Civil society, Universities and Government all want research that has impact.  This event is for anyone wanting to commission, develop or collaborate on legal research resulting in positive change to people’s lives by influencing law, policy and practice.

If your organisation has very limited resources and you want to attend we can subsidise tickets. Please e-mail to discuss.

Who this event is for:

  • Legal researchers or those commissioning research working towards social change at NGOs and Universities.
  • Policy professionals, campaigners and lawyers using research to inform action.

As delegates you will learn:

  • What the impact agenda is and why it matters to researchers, lawyers, civil society, and Government
  • To define and measure impact in the context of legal research
  • How to collaborate to build relationships, projects and co-produce impactful research
  • What support is available for impactful research, from universities and funders, and how organisations might access this
  • Discuss perceptions of failure in impact

Ticketing, location, programme:

  • Please note that ‘standard tickets’ are for all delegates except post graduate researchers and full time undergraduate students, who have their own ticket prices.
  • The event is being held at York Law School campus.   We have made start time accessible to those travelling to attend.
  • Tickets include all refreshments, lunch and drinks reception at 6pm.

11.00: Opening conversation: Legal research for social impact
Our speakers open the conference with a discussion on why impact matters, drawing on themes for the day including understanding the experience and objectives of communities and movements in designing research projects for social impact.

  • Ariane Adam, Public Law Project
  • Habib Kadiri, StopWatch UK
  • Dr Lawrence McNamara, Law Commission of England and Wales and York Law School

11.45: What is impact?  
Speakers will discuss impactful research projects and the effects those projects have had, or are having. The session will also look at theories of change, and how they should inform research projects from inception, helping to build in impact models from the outset. We’ll also ask speakers to address what happens if impact is not as expected, and you have to tell funders, reassess outcomes, and more.

  • Chair: Arabella Lang, Public Law Project
  • Professor Charlotte O’Brien, University of York
  • Professor Emily Greytak, American Civil Liberties Union (participating via Zoom)
  • Jo Hynes, Public Law Project
  • Professor Joe Tomlinson, University of York

12.45: Lunch

13.45pm – 15.15pm: Breakouts – choose one of four.

1. Impact via law reform

This session will look at the process of influencing law reform using research.  Case studies will include influencing the actions and programme of the Law Commission, the reform of court processes to help litigants in person (LIPs) and influencing to comply with the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

  • Nicholas Hopkins, Law Commission of England and Wales
  • Professor Grainne McKeever, University of Ulster
  • Nannette Youssef, Runnymede Trust
  • More speakers TBC

2. Impact on Parliament

This session will look at the way research and case studies can be used to communicate with Members of Parliament and impact on their work and policy more broadly.

  • Chair: Anna Sereni, Public Law Project
  • Joanna Dawson, Knowledge Exchange Unit
  • Carl Makin, University of York
  • Rohini Teather, Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG)

3. Impact on litigation – test case strategies

This session will look at the way research can inform litigation strategies, and specifically test case litigation.  The session will also look at collecting and acting on litigation data.

  • Chair: Alice Stevens, Public Law Project
  • Lindsay Cundall,  Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)
  • Polly Glynn, Deighton Pierce Glynn
  • Daniel Hoadley, Mishcon de Reya

4. Co-producing research

A session looking at case studies of research co-production to explore how research benefits from involving individuals in the project who are not researchers, but have interest or experience.

  • Chair: Mia Leslie, Public Law Project
  • Professor Helen Carr, University of Southampton
  • Martin Collett, English Rural Housing Association
  • More speakers TBC

15.15: Break 

15.30: Funding for impact 
Academic funding bodies and Charitable foundations –  helpful tips on what kind of funds are available and  what potential funders are looking for.

  • Chris Hewson, Impact Acceleration Fund
  • Caroline Howe, Lloyds Foundation
  • Matthew Smerdon, The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF)
  • Robert Street, Nuffield Foundation

16.15 How public is public law?
Access to judicial review judgments are extremely valuable, providing records of outcomes and reasoning in resolving disputes, as well as forming the basis for future legal advice and potentially, for informing legal strategies. This short presentation explores limitations on accessibility of this ‘public’ information.

  • Daniel Hoadley, Mishcon de Reya

16.25: Communicating research for impact 
This session will use real world examples of how complex ideas and research findings often need to be distilled to be communicated to different, and often wider, audiences.

  • Luke Robins-Grace, Public Law Project
  • Grace Rowley, Head of Communications, House of Commons Library

16.55: Law reform on an international scale

  • Professor Jeff King, UCL

17.30-18.00: Half hour buffer space to allow for any overrunning of the programme.  If there’s no overrun we go straight to…..

18.00: Reception & drinks
This will start at 17.30 if there is no overrun.

This conference is presented in partnership with the University of York Law School.

Please note this is a developing programme and some speakers and timings are subject to change.

All bookings are processed by our Events Team and so it may take 1-2 business days to receive your booking confirmation.

Please email our Events Team for any queries about ticketing or the programme.

15 September 2022
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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YO10 5G

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Standard Ticket

Price: £95.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £95.00

Post grad researcher ticket

Price: £45.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £45.00

Under graduate Student Ticket

Price: £20.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £20.00

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This is a very limited run of student tickets only available for full-time undergraduates booking with a valid university email address. Please note that if you book without using a university email address your ticket will NOT be processed.

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