Sociology of Law deals with a wide variety of topics that are linked by a common theme: the actual functioning of the law. The interest in the actual functioning of the law (or ‘law in action’) distinguishes the Sociology of Law from the other legal academic disciplines, whose questions primarily focus on the normative regulation of law (or ‘law in the books’). In other words, the Sociology of Law is concerned with questions about the law and not with legal questions.
Sociology of Law and Migration Law
Research within Migration Law is characterised by interdisciplinary collaboration, international orientation and an emphasis on the relationship between international developments and national legal practice in the area of migration. The Department of Sociology of Law and Migration Law plays a part in the Research Centre for State and Law (STeR) and the Centre for Migration Law (CMR).