CfP: Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference, 2–3 December 2013


Abstracts are invited for the Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference, to be held December 2-3, 2013 at the University of Edinburgh, UK. The conference aims to provide a forum for postgraduate students to present and receive feedback on their work and to network with other researchers working in their area.

Conference theme

The theme of the conference is “Law, Individual, Community”. We invite papers from all areas of law and related fields, including but not limited to commercial law, constitutional law, criminal law, critical approaches to law, human rights, intellectual property law, international law, legal theory, and medical law. Possible topics of investigation include:

  • Liberalism versus communitarianism,
  • Problematizing the subject of law (the collective subject, sub-state subjects in international law etc.),
  • Rights and responsibilities, including group rights and indigenous peoples’ rights,
  • Law and the excluded,
  • Community and the welfare state,
  • The role and position of shareholders against the corporation,
  • Corporate social responsibility and corporate governance,
  • The principle of self-determination and sub-state territorial autonomy,
  • The rise of global governance,
  • Community interests and the protection of the environment,
  • Biobanking and participation in medical research,
  • Intellectual property rights and access to medicines.

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers for this year’s conference will be Martin Loughlin, Professor of Public Law at LSE, and John Harris, Sir David Alliance Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester.

Training component

The conference will include three training sessions, seeking to offer participants advice on managing their PhDs, on publishing as early career researchers and on finding their niche in the academic job market.


Prizes will be awarded for the best paper submitted and best presentation at the conference.

Abstract submissions

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and 3-5 keywords are to be submitted to, together with a short biographical note (approx. 100 words) on the author. The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15, 2013. Selected participants will be notified by early September.

More information

More information on the conference can be found on our website:

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