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Impact and Law Reform Conference

Registration is now open for this SLSA co-sponsored one-day event at IALS. Keynote speaker: Brenda Hale. Book early to avoid disappointment!

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SLSA 2019

The clock is ticking: don't miss the final registration deadline for Leeds 2019 – 26 March 2019.

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Book and article prize shortlists

In 2018 the SLSA book prize was won by Mapping Paths to Family Justice (pictured). The shortlists for our 2019 book and article prizes have now been published. The winners will be announced at our annual dinner on 4 April 2019 in Leeds.

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Socio-Legal Newsletter spring issue

The spring issue of the Socio-Legal Newsletter has now been published. The copy deadline for the summer issue is Monday 20 May 2019. Members are warmly invited to send in their news!
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Legal Design: Concepts, methods, norms and examples

April 2020, City, University of London

This event is organised by Amanda Perry-Kessaris, Kent Law School, and Emily Allbon, City, University of London, under the auspices of the SLSA Seminar Competition with an award of £1527.

This two-day workshop will be the first of its kind in the UK; and the first globally to address the full spectrum of legal design, including legal practice, activism, policy-making, research and teaching. It will provide a vital capacity-building opportunity for socio-legal researchers to understand and engage, intellectually and physically, with legal design; so that they are better able to use, critique and support it. Through an innovative combination of presentations and design-driven ‘making things visible and tangible’ sessions, the workshop will explore:

  • How to think about legal design
  • How to do legal design
  • Where to find examples of legal design
  • How to assess legal design

 Further details will be published in due course.

Socio-Legal Methodology Master Class

29–30 July 2019, St Catherine's College, Oxford

This year’s national Socio-Legal Methodology Master Class is being held at St Catherine’s College in Oxford on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 July 2019.

As in previous years 20 students will spend two days with senior members of the socio-legal community discussing methodological experiences, problems and dilemmas. Participants will be expected to read and discuss academic essays set by the workshop facilitators. The event is open to PhD students who have already undertaken methodology training. Places are free for ESRC-funded students and competitive bursaries are available for all other students. Further details of the event to follow.

This event has been made possible with the generous support of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal studies, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the Journal of Law and Society.

Further details will follow in due course: save the dates!

2019 book and article prize shortlists

The SLSA Exec is delighted to announce the shortlists for this year’s book and article prizes. The winners will be announced at the Annual Conference dinner in Leeds on 4 April 2019.

Hart—SLSA Book Prize

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Tamir Moustafa (2018) Constituting Religion: Islam liberal rights and the Malaysian state, Cambridge University Press – this book is open access

Charlotte O’Brien (2017) Unity in Adversity: EU citizenship, social justice and the cautionary tale of the UK, Hart/Bloomsbury

Anthea Roberts (2017) Is International Law International?, Oxford University Press

Nimer Sultany (2017) Law and Revolution: Legitimacy and constitutionalism after the Arab spring, Oxford University Press


Hart—SLSA Prize for Early Career Academics

Meghan Campbell (2018) Women, Poverty, Equality: The role of CEDAW, Hart/Bloomsbury

Maureen Duffy (2018) Detention of Terrorism Suspects: Political Discourse and Fragmented Practices, Hart/Bloomsbury


SLSA Theory and History Prize

Psygkas high res book coverDavid Churchill (2017) Crime Control and Everyday Life in the Victorian City: The police and the public, Oxford University Press

Athanasios Psygkas (2017) From the ‘Democratic Deficit’ to a ‘Democratic Surplus’: Constructing administrative democracy in Europe, Oxford University Press

SLSA Article Prize

Anastasia Chamberlen and Henrique Carvalho (2018) ‘The thrill of the chase: punishment, hostility and the prison crisis’ (2019) 28(1) Social & Legal Studies (published online 26 February 2018)

Máiréad Enright (2019) “‘No. I won’t go back’: National time, trauma and legacies of symphysiotomy in Ireland’ in S M Benyon-Jones and E Grabham (eds), Law and Time, Routledge, 46–74

Marie Fox and Michael Thomson (2017) ‘Bodily integrity, embodiment, and the regulation of parental choice’ Journal of Law and Society 44(4): 501–31














Socio-Legal Newsletter: current issue

The latest issue of the Socio-Legal Newsletter is now available as an interactive pdf: 

Socio-Legal Studies in Germany and the UK: Theory and methods

LSI, Faculty of Law, Humboldt University Berlin

23–24 September 2019

Call for papers

The SLSA and Humboldt University Berlin’s Law Department are hosting an international workshop to explore the different traditions of socio-legal studies in the UK and Germany. The workshop will be held from 23–24 September 2019 at the Humboldt University’s Law and Society Institute (LSI). The keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Dr Susanne Baer (German Constitutional Court).

We invite papers that seek to understand the influence of institutional contexts and scholarly traditions upon the development of those approaches that come under the banner of socio-legal studies.
The workshop has three core aims:

  • to consider how different academic traditions and institutional contexts have influenced the development of socio-legal research in Germany and the UK;
  • to scrutinise theoretical and methodological approaches with a view to exploring similarities and differences in both contexts; and
  • to start an initial dialogue among participants, and to publish the research resulting from these interactions with a view to forging closer ties across the German and UK socio-legal communities, and to facilitating future connections and collaborations.

To achieve these aims, the workshop will reflect upon the similarities and differences between German Rechtssoziologie and socio-legal studies in the UK, with particular focus on the historical development of such ideas and approaches, as well as on identifying points of connection. It will look to generate initial conversations between scholars in these communities and to foster the continuation of such conversations subsequent to this event. Using the themes space, time, text and image to organise the contributions, participants will discuss the relevant methodologies, theories and concepts used in the shaping of contemporary socio-legal studies in Germany and the UK.

Building upon the success of the previous SLSA-sponsored one-day workshop on ‘Socio-legal studies/sociologie du droit: methods, traditions, theories in France and the UK’ (Paris 2018), this workshop will enable discussions of the key contemporary trends and approaches in both German and UK socio-legal contexts. Abstract submissions (250 words max) should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 4 March 2019. The working language of the workshop will be English. Please note that there will be a presumption of commitment for publication of the presented work for all participating scholars.

Full details of the call for papers are also available for download

For further information, please contact one of the organisers:

  • Dr Jen Hendry (University of Leeds)
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (University of Westminster) 
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Humboldt University Berlin) 
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