Prizes

One of the SLSA's stated aims is to advance the dissemination of knowledge in the field of socio-legal studies. To that end, the Executive Committee invites nominations for the following annual prizes:

The 2017 prizewinners were announced at the annual dinner during the SLSA Annual Conference in Newcastle.

For a full list of all prizewinners, past and present, please see our prizewinners page.


SLSA Prize for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community

This prestigious prize is sponsored by a private benefactor. The winner of the SLSA Prize for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community receives £500 plus lifetime membership of the SLSA.

Calls for nominations are issued each year via the SLSA ebulletin and newsletter. SLSA members are invited to submit nominations stating in 100 words why the person they are moninating would be a worthy recipient of the prize. Nominations should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Closing date: first Monday of September each year.

The winner is announced in the autumn issue of the Socio-Legal Newsletter each year.

This prize has been won by Mavis Maclean, Phil Thomas, Roger Cotterrell, Sally Wheeler, Martin Partington and Linda Mulcahy: full details.

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The Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize

A book prize, open to all, for the most outstanding piece of socio-legal scholarship published in the 12 months up to 30 September preceding the closing date for nominations. The winner is announced at the SLSA Annual Conference and receives £250. See rules and nominations.


The Hart Socio-Legal Prize for Early Career Academics

A prize for the best book, published in the 12 months up to 30 September preceding the closing date for nominations, emerging from a previously awarded PhD, MPhil, LLB or MA. The winner is announced at the SLSA Annual Conference and receives £250. See rules and nominations.


The Socio-Legal Theory and History Prize

A book prize, open to all, for a book that makes a contribution to socio-legal theory or to socio-legal history published in the 12 months up to 30 September preceding the closing date for nominations. The winner is announced at the SLSA Annual Conference and receives £250. See rules and nominations.


The Socio-Legal Article Prize

An article prize, open to all, for the most outstanding piece of socio-legal scholarship published in the 12 months up to 30 September preceding the closing date for nominations. The winner is announced at the SLSA Annual Conference and receives £100. See rules and nominations.

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Rules

Please note that since 2011 all entries must now be sent in in electronic format only. As of 2016 all those shortlisted for one of the prizes are required to attend the annual conference. The deadline for nominations for prizes is the first Monday of October each year.


Nominations

Completed nomination forms plus a version of the book or article in electronic format ONLY should be sent by the first Monday of October each year to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All nominations should also be accompanied by a copy of an email from the author/authors consenting to the nomination and confirming that they can attend the SLSA's annual conference in the following spring if they are shortlisted for a prize.

If you have any queries about these prizes you should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Poster Competition

A prize for the best poster exhibited at the SLSA's annual conference poster exhibition. Entry is via the conference call for papers and opens in November each year. For examples of past entries to this competition, please see our poster exhibition page.

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