King’s hosts the annual conference of the Society of Legal Scholars


The Society of Legal Scholars aims to advance legal education and scholarship in the UK and Ireland and is “the leading representative body for legal education to professional bodies and government”.

This year’s theme is “Links and Connections with Legal Development”, and the event will explore “how links and connections both within a legal system and between different legal systems work to influence development law”.

As Professor MacMillan explains, “It is clear that legal systems around the world, and particularly in the UK, are changing in response to national and international events. It is important to consider how and why legal development has occurred in the past as we undertake current and future changes to the law. It is for this reason that the theme of our conference has been chosen.

This year’s conference is made up of 28 distinct thematic sections and includes a number of walks, a publisher’s exhibit, a book launch and four plenary sessions. The plenary sessions are moderated by Professor Reinhard Zimmermann, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg; The Rt. Hon Lord Woolman, Inner Chamber of the Court of Session; Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart, Dean of Law School, University of Oxford; and Professor Michael Lobban, from the Law School of the London School of Economics and Political Science. The annual supper will be held in the Great Hall of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and on September 8th a dinner will be held in the Members’ Dining Room of the House of Commons.

Although this is primarily an in-person event, some sessions (September 7-8) can be enjoyed online, with some papers presented remotely.

This year’s conference runs from Tuesday, September 6 through Thursday, September 8. An informal dinner is also organized for conference participants on the evening of Monday 5 September.

The annual conference of the Society of Legal Scholars will be held at Bush House, part of the Strand campus of King’s College London. Full details are available on the SLS conference website.


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