Socio-legal Studies

The Socio-Legal research cluster provides a setting for colleagues to explore and discuss their research in the field of socio-legal studies, as broadly understood.

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Numerous members of academic staff within the School of Law engage in research which goes beyond the doctrinal, in considering law in terms of its wider societal context. How does the law operate in practice? How is it implemented and enforced through the exercise of discretion?  What impact does it have on the lives of citizens?

Many, but not all, of the cluster’s members engage in empirical and/or interdisciplinary research, with the objective of the cluster being to provide a supportive atmosphere in which to present research findings, explore ideas for further research, develop funding applications and discuss appropriate research methods. Activities include receiving presentations from members of the School on their research projects (both completed and embryonic), hearing papers from external presenters and holding workshops providing research methods training.

Current research


News and Events

Perceptions of Children in the Family Courts, 21 January 2020

Perceptions of Children in the Family Courts, 21 January 2020

Posted by ab98 at Jan 02, 2020 10:20 AM |

Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales

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Fair Labelling in Criminal Law: Towards an Account of Why it Matters, 21 Novemeber, 2018

Posted by ab98 at Nov 14, 2018 02:00 PM |

Dr Matt Gibson, University of Liverpool

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