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The Socio-Legal Studies Association

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.

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SLSA nominations of panel members for REF 2021

The SLSA has been invited to nominate individuals for panel membership. Closing date for expressions of interest: 29 November 2017.

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SLSA 2020 and 2021: Call for expressions of interest

The SLSA Executive is seeking expressions of interest from universities wishing to host our annual conferences in 2020 and 2021.

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SLSA chair and Exec

The SLSA chair is Professor Rosie Harding (pictured) of the University of Birmingham. She took up the post in April 2017. Members are invited to contact the chair or a member of the Executive Committee with their comments, suggestions and feedback. See the Exec page for details.

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SLSA grantholders 2000–present

Since the first grants were awarded by the SLSA Executive Committee in 2000, numerous SLSA members have benefited from the scheme. Their research has covered many different areas of the law and, in some cases, many thousands of miles. The full list of grantholders is published below.

See our research outcomes page for some of the publications that have resulted from SLSA funding.


2017

Research grant

  • Charlotte Bendall, Essex University, £2320
    Reconsidering family law’s understandings of money in modern-day couples

Fieldwork grant

  • Emma Nyhan, European University Institute, £1580
    Indigineity, law and terrain: the Bedouin citizens of Israel.

2016

Research grants

  • Amanda Perry-Kessaris, Kent University, £2730
    Graphic design, civil society and the current negotiations for the econo-legal reunification of Cyprus
  • Marian Duggan, Kent University, £1005
    Evaluating risk and responsibility in the domestic violence disclosure scheme
  • Marie Fox, University of Birmingham, and Sheelagh McGuiness, Bristol University, £2237.60
    Abortion and travel: the experience of women in Northern Ireland travelling to Great Britain to access abortion care

Fieldwork grants

  • Meenakshi Narayan, Michigan State University, £3000
    Production of the state: examining the role of forest-rights legislation, communities and civil society in India

2015

Research grants

  • Alysia Blackham, Cambridge University, £2000
    Managing without a retirement age in universities: a comparative picture
  • Sandra Brunnegger, Cambridge University, £2000
    Transitional justice in Tolima, Columbia
  • Egle Dagilyte, Buckinghamshire New University, £1724
    Access to welfare benefits for EU/European Economic Area Roma migrants in the UK after the 2014 benefit reforms
  • Luke Moffett, Queen’s University Belfast, £1884
    Victim personal statements in Northern Ireland: a new voice for crime victims in sentencing?
  • Suzanne Ost, Lancaster University, £831.71
    The impact of the criminal justice system on the practice of midwives, obstetricians and gynaecologists: improving patient safety or encouraging defensive practice?
  • Sinéad Ring, Kent University, £1765.80
    Wilful ignorance? Exploring the Irish state’s failure to protect children from sexual abuse in the period 1950–1990
  • Ashley Savage, Northumbria University, £1292
    Sharing information about unsafe transportation: mapping international networks
  • Richard Young, Birmingham University, £1604.20
    Judicial review in the lower criminal courts: a workgroup analysis

Fieldwork grants

  • Rimona Afana, Ulster University, £1900
    Coupling the disparate: the justice–reconciliation nexus in Israel and Palestine and its integration in civil society peacebuilding
  • Philip Schulz, Ulster University, £2000
    Exploring legal and transitional justice needs and preferences of male victims of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence
  • Stephanie Chaban, Ulster University, £1917
    Women’s organisations and the emergence of domestic violence legislation in the Middle East/North-Africa region: an examination of Egypt and Lebanon
  • Ben Warwick, Durham University, £1870
    Practical approaches to non-retrogression in socio-economic rights

2014

Research Grants

  • Oona Brooks (University of Glasgow) £1741.41
    Counterallegations of domestic abuse reported to the police: A pilot study
  • Dermot Feenan (Portsmouth University) £1774
    Gender and judicial appointments in Ireland: a survey of male judges
  • Fae Garland and Mitchell Travis (Exeter Law School) £1875
    Exploring different legal constructions of intersex
  • Max Lowenstein (Bournemouth University) £758
    Judicial communication in the English Youth Court: expressing sentencing remarks towards violent offenders at the custody threshold

Fieldwork grants

In 2014, SLSA Fieldwork Grants were introduced.

  • Alysia Blackham (Cambridge University) £1500
    Age and employment: towards a new framework for structuring employment security
  • Sean Columb (Queen’s University Belfast) £1100
    Excavating the organ trade: an Egyptian case study
  • Orla Drummond (University of Ulster) £1095
    Inclusive justice? A comparative examination of the participatory nature of Special Educational Needs Tribunals in Northern Ireland and Wales
  • Joanne Hawkins (Bristol University) £1617.60
    The legitimisation of hydraulic fracturing regulation: power, prejudice and public participation
  • Rachel Killean (Queen’s University Belfast) £700
    The developing role of victim participation in transitional justice systems: civil parties in the Extraordinary Chambers in the courts of Cambodia
    Research outcomes
  • Mark Simpson (University of Ulster) £780
    Social citizenship in the devolutionary state: the case of lone parents in Northern Ireland
    Research outcomes

2013 SLSA grantholders

  • Sarah Lamble (Birkbeck College, University of London) £1070
    Transforming community justice? Exploring non-state, community-based safety and accountability strategies for addressing sexual, racial and interpersonal violence
  • Catherine O’Rourke (Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster) £1443.72
    Understanding costs and benefits in feminist engagement with international law
  • James Sweeney (University of Durham) £1991.60
    From traditional to transitional justice, and back again
  • Lisa Vanhala (University College London) £1710
    Legal mobilization and the diffusion of disability rights in France
    Research outcomes
  • Rebecca Dudley (Queen’s University Belfast) £1000
    Women with no recourse to public funds and domestic violence: where human rights cannot reach
  • Edward Mowlam (Bradford University) £1000
    EU migration and homelessness: are some citizens more equal than others?

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2012 SLSA grantholders

  • John Jackson (University of Nottingham) and Yassin M’Boge (University of Leicester) £1950
    A socio-legal approach to evidence in the International Criminal Tribunals
  • Kirsten Campbell and Claire Garbett (Goldsmith’s College) £996
    The gender of justice: the prosecution of sexual violence in war
  • Emily Grabham (University of Kent) £1300
    The politics of prognosis: HIV, anti-retrovirals, and the definition of disability in UK equality law, 1996–2005
  • Geth Rees (University of Southampton) £1900
    The social construction of forensic sleep expertise

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2011 SLSA grantholders

  • Daniel Monk (Birkbeck, London) £717.90
    Writing wills/dealing with intestacy: gay and lesbian perspectives
    Research outcomes
  • Lisa Dickson (University of Kent) £1279.80
    The NHS and s 29 of the Data Protection Act 1998
  • Antonia Layard (University of Cardiff) and Matthew Humphreys (Kingston University) £1726
    From the new deal to localism: local law in practice
  • Anthea Hucklesby (University of Leeds) £1543.95
    Pre-charge police bail: an investigation of its use and its effectiveness in the police investigation process.

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2010 SLSA grantholders

  • Richard Collier (University of Newcastle) £1004.60
    Fathers, lawyers and the work–life balance: managing the downturn
    Research outcomes
  • Elizabeth Craig (University of Sussex) £980
    European minority rights laws
  • Lieve Gies (Keele University) £600
    Muslim pupils’ perceptions of human rights and the Human Rights Act
  • Jackie Gulland (University of Stirling) £1140
    Scoping study on the experience of people claiming Employment and Support Allowance
    Research outcomes
  • Níamh Howlin (Queen’s University Belfast) £638.80
    Individual trial reports: what do they tell us about juries?
  • Lizzie Seal (University of Durham) £1383.40
    Public attitudes to the death penalty in England and Wales, 1928–1965
    Research outcomes

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2009 SLSA grantholders

  • Lois Bibbings (Bristol University) £1300
    Social control, criminality, masculinities and the ‘Penny Dreadful’ 1890–1918
  • Phil Rumney and Natalia Hanley (University of the West of England) £751
    Students’ attitudes to male rape
  • Sally Sheldon (Kent University) and Julie McCandless (Oxford Brookes University) £1443
    Rewriting parenthood: a policy perspective of the reform of reproductive technology law
    Research outcomes
  • Chris Taylor (Bradford University Law School) £1093.75
    The prosecution of child abuse cases
  • Anna Carline (Liverpool John Moores University) £816
    Rape and the construction of consent
  • Marie-Bénédicte Dembour (University of Sussex) £1125
    (Do not) come and study: the plight of the foreign student
  • John Flood and Daniel Muzio (University of Westminster) £1500
    Responding to Clementi and the Legal Services Act  

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2008  SLSA grantholders

  • Helen Baker (Liverpool University) £1450
    Meeting the needs of teenage boys made homeless as a result of domestic violence
  • Michelle Cowley (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford) £1411
    The sword and shield or misplaced faith? How DNA evidence affects reasoning in criminal cases
  • Sandra Brunnegger (LSE/Cambridge University) £1500
    Culture and human rights in Colombia: negotiating indigenous law
  • Jessica Guth (Bradford University) £1173.50
    Understanding mobility and internationalisation in the discipline of law in the UK
  • Jonathan Merritt (De Montfort University) £934
    Future directions for the wider police family
  • Karen Morgan (Bristol University) £765
    The social and legal constructions of nonhuman animals
  • Lisa Whitehouse (Hull University) £1485
    A longitudinal analysis of the mortgage repossession process  

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2007 SLSA grantholders

  • Agata Fijalkowski (University of Lancaster) £1500
    Crime and security in post-Communist Europe
  • Alisdair Gillepsie (De Montfort University) £1000
    Happy slapping and the law: a socio-legal analysis
  • Alexandra George (Queen Mary, University of London) £1500
    The impact on indigenous societies of applying foreign ‘intellectual property’ concepts and standards
  • Guy Osborne and Steve Greenfield (University of Westminster) £1160
    Child Protection within UK sport: an analysis of compliance of governing bodies with national guidelines and legal requirements
  • Borja Garcia Garcia (Lougborough University) £1405.63
    The European Union and the governance of football

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2006 SLSA grantholders

  • Daniel Muzio and James Falconbridge (Lancaster University)
    Structures of professional firms
  • Maureen Spencer (Middlesex University)
    The history of public interest immunity
  • Rachel Murray (University of Bristol)
    African national human rights institutions
  • Richard Huxtable (University of Bristol)
    Attitudes and policies of crown prosecutors in 'mercy killing' cases
  • Brian Gran (Case Western Reserve University)
    Comparative research on children's ombudspersons
  • Simone Wong (University of Kent)
    Cohabitation

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2005 SLSA grantholders

  • Maurya Chandra (Queen Mary London)
    Access to justice in India
  • Samantha Currie (University of Liverpool )
    Enlargement and free movement of workers: implications for accession nationals
  • Penny Martin (Independent)
    The impact of human rights in Scotland: five years after devolution
  • Hannah Quirk (Criminal Cases Review Commission)
    Redressing wrongful convictions: a comparative study of US innocence projects and the Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Rachel Sieder (Institute for the Study of the Americas, London)
    Indigenous rights, decentralization and legal globalization: Mexico and Guatemala
  • David Sugarman (Lancaster)
    Pursuing Pinochet: a global quest for justice

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2004 SLSA grantholders

  • Christopher Waters (University of Reading)
    Post-conflict legal education in the Balkans
  • Fiona Macaulay (Centre for Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford)
    A pilot study of community-run prisons in Brazil
  • Oliver Quick (University of Bristol)
    Medical manslaughter: the construction of a crime – perceptions from the CPS
  • Lieve Gies (Keele University)
    The role of press judges in Dutch courts
  • Bryony Gill (University of Leeds)
    Highly skilled return migration – policy and practice
  • Julian Webb (University of Westminster)
    Law, complexity and globalisation
  • Catherine Russell (Manchester Metropolitan University)
    Dissemination of information technology provision in South Africa

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2003 SLSA grantholders

  • Amanda Perry-Kessaris (Queen Mary, University of London)
    Legal systems as a determinant of foreign direct investment in South Asia
    Research outcomes
  • Bronwen Morgan (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford)
    The commodification of water, social protest and cosmopolitan citizenship
  • Annapurna Waughray (Manchester Metropolitan University)
    Caste-based discrimination in international human rights law
  • Rachel Murray (Birkbeck, University of London)
    Approach of the Organisation of African Unity/African Union to human rights
  • Alison Brown (University of Stirling)
    Conceptualising the work of international peace teams
  • Christine Barker (freelance researcher)
    Church-state relations in East Germany

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2002 SLSA grantholders

  • Matthew Humphreys (Anglia Polytechnic University)
    European transport law and policy
  • Catherine Phuong (Newcastle)
    Travel costs relating to a project on European asylum and immigration
  • Davina Cooper (Keele)
    Organisation of a conference on gender, sexuality and law
  • Antje Wiener (Institute of European Studies, Queens University Belfast)
    A comparative study of constitutional norms

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2001 SLSA grantholders

  • Kim Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University)
    The repatriation of refugees in Kosovo
  • Emily Finch (University of Reading)
    The stalking task force in San Diego
  • Bettina Lange (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)
    The implementation of the EU Directive on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control in Germany
  • Lisa Whitehouse (University of Hull)
    Corporate social responsibility in New York City

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2000 SLSA grantholders

  • Julia Black (LSE)
    Interdisciplinary project on Financial Services Regulation
  • Reza Banakar (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford) and Max Travers (Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College)
    Workshop on methodological and theoretical issues in socio-legal studies
  • David Campbell (Cardiff)
    Completion of edited collection of works of Professor Ian Macneil
  • Peter Fitzpatrick (QMW)
    Indigenous land rights claims in postcolonial settler-based societies
  • Jo Shaw (Leeds)
    Empirical project on ‘alien suffrage’ in Europe
  • Ciaran White (Ulster)
    Control of sex offenders in the Republic of Ireland
  • Noel Whitty (Keele)
    Royalty and identity

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