IRGLUS was formed in 1993, and was aimed at gathering academics from diverse backgrounds – jurists, geographers, sociologists, political scientists, urban planners, environmentalists, who were conducting research/were interested in the interface between law and urbanisation. IRGLUS’s initial goal was to encourage socio-legal research in urban legal studies, as well as to organise international workshops for the presentation and dissemination of relevant research projects and findings.
In July 1996, IRGLUS was recognised as a Working Group of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law-RCSL of the prestigious International Sociological Association-ISA. IRGLUS also keeps links with the equally prestigious Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law-IISL, with whom two “Law and Urban Space” international workshops have already been promoted.
The global ‘branch’ of IRGLUS was revived under co- of Thomas Coggin and Marius Pieterse in late 2012. Since then, IRGLUS has launched a website and a Facebook page, and sends out periodic newsletters to its members. IRGLUS endeavours to organise its own workshops approximately every three years, with Oñati taking place in 2013 and New York City in 2016. Aside from these workshops, IRGLUS members organise sessions in international gatherings and conferences.
As of August 2018, IRGLUS has over 200 members.