A number of organisations have sponsored and supported the setting up and the activities of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Inc. These include: the Centre for Media and Communication Law, University of Melbourne; the Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong; the Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University; the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney; and Waikato Law School, University of Waikato.
The Centre for Media and Communication Law (CMCL) is a centre for the research, discussion and teaching of all aspects of media and communications law and policy based at the Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne. The CMCL: undertakes large scale research projects; holds public seminars about legal and regulatory developments; supports research visits from Australian and international academics, lawyers and policy makers; and supervises undergraduate and graduate teaching and research in media and communications law. It is also the editorial base for the Media & Arts Law Review.
Director: Professor Andrew Kenyon
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The Legal Intersections Research Centre is a research unit of the University of Wollongong, affiliated with the Faculty of Law. The Centre was established to coordinate, encourage and undertake research that explores various dimensions of legal intersectionality, reflecting an appreciation that significant developments in legal scholarship have emerged, and will continue to emerge, from research which involves the crossing of boundaries, including the boundaries between: Law and other academic disciplines (including history, philosophy, economics and psychology); state and national jurisdictions; adversarial and negotiated modes of dispute resolution; what law 'is' and how law operates (theory and practice).
Director: Professor Nan Seuffert
Based at the Griffith Law School, Griffith University, the Socio-Legal Research Centre investigates the origins, operations and effects of legal regimes, policies and practices. The main aims of the centre are to: undertake socio-legal research; foster socio-legal research and scholarship in Australia; and enhance the socio-legal research skills of academic staff and postgraduates through the provision of research training programs.
Director: Professor Brad Sherman
The Sociology Program in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy emphasizes a historical and comparative approach to the study of social life and applies research and theory to contemporary social issues. It focuses on the history and contemporary institutions and practices of Australian social policies, comparative studies of policies in other countries, and the contested principles of social policy.
Chair of Department: Professor Robert van Krieken
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The Law and Society research network links researchers pursuing theoretical and empirical work in fields traversing law, social science and the humanities. The interdisciplinary field of socio-legal studies has its empirical, theoretical and methodological bases both in law and in the humanities and social sciences more broadly. Its central object is to understand legal ideas, institutions and practices in their social, historical, cultural, political and economic contexts. While retaining significant links both with the ‘black letter’ approach to law and with jurisprudence, it is distinct from both to the extent that its methodology is more empirical, historical and social-theoretical than abstract or doctrinal.
Situated in Hamilton, New Zealand the Waikato Law School is committed to providing high quality and innovative student-focused legal education. The School was founded in 1990 and adopted the principles of professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in context. The school also hosts the Centre for New Zealand Jurisprudence (http://www.waikato.ac.nz/law/research/cnzj/), aimed at fostering legal research with a particular emphasis on the development of a multi disciplinary and contextual New Zealand jurisprudence.