23 05, 2022

What is Marginalisation? Reflections on three dimensions of a slippery subject

By | May 23rd, 2022|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

David Gurnham, Professor of Criminal Law and Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, School of Law, University of Southampton. When we think about what it is that legal scholars share in common, and whether there is any single concern that connects us all as part of a single endeavour, it is difficult to avoid concluding that marginalisation is [...]

8 01, 2022

The Colston Four: Justifying Legitimate Violent Protest Within, and Without, the Law

By | January 8th, 2022|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By James Greenwood-Reeves, University of Sussex The public statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader during the 1600s, had been the subject of controversy for decades. Its uncritical commemoration of Colston, in the heart of modern, multicultural Bristol, struck many residents to be contrary to contemporary social values, and an ongoing insult to Black people within [...]

5 01, 2022

Not a Good Climate for Women: Analysing the adversities of Climate Crisis on Women

By | January 5th, 2022|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Nishka Kapoor, National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, University Hyderabad A meeting of COP 26 was recently held in Glasgow, United Kingdom. The meeting focused on the ways to combat climate change and steps that must be taken to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The other major issue raised at COP [...]

3 01, 2022

Cultural Sensitivity: Doing Ethnography in a Multicultural Environment

By | January 3rd, 2022|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Alvin Hoi-Chun Hung, Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Developing cultural sensitivity remains a challenging task for socio-legal scholars conducting research in a foreign culture. Most of us want to believe ourselves to be open-minded individuals. However, different people understand the world in such variant ways that it is sometimes hard to reconsider our deeply [...]

9 12, 2021

Covid-19, criminalisation and compliance: perspectives from health studies and law

By | December 9th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Caroline Derry (The Open University), Yolanda Eraso (London Metropolitan University) and Matt Howard (University of Westminster) When lockdown began in March 2020, the rules about when people could and could not leave home, travel on public transport, and so on seemed relatively clear. The distinction between guidelines and criminal offences was less obvious and changed [...]

23 11, 2021

Doing Socio-Legal Research in a Pandemic: How, Why, When, Where?

By | November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Flora Renz and Clare Williams (University of Kent)  The ways we do, talk, and think about socio-legal research have fundamentally shifted. State and University responses to Covid-19 have disrupted sites of power and privilege, of inclusion and exclusion, of access to resources and ability to be heard. Our approaches to research practices have shifted as [...]

14 11, 2021

Call for Members to Participate in the First Ever SLSA Membership Survey

By | November 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

The SLSA is pleased to be launching its first comprehensive membership survey on Monday 15th November 2021. The survey will improve our understanding of the profile of individuals who identity as socio-legal scholars, including lecturers, research students, and independent researchers. It will allow us to map the diversity of our community with reference to characteristics [...]

22 09, 2021

Socio-Legal Trajectories: A comparative research project on the formation and development of non-doctrinal study of law over the past 60 years

By | September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

A Research Network based at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory Jen Hendry, Christian Boulanger and Naomi Creutzfeldt have teamed up to work on a book project to explore socio-legal connections as they develop. Although the focus for the project is the UK and Germany, we are interested to add more countries and contexts to the mix as [...]

20 09, 2021

Why the Past is the Future

By | September 20th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Russell Sandberg, Cardiff University Tradition is often just an excuse for not thinking.  It is the means by which habits are perpetuated without questioning them and harden into unquestionable customs which future generations are then socialised into. This even happens in legal education. While the critical might of legal educators is applied to all [...]

24 08, 2021

Quarantining as Colonialism: An Auto-ethnographic Sociological Photo Essay

By | August 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Gee Imaan Semmalar, Kent University After spending several months in India during the devastating “second wave” of the pandemic, I decided to travel back to the United Kingdom to continue research for my PhD. Academia is particularly unforgiving to postgraduate students who are on scholarships, doing teaching assistantships on a three-year funded PhD in this [...]