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About the centre

The Centre for Law in Society supports all types of socio-legal research, including empirical research. The School of Law, University of Sheffield, has a longstanding reputation for socio-legal research, especially in public law fields. Links with the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law enhance the international, EU and comparative law work of the cluster.

The law relating to public services, such as health and housing, is within the cluster’s current interests, and feeds international legal and policy developments. The cluster’s work also interfaces with interactions between research and teaching, including the widening access agenda. CLIS also hosts work on Legal Theory, including the Jurisprudence Reading Group.


  • To operate as an inclusive group, encouraging and supporting the research of a diverse range of scholars.
  • To promote and showcase the socio-legal research of the School and to foster the dissemination of that research into non-academic environments.
  • To support the School’s wider objectives of producing international quality research and projects capable of impacting on policy development and the reform of the law.
  • To pursue opportunities for inter and intra-disciplinary approaches to gathering knowledge and expertise from wide range of academic sources.