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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The SQE, Law Degrees and Socio-Legal Studies

May 5th, 2017|1 Comment

by Dr Jessica Guth, Leeds Beckett University on behalf of the SLSA Executive Committee On the 25th April the Solicitors Regulation Authority announced that it was indeed launching the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) meaning that in order to qualify as a solicitor, candidates will need to: Have passed SQE stages 1 and 2 to demonstrate [...]

Religious freedom and school uniforms: Shabina Begum, ten years on

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

By Nuno Ferreira and Maria Moscati, University of Sussex   The UK stands out in Europe for having school uniforms across the state school system. This has been a source of conflict in many instances, from cases involving cornrows as hairstyle to boys wearing skirts in Cambridgeshire and Sussex for being prohibited from wearing shorts [...]

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 [...]

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.