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'Law, Society and Community: Socio-Legal Essays' Workshop

19 September 2014

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: The Colette Bowe and Martin Harris rooms, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

The Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London and the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC) present a workshop to an invited audience in conjunction with the publication of Law, Society and Community: Socio-Legal Essays - a work in honour of Professor Roger Cotterrell (Ashgate Publishing). 

Workshop Programme

The general discussion at the workshop will focus on consideration of the current standing of socio-legal theory, and the significance of Roger Cotterrell's oeuvre for it. That discussion will emerge, bit by bit, from short introductions by a number of the authors to their chapters in the book.

The book’s introduction written by the editors, Richard Nobles and David Schiff, describes Roger as one of the the pioneering generation of a second and/or third wave of socio-legal thinkers over the last 50 years. Has socio-legal theory, as advanced by such thinkers as Roger, now 'grown up' or is its 'almost anarchic heterogeneity and its consistent openness to many different aims, outlooks, and disciplinary backgrounds' (to quote Roger) a reason for its continuing peripheral status in the legal academy?

During the course of the workshop the following 12 of the 19 essays in the book will be introduced:

Session 1

  • Introduction by Richard Nobles and David Schiff
  • David Nelken, 'Why Must Legal Ideas Be Interpreted Sociologically? Roger Cotterrell and the Vocation of Sociology of Law'
  • Michael Lobban, 'Sociology, History and the 'Internal' Study of Law'
  • Zenon Bańkowski and Maksymilian Del Mar, 'Images of Borders and the Politics and Legality of Identity' (Zenon to speak)
  • Sanne Taekema and Wibren van der Burg - 'Towards a Fruitful Cooperation Between Legal Philosophy, Legal Sociology and Doctrinal Research: How Legal Interactionism May Bridge Unproductive Oppositions' (Sanne to speak)

Tea Break

Session 2

  • Amanda Perry-Kessaris, 'Discovering the Econo-Socio-Legal Through a Communal Lens'
  • Reza Banakar and Alexandra Lort Phillips, 'Law, Community and the 2011 London Riots' (Reza to speak)
  • Marc Hertogh, '"No Justice, No Peace!" Conceptualizing Legal Alienation in the Aftermath of the Trayvon Martin Case'

Lunch Break

Session 3

  • Jiří Přibáň, 'Polity as Constitutional Law's Community: On the Expressive Function and Symbolism of National and Transnational Constitutions'
  • Mark Van Hoecke, 'Legal Culture and Legal Transplants'
  • Paul Schiff Berman, 'From Legal Pluralism to Global Legal Pluralism'
  • Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, 'Brave New World? The Challenges of Transnational Law and Legal Pluralism to Contemporary Legal Theory'

For a complete list of the book’s authors and chapters, please visit the publisher's web site

Book Launch

This workshop will be followed by the official book launch in the Foyer of the School of Law from 5 to 7pm. The book launch is open to the public. 

Please visit the event page for registration information.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to Book

Attendance at this workshop is by invitation only. If you wish to attend please contact either of the book's editors, Professor Richard Nobles or Professor David Schiff


For more information on this event, please email

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