SLS Conference 2013 - Call for Papers: Environmental Law Section
The SLS Annual Conference this year is being held at Edinburgh University from 3-6 September. The Environmental Law Section is meeting on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th and I hope we can maintain the high standard from the past few years of well-attended meetings with some very interesting speakers. The section meetings have proved to be an excellent place for friendly, informed and constructive discussion, led by people at all stages of their academic careers, and subjects have ranged widely over domestic, European, overseas and international topics, from "black-letter" issues to conceptual speculations. The theme of the conference this year is “Britain in Europe: Europe in Britain” (covering all meanings of “Europe” and with all parts of Ireland welcome to see themselves in either element!). Papers on this topic are particularly welcome, but this is in no way a limitation on what we should cover. For those interested in coming the Edinburgh, there will be accommodation available in the well-appointed halls before (last weekend of the Festival) and after the conference.
Papers can be at any stage from preliminary work in progress to a finished article. Speakers will have to provide an abstract of their paper by August, but providing a full text is optional - if a full text is provided and is of the right length etc. it will be eligible for consideration for the annual Best Paper prize, offering publication in Legal Studies and a cash reward as well as the prestige of winning this award (see SLS website for full details). Members who present papers are expected to register and pay for the conference in the usual way - since almost half of those attending participate in some way this is the only basis on which the event is viable. As last year there will also be poster presentations; presenters are expected to attend the conference and to be available to discuss their work. Further guidance on the arrangements for the posters will be available in due course and there will be a Best Poster prize in addition to the Best Paper one.
If you are interested in presenting a paper or poster at this year's conference, please let me know by Thursday 21st Februaryso that I have time to arrange a programme before the organisers need the details. At this stage I am happy to receive abstracts or just outline suggestions. Even if you can't offer a paper yourself, I am interested in hearing of any topics which members would like to have discussed or of any good speakers we might encourage to attend.
Note also that my term of office as Subject Section Convener expires this year and a new Convener will be elected at the conference. I have been Convener since the section was found in 1995 and it is time for someone else to take over, especially since I shall be fully occupied this time next year on the REF sub-panel. I shall be happy to discuss what the role entails with anyone interested; again, full details will be provided later in the year.
I look forward to hearing from lots of you soon, and to seeing you in Edinburgh.
Prof. Colin T. Reid,
Convener, Environmental Law Section
firstname.lastname@example.org tel. 01382 384637
The Society's Annual Conference in 2015 will be held on 1 - 4 September at the University of York. Further details are available here.