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International Research Collaboratives

What is an IRC?

International Research Collaboratives (IRCs) are international and interdisciplinary collaborative groups of scholars from different backgrounds, experiences and training. IRCs are typically organized in conjunction with an international meeting, the next being Lisbon in 2022. IRCs bring together scholars to work on specific projects involving a research or policy agenda related to social scientific, interpretive, and historical analyses of law, across many possible social contexts. Over more than a decade, IRCs have become a key component of the intellectual life of LSA, helping achieve its mission of becoming increasingly global. 

IRCs have been instrumental in fostering and strengthening international and interdisciplinary scholarly networks, in promoting valuable collaborative research with scientific rigor and relevance, and in creating opportunities to share and communicate research to audiences at LSA meetings and other academic conferences. An important feature of IRCs that distinguishes them from other forms of collaborations within LSA (e.g. CRNs, or “Collaborative Research Networks”) is that IRCs focus on concrete specific, self-contained projects with clear goals and tangible results, such as edited volumes, book chapters, symposia or articles to be published in scientific and academic journals.

View the list of our current IRCs below in preparation for the Annual Meetings in Chicago (2021) and Lisbon (2022). Click on the title of an IRC for a description of the corresponding research topic and the contact information for the IRC organizersIf you are interested in the activities that an IRC is organizing, please contact the organizers directly.

Current International Research Collaboratives

Law and Society Association

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003