Definition of sociolegal in English:


Pronunciation: /ˌsəʊsɪəʊˈliːɡ(ə)l//ˌsəʊʃɪəʊˈliːɡ(ə)l/


  • 1Relating to the relationship between law and society.

    • ‘This point was made clear to me when I began studying this area of law from a socio-legal perspective some years ago.’
    • ‘Moreover, powerful industrialists continue to attain political and economic power because of institutionalized norms and policies (i.e., the socio-legal foundations of laissez-faire capitalism and neo-liberalism).’
    • ‘We have certainly moved beyond the stereotypical Irish family, and new forms of family are undoubtedly creating tensions and problems of a socio-legal nature that much be faced, sooner or later.’
    • ‘Rather than just review the sodomy laws, Bernstein analyzes them from a socio-legal perspective.’
    • ‘An appropriate socio-legal response to the suffering of the woman should be the paramount concern of the media and the courts.’
  • 2Combining social and legal factors.

    • ‘The report outlines how the dimensions of unsafe motherhood can be measured and comprehended, and how causes can be identified by reference to medical, health system and socio-legal factors.’
    • ‘I have also tried to take account of socio-legal research on how the law actually affects health care.’
    • ‘Her research interests are in legal and socio-legal aspects of free software, including licensing.’