Socio-Legal Writing Workshops


Cardiff Law and Global Justice is delighted to be organizing a series of writing workshops for socio-legal scholars in the global south. Run in partnership with Socio-Legal Studies: An International Journal, theJournal of Law and Society, Feminist Legal Studies, International Journal of Law in Context and Modern Law Review this initiative is funded by an award from the British Academy

Four workshops will be held in the autumn of 2018 at Recife (Brazil), Bangalore (India), Nairobi (Kenya) and Accra (Ghana). Each is led by a team of local and UK-based scholars and will provide intensive support to scholars looking to develop papers for submission to socio-legal journals. We will build on the workshops to develop best practice for journals in welcoming and supporting submissions from the widest range of authors.

The initiative forms part of the commitment of Cardiff Law and Global Justice to building and renewing the community of critical legal scholars in the UK and more widely.

This initiative arises from the publication of our paper on Third World Legal Scholarship for the 25th Anniversary special issue of Social and Legal Studies in 2017 in which we identified a decline in engagement with scholarship on and originating in the global south since the founding of that journal in 1992. We argued that it is time for law journals to reconsider their engagement with the global south and the part they can play in the decolonisation of knowledge production.

The board of Social and Legal Studies discussed the importance of addressing this at its September 2017 meeting and created a working group responsible for elaborating a strategy and gathering support for a Global South Initiative. The board of Journal of Law and Society at its October 2017 meeting enthusiastically agreed to contribute to the initiative, creating its own working group to collaborate with other socio-legal journals. The International Journal of Law in Context subsequently joined the Initiative. The Board of Feminist Legal Studies has committed to a critical editorial practice of learning with the global south as part of its FLaK initiative, and enthusiastically supports this programme.  



We have a call for papers for each of the workshops. Please see the details for each workshop below. 

Accra, Ghana

11th - 12th October 2018, at the Ghana Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Accra.

Call for Applications - Accra

Stage one deadline: 30th June 2018
Stage two deadline: 20th August 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

5th and 6th December 2018, at the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

Call for Applications - Nairobi

Stage one deadline: 30th June 2018
Stage two deadline: 20th August 2018

Recife, Brasil

Call for Applications - Recife

Stage one deadline: 30th June 2018
Stage two deadline: 20th August 2018

Bangalore, India

Call for Applications - Bangalore

Stage one deadline: 15th July 2018
Stage two deadline: 30th August 2018