|· Onati International Institute
for the Sociology of Law (Spain)
The International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL) was founded
in 1988 by the International Sociological Association's (ISA) Research
Committee on the Sociology of Law, and the Basque Government. It is
associated with many European and non-European universities as well
as an international network of sociologists of law who use its facilities
for seminars, workshops (meetings) and sabbaticals (visiting scholars).
|· The Centre for the Study
of Law and Society, California, Berkeley, USA
The Center for the Study of Law and Society, founded in 1961, fosters
empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions,
legal processes, legal change, and the social consequences of law.
While closely linked to Berkeley's School of Law, the Center creates
a multidisciplinary milieu in which UC Berkeley faculty and graduate
students from many departments on the campus interact, along with
visiting socio-legal scholars from other universities in the United
States and from abroad. The Center provides an environment for interdisciplinary
research in the social sciences, humanities and law. The Center's
associated faculty and visitors are drawn from many disciplines, including
political science, sociology, economics, psychology, law, philosophy,
The Center for the Study of Law and Society encourages and supports
empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions
and processes, the impact of law on society, and social, political,
and intellectual influences on law and legal activity. The Center
provides a truly interdisciplinary intellectual setting in which
faculty, visiting scholars, and students interested in socio-legal
studies can conveniently and regularly meet, present research papers,
exchange ideas, and formulate new concepts and research agendas.
|· Socio-Legal Studies Association
The SLSA is a forum for socio-legal scholars in the UK and elsewhere
to come together and share interests and exchange ideas. The SLSA
is dedicated to improving the quality of and facilities for socio-legal
|· The Law and Society Association
The Law and Society Association, based at the University of Massachusetts
and founded in 1964, is a group of scholars from many fields and countries,
interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and
cultural life. Members bring training in law, sociology, political
science, psychology, anthropology, economics, and history as well
as in other related areas to the study of sociolegal phenomena.
|· Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
- University of Oxford, UK
The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is an internationally recognized
research institution devoted to the understanding of law in its social,
political, and economic context. Since its founding in 1972 by the
Economic and Social Research Council in order to develop the field
of socio-legal studies in the UK, the Centre has grown to become an
official department of the University of Oxford and a global leader
in its field.
|· Justice Policy Research Centre
- University of Newcastle, Australia
The Justice Policy Research Centre is established at the University
of Newcastle in July 2001 to contribute to and support the development
of effective legal policy and law reform through high quality research,
in particular employing social science research methods.
|· Oxford Centre for Family
Law and Policy, UK
The Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy (OXFLAP) was established
in January 2001 to bring together family lawyers and family policy
researchers who study the regulation of obligations arising from personal
relationships from a cross national perspective.
|· Legal Intersections Research
Centre - University of Wollongong, Canada
The Legal Intersections Research Centre is a research unit of the
University of Wollongong, affiliated with the Faculty of Law. Building
on existing research strengths and activities amongst staff of the
Faculty of Law, the Legal Intersections Research Centre was established
in 2001 to coordinate, encourage and undertake research that explores
various dimensions of the theme of legal intersectionality.
|· Griffiths Socio-Legal Centre.
The Socio-Legal Research Centre investigates the origins, operations
and effects of legal regimes, policies and practices.
|· Baldy Center for Law and
The Christopher Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, at the State
University of New York at Buffalo Law School, is an internationally
recognized institute that supports the interdisciplinary study of
law and legal institutions. The Center maintains cooperative ties
to other interdisciplinary research centers at UB and co-sponsors
a regional network of sociolegal scholars in New York and Canada.
The Baldy Center hosts distinguished scholars from around the world
as visitors, consultants, and conference participants.
|· Institute of Global Law
|· Canadian Law and Society
|· Centre for Law and Society
The Centre for Law and Society is a research centre within the School
of Law, University of Edinburgh. Established in 1983, the Centre has
developed an international reputation for research in legal theory,
criminology, the sociology of law, and medical jurisprudence.
|· Centre for Socio-Legal Research
- University of Capetown, South Africa
The Centre for Socio-Legal Research was set up in 1983 to do socio-legal
research on how existing legislation affecting women, children, and
the family operates in practice, with a view to pinpointing urgently
needed reforms of South Africa's legal and social welfare system.
It is currently affiliated with the Faculty of Law and of Humanities
at the University of Capetown.
|· Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
- University of Natal, South Africa
The Centre for Socio-Legal Studies was established in 1987 in the
Law Faculty at the University of Natal, Durban. The initiative was
started in order to meet community needs for education and training
and to make the legal system more accessible. In the current climate
of social and political transformation the Centre continues to meet
the need for progressive community-based legal education and training
by concentrating on the expansion of public legal and democracy education,
human rights initiatives, and the development of educational materials
which promote a non-discriminatory and democratic legal system in
· The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS), Wolfson College, UK
The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) is a socio-legal research
centre affiliated with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University
of Oxford. The mission of the Foundation is to study, reflect on and promote
an understanding of the role of law in society, and to influence policy by
making the work of researchers and practitioners more accessible to
practitioners and policymakers. To this end, the Foundation brings together
the world's top thinkers and practitioners - lawyers, policymakers,
academics and corporate leaders -to inform, enlighten and equip
practitioners with knowledge of immediate relevance to their work.
· Institute of Law and Social Sciences, Meiji University,
The institute manages two large national surveys on civil disputes
and also plans to promote other empirical studies in near future.
|·The Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin, USA
The Institute for Legal Studies was established by the University of Wisconsin Law School to institutionalize its longstanding “law in action” approach, which dates back to the early part of the twentieth century. It acts as a catalyst and facilitator for scholarly work on sociolegal topics carried out by faculty and graduate students, supports related studies in dual degree graduate programs and in the undergraduate Legal Studies Program, and seeks to cultivate a worldwide network of sociolegal scholars. It has collaborated with the American Bar Foundation through a number of joint projects.
Each year the Institute hosts over 40 presentations by current and visiting faculty on a wide variety of topics, and at least a half-dozen symposia and conferences. It currently serves as the base of operations for the Global Legal Studies Initiative and for the Legal History and Law and Humanities programs, and on a biennial basis it hosts two signature events: the Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History and the Midwest Law and Society Retreat.