International Research Collaboratives (IRCs) are groups of law and social science researchers that undertake sociolegal research projects with a global reach.
These collaborations strengthen law and social science scholarship, especially among U.S. scholars, by connecting them with theoretical, methodological, and policy discussions taking place among researchers around the world. IRCs are a key component of the intellectual life of LSA, and have been instrumental in fostering and strengthening international and interdisciplinary scholarly networks.
IRCs serve a different function and purpose than a CRN. A CRN is a group of scholars working over an extended period of time in the same general area, which may or may not be international. IRCs are always international groups that focus on a particular problem and a particular scholarly product.
Usually, the end product of an International Research Collaborative is a scholarly publication after a series of panel presentations or workshops.
The first IRCs were formed as part of the LSA Annual Meeting in Berlin (2007). Most recently, the Annual Meeting in Mexico City (2017) consisted of 43 IRCs and a total of 230 scholars from low and middle income countries, and was funded largely by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Current IRCs are being developed in conjunction with Chicago in 2021 and Lisbon in 2022.