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.


  • Friday, November 17 – CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series – Behnoush Payvar, Lund University – “Information and Communication Technology and Education in Muslim Context” & Martin Sybblis, Princeton University – “State Identity, Capacity and the Standardization of Law”
  • November 20 – CSLS Speaker Series – Lauren Rivera, Northwestern University – “When Two Bodies Are (Not) a Problem: Gender and Relationship Status Discrimination in Academic Hiring” (Cosponsored with the Center for Ethnographic Research)
  • November 27CSLS Speaker Series – Chris Zepeda-Millán, University of California, Berkeley – Latino Mass Mobilization: Immigration, Racialization, and Activism (Cambridge University Press, Sept. 2017)  Cosponsored with the Center for Research on Social Change
  • Thursday, November 30 – Immigration, Crime, and Justice in  Capitalist  Society: A Conversation in Law and Society – Kitty Calavita, University of California, Irvine – Interviewed by Jonathan Simon
  • Friday, December 8 – CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series – Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg, Bar-Ilan University – “Characterizing Community Court Process through Court-hearing Observations” / Mihira Tsukasa, Kyoto University – “The Politics of Judicial Review and Judicial Independence: The Case of Japan” / Marc de Leeuw, University of South wales, & Sonja van Wichelen, University of Sydney, “Biolegalities: A Critical Intervention”
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 4th Annual Robert A. Kagan Lecture in Law and Society – Christopher Edley, Jr., Berkeley Law – “The Regulation of Education Equity”

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