which authors will have a further two weeks to register for the conference at the ‘early bird’ rate.

Submit your abstract via Oxford Abstracts Stream and Topics Descriptions

The Conference

Socio-Legal Studies is where law meets the humanities and social sciences. The SLSA annual conference is the UK’s leading forum for socio-legal researchers and interdisciplinary researchers with an interest in the law to share ideas and their latest findings. We are extremely excited to be bringing the SLSA conference 2023 to Ulster University and to Derry-Londonderry.

This is only the second time the conference has visited the island of Ireland. While we look forward to the takeover of our small city by delegates, following the success of the hybrid conference hosted by York Law School in 2022 and the recommendations emerging from the SLSA’s recent EDI survey we will also offer opportunities for virtual participation.

Meet your Host: The Ulster University School of Law

Ulster University is home to a relatively small law school, offering undergraduate courses at our Magee and Belfast campuses and postgraduate progammes in Belfast. We also host the multi-award-winning Ulster Law Clinic, whose postgraduate students offer advice and representation on employment and social security law problems, and the Legal Innovation Centre, a pioneering collaboration between the School of Law and the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems.

Ulster has a proud track record in socio-legal and interdisciplinary research, specialising in social justice and transitional justice. In the Research Excellence Framework 2021, 82% of our research, 100% of our research environment and 75% of our research impact was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Most of the conference will take place in the Magee campus’s main teaching block, opened in 2018.

Contact the Conference Team: Email: slsa2023@ulster.ac.uk

Plenary Session

It is particularly appropriate that the conference should come to Derry-Londonderry in 2023. The year marks the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and of the referenda and Acts of Parliament that established devolved institutions of government for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Two of the architects of Northern Ireland’s contemporary devolution settlement – Nobel laureate (and holder of an honorary doctorate from Ulster) John Hume and former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness – were born in the city.

The conference will mark this important milestone in the UK’s constitutional history with an interdisciplinary plenary discussion on 25 years of devolution, with contributors from each of the three devolved countries. Details of the speakers will be announced here soon.

Conference Registration

Conference Registration

Registration will open in January 2023. Delegate fees will appear here as soon as rates are confirmed.

Registration deadlines:

  • Early bird (in-person delegates) – 6 February 2023
  • Standard – 6 March 2023
  • Late – 24 March

<> Authors who have had a paper accepted for presentation, but who fail to register by 24 March, will be removed from the programme.

A limited number of bursaries will be available to support individuals who would not otherwise have the resources to attend the conference.

Bursaries for SLSA conference 2023

The SLSA 2023 organising committee wants, as far as possible, to ensure that funding is not an obstacle to the dissemination of quality socio-legal research at our conference. In support of this objective, we will son be announcing details of bursaries to assist researchers who would otherwise struggle to meet the costs of attendance.

It is likely that bursaries will only be awarded to applicants who have had a paper accepted for presentation at the conference. You should therefore submit your abstract for consideration now and apply for a bursary after acceptance has been confirmed (decisions should be made by 23 January 2023).

Postgraduate Activities

A dedicated programme for postgraduate researchers will be offered on the first morning of the conference. Details will appear here as soon as they have been confirmed.

In addition, PGRs are invited to submit an entry to the annual poster competition. Abstracts should be uploaded via Oxford Abstracts by the deadline of 9 January 2023. The conference team will contact successful authors after 23 January to explain the next steps.

Social Activities

Postgraduate delegates who arrive early are invited to meet on the evening of Monday 3 April. Full details to follow.

An evening reception, featuring live entertainment and locally brewed/distilled beers and spirits, will take place on Tuesday 4 April. The venue, St Columb’s Hall, is located within the historic walled city and featured in the penultimate episode of the Derry Girls series set at Halloween.

The conference dinner and prizegiving will take place on Wednesday 5 April at the Everglades Hotel.

Information on optional pre- and post-conference activities to follow.



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