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Queen Mary hosts The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2018 on 'Law in Troubled Times'


Society of Legal Scholars logoThe Society of Legal Scholars is the largest and oldest subject association in Law. It is holding its 2018 Conference at Queen Mary, as the culmination of the presidential year of Professor Peter Alldridge, Drapers' Professor of Law at QMUL School of Law.

The theme of the conference is ‘Law in Troubled Times’, reflecting his anxiety about the assaults that have been made in recent times in many parts of the world upon judicial independence and the Rule of Law. The Annual Conference not only allows formal consideration to be given to matters of current importance but also provides a unique opportunity for academic lawyers to get to know each other and share information about each other’s law schools.

Professor Alldridge said:

‘It has been a great privilege to serve as SLS President for this year, and I am thrilled that the SLS’s annual conference will be at QMUL. Many members of the Law School are playing important roles and contributing the conference’s success and this will be a great chance to enhance the reputation of the College and the Law School.’

The Annual Conference is an institution, and provides an unrivalled forum for networking. This year’s conference will include a PhD conference and 28 streams dealing with all major areas of legal scholarship.

More pertinently, the plenary sessions will see three very distinguished speakers from Central Europe, the US and the UK addressing ‘Law in Troubled Times’. The plenary session on Access to Justice allows a spotlight to shine on the tremendous work being done by the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre. A further plenary session on Law and Theatre, in the Octagon, will bring these themes to life. No conference of lawyers at the present time would be complete without a session on Brexit, and the conference will end with concurrently with a seminar on Women Judges in Africa.

The 109th Annual Conference of the Society will be held in at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), from lunchtime Tuesday 4 September to lunchtime Friday 7 September 2018.

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