Centre of Law and Society
We encourage and provide an institutional framework for the support of socio-legal, sociological, theoretical and interdisciplinary research and education.
Closely linked to the Journal of Law and Society and its activities, we aim to enable and raise the profile of high quality socio-legal scholarship and education at Cardiff University.
We will promote and encourage innovative research of international quality focusing on socio-legal, empirical and theoretical analysis of legal institutions and processes and the impact of social, political, economic and scientific influences on law, legal professions and legal activities. It will specifically promote sociological and socio-legal methodology including empirical research methods in legal science.
We maintain strong connections with other schools and faculties within the Cardiff University, with other universities and similar research centres in the United Kingdom and internationally.
Our mission is to build on existing research and cooperate with other Centres within the School in particular to address themes in the fields of:
- sociology and social theory of law
- legal cultures
- legal anthropology
- legal education
- legal professions and ethics
- comparative sociology of criminal justice
- family law
- law and religion
- law and medicine
- law and environment
- law and business regulation
- socio-legal studies of EU integration.
We stimulate and coordinate research collaboration and specific projects within the School of Law and Politics.
The academic environment we provide enables staff and PhD students from departments, schools and research centres around the University, as well as visiting scholars and fellows, to meet and discuss their views and ideas, present research projects and outcomes, and deliver lectures and seminars.
Additionally, we promote a wide range of activities and research programmes supporting the exchange and development of ideas, through conferences, symposia, seminars, research methods seminars, reading groups and working paper electronic publications, between academics, practitioners and others.
We maintain an electronic archive and online profile of socio-legal activities, information and study materials, seminars and conversations with sociologists of law and socio-legal scholars is maintained by our staff
Periodically we invite proposals from our members and distinguished external scholars for a series of research activities (such as conferences, workshops, symposia and seminars) that will run for a particular time period (for example a year) built around a particular research theme.
Professor of Law
- +44(0)29 2087 5473
- +44(0)29 2087 4479
Lecturer in International Relations
- +44 (0)29 2087 4984
Professor of Politics
- +44(0)29 2087 5636
Professor of Law
- +44(0)29 2087 4098
Senior Lecturer in Law
- +44(0)29 2087 5365
- Siarad Cymraeg
- +44(0)29 2087 6969
Summer Seminar with Martha Fineman: Vulnerability, Austerity and Justice
14 July, 2016
Professor Martha Fineman was the key note speaker at the finale event of our 2016 gender rules research series organised by the Gender Rules Research Group and the Centre for Law and Society.
Martha Fineman – Austerity, Vulnerability and Justice events
6 July 2016
Professor Martha Fineman explains her vulnerability theory and applys it to the notion of austerity, which pits the universal vulnerability of individual human beings against the apparent vulnerability of institutions of the state.
Gender Rules: Research Methods in Law – Dr Sharon Thompson, Dr Lydia Hayes and Dr Dan Newman
10 June 2016
The Centre of Law and Society funded a research series titled ‘Gender Rules’, supporting the emergence of a new research group on Law and Gender in Cardiff Law School.
A showcase of our ongoing socio-legal conversation series.
In conversation with founding editor of the Journal of Law and Society and Emeritus Professor Phil Thomas and Professor Jiří Přibáň.
In conversation with Professor Upendra Baxi and Professor John Harrington.