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Mavis Maclean CBE has carried out Socio Legal research in Oxford since 1974, and founded OXFLAP in 2001. She has acted as the Academic Adviser to the Lord Chancellor’s Department , and served as a panel member on the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry between 1998 and 2001, a major public inquiry into the National Health Service.She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law and St. Hilda's College.

In 1993 she was elected President of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Law, International Sociological Association, in 2000 a Trustee of the Law and Society Association, and in 2002 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2012 of the Academy of Social Sciences . She was awarded the first SLSA Annual Prize for Contributions to the Socio Legal Community in 2012. In 2013 she was made an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.

She has served on a number of grant making committees, notably the Children and Family Justice Committee, Nuffield Foundation 1996-, the Research Liaison Group for Children’s Services, Department of Health 1996-, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Social Policy Committee. She was a member of Lord Chancellor’s Legal Aid Advisory Committee 1992-4, and is a Fellow of the IISL, Onati, Spain. She chairs the TCRU Advisory Committee at the Institute of Education, and is a member of the Management Committee of the Centre for Family Research, Cambridge.

She is an editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family and the International Journal of Law in Context. Her research interests are Family Law and Family Policy, particularly from a comparative perspective.