Professor Roger Cotterrell, LLD MSc (Soc) (Lond) FBA
Anniversary Professor of Legal Theory
Email: email@example.comTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3946Room Number: Mile End
Roger Cotterrell studied law and sociology at the University of London and taught at Leicester University before joining the Queen Mary faculty where he has been Anniversary Professor of Legal Theory since 2005. He was Acting Head and Head of the College's Department of Law between 1989 and 1991, Dean of the Faculty of Laws from 1993 to 1996 and Professor of Legal Theory from 1990 to 2005. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2014. In 2013 he was awarded the Socio-Legal Studies Association life-time achievement award for contributions to the socio-legal community.
In addition to the key publications noted on his publications page, Professor Cotterrell has published many articles and essays related to his primary specialisms, sociolegal theory and jurisprudence, as well as on the law of trusts, comparative law, criminology and public law.
Professor Cotterrell has held visiting academic positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Lund University, the Catholic University of Brussels, the University of California at Berkeley, the Onati Institute for the Sociology of Law, the European University Institute and the University of Hong Kong. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Journal of Law and Society [UK], Sociologia del Diritto [Italy], International Journal of Law in Context [UK/USA], Griffith Law Review [Australia], Droit et Société [France], Clio & Themis [France], Studies in Law, Politics and Society [USA], Property Law Review [Australia], Journal of Comparative Law [UK] and Comparative Law Review [Poland]. He was Trustee of the Law and Society Association (USA) (1996–9), an expert assessor for the Flemish Interuniversity Council (2006-7) and for the Danish National Research Foundation (2011), and a member of the UK national Research Assessment Exercise Law Panel (1999–2001) and the RAE Law Sub-panel (2006-8).
Professor Cotterrell's primary current research interests are in legal theory exploring the nature of transnational law, the relations of law, trust, community and culture, the legal sociology of Emile Durkheim and the 'Durkheim School', and relations between the fields of comparative law and sociology of law.
Professor Cotterrell's primary current research interests are in the fields of legal theory exploring the relations of law, trust, community and culture; the history and contemporary significance of the legal sociology of Emile Durkheim and the 'Durkheim School' and relations between the fields of comparative law and sociology of law.
- Roger Cotterrell's SSRN page
- Roger Cotterrell's full CV [PDF 296KB]
- Roger Cotterrell - Full list of publications [PDF 507KB]
- Professor Roger Cotterrell in conversation with Professor Jiří Přibáň for the Centre for Law and Society at Cardiff University.
- ‘Rethinking “Embeddedness”: Law, Economy, Community’ (2013) 40 Journal of Law and Society 49-67.
- ‘The Role of the Jurist: Reflections around Radbruch’ (2013) 26 Ratio Juris 510-22.
- ‘Comparative Sociology of Law’, in D. Clark ed., Comparative Law and Society. Cheltenham / Northampton MA: Edward Elgar, 2012, pp. 39-60.‘What is Transnational Law?’ (2012) 37 Law and Social Inquiry 500-524.
- ‘Justice, Dignity, Torture, Headscarves: Can Durkheim’s Sociology Clarify Legal Values?’ (2011) 20 Social & Legal Studies 3-20.
- Emile Durkheim: Justice, Morality, Politics (ed) (Ashgate, 2010).
- ‘Spectres of Transnationalism: Changing Terrains of Sociology of Law’ (2009) 36 Journal of Law and Society 481-500.
- Living Law: Studies in Legal and Social Theory (Ashgate, 2008).
- Law, Culture and Society: Legal Ideas in the Mirror of Social Theory (Ashgate, 2006).
- Law in Social Theory (ed) (Ashgate, 2006).
- The Politics of Jurisprudence (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2003.
- Sociological Perspectives on Law (ed) (2 vols) (Ashgate, 2001).
- Emile Durkheim: Law In a Moral Domain (Stanford University Press/ Edinburgh University Press, 1999).
- Law's Community: Legal Theory in Sociological Perspective (Oxford University Press, 1995).
- The Sociology of Law: An Introduction (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 1992).
‘Second Annual International Journal of Law in Context Lecture, Georgetown University, Washington DC, January 17th 2008’.
- Founding member of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC)
- Leading journal publishes symposium of papers on Roger Cotterrell’s 'Sociological Jurisprudence: Juristic Thought and Social Inquiry'
8 January 2020
- New book published: 'Authority in Transnational Legal Theory: Theorising Across Disciplines' co-edited by Professor Roger Cotterrell and Dr Maks Del Mar
4 October 2016
- Roger Cotterrell and Maks Del Mar convene a workshop in Washington for The International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR)
5 August 2015
- Professor Cotterrell and Dr Del Mar present at conference for the launch of the National University of Singapore Centre for Legal Theory
19 February 2015
- Event Recap: 'Law, Society and Community: Socio-Legal Essays in honour of Roger Cotterrell' Book Launch
9 October 2014
- Roger Cotterrell and Maks Del Mar to present on Transnational Authority in Paris
12 August 2014
- Report urges for less reliance on imprisonment as punishment
3 July 2014
- Professor Cotterrell delivered annual Petrazycki Lecture in Warsaw
23 May 2014
- Professor Cotterrell on law and sociology at the University of Lund, Sweden
9 May 2014
- Professor Roger Cotterrell awarded Prize for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community
13 December 2013
- Professor Roger Cotterrell invited to St Petersburg State University, Russia for a conference on Polish-Russian jurist Leon Petrazycki
22 November 2013
- Professor Roger Cotterrell presents paper on socio-legal research in juristic practice at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland
21 December 2012
- Professor Roger Cotterrell discusses socio-legal theory - watch the podcast
16 January 2012