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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.
Socio-Legal Newsletter spring issueThe 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!
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
- Hart—SLSA Prize for Early Career Academics
- SLSA Theory and History Prize
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
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
David 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
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 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.
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)