Keynote panel


We have a thought-provoking keynote panel comprising of 3 distinguished speakers scheduled for 19 April 2021. Each speaker will present on a topic related to the theme of the conference: “Great Expectations – When Law Meets Reality”. This will be followed by a discussion among the panel members and a Q&A session with the audience.


The speakers are:


  1. Professor Richard Sparks (Professor of Criminology)
  2. Professor Sharon Cowan (Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies)
  3. Lady Wolffe (Court of Session Judge)


Speed-networking session


This is an opportunity for all presenters and attendees to mix and mingle virtually. Everyone will be divided up into small groups via break-out rooms and encouraged to discuss various topics such as legal research, life as a PhD student, and interests outside academia. In this session, you will be able to meet new people, form academic connections and sharpen those all-important networking skills in a relaxed and friendly setting.


Oral presentation panels


Oral presentations are spread across the 2 days of the conference. They are grouped into 2-4 person panels on various topics such as, Medical Law, Environmental Law and Criminology and Criminal Law. Speakers will provide 15-minute presentations on their chosen topics after which a discussant will respond to each individual presentation. There will also be a Q&A session with the audience members. These panels and poster sessions (see below) showcase some of the excellent research currently being undertaken in the UK and beyond!


Poster sessions


These sessions allow researchers to share their research in a creative and visually appealing manner. Posters will be available on a virtual wall for all presenters and attendees to access before the conference. There will be 2 poster sessions at the conference. Presenters will briefly explain their posters during these scheduled sessions and answer any questions from the audience. This is a great opportunity for knowledge exchange in a visual format!


Virtual reception


This virtual happy hour provides a chance for everyone to wind down, network and socialise in a more informal setting at the end of the conference on 20 April 2021. Everyone will be encouraged to interact with each other and discuss anything from interesting presentations to unusual hobbies and everything else in between.