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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