Dear colleagues, I hope this email finds you well. The SLS Annual Conference will be convened this year at Edinburgh University from 3-6 September (Tuesday – Friday). This year, in contrast to previous events, the Maritime Law Section will meet on the opening days of the Conference on 3-4 September. In recent years the Maritime Law stream has benefited greatly from contributions by a strong range of both established and emerging speakers. The Section has also taken a broad approach to the notion of Maritime Law, addressing topics ranging from traditional wet and dry shipping, insurance, liabilities and contracts of affreightment, through to law of the sea concerns, marine environmental considerations and maritime law enforcement. The Section meetings have provided a friendly, supportive and insightful forum for speakers to present their papers and have encouraged many interesting debates on aspects of Maritime Law. I very much look forward to continuing this tradition. The overall theme of this year’s conference is Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain, but we are not in any way restricted thematically. Papers are very welcome on any aspect of Maritime Law. As usual, there are four slots available across our allotted two days, each of which can comfortably accommodate up to three speakers. Papers can be at any stage from a preliminary work in progress to a finished article. Speakers will be required to submit an abstract to the Paper Bank by late August, but the submission of a full text is entirely optional. If you do submit a full paper it can be considered for the annual Best Paper prize, offering publication in Legal Studies and the prestige of winning this award. Full details are available on the SLS website; to be eligible for consideration the full paper must comprise 10,000 words or less and be submitted to the Paper Bank by Monday 26 August. As at the 2012 Conference, delegates may submit research posters for consideration, which will be displayed along with the publishers’ stands. This is an excellent way of communicating your research to a wide number of people. As with the papers, there will also be a prize for the best poster. If you are interested in presenting a paper or poster at this year’s event, could you please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 1 March. If you intend to present more than one paper at the Conference – and you are very welcome to do so – could you please also indicate this to me at this juncture in order to assist with planning the various section programmes. May I also please remind you that all delegates must register and pay for the conference, irrespective of whether or not they are presenting a paper or poster. If you have any questions or queries about the event, please do not hesitate to contact me. In the meantime, I shall look forward to hearing from you and will communicate the Section programme to you all as soon as possible. As ever, if you have any news or announcements that you wish to communicate to your fellow Maritime Law Section members, please contact me at any time with the details. Best wishes, Richard
The Society's Annual Conference in 2015 will be held on 1 - 4 September at the University of York. Further details are available here.