Welcome to the SLSA Blog

The “blogosphere” is not exactly struggling for academic blogs. There is a plethora of online content detailing academic research: some tied to existing associations, others set up and maintained by individual academics themselves.

This newly launched SLSA blog, however, seeks to make its own contribution to this crowded market of online discussion and debate. Building on the work of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, it is an academic blog focused exclusively on issues of interest to the socio-legal community.

There are three things we encourage our readers (you!) to do:

  1. Consider submitting a post: Information is available on the “Submit Content” page.
  2. Comment on an existing post: Take part in the discussion and give your view.
  3. Share this blog: Tell others and help us grow from this initial launch.

Finally, the blog editors and the SLSA committee would welcome any feedback going forward. Having just launched, we are keen to grow with both our SLSA members and any broader readership, and welcome comments, ideas and criticisms however big or small, on how we can best develop this online platform into something useful for the socio-legal community. If you have any suggestions, please email us at: blogeditors@slsa.ac.uk.

Thank you for visiting, and we hope you enjoy reading your posts.

The SLSA Blog Editors

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Visual Legal Research at Strathclyde University

January 26th, 2017|0 Comments

by Karen Richmond, University of Strathclyde As a socio-legal researcher, whose work focuses on the construction of forensic expertise, I am interested in exploring, and revealing, the particular series of laboratory translations which convert evidential material into textual and visual inscriptions. Each phase of the evidential trajectory (from the collection and stabilisation of trace samples to [...]

The effects of Brexit on socio-legal scholarship

January 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Rosemary Hunter, Chair, Socio-Legal Studies Association This post will appear in the Winter 2017 issue of the RCSL Newsletter On 24 June 2016 it is fair to say that the UK socio-legal community was in shock at the result of the previous day’s referendum, in which a narrow majority of those who participated voted to [...]

Ways of Seeing, Socio-Legally

January 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Dermot Feenan, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, reflects on the socio-legal significance of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, in the wake of the author’s recent death. John Berger, Ways of Seeing, copyright: Penguin It is forty-five years since the late John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, the landmark TV series and accompanying book that [...]

We encourage posts which do three things:


The blog seeks to inform our members about ongoing research

Detail your research

The SLSA Blog seeks to inform our members – and the wider socio-legal research community – about interesting research in this area. Blogs posts can detail both research findings or ongoing projects.


We want the blog to facilitate discussion and debate.

Debate and Discuss

The SLSA blog is intended to provoke to discussion and debate amongst its readers on issues of socio-legal interest. Do participate in the conversation by commenting on published posts.


We want to hear about Socio-Legal event and activities

Showcase your events

The SLSA Blog is also interested in receiving posts which detail the outcomes of events which are of interest to the socio-legal community. Be it a workshop, conference or research trip, posts reflecting on the output of relevant events are welcome.