SOAS University of London

2021 SOAS SoL Postgraduate Colloquium

15 February 2021

8 JUNE 2021


Legal systems across the world recognise the fundamental equality of all human beings and promise equality before the law and the equal protection of law. However, inequalities in accessing and enjoying resources, services and opportunities persist on the grounds of gender, nationality, religion, ideological, political beliefs and so on. They persist at different levels, such as in the global North/South context, or within countries and societies. They also exist in a relational context, such as inequalities between the state and citizen; exploitation of one group at the hands of another; or between states and non-state actors. Furthermore, in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic, inequality has become a central point of discussion in numerous disciplines. Jarring disparities in access to healthcare, technology and welfare have forced us to confront socio-economic inequalities and their dangerous consequences. The law interplays with inequality in multifarious ways. Failures of existing legal frameworks and approaches in addressing inequality call for further analysis into our legal principles, doctrines and institutions.

This Colloquium invites submissions that discuss how the law relates to inequality. We invite submissions related to this theme including (but not limited to):
(a) The role of law in creating and/or perpetuating structural inequalities;
(b) Exclusionary role of law;
(c) Inequalities exposed by the pandemic;
(d) Conceptualisation and problematisation of the notions of inequality;
(e) Pervasiveness of inequality in different areas of law such as tax law, financial regulation, intellectual property rights, environmental law etc;
(f) Inequality and its effects on democratic values, human rights and judicial processes;
(g) Remedies to inequality proposed through doctrinal, historiographical, comparative and socio-legal research approaches.

This one-day Colloquium on the 8th of June 2021 aims to bring together doctoral researchers to present their work in a supportive and collaborative environment. Participants will get a chance to present their research and receive feedback from leading academics in their field. Participants should be registered in a PhD Programme (or other research degree).

Submission of Abstracts:
The Colloquium welcomes abstracts no more than 500 words by Sunday, 14th March 2021 to Submissions should be accompanied with the name of applicant, current degree programme, year/stage of PhD, name of institution and contact details.

Submission of Final Paper:
Successful candidates will be notified by the end of March 2021. Selected participants will be required prepare a summary paper no more than 2000 words by Sunday, 23rd of May 2021. This paper should contain a brief summary of the argument they wish to present at the colloquium, such that discussants may prepare in advance.

Submitting abstracts and participating in the Colloquium’s proceedings are free. We hope that around the time of the Colloquium, we are able hold in-person events. Should this be the case, we may be able to provide limited travel grants for participants who would otherwise not be able to attend. We will follow up with accepted applicants on the process to apply for this funding.