Statement of Principles of Ethical Research Practice
The SLSA Statement of Principles of Ethical Research Practice was reviewed by a sub-committee of the SLSA Executive Committee in 2008 and the revised version was published in January 2009.
'During this process, the SLSA ethics sub-committee sought to steer a middle course between taking into account changes to ethics governance introduced by the ESRC research ethics framework and supporting the professional autonomy of socio-legal researchers. The ethics sub-committee also did not seek to express in the statement detailed opinions on legal obligations which can arise for socio-legal researchers. Instead, we have included reference to some key legal issues which may arise in socio-legal research projects. How these may be relevant and how any legal or ethical issues arising in socio-legal research should be resolved needs to be analysed and addressed in the context of the specific circumstances of particular research projects.'
Ethics sub-committee membership 2009
Bettina Lange, University of Oxford (chair)
Dermot Feenan, University of Ulster
Dave Cowan, University of Bristol
Vanessa Munro, University of Nottingham
Andrew Charlesworth (2008) ‘Understanding and managing legal issues in internet research’ in N Fielding, R Lee and G Blank (eds), The Handbook of Online Research Methods, Sage
Dermot Feenan (2002) ‘Legal issues in acquiring information about illegal behaviour through criminological research’, British Journal of Criminology 42:762-781