The Stanford Program in Law and Society is a student-run program aimed at promoting and advancing socio-legal interdisciplinary scholarship. This Program showcases Stanford Law School’s leading Law and Society research, and raises awareness of Law and Society as a rigorous discipline in the analysis of law in the broader societal context. It regularly features speakers and conferences, workshops and fellowships, and provides mentorship for young scholars in SLS Law-and-Society-oriented academic programs such as JD/PhD in Sociology, SPILS and JSD.
Second Conference for Junior Researchers
On Law and Social Transformations
We live in a dynamic world, where social attitudes, realities, norms, practices, and needs are constantly evolving. Consequently, questions about what role law plays in creating those changes or following those transformations arise. Is law an efficient instrument to promote the development of societies, groups, institutions, and markets? Or should we be more cautious about the power of law to bring about social transformations? When does law lag behind changing societies, institutions, and markets? Or maybe law is just not the relevant framework for discussing these changes?