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 British Institute in Eastern Africa on 9th and 10th December 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 International Journal of Law in Context.

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 Kenya 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 a panel on building research networks, applying for research grants and carrying out collaborative research. 

The Nairobi Workshop will be led by Prof Ambreena Manji (Cardiff Law School and Editorial Board Social and Legal Studies) a team of international journal editors.


How to Apply

Stage one: deadline 30th August 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 30th September 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 Ambreena Manji with ‘Nairobi Socio-Legal Journals Writing Workshop’ in the subject line.


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

Accommodation and meals will be provided during workshop sessions for all participants.


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