Conference Venue Information

The University of Edinburgh is host to this year's Society of Legal Scholars Conference, 'Tis 40 years since': Britain and Ireland in Europe, Europe in Britain and Ireland'. The conference will be held in the John McIntyre Conference Centre which is situated in the centre of the University Campus, from the 3rd – 6th September 2013. Further information on the facilities being used can be found below; alternatively please visit the conference website at If you would like to download a map of the University of Edinburgh then please click here.


Registration for the conference will take place in the foyer area of the Conference Centre the desk will be open daily from 10.30 – 18.00 on the Tuesday, 08.00 – 18.00 on the Wednesday and Thursday, then 08.00– 14.00 on the Friday. The Conference Management Team will be on duty at these times to also answer any queries about the event or your booking.


All subject section meetings and plenaries will be hosted in the John McIntyre Conference Centre and surrounding buildings all within a few minutes' walk from the where the registration, catering and exhibition are taking place.

There will be 26 Subject Sections following the same pattern as in previous years with 14 being held in Group A on the Tuesday / Wednesday and 14 in Group B on the Thursday / Friday. Each Subject section meeting will be allocated 4 x 90 minute meetings, further details on the subjection section split can be found on the main SLS website.

There are three planned plenary sessions which will feature high profile speakers.

The conference will once again host a research students/early careers session which will focus on issues such as supervising research and getting published.

There will also be a Birks Book prize session which will give the 2012 winner a chance to discuss her book. The 2013 winner will be announced at the Annual Gala Dinner which is being hosted on the Wednesday evening at The National Museum of Scotland.

The SLS Council Meeting and AGM will also be held during the event.

Papers and Poster Presentations

The call for papers for the subject section meetings has now gone out. If you have not received a message but wish to give a paper, please contact the relevant convenor directly at

As the Poster Presentation was such as success at the 2012 Conference we are pleased to say that it will again be hosted this year. The posters will be situated in a central area amongst the exhibitor's.

NB Those giving papers and presenting posters are expected to book to attend the conference as a delegate.

Publishers Exhibition

The Publishers Exhibition will be situated within the concourse area and in a rooftop marquee which are in a central location within Conference Centre. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be served in the exhibition area giving you plenty of opportunity to visit the stands.

Conference Refreshments and Catering

As previously mentioned the conference refreshments will be served in the exhibition area, lunches will be served in the Conference Centre Restaurant.

Breakfast will be served daily in the Conference Centre Restaurant if staying in the Campus accommodation or alternatively if you book the Salisbury Green Hotel breakfast will be served in the hotel's dining room. Further details on times will be provided with your joining information. Please see accommodation tab for further information.

Accessibility – John McIntyre Conference Centre

The University will make every effort to meet additional requirements e.g. provision of hearing loop systems etc., we advise you to inform us of any requirements as soon as possible so we can liaise with the Conference Office as early as possible to discuss the provision of additional support for disabled delegates. The Conference Centre has a lift and is fully accessible for disabled delegates.

Booking for the Event

Please click on the register tab to book for the event or alternatively please download the PDF Booking form and return it to the address enclosed.

Both on-line and manual bookings for the conference will close on the 25th August 2013.

What is the SLS?

The Society of Legal Scholars (est. 1909) is the learned society for those who teach law in a university or similar institution or who are otherwise engaged in legal scholarship.

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