How to research emotion in and around law

11 – 12 November 2021 

Conveners: Professor Sharyn Roach Anleu FASSA, Associate Professor Katie Barclay and Dr Kate Rossmanith

“Whenever the idea of ‘emotion’ is raised in legal and judicial circles, it is seen as an impediment to impartiality. Even so, emotion is impossible to resist..”

Emotions are significant in legal practice and law making, as well as in how people experience the law, but methodological approaches in this area remain disparate and embryonic. The purpose of this workshop is to take stock of the research questions, methodologies and data that can rigorously account for emotion in and around law, with the twin goals of (i) mapping the boundaries of the field: law and emotion; and (ii) developing a vision for more effective cross-disciplinary research approaches.