Welcome to the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies


For nearly fifty years the Oxford Centre has been at the forefront of research into the nature and role of law in society. Our researchers study law as a historical and culturally specific mode of social organisation that takes a variety of forms within and across societies.  Our expert staff bring together a wide variety of disciplinary expertise including law, sociology, anthropology, politics, international relations, human rights, economics, geography and art history to examine the interface of law and society.

Our research community conducts research into the socio-legal dynamics of some of the most pressing political questions of the day such as rights, technologies and social media; comparative legal cultures; access to justice; regulation and governance of environmental resources; ethical business regulation; the migration crisis and cultural expertise; legal ideology and religion; and the management of counter terrorism cases in the courts.  We particularly welcome visitors and research students working in these areas of expertise.

Learn more via our About Us page.