Welcome to the SLSA

Where law meets the social sciences and humanities.

 

 

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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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Socio-Legal research

This area is very much a work in progress. We are hoping that it will become an essential starting point for socio-legal researchers. At the moment, we have concentrated on compiling a comprehensive list of links for as many subject areas as possible. In the future, it is hoped that the subject areas will be expanded and that other resources will be added, for example, downloadble documents, articles and information about funding opportunities.

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Statement of Principles of Ethical Research Practice

The SLSA Statement of Principles of Ethical Research Practice was reviewed by a sub-committee of the SLSA Executive Committee in 2008 and the revised version was published in January 2009.

'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

  • Bettina Lange, University of Oxford (chair)
  • Dermot Feenan, University of Ulster
  • Dave Cowan, University of Bristol
  • Vanessa Munro, 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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