The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities

The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities is an organization of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary, humanistically oriented legal scholarship. The Association brings together a wide range of people engaged in scholarship on legal history, legal theory and jurisprudence, law and cultural studies, law and literature, law and the performing arts, and legal hermeneutics. We want to encourage dialogue across and among these fields about issues of interpretation, identity, and values, about authority, obligation, and justice, and about law's place in culture.


13 March 2018 - Statement of Solidarity with Striking Members of the University and College Union, UK

As the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities prepares for its annual meeting this week, strike action by members of the University and College Union (UCU) has entered a fourth week. The ASLCH organizing committee expresses concern regarding the ways in which proposed changes to pensions will adversely affect some of our members and colleagues based in the United Kingdom. We wish to express our solidarity with the UCU industrial action, which is taking place at over sixty higher education institutions across the UK. We request that the employer, Universities UK, resolves this dispute and protects the pension benefits of our members and other workers in the higher education sector. The pensions dispute forms part of a broader set of issues of marketizing and casualizing higher education in the UK and beyond.

More information about the dispute from the union is available here:
And more background from the LRB:

LCH members who would like to support UK higher education colleagues facing financial hardship due to the strike are welcome to donate to the union’s support fund:

February 1, 2017 - Statement on Recent Travel Ban to the US

The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities strongly condemns the recent executive order suspending entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barring Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocking entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Moreover, we condemn the interpretation of this order that has denied green card holders and dual citizens from those countries re-entry to the United States, as well the refusal on the part of some US officials to comply with a lawful judgment temporarily staying the executive order.

Our Association is committed to critical engagement with law from a range of humanistic disciplines and to creating and sustaining an inclusive space for the free exchange of ideas and the transmission of knowledge. Moreover, many of our members are scholars studying the intersections of power, immigration, Islamophobia, and minority rights. We will continue to serve as an intellectual home for scholars in those and related fields.

To our Association’s members who are barred from the United States due to the executive order, we convey our deep regret and our solidarity. Your presence at our annual meeting will be much missed.  Conference registration fees will be refunded to those who cannot attend due to the ban or who are boycotting.

Some of our members have decided to boycott this years meeting because of the executive order. We respect this decision.  We urge all of our members to act as they judge appropriate under the circumstances in deciding whether to attend the meeting. If they wish, scholars who boycott will be able to keep their name on the program, along with an indication of their boycott, and can arrange to have statements read during their panels if they wish. The conference agenda will include a plenary session devoted to discussing the role of law and humanities in the context of increasing U.S. and international restrictions of movement and immigration. While our meeting will go forward, we want it to proceed in full recognition and respect of the boycott and of the legal, political, and social forces that allow some of us to participate in safety while others cannot.


Please contact our local arrangements chair, Bernadette Meyler (, who can work with you and the local arrangements committee to provide technological assistance to the extent we are able to facilitate remote participation. We are committed to disseminating the content of the Annual Meeting and are working on finding feasible ways to do just that. If we are able to secure the technological and logistical requirements, we will be sure to let you know how you can follow along remotely if you cannot attend or choose not to.


Please contact Professor William Rose (, chair of the program committee, who can facilitate publishing your boycott in the program. Please contact your panel members if you wish to provide a statement of your boycott.

For general questions, please contact the president of the association, Professor Karl Shoemaker (

July 2016 - Find a letter written by the Middle Eastern Studies Association - with our signature - condemning the recent crackdown on Turkish academics here.