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Section Guidelines

1. Subject areas

The SLS has Subject Sections in the following areas:

Banking and Financial Services Law
Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Company Law;
Comparative Law;
Consumer Law;
Contract and Commercial Law;
Criminal Justice;
Environmental Law;
European and Competition Law;
Family Law;
Intellectual Property;
International Law;
Labour Law;
Legal Education;
Legal History;
Maritime Law;
Media and Communications Law;
Medical Law;
Practice, the Profession and Ethics;
Property and Trusts;
Public Law;
Tax Law;

The Executive has established a 'Open' section (formerly known as the 'Gibraltar Section') to put on at Conference sessions designed to test the demand for new sections, papers that do not fit elsewhere in the programme and papers for which there is no space elsewhere.

2. Objects

(a) The objects of Sections are:
(i)ii to promote the development of the subject;
(ii)i to stimulate discussion of reform proposals (in particular, those emanating from the Law Commissions) and to formulate responses on behalf of the Society;
(iii)  to communicate with the SocietyÕs wider membership by centrally maintained e-mailing lists;
(iv) to organise meetings of the SectionÕs wider membership at least once a year;
(v)i to encourage publication.
(b) Certain Sections may be regarded as having more limited objects.

3. Membership

(a) Members of the Society may join the e-mailing list of a particular Section by notifying the Society of their desire to do so.
(b) Non-members may request that they be added to the e-mailing list of a particular Section; the decision whether this should be done is in the sole discretion of the person maintaining the list.

4. Convenors and deputies

(a) One of the members of the Section is appointed by the Executive as Convenor, the appointment being for renewable periods of up to three years. Two members may be appointed by the Executive as Co-Convenors on the understanding that they share full responsibility for discharging the role of Convenor under these Guidelines.
(b) The Executive may appoint other members of the Section as Deputy Convenors.
(c) Panels existing in 2001 remain in place but panel memberships will not be replenished as terms of office expire.
(d) A complete list of Convenors and Deputies is published in the Directory.

5. Functions of Convenors

(a) The Convenor should arrange for a meeting of the section at the Society's annual conference, and may arrange other meetings as appropriate.
(b) Convenors should report annually to Council on the activities of their Section.
(c) The membership of the Society should be kept informed of the work of the Sections through the SLS Reporter, the web-site and centrally maintained e-mail distribution lists.
(d) Convenors may arrange for the Deputy Convenors to undertake specific parts of the work of the Section, for example as Conference Convenor or Treasurer or to co-ordinate responses to Consultation Papers.

6. Finance

(a) Sections are primarily self-financing. The Convenor is responsible for organising Section finances in a manner directed by the Hon Treasurer and for pursuing avenues of potential support outside the Society. Members attending meetings (including speakers) should seek financial support from their own institutions.
(b) The Society may annually make limited funds available for Section activities, currently £250 per Section. These funds may be utilised by convenors in accordance with rules agreed from time to time by the Executive and in accordance with the directions of the Hon Treasurer.
(c) Organisers of some Annual Conferences may sometimes have special funds available to them for Section purposes, in which case the Conference Organiser will circulate details to Convenors.
(d) In exceptional circumstances, special applications for additional financial support may be made to the Subject Sections Secretary for submission to the Executive.

7. Law reform

(a) The Convenor should ensure that the Section considers and responds to matters referred to it by Council as well as Law Commission Consultation Papers and similar items.
(b) The Subject Sections Secretary will represent Convenors and their Sections at the annual meeting between the Society and the Law Commission.
(c) Where relevant, Convenors are invited to maintain contact with individual Law Commissioners and their teams.

8. Monitoring

(a) Council appoints (for renewable periods of three years) a Subject Sections Secretary.
(b) The Sections Secretary should report annually to Council on the activities of the Sections.
(c) Council will annually review the existence, activities and membership of Sections and will as part of that review consider whether the number of Sections should be increased or decreased.

9. New Sections

Where there are nine members of the Society willing to support it, a proposal for the formation of a new Section may be made to Council after consultation with the Sections Secretary.

Agreed at the Executive June 2001 and amended January 2004 and January 2009.

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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.