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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 Nominations of Panel Members for REF 2021

Members of the REF2021 expert panels will be appointed through a nominations process. As an association with a clear interest in the conduct, quality, funding and wider benefits of publicly-funded research, the SLSA has been invited to nominate individuals for panel membership.

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The funding bodies are seeking nominations of candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types and geographical region. They particularly welcome nominations of candidates from groups previously under-represented on assessment panels, including women, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and disabled people.

The funding bodies are seeking nominations for candidates to be:

  • additional main panel members (with expertise in leading, commissioning or making use of interdisciplinary research, leading research internationally, or senior level experience in the commissioning, use or wider benefits of research)
  • sub-panel members and assessors (including practising researchers, individuals with expertise in commissioning, applying or making use of research, and interdisciplinary advisers).

When making nominations the SLSA are required to submit a range of information about each nominated individual. We are also required to consider equality and diversity issues and report on how we have taken these into account in our nominations process.

Whilst many of our members are likely to have research submitted to the Law sub-panel (UoA 18), we are aware that there are socio-legal scholars whose research is more likely to be returned to other, allied panels, including UoA 20 (Social Work and Social Policy) and UoA 21 (Sociology). We will consider nominations across these disciplinary boundaries as appropriate.

The SLSA Executive Committee have established the following REF2021 Nominations Process:

  • Any person seeking nomination from the SLSA to any of the REF2021 expert panels outlined above must submit an expression of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Wednesday 29 November 2017.
  • Expressions of interest must include all of the required information for the nomination form (Annex E, Nomination Information). Please note that nominations cannot be considered without this information.
  • Anyone expressing an interest in nomination should also ensure that they have read the information about the roles and workload implications in the ‘Roles and recruitment of expert panels’ (REF 2017/03) document.

Following receipt of expressions of interest in nomination, the SLSA Executive Committee will consider all expressions of interest. Final nomination decisions will be made bearing in mind the need to consider and nominate a wide range of individuals from across the diversity of the socio-legal research community.

SLSA 2018: call for current topics

The organisers of the SLSA Annual Conference 2018, to be held at Bristol University from 27–29 March 2018, invite members to submit proposals for current topics (formerly termed ‘themes’ in previous years) for the forthcoming conference.

A current topic is a one-off grouping for the purposes of a single conference which reflects a current topic of debate or an issue of emerging importance and which would be expected to attract at least six papers. There will be a maximum of seven current topics for the conference, in addition to the regular streams.

Prospective convenors should send a proposal including:

  • current topic title;
  • a call for papers indicating the scope of the current topic (300 words); and
  • convenor contact details.

Proposals should be sent to the Bristol organisers Devyani Prabhat and Janine Sargoni at slsa-2018@bristol.ac.uk by 6pm on 1 October 2017.

2017 prizewinners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2017 book, article and poster prizes.


Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize

Lizzie Barmes (2016) Bullying and Behavioural Conflict at Work: The duality of individual rights, Oxford University Press

Hart Prize for Early Career Academics

Sue Westwood (2016) Aging, Gender and Sexuality: Equality in later life, Routledge

Socio-Legal Theory and History Prize

Emily Grabham (2016) Brewing Legal Times: Things, form, and the enactment of law, Toronto University Press

Socio-Legal Article Prize

Helen Carr (2015) ’Legal technology in an age of austerity: documentation, “functional” incontinence and the problem of dignity’ in Dave Cowan and Dan Wincott (eds), Exploring the Legal in Socio-Legal Studies, Palgrave

Poster Competition

Jed Meers, 'Shifting the place of social security: welfare reform and social rights in the UK'

 

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. The conference runs for three days (lunchtime day 1–lunchtime day 3) and usually takes place just before the Easter break each year, although alternative dates in early–mid April will be considered.


The criteria we consider are as follows:

  • a strong local team of organisers, supported by their head of department;
  • a venue capable of catering for approximately 400 delegates;
  • overnight accommodation for about 300 people;
  • a range of types of accommodation close to the conference venue, including low-cost accommodation suitable for postgraduate students;
  • an accessible location;
  • approximately 20 good quality seminar rooms within walking distance of each other;
  • a lecture theatre for plenary sessions and the AGM;
  • a computer lab capable of functioning as an internet cafe;
  • a cloakroom for storing luggage;
  • reliable wifi in all venues;
  • a central area suitable for registration, publishers' stands, poster displays, Twitter wall and coffee/tea and lunches;
  • plans for two evening events, including a conference dinner;
  • adequate administrative and finance support;
  • ability to provide a conference website (ideally with direct editorial control);
  • capacity to promote the conference through local and wider networks;
  • competitive pricing of delegate registration packages.

In recent years local teams have often been supported by a university conference office or department. The SLSA publishers' liaison officer will also provide assistance in liaising with publishers and organising sponsorship packages. Since the annual conference is one of the SLSA's key sources of income, a projected profit of at least £17,000 is desirable.

Anyone wishing to have an informal chat about the possibility of hosting the conference should contact the SLSA chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Expressions of interest should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 December 2017. Please indicate, with reasons, if you have a preference for any particular year.

SLSA prize shortlists 2017

In another extremely strong field of nominations, the SLSA Exec is delighted to announce the shortlists for this year’s book and article prizes. The winners were announced at the annual dinner in Newcastle on 6 April 2017.


Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize

Alessandrini, Donatella (Kent) (2016) Value making in international law and regulation: alternative possibilities, Routledge

Barmes, Lizzie (Queen Mary) (2016) Bullying and behavioural conflict at work: the duality of indvidual rights, Oxford University Press

Socio-Legal Theory and History Prize

Grabham, Emily (Kent) (2016) Brewing legal times: things, form, and the enactment of law, Toronto University Press
Harrington, John (Cardiff) (2017) Towards a rhetoric of medical law, Routledge

Hart Prize for Early Career Academics

Prabhat, Devyani (Bristol) (2016) Unleashing the force of law: legal mobilization, national securtiy and basic freedoms, Palgrave
Westwood, Sue (Keele) (2016) Aging, gender and sexuality: equality in later life, Routledge

Socio-Legal Article Prize

Carr, Helen (Kent) (2015) ’Legal technology in an age of austerity: documentation, “functional” incontinence and the problem of dignity’ in Dave Cowan and Dan Wincott (eds), Exploring the legal in socio-Legal studies, Palgrave

Crawford, Adam (Leeds) (2015) ‘Temporality in restorative justice: on time, timing and time-consciousness’ 19(4) Theoretical Criminology 470–90

Hunter, Caroline (York) (2015) ‘Solar panels, homeowners and leases: the lease as a socio-legal object' in Dave Cowan and Dan Wincott (eds), Exploring the legal in socio-Legal studies, Palgrave