Socio-Legal Journals Writing Workshop


Call for Applications


The Centre for Law and Global Justice at Cardiff Law School invites applications for a Socio-Legal Writing Workshop to be held at the Ghana Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Accra on 21th and 22th October 2019.

The workshop is supported by the British Academy, the Centre for Law and Global Justice at Cardiff Law School, Social and Legal Studies: An International Journal, the Journal of Law and Society,  Feminist Legal Studies and The Modern Law Review.

It is open to early career scholars (that is, within five years of completion of a PhD) currently working on a paper which they aim to publish in a law journal.


Workshop Aims

The Writing Workshop will bring together a team of UK-based law journal editors and research leaders in Ghana and the region with early-career researchers in law. The aim of the workshop is to provide practical advice on the process of journal publishing. It will provide insights into law journals’ peer review process. It will be an opportunity for participants to take part in informal and supportive discussions about how to turn a research project into research articles and build a readership for this work in the crucial years after completion of a PhD.

During the two-day workshop, editors will work intensively in small groups to discuss each participant’s draft paper and to provide concrete and detailed feedback. They will provide advice and guidance on bringing papers to the submission stage.

The workshop will include also a panel on building research networks, applying for research grants and carrying out collaborative research.

The Accra Workshop will be led by Prof John Harrington (Cardiff Law School and Editorial Board of Journal of Law and Society), Prof Diamond Ashiagbor (Kent Law School and Editorial Board of Feminist Legal Studies), and other editors of leading socio-legal journals.


How to Apply


Stage one: deadline 30th July 2019

Applicants should provide:

  • A 500-word statement of their motivation to take part in the Writing Workshop;

  • A two-page CV (resumé) indicating their career stage and any publications to date.


Applicants are also asked to provide:

An abstract of no more than 500 words for the paper on which they wish to receive feedback at the workshop. They should indicate any target journal they are considering for their paper.


Stage 2: Deadline 30 August 2019

Selected participants will be required submit a paper of no more than 8000 words prior to the workshop.

Applications should be submitted by email to Professor John Harrington with ‘Accra Socio-Legal Journals Writing Workshop’ in the subject line.

We have some funding to offer participants from outside Ghana round trip economy tickets and accommodation.

Accommodation and meals will be provided during workshop session for all participants. There will be a maximum of 20 participants in this workshop.

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