Center for the Study of Law & Society

 The CSLS 50th Anniversary Conference was a great success. Enjoy the photos from the event or visit the conference web page here.


  • September 29 – Special Event – California prison reform today – Special issue of BOOM: A Journal of California. Cosponsors New America Media and Californians for Safety & Justice – Cosponsored with UC Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion
  • October 7CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series – Manoj Dias-Abey,  Queens University (Canada) & Amelia Thorpe, University of New South Wales (Australia)“Sandcastles of Hope? Can Non-Traditional Labor Organizations Improve the Working Conditions of Migrant Farm Workers in North America?” & “Hegel’s Hipsters: Claiming Ownership in the Contemporary City”
  • October 10 – CSLS Speaker Series – Edward L. Rubin, Vanderbilt University  “The Supreme Court’s New Lochnerism and the Concept of Property”
  • October 17 CSLS Speaker Series – Lisa Miller, Rutgers University “The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent Crime and Democratic Politics”

The Center
The Center supports theoretically-based, empirical research on new developments at the interplay of law and society in contemporary and historical contexts. While part of Berkeley’s School of Law, the Center fosters a multi- disciplinary context in which UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students from many departments interact and engage with visiting socio-legal scholars from universities in the United States and abroad. – Jonathan Simon, Director