Research Committee on  
Sociology of Law RC12

Socio-Legal Research Centre's Websites


· 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, and history.

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 (UK)
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 research.
· 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 Social Policy
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 Association
· 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 South Africa.

· 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, Tokyo, Japan
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.

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