Annual Meetings

Annual meetings are a critical aspect of the Association's activities. At the meetings, participants exchange ideas in many ways. For example, some participants present papers in panels with discussants commenting upon them or post presentations on public boards for discussion with anyone interested; in other sessions, authors meet readers of their books or specialists and non-specialists participate in roundtables and freely debate ideas. Each meeting also includes a few general sessions, where everyone gathers to hear presentations of new ideas and recent work of leaders in the field, and several social events. LSA meetings are especially valued for their high levels of sociability.

Participants usually find that the meetings provide an unparalleled opportunity for informal discussions across disciplines and theoretical traditions as well as more traditional formal exchanges. The substantial level of international participation also facilitates cross-national research connections and expanded research perspectives. Activities between annual meetings continue through Collaborative Research Networks. Annual Meetings are open to members and non-members of the Association. Registration is required.

2020: Denver, Colorado, USA on May 28-31

Themes and Sites of Past Meetings

International co-sponsored meetings

Beginning in 2000, and at five year intervals, the Association's annual meeting has been part of an international meeting jointly co-sponsored with the Research Committee on Sociology of Law (RCSL) of the International Sociological Association (ISA). The international meetings are particularly exciting events and have resulted in several cross-country, interdisciplinary research projects. Meetings were held in Europe in 1991 (Amsterdam), 1996 (Glasgow), 2001 (Budapest), and 2007 (Berlin). The joint meetings in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2012 and Mexico City in 2017 were held with co-sponsorship of the Canadian Law and Society Association, Japanese Association of Sociology of Law, and Socio-Legal Studies Association (UK).

In addition to these international meetings, the Association has also met in Canada, jointly with the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA/ACDS). The 1995 annual meeting, the first held jointly, occurred in Toronto, followed by Vancouver in 2002, and Montreal in 2008.

While all of these meetings retain their first commitments to law and society scholarship without geographical emphasis, each has a distinct outreach focus. In 2000, the Miami Beach meeting drew in Latin American scholars and Eastern European scholars through the newly established Collaborative Research Networks (CRNs). In 2001, the Budapest meeting continued the participation of the CRNs with greater focus on Central/Eastern Europe and former Soviet states. The meeting attracted almost 1,500 participants from 57 countries. In 2007, LSA again returned to Europe for the largest international law and society meeting to date. Over 2,400 scholars from 70 countries were in attendance in Berlin. The 2012 meeing in Honolulu had a special focus on Asia and attracted 2039 participants from 53 countries. International Research Collaboratives (IRCs) produced more than 50 sessions on varied sociolegal topics spanning national boundaries.

Publishers and Exhibitors

Publishers and exhibitors interested in advertising in the Annual Meeting Program, by separate material in an Annual Meeting Portfolio, or in exhibiting books in the Annual Meeting Book Exhibit should contact the Executive Office for information and price list. A call for publisher participation is sent to potential exhibitors and advertisers about six months prior to the meeting. Any publisher not currently on the distribution list who wishes to be added to the list should also contact the Executive Office.