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Socio-Legal Writing Workshop – Cardiff Law and Global Justice in collaboration with Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA – Supported by British Academy: October 04-05, 2019

Introduction

The Centre for Law and Global Justice at Cardiff Law School invites applications for a Socio-Legal Writing Workshop to be held at the Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA, on October 04-05, 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, and Feminist Legal Studies.

Partners

The British Academy

Cardiff Law and Global Justice

Background

In 2018, Cardiff Law and Global Justice were delighted to organise a series of writing workshops for socio-legal scholars in the global south. Run in partnership with Socio-Legal Studies: An International Journal, Journal of Law and Society, Feminist Legal Studies, International Journal of Law in Context and Modern Law Review this initiative was funded by an award from the British Academy. Four workshops were held in the autumn of 2018 at Recife (Brazil), Bangalore (India), Nairobi (Kenya) and Accra (Ghana). Each was 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. Our aim was to 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 the 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 enthusiastically agreed to contribute to the initiative at its October 2017 meeting, 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.

You can read a report on our workshops in the UK’s Socio-Legal Studies Association newsletter.

We are very pleased to have been awarded funding by the British Academy to hold further Writing Workshops in 2019 at Accra (GHANA), Nairobi (Kenya), NOIDA-Delhi NCR (India).

Aims and Objectives

The Writing Workshop will bring together a team of UK-based law journal editors and research leaders in India 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 Workshop will be led by Prof Gitanjali Gill (Northumbria Law School, UK); Prof Philip Thomas (Cardiff Law School and Journal of Law and Society Editorial Board); Dr. Yvette Russell, University of Bristol Law School, UK; Prof Dr S C Roy, Dean Research and Development, Chanakya National Law University; Prof Chandrasekhar Rawandale (Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA).

How to Apply

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. There will be a maximum of 20 participants in this workshop.

Stage One:

On or before August 30, 2019, Applicants should provide to Prof Gitanjali Gill via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with subject line ‘Delhi (Symbiosis NOIDA) Socio-Legal Journals Writing Workshop’ the following:

  • 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;
  • 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 Two:

  • Selected Candidates will be informed via email about selection on or before September 03, 2019.
  • On or before September 10, 2019, Selected participants will be required submit a paper of no more than 5000 - 7000 words prior to the workshop via email to Prof Gitanjali Gill via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with subject line ‘Delhi (Symbiosis NOIDA) Socio-Legal Journals Writing Workshop’.

Registration | Travel, Accomodation and Pertinent Details

  • There is no registration fee chargeable.
  • Selected candidates from outside Delhi-NCR (limited seats) will be provided with Air Fare and Accommodation during the workshop.
  • Snacks/Meals will be provided during workshop sessions for all participants.
  • Certificate of participation will be given to every participant.  
Schedule of the Workshop
DAY 1: October 04, 2019
9:30am-10:00am Registration
10:00am-10:15am Welcome – Setting the Agenda
Prof. Gitanjali Gill, Northumbria Law School, UK
10:15am-1:00pm Socio-Legal Research
Meaning, Content, Methodology and Application
A series of presentations addressed to the nature, value and experiences for socio-legal research (20- 30 minutes each)
All Editors-
Prof Gitanjali Gill, Northumbria Law School, UK;
Prof Philip Thomas, Cardiff Law School, UK and Journal of Law and Society Editorial Board;
Dr. Yvette Russell, University of Bristol Law School, UK;
Prof. S C Roy, Chanakya National Law University;
Prof Chandrasekhar Jayvantrao Rawandale, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA
1:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm-3:30 pm Engaging the Participants
Small group interactive exercises with one Editor acting as group facilitator. Thereafter, Group representative presents précis of group discussion to all participants (socio-legal and experiences)
3:30pm-4:00pm: Tea - Informal Talks
4.00pm-5.00pm Publishing and Peer Review in Overseas Journals
Understanding editorial policies and processes, feedback, handy tips for publication success. All Editors
5:00pm-5:30 pm General Q and A sessionled by participants. Respondents, the five Editors as a panel
DAY 2: October 05, 2019
10:00am-12:00noon Feedback
Individual discussion and supportive criticism on papers with responsible editor (30 minute slots)
Other group members discuss their papers and feedback together
1:00pm-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm Group Discussions
Reflecting on specific feedback, on publication issues, and on effectiveness and future of writing workshops
Initially in groups with responsible editor (2.00-2.30 pm); followed by open discussion (2.30-3.00 pm)
3:00pm-3:30 pm Concluding Remarks
All Editors
3:30pm-4:00 pm Tea
Contact Person

Dr. Meenakshi Kaul,
Assistant Professor, Head - HR & Training, Training and Placement Cell

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Ms. Meera Mathews,
Assistant Professor and Head - Administration, Research and Publication Cell

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