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Critical Legal Conference 2018 - Regeneration

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The 2018 Critical Legal Conference will be held on 6-8 September 2018 at The Open University in Milton Keynes, with a postgraduate workshop taking place on the afternoon of 5th September.




Drawing inspiration from the visions, strategies and conflicts that engendered the creation of Milton Keynes, as well as The Open University which was created at the same time and indelibly marks the history of the city, CLC 2018 will encompass the theme of regeneration.  In all instances of regeneration are tensions between new and existing sociocultural visions and strategies, and the laws, regulations and forms of standardisation that seek to govern the pace and nature of regeneration in a given space and time. Equally there can often be a lack of legal attention and intervention where sometimes it is demanded, as well as forms of de-regulation that seek to attenuate the role and authority of law in favour of, for example, innovation. 

In the third ‘opening proposition’ to her 2005 book, For Space, Doreen Massey claimed space to be ‘always under construction’ and thus constitutive of ‘relations which are necessarily embedded material practices which have to be carried out’, which are ‘always in a process of being made […] never finished; never closed’.  Regeneration as a concept or material implementation indelibly marks the notion of what it means to be ‘always under construction’ and therefore the relations that process both creates and destroys.  Regeneration, like Massey’s space, is ‘a simultaneity of stories-so-far …’ 

A full statement of the theme of CLC 2018 is available here.  

Call for Streams

The call for streams is now live. The closing date is Friday 23 March.

Call for Papers

The call for papers will open at the end of March.

Plenary speakers

Plenary speakers and events at CLC 2018 will be announced shortly.


Registration for CLC 2018 will open in spring 2018. Information about conference fees and the conference dinner will be available prior to registration opening.

Postgraduate workshop

A postgraduate workshop will take place prior to the start of the conference, from 2-5pm on Wednesday 5th September 2018. More details will follow shortly.


Delegates should make their own arrangements for accommodation. The Hilton Milton Keynes and Kents Hill Park are a short walk from The Open University.

Kents Hill Park have a limited number of rooms reserved for the conference until Friday 27th July. The rates are £77 for bed and breakfast per night and £92 for dinner, bed and breakfast per night, for single occupancy. Please book direct via or phone +44 (0)1908 358099 quoting reference 111975.

The Hilton Milton Keynes have a limited number of rooms reserved for the conference until Wednesday 8th AugustThis link will give a 10% discount on the best rate available at the time of booking. Please note a credit card is required to book and rooms can only be cancelled up to 30 days prior to the check in date. Please note: Cancellations within 30 days to check in will be fully chargeable.

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Travel advice

Comprehensive travel advice to The Open University is available.

In addition to the public bus services to and from The Open University to Milton Keynes Central Station, Souls Coaches operates a peak hour station shuttle bus. The shuttle service runs directly to the station (15 minutes). Further information and a timetable is available online.

Taxis are available outside the station, however a pre-booked service is likely to be cheaper. Some taxi company phone numbers are listed online.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 09:00 to Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 17:00
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Critical Legal Conference 2018 Team

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