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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Embedding dignity and respect in a Scottish social security system

September 15th, 2017|0 Comments

By Mark Simpson* ‘Dignity’ and ‘Respect’ have been part of the debate on social security in Scotland since the lead-up to the independence referendum in 2014, appearing in the report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare, the consultation on A new future for social security, legislation establishing the Scottish Welfare Fund and the Social [...]

Chief Executive Pay, Gender, Statistics and a note of warning

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

James Hand, Portsmouth Law School, Faculty of Business & Law, University of Portsmouth Statistics, used well, can play a vital part in exposing inequalities and persuading people of unjustness.  However, used less well, they risk undermining the argument even if they are initially superficially attractive.  Earlier this month, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) [...]

Five Key Lessons from the Second Socio-Legal Masterclass

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Aleydis Nissen (Cardiff School of Law and Politics) and Titilayo Adebola (Warwick Law School) Building on last year’s successful inaugural edition, the second Socio-Legal Residential Masterclass took place from 19 to 21 June 2017 at the picturesque Gregynog Hall in Wales. Just like last year, the participants included a mix of established socio-legal scholars and [...]

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.