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, registration, 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

General Questions

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.

Do you have instructions on how to navigate through this year's schedule?

A: For instructions on how to navigate through this year’s digital schedule, please visit this page:

Where do I go to upload my paper, presentation materials, or other handouts?

A: For instructions on how to upload your paper, presentation materials, or other handouts, please visit this page on our website:

What is the Participants’ Book Exposition, and how can I get involved?

A: This year, there will be no formal, physical book exhibit. Instead, we are organizing a bottom-up exhibit where attendees can bring their recently published book to exhibit at the conference.

Any in-person attendee who published a book between 2020-2022 is eligible to participate. By participating, you agree to donate two copies of your recently published book to help build the law and society collections at ISCTE and the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law.

Learn more here:

When will this year's Awards Ceremony take place?

A:The Award Ceremony will take place in Lisbon at the host institution (ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon) in Building II Grande Auditório at 10:15 a.m. (Lisbon Time) on Friday, July 15. The ceremony will also be streamed live to the 2022 virtual conference website and may be available on-demand afterwards. Attendees who plan on watching the ceremony virtually will need to login to their LSA profiles to access the video. To view more information about each of the winners, visit the LSA Awards Page here. Read this year’s Awards release here:

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 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 I apply for a childcare grant?

A: The application portal for childcare grants closed on Monday, May 30 at 3 p.m. ET (USA).

What are the current COVID-19 travel measures and restrictions implemented in Portugal?

A: We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 measures implemented in Portugal. If you are making the trip to Lisbon this summer, please check this page to stay up to date with the latest Covid-related Portuguese government regulations regarding entry into Portugal:

Where can I go to lodge a visa application?

A: This page provides details of where to lodge your visa application and what documentation is required:

You can also view our Visa Letters page on our website for additional information.

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.

Can I volunteer as a chair or discussant?

A: Please note that the deadline to fill out a volunteer form was February 18.

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 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.

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!

Are there any hotel room blocks or discounts this year?

A: Yes, LSA has negotiated hotel room blocks for the 2022 Global Meeting. For hotel room block and discount information, please go here:

Are there any airline discounts for those making the trip to Lisbon?

A: Yes, please go here to view the airline discount information. More information will be added to this page as we get closer to the dates of the conference:

Submission Questions

What is the deadline to submit a session or abstract? Is it too late to submit now?

A: Yes. The deadline for submissions was Nov. 22, 2021, so it is now too late to submit an abstract or session. We are not accepting any late submissions.

When will acceptance letters for submissions go out?

A: Acceptance letters will go out mid-January.

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

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.

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.


Registration Questions

I would like to attend the Global Meeting. Where do I go to register?

A: To register for the conference, please login to your LSA account and go here: If you do not already have an LSA profile, you will not need to pay for a membership, but you will need an account to login. To create a free profile, please go here and select one of our Non-Member options prior to registering for the conference:

What is the cost of registration for the Global Meeting on Law and Society?

A: To view the registration rates, please visit our Timeline & Registration page and scroll down to the Registration section:

Can I apply for a conference registration fee waiver?

A: Applications for 2022 Global Meeting on Law & Society registration fee waivers were due on Friday, February 4 by 2:00 p.m. ET (USA). The deadline has now passed.

Where can I find the lists of low, middle and high income countries that determine the different tiers of pricing for the in-person conference?

A: Similar to prior global meetings, conference rates are based on country income classification from to determine which countries fall in each income category. For convenience, we have the list of countries for each income category here:

I’ve decided that I cannot attend the conference, can I get a refund?

A: June 1 was the final day for a 50% Registration Refund (If You Decide to Cancel). There will be no refunds offered after June 1. If you now have to withdraw, please email, and we can remove you from the program.

What is the deadline to register?

A: All participants on the program (in-person and virtual) must register for the conference by February 15. Non-presenting attendees can register up until the conference dates.

If my presentation takes place virtually, but I am physically making the trip to Lisbon and attending the conference in-person, which registration ticket should I choose?

A: If you are presenting virtually but making the trip to Lisbon to attend the conference, you must purchase one of the in-person registration options. A virtual registration will not grant you access to the conference in-person, even if you are presenting on a virtual session.

I’m a student, but the student price is not populating for me. What do I do?

A: Students attending in-person will not need to select a tier based off of their country of residency. Participants that are either “Students” or “Student Non-Members” in our system will automatically see the student price populate for them when they are logged into their LSA account. If you are a student, but your member type is currently set as “Non-Member,” “Regular,” or “Special International,” please email, and someone will assist you to help you receive the student price.

Students attending the Virtual Conference only can just select the Virtual Conference registration option, and again, the student price will automatically populate for you. Please email LSA if for some reason the student price is not showing for you. We will have to manually adjust your membership status for you.

I’m an LSA Special International member, and I’m not sure if the proper price is populating for me when I go to register. What do I do?

A: If you are an “LSA Special International Member” or “Special International Non-Member,” then the Tier 3 In-Person rate will automatically populate for you when you select any of the IN-Person options. Also, the Special International Registration Rate for the Virtual Conference should populate automatically for you if you are planning on only attending the virtual conference. Please email if you run into any issues or if you have any questions prior to completing the registration process. Special International Members attending in-person should select the Tier 3 option for consistency purposes, even though the proper rate will populate for you automatically. If you currently reside in a special international country, but you are not currently signed up as one of the special international options, please email prior to completing the registration process.

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. Please see the rates for the conference here:

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

A: All presenting participants must register by February 15, 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.

If I register for one format now (virtual or in-person), will I be able to switch to the other format later if my plans change?

A: June 1st was the deadline to switch from In-Person to Virtual or vice versa. Since the deadline has now passed, you can no longer switch formats. June 1st was also the final deadline to receive a refund (if you can no longer attend). No refunds can be offered after this deadline. 

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