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SLSA Statement of Principles of Ethical Research Practice

January 2009

The SLSA Statement of Principles of Ethical Research Practice has now been revised, updated and republished.

During this process, the SLSA ethics sub-committee sought to steer a middle course between taking into account changes to ethics governance introduced by the ESRC research ethics framework and supporting the professional autonomy of socio-legal researchers. The ethics sub-committee also did not seek to express in the Statement detailed opinions on legal obligations which can arise for socio-legal researchers. Instead, we have included reference to some key legal issues which may arise in socio-legal research projects. How these may be relevant and how any legal or ethical issues arising in socio-legal research should be resolved needs to be analysed and addressed in the context of the specific circumstances of particular research projects.

Bettina Lange


Ethics sub-committee membership 2009

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Oxford (chair)
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Ulster
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Bristol
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Nottingham

Further reading

Andrew Charlesworth (2008) ‘Understanding and managing legal issues in internet research’ in N Fielding, R Lee and G Blank (eds), The Handbook of Online Research Methods, Sage

Dermot Feenan (2002) ‘Legal issues in acquiring information about illegal behaviour through criminological research’, British Journal of Criminology 42:762-781

 

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