Socio-Legal Studies Association Archive


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C/- Professor Rosie Harding (SLSA Chair)
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT



Archive Reference: SLSA  
Title: Socio-Legal Studies Association Archives
Dates: 1972-2017
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 7 archive boxes (1.5 linear metres)
Name of creator: Socio-Legal Studies Association
Catalogue last updated: April 2021


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.

The 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.


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


Language/scripts of material: English 
Conditions governing access: open after 20 years other than SLSA 17/1 which contains personal data and is closed for 75 years.
Copyright/conditions governing reproduction: vested in the IALS, other than printed/published material. Copyright declaration form to be completed. Digital photography copyright declaration form to be completed.


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.  A file detailing the arrangement is in the Records of Legal Education Project archives at RLEP 8/14.  

Immediate source of acquisition: 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 (now subsumed into the IALS 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, (Treasurer 1999-2005) and Rosemary Hunter (Chair 2011-2017).Terms of deposit: by Deed of Gift 1997.  For details see the Records of Legal Education Project file in the IALS Archives (ref: RLEP 8/14).
Accruals: further accruals are expected.


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


Archivist's note
Rules or conventions: original catalogue compiled in 1997 by Clare Cowling, Archivist.  Subsequent accruals were added to the catalogue by Clare Cowling in December 2020.

The catalogue has been compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Page last updated: 14th September 2022

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