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New open access book: See, by A Pavoni, D Mandic, C Nirta and A Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Entertainment and Sports Law Journal: now published open access with no author fees: call for submissions

House of Lords Research Briefing: Rehabilitation in prisons


New open access book: See, by A Pavoni, D Mandic, C Nirta and A Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Published by Westminster University Press, this published open access book is free to view or download and available to purchase in print. This is the first title in the interdisciplinary series ‘Law and the Senses’. Please see website for details.

New Book Series: Elgar Studies in Law, Development and Global Justice: announcement and call for proposals

This new series explores the relationship between law, development and global justice. Edited by John Harrington (Cardiff), Celine Tan (Warwick) and Wouter Vandenhole (Antwerp) it will provide a platform for critical engagement with and interdisciplinary perspectives on the role and impact of law on economic development and social and political organisation.

It will actively foster scholarship from and about the global south and seeks contributions animated by a concern with global, social and gender justice. As part of a commitment to access, series books will be included in schemes which provide free or low-cost access to libraries in developing countries. See further for full details.

New book: The Law of Consumer Redress in an Evolving Digital Market, by Pablo Cortés: 20% discount for SLSA members

This book advances the emerging of a new sub-field of study, the law of consumer redress, which encompasses the various dispute resolution processes for consumers, their regulations, and best practices. Please see flyer for further details and discount code.

New book: Law and Policy in Modern Family Finance: Property division in the twenty-first century, Jessica Palmer et al (eds): 20% discount

This volume from Intersentia adopts a conceptual approach to address key questions about the legal division of property when a marriage, civil union, de facto relationship, or other close personal relationship ends. These questions include: which relationships should be subject to a statutory regime; which property should be shared; whether property held on trust should be included; how property should be shared; how economic disparity caused by the division of functions within the relationship should be addressed, if at all; whether, and if so to what extent, the interests of children of the relationship should be considered; whether parties should be allowed to contract out of a statutory regime and, if so, whether such contracts should be binding; and whether death should be treated in the same way as relationship break-down. The authors use New Zealand’s current legislative framework as a basis for critical analysis and reflection. See flyer for further details.

New book: The Future of Registered Partnerships by Jens M Scherpe and Andy Hayward: 20% discount

In many jurisdictions registered partnerships were introduced either as a functional equivalent to marriage for same-sex couples or as an alternative to marriage open to all couples. But now that marriage is opened up to same-sex couples in an increasing number of jurisdictions, is there a role and a need for another form of formalised adult relationship besides marriage? In this book, leading family law experts from 15 European and non-European countries explore the history and function of registered partnership in their own jurisdictions. Further chapters look at the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and European Union Law on the regulation of registered partnerships. In the concluding chapters the different approaches are analysed and compared. Please see Intersentia website for details.

New book: Unity in Adversity by Charlotte O'Brien: 20% members' discount

The EU is at a crossroads of constitution and conscience. Unity in Adversity argues that EU market citizenship is incompatible with a pursuit of social justice, because it contributes to the social exclusion of women and children, promotes a class-based conception of rights, and tolerates in-work poverty. The limitations of EU citizenship are clearest when EU nationals engage with national welfare systems, but this experience has been neglected in EU legal research. Unity in Adversity draws upon the ground-breaking EU Rights Project, working first hand with EU nationals in the UK, providing advice and advocacy, and giving ethnographic insight into the process of navigating EU and UK welfare law. Please see flyer for further details and discount code. Published by Hart Publishing.

New book: Feminist Judgments of Aotearoa New Zealand, Elisabeth McDonald, Rhonda Powell, Mamari Stephens and Rosemary Hunter (eds): 20% members' discount

This edited collection asks how key New Zealand judgments might read if they were written by a feminist judge. Feminist judging is an emerging critical legal approach that works within the confines of common law legal method to challenge the myth of judicial neutrality and illustrate how the personal experiences and perspectives of judges may influence the reasoning and outcome of their decisions. Uniquely, this book includes a set of cases employing an approach based on mana wahine, the use of Maori values that recognise the complex realities of Maori women’s lives. Through these feminist and mana wahine judgments, it opens possibilities of more inclusive judicial decision making for the future. Please see flyer for further details and discount code. Published by Hart Publishing.

New book: Sociological Jurisprudence: Juristic Thought and Social Inquiry by Roger Cotterrell

Published by Routledge, This book presents a unified set of arguments about the nature of jurisprudence and its relation to the jurist’s role. It explores contemporary challenges that make the adoption of social scientific perspectives in jurisprudence imperative, and it shows how sociological resources can and should be used in considering juristic issues. Its overall aim is to redefine the concept of sociological jurisprudence and present a new agenda for the field. The book elaborates a distinctive juristic perspective recognising law’s diversity of cultural meanings, its extending transnational reach, its responsibility to reflect popular aspirations for justice and security, and its integrative tasks as a general resource of societal regulation. Drawing on and extending the author’s previous work, the book is aimed at students, researchers and academics working in socio-legal studies, jurisprudence, sociology of law, legal philosophy, and comparative legal studies. Please see website for details. 

The author was the winner of the 2013 SLSA Prize for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community.

Responsibility, Restoration and Fault, by Bénédict Winiger: 20% discount for SLSA members

Modern technology has not only multiplied the risks and degree of damage, it has also created long causal chains that often make it difficult to see a connection between action and damage, particularly when the damaging effects on individuals or society only emerge decades after the action. How can we ensure that we act responsibly today? What criteria do we have to measure our behaviour against? SLSA members can claim a 20% discount on this Intersentia title until 1 March 2018 using the discount code: SLSARRF. Please see website for details. Release date: 15 January 2018.

Constitution in Crisis: The new Putney debates, edited by D J Galligan

The debates that began at St Mary's Church, Putney on 28 October 1647 pioneered the liberal, democratic settlement in England: a written constitution, universal suffrage, freedom of conscience and equality before the law. Four centuries later, the 2016 Brexit referendum raised fundamental questions concerning the constitution of the United Kingdom.

This volume brings together some of the greatest public intellectuals of their generation to debate the constitutional crisis at the heart of today's politics. Please see website for details.

20% discount from Hart on two new books: Rewriting Children's Rights Judgments and Transitional Justice and the Public Sphere

Rewriting Children’s Rights Judgments: From academic vision to new practice, edited by Helen Stalford, Kathryn Hollingsworth and Stephen Gilmore

This important edited collection is the culmination of research undertaken by the Children’s Rights Judgments Project. This initiative involved academic experts revisiting existing case law, drawn from a range of legal sub-disciplines and jurisdictions, and redrafting the judgment from a children’s rights perspective. The rewritten judgments shed light on the conceptual and practical challenges of securing children’s rights within judicial decision-making and explore how developments in theory and practice can inform and (re-)invigorate the legal protection of children’s rights. See attachment for further details and discount information.

Transitional Justice and the Public Sphere: Engagement, legitimacy and contestation, edited by Chrisje Brants and Susanne Karstedt

Transparency is a fundamental principle of justice. A cornerstone of the rule of law, it allows for public engagement and for democratic control of the decisions and actions of both the judiciary and the justice authorities. This book looks at the question of transparency within the framework  of transitional justice. See attachment for further details and discount information.

New Book from Hart: The Right to Say No: Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, edited by Melanie Randall, Jennifer Koshan and Patricia Nyaundi – £13 discount for SLSA members

Marital rape stands at the intersection of the socio-legal issues arising from both domestic violence and sexual assault. For centuries, women who suffered sexual assault perpetrated by their spouses had no legal recourse. A man’s conjugal rights included his right to have sexual intercourse with his wife regardless of whether she consented. This right has been recognised in law, and still is in some jurisdictions today.

This book emerges from the research undertaken by an innovative, multi-country, academic, collaborative project dedicated to comparatively analysing the legal treatment of sexual assault in intimate relationships, with a view to challenging the legal impunity for and inadequate legal responses to this form of gendered violence. Please see attachment for details of discount.

New book: Duties to Care: Dementia, relationality and law, by Rosie Harding

The world of dementia care can be a difficult one for carers to navigate, posing new challenges at every stage from diagnosis to end of life. In her ground-breaking investigation, rooted in original empirical data, Rosie Harding explores the regulatory and legal dimensions of caring for a person with dementia. By exploring carers' experiences of dementia care, she critiques the limitations of current approaches to health and social care regulation. This socio-legal work is a new contribution to the study of feminist care ethics, relationality, and vulnerability theory. Duties to Care argues that by understanding the relational contexts that shape everyday experiences of regulatory structures, we will better understand where law is operating to support carers, and where it adds to the difficulties they experience. Ultimately, the challenges that dementia poses will be addressed only if we find solutions that take account of the relationality of life, dementia and law. Published by Cambridge University Press. See website for details.

Global Queer Politics book series: proposals invited

Book proposals are invited for the Global Queer Politics book series, co-edited by Jordi Díez, Sonia Corrêa, David Paternotte and Matthew Waites. A new webpage for the series is now online on the Palgrave Macmillan website; this has a full description of the series and details of forthcoming books, including texts by Lukasz Szulc on Poland in the Eastern Europe context and Fernando Serrano on South Africa and Colombia. Proposals for both authored and edited books are being sought. Human rights and international or transnational socio-legal issues are among the central areas of interest. If you have an idea or questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or any of the series editors. The proposal form and guidance for prospective authors are on the Palgrave Macmillan website; please email a proposal to any of the series editors, or if preferred to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Palgrave Macmillan.

Hart Publishing: Three new books with 20% discount for SLSA members

Gender Equality in Law – Uncovering the legacies of Czech state socialism, by Barbara Havelková: 20% discount for SLSA members

Published by Hart, this book examines legal developments in gender-relevant areas, most importantly in equality and anti-discrimination law. But it goes further, shedding light on the underlying understandings of key concepts such as women, gender, equality, discrimination and rights. In so doing, it shows the fundamental intellectual and conceptual difficulties faced by gender equality law in Czechia. Please see attachment for further details.

Religion, Equality and Employment in Europe: The case for reasonable accommodation by Katayoun Alidadi

The management of religious and ideological diversity remains a key challenge of our time – deeply entangled with debates about the nature of liberal democracy, equality, social cohesion, minorities and nationalism, security and foreign policy. This book explores this challenge at the level of the workplace in Europe. Please see attachment for further details.

Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene edited by Louis J Kotzé

The era of eco-crises signified by the Anthropocene trope is marked by rapidly intensifying levels of complexity and unevenness, which collectively present unique regulatory challenges to environmental law and governance. This volume sets out to address the currently under-theorised legal and consequent governance challenges presented by the emergence of the Anthropocene as a possible new geological epoch. Please see attachment for further details.


Two new titles from Hart with 20% discount for SLSA members

Human Rights Encounter Legal Pluralism: Normative and empirical approaches, edited by Giselle Corradi, Eva Brems and Mark Goodale

This collection of essays interrogates how human rights law and practice acquire meaning in relation to legal pluralism, ie the co-existence of more than one regulatory order in a same social field. As a legal construction, it is characteristic of particular regions, such as post-colonial contexts. Drawing on experiences from Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, the contributions in this volume analyse how different configurations of legal pluralism interplay with the legal and the social life of human rights. At the same time, they enquire into how human rights law and practice influence interactions that are subject to regulation by more than one normative regime. Aware of numerous misunderstandings and of the mutual suspicion that tends to exist between human rights scholars and anthropologists, the volume includes contributions from experts in both disciplines and intends to build bridges between normative and empirical theory.

Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging legal discourses, edited by Andrea Durbach and Lucas Lixinski

Cultural heritage law and its response to human rights principles and practice has gained renewed prominence on the international agenda. The recent conflicts in Syria and Mali, China’s use of shipwreck sites and underwater cultural heritage to make territorial claims, and the cultural identities of nations post-conflict highlight this field as an emerging global focus. In addition, it has become a forum for the configuration and contestation of cultural heritage, rights and the broader politics of international law.

The manifestation of tensions between heritage and human rights are explored in this volume, in particular in relation to heritage and rights in collaboration and in conflict, and heritage as a tool for rights advocacy. This volume also explores these issues from a distinctively legal standpoint, considering the extent to which the legal tools of international human rights law facilitate or hinder heritage protection. Covering a range of issues across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia, this volume will be of interest to people working in human rights, heritage studies, cultural heritage management and identity politics around the world.

Please see flyer for details and discount code.

New book: Rationale-Based Defences in Criminal Law by Mark Dsouza – 20% discount for SLSA members

Although it is often accepted that rationale-based defences to criminal liability can be justificatory or excusatory, disagreements about how best to conceptualise the categories of justification and excuse have appeared so interminable that some theorists argue that they should be abandoned altogether. This book offers a novel, principled, and intuitively appealing conceptual account of the natures of justifications and excuses, showing how they differ, and why the distinction between them matters. See flyer for further details and discount code.

New Book: States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection: Fortresses and fairness, edited by Maria O'Sullivan and Dallal Stevens: 20% discount for SLSA members

Published by Hart, this timely volume seeks to examine two of the most pertinent current challenges faced by asylum seekers in gaining access to international refugee protection: first, the obstacles to physical access to territory and, second, the barriers to accessing a quality asylum procedure – which the editors have termed 'access to justice'. To address these aims, the book brings together leading commentators from a range of backgrounds, including law, sociology and political science. It also includes contributions from NGO practitioners. This allows the collection to offer interdisciplinary analysis and to incorporate both theoretical and practical perspectives on questions of immense contemporary significance. Please see flyer for further details and 20 per cent discount code.


New book: The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, by Mazen Masri: 20 per cent discount available

What does Israel’s definition as a 'Jewish and democratic' state mean? How does it affect constitutional law? How does it play out in the daily life of the people living in Israel? This book provides a unique and detailed examination of the consequences of the ‘Jewish and democratic’ definition. It explores how the definition affects the internal ordering of the state, the operation of the law, and the ways it is used to justify, protect and regenerate certain features of Israeli constitutional law. It also considers the relationship between law and settler-colonialism, and how this relationship manifests itself in the constitutional order. Published by Hart, Please see flyer for further details and 20 per cent discount code.

New book: Environmental Principles and the Evolution of Environmental Law by Eloise Scotford: 20 per cent membership discount

Environmental principles – from the polluter pays and precautionary principles to the principles of integration and sustainability – proliferate in domestic and international legal and policy discourse, reflecting key goals of environmental protection and sustainable development on which there is apparent political consensus. Environmental principles also have a high profile in environmental law, beyond their popularity as policy and political concepts, as ideas that might unify the subject and provide it with conceptual foundations or boost its delivery of environmental outcomes. However, environmental principles are elusive legal concepts.This book deepens the legal understanding of environmental principles in light of recent legal developments.Please see flyer for details.

New book: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' troubles and the gendered politics of identity edited by by Máiréad Enright, Julie McCandless and Aoife O'Donoghue: 20 per cent membership discount

The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project inaugurates a fresh dialogue on gender, legal judgment, judicial power and national identity in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Through a process of judicial re-imagining, the project takes account of the peculiarly Northern/Irish concerns in shaping gender through judicial practice. This collection, following on from feminist judgments projects in Canada, England and Australia takes the feminist judging methodology in challenging new directions. This book collects 26 rewritten judgments, covering a range of substantive areas. As well as opinions from appellate courts, the book includes fi rst instance decisions and a fi ctional review of a Tribunal of Inquiry. Each feminist judgment is accompanied by a commentary putting the case in its social context and explaining the original decision. Please see flyer for details.


Case Study Research: Core skills in using 15 genres, by Arch G Woodside, published by Emerald

This book examines the processes involved in conducting case research in a number of genres including participant observation, fuzzy set social science, system dynamics, decision systems analysis, forced metaphor elicitation technique, ethnographic decision tree modelling, mapping strategic thinking, the historical method, storytelling research and conversational analysis.

The book reviews and applies the best literature on case study methods from a number of disciplines providing a strong rationale for adopting case study research methods alone or in mixed-methods. This fully revised and updated second edition employs a broad and deep coverage of multiple case study research genres to comprehensively explore the topic. Please see website for details.


Transnational Law and Governance book series, Routledge: call for proposals

This series is now taking proposals for new titles. See the call for proposals. The series editor is Paolo Farah.

Global Law and Sustainable Development series, Routledge: call for proposals

This series is now taking proposals for new titles. See the call for proposals. The series editor is Paolo Farah.


Journals and magazines

Entertainment and Sports Law Journal: now published open access with no author fees: call for submissions

The Entertainment and Sports Law Journal is a refereed online journal. It is located within a dynamic and rapidly expanding area of legal theory and practice. Whilst focused within legal study, the areas it encompasses are necessarily interdisciplinary. Entertainment law, media law, sports law, IP law, licensing law – these are all subjects that are taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level at increasing numbers of law schools in the UK and beyond. Areas that are of interest to the journal include the ways in which the law and regulatory frameworks operate in the following industries: music, sport, film, theatre and literature, art, gaming, the night time economy and the Internet and social media. Please visit website for further details.

Northwestern University Law Review: Special Issue dedicated to empirical legal scholarship (spring 2019) – call for papers

The editors invite submissions for the above special issue. Please see invitation for details. Submission window open from 15 March–15 April 2018.

Sociological Review : call for editorial board members

The editors of the Sociological Review invite applications from potential editorial board members. Please see attachment and website for details. Closing date: 1 May 2018.

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly: call for papers from new chief editor

The Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly work on any area of law and which has been published by Queen’s University Belfast since 1936. At the start of 2017 the journal moved from hard copy to electronic format and the editorial board are now delighted to announce the appointment of a new chief editor, Dr Mark Flear. The chief editor invites submissions of full length articles (approx. 10,000 words) in any area of law, plus shorter items (approx. 2,000 words) on ‘Case Notes and Comments’, ‘Statute and Legislation Review’ and ‘Innovations and Trends in the Market for Legal Services’. The Chief Editor also invites submissions of proposals for special issues. For further information, please see the ‘For authors’ page on the website. This is an open call with no cut-off date.

BRILL Open Law: Special issue on 'International law for the Sustainable Development Goals': call for papers

The Department of International Law, University of Groningen, with its 2017–2018 Workshop Series has set off to explore the relevance of international law to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A special issue on 'International law for the Sustainable Development Goals' in coordination with the new, innovative publication platform BRILL Open Law is to be launched. Papers are warmly welcomed which address the relationship of international law (broadly conceived) with the SDGs. Subject to double-blind, peer-review process, all papers submitted to the special issue by end of June 2018 will be considered for open access publication free of charge and will be published under a Creative Commons License 4.0. For more information please consult the call for papers. Deadline for submission: 28 June 2018. For any questions or informal inquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ancilla Iuris: 10th anniversary edition and call for papers

Ancilla Iuris is celebrating its 10th anniversary issue. Please see announcement for details. The editors welcome critical contributions as always.

Indian Law Review: call for submissions

Indian Law Review invites submissions for Case Notes or Legislative Notes on any case decided or legislation passed in India in 2017 (pending cases/bills may be considered if exceptional). A Note should be around 5000 words (including footnotes). Apart from summarising the case or legislation in question, it should situate it in the current body of law and analyse its implications. Existing scholarship on the issue involved should be engaged with. Comparative analyses examining similar developments in other jurisdictions are also welcome. They should be scholarly and rigorous, and need to do a lot more than a typical blog post in order to be publishable. For guidance, you can view examples of Notes on the the website.  Submissions can be made on our dedicated submissions portal. Contributors are advised to read these Instructions for authors before making any submission. Potential contributors may direct any queries (including the suitability of their chosen area of law for the Note) to our notes editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JLS Special Supplement: Main Currents in Contemporary Sociology of Law, from the Centre of Law and Society, Cardiff

The Centre of Law and Society at Cardiff University has published a collection of essays – Main Currents in Contemporary Sociology of Law – as a special supplement of the Journal of Law and Society. Please see attachment for the complete table of contents. The essays are available free for two months on Wiley Online.

Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies: 2018 preview and call for papers

A preview article by Nino Guruli entitled 'The federal judiciary revolts … not quite and not enough: Trump’s travel bans and judicial review' is now available. The call for papers for 2018 is also open.

Cambridge University Press to publish Legal Studies on behalf of the Society of Legal Scholars

Cambridge University Press has announced that from January 2018 it will be publishing Legal Studies on behalf of the Society of Legal Scholars. Please see announcement for details.

Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education: call for papers

The Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education invites submissions of articles, case notes and comments on recent cases, legislation and proposed reforms, and book reviews. Please see attachment for details. This is a rolling call with no closing date. 


Newsletters and electronic bulletins

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: latest news bulletin

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society has published its latest news bulletin about its recent events, publications and other activities.

JUSTICE: latest newsletter

The latest newsletter from JUSTICE is now available.

Legal Education Research Network Newseltter

The latest LERN Newsletter is now available including details of LERN activities and events.

Baldy Center Newsletter

Follow the link for the latest news from the Baldy Centre for Law and Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo Law School.

Transnational Law Institute, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

Download the latest issue of the Transnational Law Institute's newsletter.

Routledge Law

Follow the link for the latest news from Routledge Law.

Judicial Appointments Commission: latest news bulletin including advance warning of forthcoming recruitment exercises

The latest news from the JAC is now available. Please follow link.


Family Justice Knowledge Hub

The latest issue of the Family Justice Research Bulletin is now available.

National Centre for Research Methods latest Research Methods Bulletin

The latest issue of the National Centre for Research Methods' Research Methods Bulletin is now available. The newsletter includes details of publications, training and other events. If you are planning to go on an NCRM training course, you may be eligible for SLSA funding.

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society latest e-news

Follow the link for the latest news from the Foundation for Law Justice and Society for December 2017.

Latest AHRC News Alert

The AHRC has published its January 2018 News Alert

British Academy latest news

The latest issue of the British Academy newsletter is now available. 


Campaign for Social Sciences latest newsletter

The latest newsletter from the Campaign for Social Science (CSS) has now been published: see the website.

ESRC newsletter February 2017

The latest news from the ESRC is now available, including important dates for funding opportunites and events.


Reports and working/research/discussion papers

House of Lords Research Briefing: Rehabilitation in prisons

This House of Lords Library Briefing by Robert Blakey discusses the measures that prisons in England and Wales implement with the aim of reducing reoffending, together with the government’s policies on the use of those measures. See website for details.

Sentencing Council: New sentencing guideline for the possession of weapons and threats to use them

The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for the sentencing of offenders convicted of the possession of a bladed article or offensive weapon in public, and of using one to threaten someone. Please see attachment for further details.

Sentencing Council publishes new guideline on domestic abuse

The Sentencing Council has published a new Overarching Principles: Domestic Abuse sentencing guideline, replacing the 2006 Sentencing Guidelines Council domestic violence guideline. Please see attachment for further details.

Law Commission Annual Report 2016–2017

The Law Commission has published its Annual Report 2016–2017.

Law Commission announces its 13th programme of law reform

On 14 December 2017 the Law Commission of England and Wales announced the 14 new projects that make up its 13th programme of law reform. The Commission has focused on reforms which will reduce unfairness for the citizen and those which will help to enhance the UK’s competitiveness internationally following the UK's exit from the European Union. Please see website for details.

Technical Issues in Charity Law: Law Commission report

Charities are a force for good and millions regularly donate to help them help others. But there are issues with the law within which charities operate. This means that time and money is spent on administration when it could be used for charitable causes. As a result, stemming from its 11th Programme of Law Reform – and from Lord Hodgson's 2012 review of the Charities Act – the Law Commission has investigated some of these technical issues in charity law. This is the Law Commission’s second report in the project, and follows the 2014 Social Investment by Charities report. The recommendations for legislative reform in that report have already been implemented. Please see website for details of the new report.

New report: Strategic Litigation Impacts: Indigenous peoples’ land rights, Open Society Justice Initiative

This study – the third in a five-part series examining the impacts of strategic litigation – takes a clear-eyed view of the promises and limitations of using litigation to assert land rights. It suggests that while litigation is no panacea, it can still be a helpful tool for indigenous groups seeking to defend their culture, their livelihoods and their traditional lands. The report is available to download from the Open Society website.

New Report: Social security systems based on dignity and respect, by Mark Simpson, Gráinne McKeever and Ann Marie Gray

The Scotland Act 2016 devolves new social security powers to the Scottish Parliament. Although its new powers are limited, accounting for only 15 per cent of expenditure on non-pension benefits, the Scottish government has given an ambitious set of commitments for a devolved system. 'Respect for the dignity of individuals' is at the heart of this vision. Social security is recognised in international human rights law as being crucial to the protection of human dignity. While human dignity is a core concept in human rights law, it is a poorly defined one and respect has no legal definition.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission contracted Ulster University to look at how social security systems in other countries encompass dignity and respect. This report of their research proposes a legally-grounded definition of dignity and respect and discusses possible means of embedding dignity and respect as core principles underpinning social security in Scotland. The report is available to download from the website.

Harnessing Growth Sectors for Poverty Reduction: The role of policy, Public Policy Institute for Wales

A new report argues that employers need to do more to help low paid workers progress to higher quality, better paid jobs and escape the in-work poverty cycle. The report claims that whilst some growth sectors - such as accommodation and food services, residential care, retail, and agriculture, forestry and fishing – offer effective entry points into the job market, they don't offer sufficient opportunities for career development.

The report, Harnessing Growth Sectors for Poverty Reduction: The role of policy, is published in full on the Public Policy Institute for Wales’ website.

Law Commission report on Pension Funds and Social Investment

In November 2016, the government asked the Law Commission to look at how far pension schemes may or should consider issues of social impact when making investment decisions. And to identify any legal or regulatory barriers.

Now, following a call for evidence, the Law Commission has found that there are no legal or regulatory barriers to social investment. However, the independent body has identified structural and behavioural barriers within the pensions industry which could explain the low levels of social investment by defined contribution pension schemes. Please see the summary and the full report for details.

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: Policy Brief – The Authoritarian's New Clothes

In its latest policy brief, constitutional law and human rights expert Gábor Tóth examines the changing face of authoritarianism, warning that modern populist leaders have increasingly sought to impose authoritarian rule under the façade of constitutionalism, legitimising themselves through popular elections and referenda. Visit the website to download the policy brief for free.

Law Commission Report on Event Fees in Retirement Properties

The Law Commission has published the report of its Events Fees in Retirement Properties project. Please see website for details and to download the report.

Transparency through Publication of Family Court Judgments: new report from Cardiff University

This is a report of a Nuffield Foundation-funded report carried out at Cardiff University by Julie Doughty, Alice Twaite and Paul Magrath. Please see website for details.

ESRC Impact Report 2015–16: Research changing society, now published

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has launched reports detailing the impacts of a collective research investment of £3.4 billion in 2015-16. This investment drives economic growth by helping to deliver the UK's Industrial Strategy of increasing productivity, creating high-value industry, jobs and a skilled workforce. Please see website for details.


British Academy, HEFC and RCUK Report on Interdisciplinarity

The British Academy, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Research Councils UK (RCUK) have published the report of a conference on interdisciplinarity in UK higher education held at the British Academy in December 2016. The report is available on the HEFCE website.

New Law Commission Report on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

The Law Commission has published a new report on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty and is awaiting the government's response. Please see website for details.

Sentencing Council publishes new guideline on sentencing children and young people and reduction in sentence for a guilty plea

The Sentencing Council has published two new definitive sentencing guidelines. One covers how courts should decide on reductions in sentence when offenders plead guilty and the other deals with the approach they should take when sentencing children and young people. Please see press release for further details.

Law Commission: Report and recommendation on criminal records disclosure

The Law Commission published its report and recommendations on crimindal records disclosure on 1 February 2017. Please see website for details.

New Law Commission Report on enforcement of family financial orders

In a new report , the Law Commission recommends a package of reforms to make the law governing the enforcement of family financial orders more effective, accessible and fair. Please see press release for further details.


Competition and Markets Authority Final Report on the Legal Services Sector in England and Wales

The Competition and Markets Authority has published its final report on its market study of the legal services sector in England and Wales. Please see website for details.

Law and Senses Series: Issue 3 Touch, from Westminster Law and Theory Lab

Issue 3 Touch is now available to download as a pdf. Issue 1 Taste and Issue 2 Smell are also available. Visit the website for the full details of the Law and Senses Series.

National Academies Briefing Paper on Higher Education and Research Bill

The four UK National Academies - the British Academy, the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Academy of Engineering - have produced a briefing seeking clarification on aspects of the Higher Education and Research Bill. It includes a list of probing amendments for the Committee stage of the Bill process. Probing amendments do not seek to make changes to the wording of the Bill, but trigger a discussion during Committee stage for clarity or explanation on existing points in the Bill. See website for details.


Blogs and other online articles

British Library Digital Scholarship Blog

This blog aims to track exciting developments at the intersection of libraries, scholarship and technology. A recent blog post reported on a workshop held in December 2017 on 'Identifiers for UK theses'.

British Library Social Science Blog: 'Exploring social science at the British Library'

Find out about social sciences at the British Library including collections, events and research. This blog includes contributions from curators and guest posts by academics, students and practitioners.

'The Grenfell Tower inquiry: Learning from Hillsborough', article by Phil Scraton

Please visit The Conversation website to read Phil Scraton's article on the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Legal Intersections Research Centre launches blog

The Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC), University of Wollongong, Australia, has announced the launch of its own blog. It wil include information about the centre’s upcoming events and posts on the current research of LIRC members. Visit the website to subscribe and receive email updates from the LIRC Blog.