Socio-Legal Studies Association Archive


Current address at time of writing Address at time of writing: c/o Professor Rosemary Hunter FAcSS, Chair, SLSA, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
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Extent and form: 11 boxes

Access: open

Administrative history: according to a statement of ethical practice in the Socio-Legal Studies Association's 1995 Directory of Members, socio-legal studies may be defined as embracing "disciplines and subjects concerned with the social effects of the law, legal processes, institutions and services".  SLSA was established to promote and support the work of socio-legal scholars, to facilitate the regular exchange of ideas and information and to represent the socio-legal research interest in discussions with other bodies.

SLSA grew out of an informal group of academics who met at annual conferences to discuss matters of interest.  In 1988 it was decided that the group needed a higher profile, and a conference was arranged in Oxford which was attended by over 100 people.  The success of the conference permitted another to be held in Edinburgh in 1989, at which the proposal was made to create a formal Association.  A Steering Committee was set up to formally establish the SLSA at the 1990 conference in Bristol, using some funds from various law faculties and from the Nuffield Foundation.  A newsletter was first published in March 1989; in 1990 an editor was appointed to produce a regular newsletter.

Archival history: in 1997 an agreement was made between the Records of Legal Education Archivist and the Chairman of the SLSA to make regular deposits of SLSA archive material.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer: the first tranche of material was the correspondence and papers of founder member and Chairman (1993-1996), Professor Martin Partington: these were deposited by him with the Records of Legal Education Archives in 1997.  Printed papers relating to the 1997 Conference, plus some copies of the Newsletter and Directory of Members, were passed to the Archives in 1997 by the current editor of the Newsletter.  Material was subsequently deposited by Nick Wikeley, Mary Seneviratne, treasurer (1999-2005) and Rosemary Hunter (Chair, 2011-present).

Scope and content:  collection comprises minutes and management papers, conference literature and publications.

Accruals: further accruals are expected.

Arrangement: the records were not kept in any formal order, and the series of papers frequently overlap in content and subject matter.  Minutes of AGMs and conference papers have sometimes been integrated with one or other of the above groups of records and sometimes filed separately.

Copyright: Records of Legal Education Archives, other than printed/published material.

Related Material: SLSA publications are available in the IALS Library and in other law libraries.

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