Conference: The Legacy of Robert Cryer

Conference: The Legacy of Robert Cryer

Please think about submitting an abstract for a conference on the legacy of the much loved, much missed, and much lamented Robert Cryer. The conference announcement is below:

Robert Cryer:

A Life in Law and a Law unto Himself

We greatly miss Professor Rob Cryer, who passed away in 2021 at the age of forty-six. We aim to channel this loss, those missings, into an event, and a book, that celebrates his oeuvre, research, mentorship, teaching, insights, idiosyncrasy, laughter, vim, and wit.

We plan an eclectic conference that will feature: ‘traditional’ panels; conversations about law, life, and Rob; musings, music, and meditations; and literature and reminiscing. We are interested in papers that reflect upon Rob’s scholarly writing in and from all areas of law, but also his pedagogy; and his distinctive combinations of playfulness, precision, palavering…

The conference will be held June 29-July 1, 2023, in Birmingham UK, where Rob was based for the last 14 years of his life. Submissions can be traditional law journal looking-like-papers or ones that take different forms. Contributions will be reviewed by a committee that has convened to make this event happen. We are confident that following the conference the papers (for those who wish to publish) will be published in an edited Festschrift with a major press. We intend to do so and will make this happen.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, along with brief biographical information, to Solange Mouthaan at by August 1, 2022.

The organizers will review submitted abstracts shortly thereafter and notify applicants by 1 October 2022. If you would like to be included in the published Festschrift, a draft paper (appropriate to the form of your contribution, but in any case not exceeding 5,000 words) will be expected before the conference by May 1, 2023. After the conference, and in conjunction with suggestions by the editors, we would anticipate final papers to be published early in 2024.

For substantive questions related to the call for papers, please contact Gerry Simpson (, Mark Drumbl ( or Andrew Sanders (

More information will be provided regarding the conference itself in due course, and we’re investigating funding possibilities for those unable to sponsor their own travel and accommodation. We particularly encourage early career researchers to join in – whether or not you want to present a paper – especially as Rob was so supportive of new scholars.

Further details will be published on as they become available.

In friendship,

Marianne Wade Gerry Simpson Adrian Hunt
Andrew Sanders Javier Eskauriatza Isobel Roele
Solange Mouthaan Emma Marchant Mark Drumbl


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