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         Introduction
 



General Introduction
Past-Presidents
Founding Members

Those Who Made the RCSL
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How to join the RCSL?

The RCSL was established in 1962 [more on its 50 anniversary, 2012, on this site] at the initiative of William M. Evan (University of Pennsylvania) and Adam Podg˛recki (University of Warsaw), with the support of Renato Treves (University of Milan) during the Congress of the International Sociological Association, held in Washington D.C. Treves himself was elected as the first president, with Podg˛recki as vice-president and Evan as secretary. Its first discussions at the Washington congress dealt with "Scope and Methods of the Sociology of Law".

The RCSL was initially conceived as a forum, largely informal, for specialists from all over the world to compare and exchange ideas. A Board was constituted in 1968. Formal by-Iaws were adopted in 1973. Regular elections have been organized every fourth year since 1974. The RCSL has also held regular annual meetings since 1964 (except in 1967). Every four years it meets during the congress of the ISA. It has held also several joint meetings with the Law and Society Association. Since the late sixties, it has established various permanent working groups as a means to promote its research activity more vigorously. Its membership has grown from about two dozen scholars in 1962 to more than 450 in 2002. On December 23, 1988, the RCSL signed an agreement with the government of the Basque Country, giving birth to the O˝ati International Institute for the Sociology of Law.

(Johannes Feest, at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of RCSL,
Newsletter
summer 2002)

For more details about RCSL, see 30 Years for the Sociology of Law, O˝ati, IISL, 1991. For a comprehensive assessment of socio-legal scholarship around the world, carried out by the RCSL throughout several annual meetings in the late eighties, see Ferrari, Vincenzo (dir.), Developing Sociology of Law. A World-Wide Documentary Enquiry, Milano, GiuffrÚ, 1990

Past-Presidents (in chronological order):                              [back to contents]

Renato Treves (Italy)
Jan Glastra Van Loon (the Netherlands)
Jean van Houtte (Belgian)
Vicenzo Ferrari (Degli Studi Milano, Italy)
Mavis Maclean (Oxford, UK)
Rogelio Perez Perdomo (IESA, Caracas, Venezuela)
Johannes Feest (Bremen, Germany)
Lawrence Friedman (Stanford, USA)
Anne Boigeol (Paris, France)


Founding Members:
William M. Evan, Adam Podg˛recki     
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The RCSL pays tribute on this site to those who gave a decisive contribution to its activities and to the development of sociology of law:
see section "Those Who Made the RCSL".

 

 

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