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Best Paper Prize


The Society of Legal Scholars offers a prize for the best paper presented at a Subject Section session at the Annual Conference. The rules are detailed here (July 2015).

Best Paper Prize 2014: Winner

We are very pleased to announce that Rachel Cahill-O'Callaghan of Cardiff University has won the 2014 SLS Best Paper Prize. Her paper, 'Reframing the Judicial Diversity Debate: Personal Values and Tacit Diversity', was presented in the Open section at the Nottingham conference and will be published in Legal Studies in early 2015.

Best Paper Prize 2013: Bruce Wardhaugh

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 SLS Best Paper Prize is Bruce Wardhaugh (Queen's University, Belfast) for his paper 'Bogeyman, Lunatics and Fanatics: Collective Actions and the Private Enforcement of European Competition Law'. The paper, which was presented in the EU and Competition Law section of the Edinburgh 2013 conference, will be published in Legal Studies in early 2014.

Best Paper Prize 2012: Cora Chan

Ms Cora Chan collects her prize from Prof Hector MacQueen

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 SLS Best Paper Prize is Assistant Professor Cora Chan (University of Hong Kong) for her paper 'Proportionality and invariable baseline intensity of review'. The paper, which was presented in the Public Law section of the Bristol 2012 conference, was published in Legal Studies in due course.

Previous Winners

2010 Eric Descheemaeker (Bristol) "Truth as a Defence in the Law of Defamation"
2009 Lindsay Stirton (Manchester) and TT Arvind (York) "Using Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis to explain the reception of the Code Napoléon in Germany"
2008 Professor Richard Taylor "Complicity, legal scholarship and the law of unintended consequences."
2007 James Lee "Fidelity in interpretation: Lord Hoffmann and The Adventure of the Empty House."



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Annual Conference: York 2015

The Society's Annual Conference in 2015 will be held on 1 - 4 September at the University of York. Further details are available here.

Call for Papers

Calls for papers have now been issued (Feb'15). Further details may be found here and on the Subject Sections home pages.