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.
How Are IRCs Different From CRNs?
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.
What Do IRCs Work to Achieve?
Usually, the end product of an International Research Collaborative is a scholarly publication after a series of panel presentations or workshops.
When Were IRCs Created?
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.
WE HAVE 41 IRCs
You can browse all of our current IRCs here:
An Africa of good governance, democracy and respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law
Disrupting Patriarchy and Masculinity in Africa: Transformative Leadership for Social Change in Institutions of Higher Learning
Federalism and the Subnational Politics of Rights in Latin America: Gender Equality and Environmental Justice
African Studies: Reproductive Health, Tourism, Rights, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
New Challenges for Transnational Civil and Commercial Law in the Wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic
African Disability Protocol and the progress towards inclusive education developments in Africa
Punishment and Society: International and Comparative Perspectives Between the Global North and South
Law, Political Economy and Crisis: Studying the role of law in economic, political, and environmental crises
The Future We Need: Covid19 Pandemic Policies, Gender, Development, and Fiscal/Social/Economic Responses