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Socio-Legal Studies Association

Welcome to the SLSA — where law meets the social sciences and humanities.

This website contains information about the SLSA and our aims and objectives. You can find out how to join and about the many benefits of membership. There are details on all our activities including our prestigious socio-legal prizes, our research grants scheme, our seminar competition and our popular annual and postgraduate conferences.

SLSA news and important dates

Please see our News section for details of recent announcements about: research, publications, vacancies, events and much more. If you would like an item added to our news area, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SLSA funding schemes

The SLSA is delighted to announce that our two new funding schemes are now open for applications:

SLSA events

Appointing Judges in an Age of Diversity: An international conference on the JAC's 10th anniversary, Birmingham, 6–7 November 2015

Sources and Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London 20 November 2015: jointly sponsored with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the British Library and the British Society of Criminology – registration now open

SLSA postgraduate conference, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford, 7–8 January 2016

Lost in Translation? From science to regulation, University of Birmingham, 19 January 2016: registration and call for papers from PhD researchers now open – call closes 10 October 2015

SLSA Annual Conference, University of Lancaster, 5–7 April 2016: more details will be posted when available

International Economic Law in Context: Workshop 1 – Climate change, resilience and austerity, University of Warwick, date tbc

SLSA annual conference: call for expressions of interest for future conference hosts – this call is now open for conferences from 2018 onwards. Closing date for expressions of interest: 14 September 2015

Now available: see some of the posters exhibited at this year's SLSA conference in Warwick

SLSA annual prizes

The winners of this year's SLSA prizes have been announced: visit our prizewinners page for details.

SLSA membership benefits

Included in the benefits of SLSA membership are substantial discounts from Ashgate, Hart, Palgave Macmillan and Routledge when shopping online on the publishers' websites. Visit the membership benefits page for details.

Open access page

The SLSA Executive Committee has been monitoring responses to the Finch Review on open access (OA) and developments in this area. We have gathered together a variety of resources and created a dedicated OA page on the SLSA website. If you know of any resources or contacts that could usefully be included on this page, please send details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The SLSA Guidance on Open Access is now available as is Rosemary Hunter's presentation from the special open access session at the annual conference.


Aims of the SLSA

SLSA Kent 07'To advance education and learning and in particular to advance research, teaching and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of socio-legal studies.'

The SLSA achieves these aims in a number of different ways:

  • meetings, conferences, seminars
  • research grants
  • prizes
  • publications
  • liaison with policy makers and research funders
  • supporting students
  • and many other activities

Details of the SLSA's aims and objectives can be found in our Constitution: download it in Word or pdf format.