About the SLSA

The Socio-Legal Studies Association was formed in 1990 in the UK. It grew out of the Socio-Legal Group, which, for some years, had provided an annual forum for socio-legal scholars to meet and disseminate their work. However, it was felt that there was a need for a more permanent organisational structure, which would help to keep scholars in touch with each other, providing regular channels of communication, and promoting and supporting the work of socio-legal academics.

Over the years, the SLSA has grown and developed. The annual conference is hosted each year by a different UK university. It has been to all four corners of the UK, visiting institutions in major cities — for instance, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool – and smaller urban settings –Aberystwyth, Stirling, Keele.

The SLSA aims ‘to advance education and learning and in particular to advance research, teaching and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of socio-legal studies.’ It achieves these aims primarily through meetings, conferences, and seminars; through research grants and prizes; through publications; through liaison with policy-makers and research funders; and through supporting students.

The SLSA is run by volunteers who sit on its Executive Committee. Meetings are usually held in London although they occasionally move around the country. Executive Committee members are always happy to be contacted about the SLSA’s activities.

You can view the SLSA blog here.