The Faculties of Law of the Universities of Bristol, Budapest (ELTE), Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Lille, Turku and Uppsala are organising the 14th annual Legal Research Network Conference on the 15th and 16th of September 2022.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Bristol Law School (UK). The conference aims at creating a stimulating research environment and a common space for senior and junior scholars to present and discuss international oriented legal research. It provides for the opportunity for PhD students and early career academics to present their research and discuss their ideas with Academics from the different Universities of the Legal Research Network. The conference theme is: The post-pandemic effect: New opportunities for social and sustainable development?

The Legal Research Network invites participants to use their own experience as researchers during the pandemic and how this has opened up new research opportunities that can have lasting effects on social and sustainable development. In line with governments across the globe promising to ‘build back better’, the conference explores how the pandemic exposed vulnerabilities within traditional work structures and how patterns of work and research have to be changed and supported to increase social development while recognising the need for sustainability and Net Zero targets.

While these different aims are not without contradictions and may at times pull towards different directions, participants are invited to consider potential need for changing work infrastructure to address social and structural vulnerabilities as well as sustainability. This can be approached from different angles and different areas of law.

PhD students and early career researchers wishing to participate can submit a 300-word abstract to Jule Mulder ( by midnight on the 30th of June 2022. Please also provide a short bibliography (150 words), to be included in the conference proceedings, and indicate whether you plan to attend in person or online.