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Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Fellowships: 2018-2019


Applications are now being invited for Visiting Fellowships at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies for the period 1 October 2018 – 31 August 2019 or for any period (being at least three months) between those dates. 

These non-stipendiary Fellowships are designed for people already established in their own field of activity who are undertaking work within fields covered by or adjacent to the Institute’s own research programmes or interests, which are currently in the following areas of research: Law Librarianship, Public Law and Regulation; (eg: Information/Data Law and Policy, Human Rights, Labour and Equality Law, Law and Development, Law and Language); Legislative Studies and Legislative Drafting; Legal History and Legal Theory; European and Comparative Law; Interdisciplinary Research on Law, Society and the Humanities Law; Legal Profession and Access to Justice (eg: Legal Education, Legal Profession, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Law, International Economic Law, Private and Commercial Law).

NB: While these topics are preferred, the Institute is ready to consider other proposals.

The Fellowships are not confined to academic lawyers but are also open to scholars of other disciplines working in the relevant fields, and to practising lawyers or judges with scholarly projects to pursue.

They are not available to support postgraduate students’ research.

Further details can be found at:


Call for Papers: Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights



We are pleased to invite submissions for papers to be presented at the WG Hart Legal Workshop 2018 –‘Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights’ – to be held at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, 11th and 12th June 2018.

Almost all States have some form of a bill of rights in their national legal system. Whilst their specific content will vary, most cover many of the same issues such as the procedure for amendment, links with international law and institutions, and the status of the bill of rights in relation to other laws. The purpose of this workshop is to fill a significant gap in practice and scholarship and make an original contribution to current debates by bringing together scholars to discuss the construction of an effective 21st century bill of rights.

Whilst there has been discussion in the UK concerning the adoption of a “British” Bill of Rights, debate has focused on – and been largely limited to – addressing perceived negative characteristics of the Human Rights Act 1998. Creative thinking about topics such as the process of drafting a bill of rights, the role of human rights-promoting institutions, the extension of human rights law to the private sector and the experience of other jurisdictions is largely either absent or compartmentalised.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Harriet Harman M.P., Chair, Joint Committee on Human Rights
  • Professor Conor Gearty, LSE
  • Judge Tim Eicke, European Court of Human Rights
  • Martha Spurrier, Director, Liberty
  • Professor Colm O’Cinneide, UCL

Alongside keynote addresses, the following nine sessions will address a number of the most important questions any State concluding, or revising, a bill of rights should address. These questions encompass issues relating to the process of adoption, content and institutional position of a bill of rights, as well as the relationships between the various governmental, non-governmental and international actors conditioned by the bill of rights.

  1. Establishing the bases of a bill of rights. What are the purposes of a bill of rights? Can a bill of rights embed in the absence of a human rights ‘culture’?
  2. Design and implementation. How can popular ‘ownership’ be secured? What role can be played by social media and other methods of public engagement? Is it possible to ‘crowdsource’ a bill of rights?
  3. Linkages with international and comparative laws and institutions. Do bills of rights have a common, universal, core? To what extent might (or should) constitutional ‘borrowing’ influence the development of a bill of rights? Can international coordination enhance the effectiveness of a bill of rights?
  4. The protected rights. What challenges are presented by the inclusion in the bill of rights of economic, social and cultural rights? Should bills of rights protect third generation or group rights? Is the list of civil and political rights most commonly protected by national bills of rights unsuited to combatting new threats to human interests in the 21st Century?
  5. The bill of rights in the national constitutional order. Should the bill of rights be considered as apart from ordinary law? How might questions of interpretation and (dis)application be resolved? How could a bill of rights allocate complementary roles to the branches of government?
  6. Claimants and respondents. What are the benefits and drawbacks of an actio popularis? Should national human rights commissions have special status to bring claims under the bill of rights? What is the role of interveners? Should the bill of rights reach into the private sector or beyond the territorial jurisdiction?
  7. Remedies. Does a bill of rights offering less than a strike down power for courts really provide effective protection? Are damages an effective and appropriate remedy? What alternatives to damages are possible? Should judges be able to direct respondents to make changes to law, policy or practice in response to a finding of violation?
  8. Rights and civil society. How important is access to justice when seeking to put in place an effective bill of rights? How can the abilities of legislatures to prevent violations, and secure broader rights-compliance, be enhanced? How important is it for the executive to have a strong human rights policy and procedures in place to check for violations of the bill of rights?
  9. Addressing the populist backlash. Is there a backlash against courts and national human rights law or is this only the experience in a handful of states? Are current criticisms of national human rights law justified? Is it possible to successfully combat a backlash? Can human rights only gain acceptance in tandem with societal responsibilities?

Papers are welcome on any of these themes. Abstracts of approximately 300 words and a short speaker biography should be submitted to the Academic Directors (Merris Amos (; Roger Masterman (; Hélène Tyrrell ( by 31st December 2017, with full versions of the accepted papers due for submission by 30th April 2018. Contributions from early career researchers will be particularly welcomed and will be integrated into the workshop sessions. It is our intention that a selection of the presented papers will be published as an edited collection following the workshop.

NB a conference registration fee will apply.

Merris Amos, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London,

Roger Masterman, Durham Law School, Durham University,

Hélène Tyrrell, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University.

For a copy of the Call for Papers, please click here

Job opportunity – Senior Library Assistant (Cataloguing and Acquisitions)


Senior Library Assistant (Cataloguing and Acquisitions)

Job Reference : 00928
Closing Date : 17/11/2017
Salary : £24,812 per annum
Employment Type : Open ended
Department : School of Advanced Study
Division : Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) – non academic
Hours Per week : 35

The Senior Library Assistant is required to work as part of the Information Resources team which is responsible for the management of serials and e resources and the acquisition and cataloguing of books. The post is one of two that are responsible for cataloguing print and eresources in both English and foreign languages; the post holder will also be working on the busy issue/enquiry desk. The post offers an excellent opportunity for a graduate with a library qualification or substantial background in libraries and some experience with cataloguing and classification to develop these skills.

To succeed in this role you will need to have strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well independently as well as part of a team. You will also be able to adapt in a rapidly changing environment and demonstrate high attention to detail. Previous experience of providing customer service would be desirable, along with a competent level of IT skills in Microsoft word and excel.

More information:



Call for Papers: IALS Student Law Review




The IALS Student Law Review (“the Review”) is an electronic open access peer-reviewed law journal established by the Institute, run by IALS research students and made freely available on the School of Advanced Study’s Open Journals System. The journal is well-placed to build on the Institute’s national role in facilitating legal research – developing its own role in publishing articles from legal researchers across the UK and beyond.

The Review (ISLRev ISSN 2053-7646 Online) publishes articles, developing work or case notes that meet scholarly standards, on all areas of law with a particular focus on the main expertise of IALS.

The unique offering of the Review is that it allows for publication on multi-dimensional legal studies. The Review proactively encourages analytical and comparative papers, interdisciplinary work, as well as examination of legal issues from the historical to the highly topical and divisive.

Contributions must adhere to the Review’s published Submission Guidelines and are welcome from post-graduate students and early career scholars to well-established academics and practitioners.

Submissions can be made through the Review’s online Submission Form or by email to:

Deadline: Tuesday 31 October 2017

The Review also accepts proposals for Special Edition Issues. Please contact the Editorial Board to discuss this further.

More information about the Journal can be found here.

IALS Library: New Ebook Collections


The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library has recently added some great new ebook collections to its offering of eresources:

Oxford Scholarship Online – this collection contains scholarly legal works and is regularly update. You can find it accessible onsite and off. We have also added individual titles, so look out for the ebook symbol.

Cambridge law ebooks – for one year only, we have access to the full range of nearly 2000 Cambridge law ebooks. We will be keeping the most heavily used titles.

Edward Elgar ebook collections for law –we have added three mini collections to our ebook offering, including Public International Law, Corporate & Financial Law and International Economic Law. We have also added individual book records and they should all be fully available off site, so please try them out.

Find out more about our other recent additions.

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library is in its entirety a research collection in law. It is one of the world’s leading comparative research libraries, holding significant material not otherwise available in the United Kingdom. We welcome applications from scholars, legal professionals and researchers worldwide.

Postgraduate researchers (PhD and MPhil students) and academic staff from any university in the UK or around the world are welcome to join the Library and admission is completely free.