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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Exploring Social Class and Law

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Dermot Feenan, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, and co-convenor of the Stream on Law, Politics and Ideology, discusses the rationale for a session on class and law at the SLSA Annual Conference 2018. Class has long been a category of social classification with relevance to law and legal scholarship. Many significant [...]

Law and emotion scholarship: Developments and debates

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

By Emma Jones, The Open University Law School A traditional song during December involves twelve lords a-leaping, five gold rings and a partridge in a pear tree.  In contrast, in April 2017, the focus was on was fourteen people speaking, thirteen papers being presented and a new stream in a lecture room in Newcastle.  In [...]

Populist Legal Consciousness

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

By Roger Cotterrell, Queen Mary University of London Popular legal consciousness seems a straightforward idea: it refers to popular perceptions of law, usually grounded in people’s personal experiences or observations in a particular environment. But populist? Populist legal consciousness can be coined as a term to mean the projection of these popular perceptions into direct demands [...]

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.