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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.

Annual Prize for Contributions to Socio-Legal Studies

Nominations have closed for this prize. The recpient's name will be announced in the winter issue of the Socio-Legal Newsletter.

SLSA Book and Article Prizes 2017

Applications are open for nominations for this year's Book and Article Prizes. Closing date: 31 October 2016.

SLSA funding schemes

The SLSA is inviting applications for the following funding schemes:

Closing date: 1 October 2016.

SLSA Seminar Competition

Applications are open for the annual SLSA seminar competition. Closing date: 12 December 2016.

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.