Global Meeting FAQs

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Over the past couple years, all of us have had to adapt to the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. For the 2022 Global Meeting, we plan on implementing a hybrid format to accommodate all our attendees, including those who cannot make the trip to Portugal. While we are hopeful that many of you will be able to travel and join us in Lisbon, we understand that not everyone will be able to travel to the in-person meeting. We will be offering a virtual meeting option along with making available some sessions and plenaries that will be available both in-person and online.

The conference will look different than past meetings. This page contains information about session formatting, accessing virtual and livestreamed panels, scheduling, and health and safety protocols. As we get closer to the dates of the conference, we will continue to update this page with more FAQs and information pertaining to the Global Meeting.

We will also continue to closely monitor developments in Lisbon and other locations and will aim to provide updated information on our website, as needed. Please check back here for the most up to date information as meeting plans continue to progress.

View Our FAQs Below For Information About Our Meeting & New Hybrid Format

What will the conference format look like?

A: All presenters and participants on a panel must be in the same meeting format. All virtual panels must have all virtual presenters (although some in-person attendees might be presenting on a virtual panel), and all in-person panels must have all in-person panel presenters onsite at the meeting. In-person meeting attendees will have access to all in-person panels and events, as well as to all virtual sessions live during the meeting and on-demand after the event.

What will the virtual component look like this year?

A: A virtual platform will be available that will allow you to participate and present in virtual panels using video conferencing software like Zoom. Virtual attendees will have access to all virtual panels in real-time, as well as real-time access to view select livestreaming in-person panels from Lisbon. Virtual attendees will also have access to the virtual content on-demand after the meeting. Virtual attendees cannot participate as part of an in-person panel.

I’m a session organizer and not all of my presenters can attend in person. What do I do?

A: Your session will need to be a part of the virtual meeting. Presenters who will be in Lisbon will present virtually and will still need to pay the in-person registration rate.

I’m a session organizer. How do I complete a paper session submission?

A: If you are a session organizer, all individual presenters on your session need to first complete their individual abstract submission before you can submit your session. Under “submit a session,” once you complete the first form and select “save and set agenda,” this will take you to the area where you can then find the individual abstracts by searching submission number or title of the submissions. It might be helpful to first gather all of this information from your individual presenters before starting.** If you need additional help, please email

If I attend the conference in-person, can I still present on a virtual session or panel?

A: Yes. Some in-person participants may be scheduled on a virtual panel. We will do our best to accommodate the preference selected.

Can I propose a paper or session in a language other than English?

A: The default language for individual presentations will be English or Portuguese. The Program Committee also welcomes the submission of complete panels of four to five papers in languages other than English or Portuguese. Please include a brief English abstract with all proposals not submitted in English.

Can I present on an in-person panel virtually?

A: No. All presenters and participants on a panel must be in the same meeting format-either all virtual or all in-person.

Can presenters in the same session choose to present in different formats (either in-person or virtually)?

A: No. All presenters on the same panel must come to a consensus about the presentation format (in-person or virtual) and all must present in that format. All in-person panels must have all in-person presenters and all virtual panels must have all virtual presenters. While the overall meeting is a hybrid event, the individual panels are not hybrid.

What are the participation limitations?

A: Participants are limited to:

One participation as a Paper Presenter, Roundtable Participant, or Author.

Unlimited appearances as a Chair and/or Discussant on a panel, or an AMR reader.

Exemptions: Exempted additional appearances include as a participant on a Mini-Plenary, a Professional Development session, or other special event solicited and/or authorized by the Program Committee Chairs. For all other requests, there will be no exception to the rule.

Being a “non-presenting” paper co-author does not count as your participation if you do not sit on the session panel and present the paper (Select “non-presenter” when the co-author is added to papers).

It is expected that you will allow your name to be added to the program only in accordance with these limitations. You will be required to withdraw participations that exceed the limit.


Who are the co-sponsoring organizations for this year's conference?

A: The 2022 Global Meeting on Law & Society is co-sponsored by the Law and Society Association and other sociolegal associations around the world, including the Research Committee on Sociology of Law, the Asian Law and Society Association, the African Law and Society Network, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Canadian Law and Society Association, the Japanese Association of the Sociology of Law, the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Brazilian Network on Empirical Legal Studies, the Brazilian Association for the Sociology of Law and the Sociology of Law and Justice Section of the Portuguese Association of Sociology. To learn more about these organizations, please visit here:

I have a specific scheduling request. Can you accommodate me?

A: February 7, 2022 marks the deadline for all scheduling requests. Only medical and religious are guaranteed. If you have a scheduling request, please email

Is LSA Membership required to participate in the Global Meeting?

A. No. LSA Membership is not required to participate in the Global Meeting. Nor is membership to our co-sponsoring organizations. However, you will need to create a free LSA profile prior to submission and registration. To create a free profile, go here and select one of the Non-Member options:

If you were previously an LSA member who is planning on attending the Global Meeting but do not plan on renewing your membership this year, the system may prevent you from logging in until you renew. If you are unable to login, please contact, and someone will assist you. You do not need to be an LSA member to attend the Global Meeting. We will just have to adjust your membership settings.

I purchased an LSA membership. Does that cover my registration for the conference?

A: No. LSA memberships are a separate expense from the Global Meeting registration. We will be announcing the rates for this year’s conference later this year.

I can’t remember my password. How do I change it?

A: A: If you can’t remember your password, you can reset it here: Please note your full email address could be your username. If you think a different email address is attached to your current LSA profile, please contact, and we can give you access to update your information.

My submission was accepted. What is the deadline for presenting participants to register by?

A: All presenting participants must register by February 7, 2022.

Will I be able to access the Virtual Sessions onsite?

A: Yes. If you registered for the in-person conference, you can still access the virtual sessions and even participate in them. We will have safe, designated areas onsite for those who need to access the virtual conference. Since the virtual conference will be facilitated online, you can access it anywhere you can find WIFI. You could even participate in a virtual session from your hotel room. More information regarding this question will become available as we get closer to the dates of the conference. These will all be available on demand for all registered participants after the meeting.

How can I be sure to get updates on the meeting?

A: Conference updates will be shared through the co-sponsoring organizations, but if you would like to join the LSA mailing list, feel free to do so by emailing or by following us on Twitter at law_soc. All meeting updates will also be posted within our news section here:

What is a CRN, and how do I join one?

A: Collaborative Research Networks (CRNs) are a vehicle for scholars with common interests to connect with each other, share their work, and pursue sociolegal research in common as part of the Law and Society Association. Click here to learn more! If you wish to participate in one of the existing CRNs, you should identify yourself by sending an email to organizers.  In the email message, please describe your research interests and how it might fit within the description of the CRN.

What is an IRC?

A: An International Research Collaborative (IRC) is an international group focused on a particular problem and a particular scholarly product. IRCs are similar to research project groups, in that they bring together a relatively small group of scholars to work on a particular issue for a defined period of time. Click here to learn more!

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