Collaborative Workshop for PhD Candidates and Early Career Academics in Labour Law, Public Law, Migration & Asylum, and Human Rights


Dates and times: 

June 20, 2024 - 09:00


Durham University
DH 1
United Kingdom


We are pleased to announce a collaborative one-day workshop for PhD candidates and early career academics to be held on 20 June 2024 at Durham University. The workshop is jointly organised by the Public Law, Labour Law, Migration & Asylum, and Human Rights subject sections of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) and funded by the SLS Subject Sections Fund.

The workshop is an exciting opportunity for researchers in one or more of the relevant subject areas to share ongoing projects and works-in-progress in a supportive and informal environment, with feedback from more experienced researchers, and to network with peers. Projects examining any aspect of the relevant subject area(s) and using any methodologies are most welcome.

The workshop is open to anyone working in one or more of the relevant subject areas who:

* is currently undertaking a PhD or other research degree; or
* is within four years of the award of their PhD (or equivalent training) in June 2024; or
* is within two years of their first academic appointment (the first full or part time paid employment contract that lists research or teaching as the primary function) in June 2024.
We particularly welcome submissions from underrepresented groups.

There will be up to 12 places available for PhD candidates and early career academics. The expected format is four panels, each formed of three presentations for around ten minutes, with a discussant to comment on each set of papers. Panels will be formed thematically based on the content of submissions, and will aim to cut across the different subject sections to encourage dialogue.

Those interested in attending should submit an abstract of 200 – 300 words through a form by Thursday 16 May 2024. Each proposal will be considered on the basis of academic merit. Decisions will be communicated by Thursday 30 May 2024.

The event will be free to attend, with refreshments provided. Bursaries of up to £150 are available to facilitate attendance in person. Please indicate on the form whether you would like to apply for a bursary to reimburse reasonable travel and accommodation costs incurred.

If you have any queries, please contact Jessie Blackbourn ( or Lizzy O’Loughlin (elizabeth.a.o’

Abstract submission: May 16, 2024
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