One-day conferences

The SLSA is willing to sponsor one-day conferences, seminars or workshops of interest to the socio-legal community. One-day events should be fully costed and self-funding. The SLSA will underwrite the event to a limited extent and provide endorsement. If you have an idea for a one-day conference and would like an indication of the SLSA’s interest, or if you have a proposal for a conference for which you would like SLSA endorsement, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposals should include an outline of the concept, an indication of proposed speakers and/or call for papers, venue, timing, number of attendees and a draft budget showing full costs and how those costs will be covered by registration fees and/or from other sources.

Forthcoming events

Socio-Legal Sources and Methods in Family and Social Welfare Law

Date: This event has been POSTPONED and will be rescheduled at a later date

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Organised by: the SLSA, British Library and Institute of Advanced Studies. Please see website for details.

Socio-legal Studies/Sociologie du Droit: Methods, traditions, theories in France and the UK: call for contributions and registration

Date: 16 April 2018

Venue: University of Kent in Paris

Organised by: Emilie Cloatre (Kent Law School) and Olivier Leclerc (CNRS/Centre de Recherches Critiques sur le Droit)

Contributions are invited from early career scholars (including PhD students). Please see flyer for full details, including draft programme. Call closes: 8 December 2017.

Past events

Sources and methods in criminology and criminal justice

Exploring the comparative in socio-legal studies

Law, gender and sexuality: sources and methods in socio-legal research

Legal Biographies Workshop

Exploring the legal in socio-legal studies

Doing, funding, teaching – socio-legal scholarship

Exploring the 'socio' of socio-legal studies

Equality, human rights and good relations

Socio-legal studies and the humanities

Grant-writing workshop

Justice, power and law

Examining textbooks

New ethical challenges in socio-legal research

Innocence projects colloquium


Sources and methods in criminology and criminal justice

Date: 20 November 2015

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Organisers: SLSA, British Library, British Society of Criminology

Exploring the comparative in socio-legal studies

Dates: 15–16 December 2014

Venue: Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford

Organisers: Fernanda Pirie, Naomi Creutzfeldt and Agnieszka Kubal.

Legal biographies workshop

Date: 15 May 2013

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, 

Organisers: jointly by the British Library, IALS and the SLSA.

Exploring the legal in socio-legal studies

Date: 21 September 2012 

Venue: London School of Economics,

Organiser: Dave Cowan

The SLSA is grateful to the University of Bristol and the LSE for their support in organising and hosting this conference

Doing, funding, teaching – socio-legal scholarship: a trio of one-day conferences

  • Doing socio-legal research: empirical challenges and solutions: 13 March 2012, Nuffield Foundation
    Organisers: Linda Mulcahy and Amanda Perry-Kessaris
  • Funding socio-legal research: 14 May 2012, Nuffield Foundation
    Organisers: Rosemary Hunter and Anne Barlow
  • Teaching socio-legally: socio-legal studies in the law curriculum: 31 October 2012, Nuffield Foundation
    Organisers: Penny English and Chris Ashford
  • Please see flyer for further details.

Exploring the 'socio' of socio-legal studies

Date: 3 November 2010

Dermot Feenan with keynote speaker Susan Silbey

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Organiser: Dermot Feenan

Keynote speaker: Susan Silbey

  • A report of this event is available in the spring 2011 issue of the Socio-Legal Newsletter.
  • An edited collection based on papers originally presented at this conference was published in the Palgrave
  • Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies series. 


Equality, human rights and good relations: evidence-based interventions and policy making

Date: 21 May 2009

Venue: Liverpool Law School

Hosted by: SLSA and Equality and Human Rights Commission

Socio-legal studies and the humanities

Date: 5 November 2008

Venue: Insitute for Advanced Legal Studies, London

Keynote Speaker: Melanie L Williams, Professor of Literary Jurisprudence, School of Law, Exeter University, author of Secrets and Laws – Collected essays: true tales of law, lives and literature.

Academic Coordinator: Dermot Feenan

Grant-writing workshop

Date: 6 November 2008

Venue: Birkbeck, University of London

Discussants: Professor Sally Wheeler and Professor John Morrison

Organiser: Anne Barlow

Justice, power and law: in pursuit of development

Date: 10 December 2007

Venue: Birkbeck, University of London

  • Programme and selected abstracts
  • Julio Faundez, The World Bank's Dilemma: Rule of law promotion or doing business
  • Andreas Kotsakis, Locality of Tension: The entry of community into biodiversity
  • Fiona Macmillan, Development, Cultural Self-Determination and the World Trade Organization
  • June McLauglin, Dispute Resolution at African Stock Exchanges
  • Valentina Sara Vadi, International Knowledge Governance and Investment Agreements: The case of access to medicines
    pdf of article published in the Journal of World Investment and Trade

Examining text books

Date: October 2007

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London

Facilitators: Anthony Bradney, Helen Carr, Fiona Cownie, Kate Malleson, Linda Mulcahy, Sally Wheeler, 


  • What are textbooks for?
  • Should we write textbooks?
  • Do we need textbooks?
  • Textbooks and the RAE
  • Different kinds of textbooks (interactive textbooks, cases and materials, textbooks for non-lawyers)


New ethical challenges in socio-legal research

Date: September 2004

Venue: University of Westminster

Organiser: Anne Barlow

Innocence Projects Colloquium

Date: 3 September 2004

Venue: University of Bristol

Organisers: Michael Naughton and Carole McCartney