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ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Law

The Research Committee on Sociology of Law (RCSL), founded in 1962, has remained the only international organization in the field of sociolegal studies. Formally, it is one out of more than fifty research committees of the International Sociological Association (ISA). However, because of its interdisciplinary subject matter, the RCSL has attracted a considerable following among legal scholars as well as sociologists. Since 1989, it has been responsible for the work of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain.

Relationship between the ISA and the RCSL

The International Sociological Association, founded in 1949 under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, consists of two groups: national organizations and research committees. William Evan (University of Pennsylvania) and Adam Podgorecki (then Warsaw ...

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