Law and Society Association News

The Law and Society Association is conducting a Governance Review. For more information, see

See LSA's letter to members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806)

The Law and Society Association joins other academic organizations in issuing a statement of concern regarding the detention of Alexander Sodiqov.

Alexander Sodiqov is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Toronto. He has been detained for his research on the management and resolution of conflicts in Central Asia and Tajikistan. His study involves collecting public statements by governement and civil society organizations, and interviews with public officials and civil society leaders. He was arrested on June 16, 2014 in Khorog, Tajikistan.

See the statement of concern.

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Update: Alexandor Sodiqov has been released but is still at risk. See more at

chambliss William J. (Bill) Chambliss died on February 22, 2014. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer eight years ago. True to character, Bill continued to live life to the fullest and extended beyond all odds his time with us.

Read his obituary written by Kitty Calavita

NSF Award for IRC

Transforming Cross-National Theory and Research through International Research Collaboratives

This award funded networks of researchers, or International Research Collaboratives (IRCs).  The concept of the IRC was developed by the Law and Society Association (LSA) for an earlier International Conference (Berlin 2007, Building Transnational Sociolegal Scholarship: Established Problems in New Contexts, NSF award #0647809).   IRCs have proved to be a highly successful mechanism for bringing scholars together from low, middle, and high income countries (as classified by the World Bank) for a specific research project that leads directly to a defined scholarly product to advance sociolegal theory, methodology, and policy. Scholarly products have included articles, journal issues, books, conferences, and collaborative research projects.

Final Report to the National Science Foundation

Project Outcome Report for the General Public

lsr The Law & Society Review increased ranking in the 2012 Journal Citation Report

eastasia See the Report from the East Asian Law and Society Conference in Shanghai on 22-23 March 2013.

supreme court

The Law and Society Association joins an amicus curiae brief submitted by the American Educational Research Association in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, now pending before the US Supreme Court.

Fisher is the most important case on race-conscious admissions in higher education since Grutter v. Bolinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, 2003. The Law and Society Association also joined a brief in the Grutter case. [more]