Law and Society

Law and society (also known as 'socio-legal studies') is a core research strength at La Trobe Law School. Law and society scholarship is a broad field of inquiry that draws on a variety of empirical, theoretical and methodological approaches and ideas. The central objective of socio-legality is to understand legal ideas, institutions and practices in their social, historical, cultural, political and economic contexts. Areas of specialty include: refugee law, health and medical law, disability law, labour law, studies of sexuality and gender, the civil realm and state control, and the environment.

Researchers

Research projects

The Fitness Project: Connecting Fitness Professionals to the Health Agenda – Professor Patrick Keyzer

Law, History and the ILO: An Oceanic View (funded by the Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area, La Trobe University) – Associate Professor Jill Murray

Uncertain Parentage: Mapping Legal Parentage Across Australian Family Law (funded by the Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area, La Trobe University) – Associate Professor Fiona Kelly, Hannah Robert and Jeniffer Power

Protecting Non-Citizens: An Australian Legal and Political History, 1945-89 – Associate Professor Savitri Taylor

Law and the Dead: Theories, Techniques and Institutions – Marc Trabsky