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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Compassion in Law. What?!

April 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Dermot Feenan, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, and Founder and Convenor of the Law and Compassion Research Network, discusses compassion socio-legally. When I told a delegate at a recent SLSA conference that I would be presenting on compassion and law, the response was ‘what compassion in law?’ To cut a long [...]

Intoxication and assault: Crown Court sentencing practices in England and Wales

March 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Carly Lightowlers and Jose Pina-Sánchez, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds Alcohol intoxication is a frequent factor in violent offending. Whilst the frequent coexistence of alcohol and violence does not evidence a universal or causal link, alcohol’s legal status and widespread availability mean alcohol intoxication (as opposed to drug intoxication) and related offending [...]

Law and Emotion Scholarship: A Snapshot

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

By Emma Jones, The Open University Law School As co-convenor of the new law and emotion stream about to be launched at the SLSA’s 2017 conference, this seems an apt moment for me to pause and reflect on where law and emotion scholarship stands today.  Its origins as a field of scholarship can be traced [...]

We encourage posts which do three things:

Information

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.

Conversation

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.

Dissemination

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.