Brexit, Law and Society

It is hard to imagine a current topic for SLSA 2019 with more currency and topicality than ‘Brexit’. At the time of writing, Brexit’s outcomes remain radically uncertain and unclear.  The SLSA conference may be the first major academic gathering of socio-legal and legal scholars after the UK has formally left the EU. Even if that is the case, Brexit processes, such as ‘transition/implementation’ will continue for some time.  Moreover, across the UK, Brexit processes have already both unveiled the shaky character of key dimensions and foundations of law, society, the economy and politics in/of the UK and further shaken them up.

The ‘Brexit’, Law and Society current topic has twin aims.  First, rather than focusing primarily on the detail of current intensive legislative or negotiation processes, the topic invites papers that seek to uncover Brexit’s deeper and longer term causes, implications and consequences.  A host of issues and topics are implicated here, including (but not limited to) questions of identity, inequality, space and place – territory and devolution – ‘race’, gender, migration, community and authority.

Second, the topic looks to build on SLSA’s foundational commitment to bringing together the socio and the legal.  As well as offering a platform to the SLSA’s core community, it aims to draw researchers from a range of cognate disciplines into the SLSA conversation.


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