The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) is an independent institution affiliated with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Wolfson College at the University of Oxford.

Established in 2005, the mission of the Foundation is to study, reflect on, and promote an understanding of the role of law in society.

We identify issues of contemporary interest and importance, and distil academic expertise and analysis in order to equip practitioners with knowledge of immediate relevance to their work. Our aim is to make our work easily accessible to professionals in government, business, or the law, and in so doing, to bridge the gap between academia and policy making.

We bring together the world’s top thinkers and make accessible the insights and analysis of leading decision-makers through policy briefings, videos, opinion pieces, and podcasts.

History of FLJS

FLJS was founded in 2005 to provide a forum for the analysis and discussion of the role of law in society and the issues of justice that arise. It has the legal status of a charitable organization.

Two main purposes have guided the Foundation in its work. One to present issues in a manner easily accessible to the public. The other to draw on and show the importance of academic research in understanding issues of law justice and society. 

Over the course of 15 years, the Foundation has concentrated on a number of main themes: The Social Contract Revisited, The Social Foundations of Constitutions, Law and Society in China, The Courts in Society, Law and Social Media, Regulation and Civil Justice.

Other issues of contemporary interest have been added from time to time. The Foundation has been international in its outlook and multi-disciplinary in its approach. The website admirably records the work of the Foundation since the beginning with a wide variety of publications, podcasts, and video.

Many people have contributed to the work of FLJS, from the universities, lawyers, businessmen and women, institutions of civil society, and international organizations. Among the many, the following have guided the work of the Foundation.

Founders:  J. W. Adams and D. J. Galligan

J. W. Adams is a lawyer and businessman, D. J. Galligan is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies Oxford University


Mr John Adams (Chair) Ms Janet Bacastow, Lord Raymond Plant, Mr John Howell, Professor Christopher Hodges, Dr Camille Stoll-Davey, Professor Denis Galligan


Professors Amir Paz-Fuchs, Daniel Butt, Randy Peerenboom, Christopher Hodges

D.J. Galligan (General Director of Programmes)

The notable contribution of the late Max Watson, economist, is recorded.

Fellows of the Foundation

Dr Frank Vibert, Dr Christopher Decker, Professors Daniel Smilov and Bogdan Iancu.


Ms Judy Niner

Director of Communications

Mr Phil Dines


Principal Funder: Mr J. W. Adams

Other funders: Mr John Howell, Mr Kaveh Moussavi

AC Grayling giving a FLJS lecture on Brexit and the Constitution
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