Research seminars

Every Wednesday during term, the Birmingham Law School faculty and graduate students meet for an informal seminar, reflecting on issues relating to our research, teaching innovation and excellence.


These internal seminars complement the research seminars and activities that are carried out throughout the year, from guest lectures to major conferences and smaller research seminars, and at which external speakers are invited to join, provoke curiosity and reflection, and engage with the academics and graduate students at BLS. Wednesday afternoon seminars are held in the Senior Common Room in the Law School from 1-2 pm.

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Research seminar archive:


  • 11th December - Interface China: Can it Integrate into the World Trading System?
  • 11th December - Christmas themes in Law
  • 11th December - Flexibility Provisions in Multilateral Trade Agreements
  • 5th December - The Strategic Use of Public Procurement for Industrial Purpose in Emerging Economies
  • 5th December - Law PGR Career Development and Networking Event
  • 4th December - Theme event - Human Rights, Development, and Global Legal Studies
  • 27th November - Law and Language: Translating the EU Acquis for accession
  • 27th November - Law in Translation – the case of the Balkans
  • 27th November - Gender and Law Research seminar - Dr Kathryn McNeilly
  • 20th November - Global Patient Safety Law, Policy and Practice
  • 14th November - The EU, Eurasia and their Trade Relations
  • 13th November - Making / Protecting Time for Research and Scholarship
  • 13th November - Gender and Law Research seminar - Dr Flora Renz
  • 6th November - Theme event - Care, Relationships, Health
  • 30th October - Gender and Law Research seminar - Dr Katherine Brown
  • 25th October - Bal Sokhi-Bulley (Sussex) - Rights as a Relational Ethics of Friendship
  • 23rd October - Theme event - Violence, Crime, Justice with Rob Cryer and Carol Jones
  • 16th October - Exploring Inspirational Teaching within BLS and how to get recognition for the same
  • 14th October - Reflections on reproductive rights in Ecuador
  • 9th October - Theme event - Law, Technology and Ethics
  • 2nd October - Special measures and humane treatment: The lost leg of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act (1999)
  • 29th May - Damages before the European Court of Human Rights
  • 15th May - Dynamic Justice Problems
  • 8th May - On teaching International Law
  • 13th March - Left to figure it out for themselves: the formation of a hybrid or synthetic civic identity among undergraduate students at a university in the UK
  • 6th March - Cultures of Interpretation. The Case of International Humanitarian Law
  • 27th February - Accountability for Counter-Terrorism
  • 27th February - Grenfell: from crime to social harm
  • 20th February - The French implementation of the EU CSR Directive
  • 6th February - Balancing Freedom of Conscience and the Right to Non-Discrimination on the Ground of Sexual Orientation: Beyond Ongoing Culture Wars
  • 23rd January - Race and the Law


  • 12th December - Key pitfalls of requiring recourse to the criminal law through human rights: reflections on ECtHR doctrine
  • 12th December - Global Legal Studies Reading Group - December
  • 5th December - Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Sustainable Development: Law and Governance Innovations for Integrated Decision-Making
  • 5th December - Our research and Birmingham: past, present and future
  • 28th November - Minorities and the Ideology of the Postcolonial State in Indian Constituent Assembly Debates 1946-1950
  • 28th November - EU citizenship as meaningful citizenship
  • 21st November - Transnational Counter-Terrorism: The Urgent Need for Constitutionalist Attention
  • 14th November - The problem with companies, sustainability and 'gender empowerment'
  • 7th November - Multi choice examinations
  • 7th November - Global Legal Studies Reading Group - November
  • 31st October - Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Locus of Constituent Power in the United Kingdom
  • 31st October - Concepts and Theories
  • 24th October - Pebblepad and personal tutees
  • 17th October - Tangled Webs and Distal Horizons
  • 3rd October - Best practice in feedback and assessment
  • 3rd October - Global Legal Studies Reading Group - October
  • 13th June - Being Digital Scholars
  • 6th June - From PhD to Book
  • 30th May - Topic to be confirmed
  • 23rd May - Contemporary Challenges in Family Law
  • 16th May - Are British Overseas Territories modern day Colonies? A case study of Gibraltar
  • 9th May - Potluck & 'academic community' discussion
  • 2nd May - #MeToo, discussing sensitive issues in classroom settings
  • 25th April - LGBTQI Employment Discrimination Rights in the United States
  • 28th February - Making a difference in the age of the neoliberal university
  • 21st February - Normative Agency, Law, and Moral Holidays
  • 14th February - Anatomies of an Academic Career
  • 7th February - Nationalist Discourse and the Paradoxes of Postcolonial Statehood
  • 31st January - Methodological Reflections on Law as a Social Science
  • 24th January - Rethinking Vulnerability in Legal Research
  • 17th January - Interactivity in Teaching
  • 10th January - Interdisciplinarity in research


  • 6th December - Briefing on HEFCE Update on REF
  • 29th November - Law, Language and Translation
  • 22nd November - Perspectives on PhD Supervision
  • 15th November - Healthcare after Brexit: Building a Research Agenda
  • 8th November - Researching Lawyers and Lawyering
  • 1st November - Some Reflections on Methods in Analysing Law and Time
  • 25th October - Building an Inclusive Curriculum
  • 18th October - Pot Luck Lunch and Group Discussion: The Social Academic
  • 11th October - Rethinking Assessment
  • 4th October - Perspectives on 'Judicial Power'
  • 27th September - The Three Minute Researcher
  • 31st May - Reflection & Critique: Assessing Aspects of an Advocacy Module
  • 24th May - Conceptualising Security
  • 10th May - 3 Minute Thesis
  • 3rd May - Burying an agenda in Brussels: Law, information, and the fate of fiscal governance
  • 26th April - Citizenship and Punishment
  • 22nd March - Planning for Promotions
  • 8th March - REF Calibration
  • 1st March - Improving the Research Environment
  • 22nd February - Managing an academic workload
  • 8th February - Ask the Editors
  • 1st February - 'Reflecting on a new core module... Talking About "Legal Communication and Writing
  • 25th January - Miller Case Rapid Reaction Roundtable
  • 18th January - Jus Cogens and International Crimes: Do they make a difference?'
  • 11th January - BLS after the QLD


  • 30th November - History in Legal Research: What? Why? How?
  • 23rd November - Assessment and feedback
  • 16th November - The Stern Report and the Future of REF
  • 9th November - US Election: Rapid Reaction Roundtable
  • 2nd November - Encouraging Active Student Learners
  • 26th October - Getting the Best out of Personal Tutoring
  • 19th October - Brexit: The Implications for Legal Research
  • 12th October - What is Teaching Excellence in Law?
  • 5th October - Roundtable Reflections on Writing Academic Research
  • 28th September - Food Regulation and Scientific Expertise: Critical Reflections.