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Values in the Supreme Court: Decisions, division and diversity, by Rachil J Cahill-O'Callaghan: 20% discount available 

Lawyers in 21st-Century Societies, Richard L Abel, Ole Hammerslev, Hilary Sommerlad, Ulrike Schultz (eds): 20% discount available


Values in the Supreme Court: Decisions, division and diversity, by Rachil J Cahill-O'Callaghan: 20% discount available 

This new book from Hart examines the significance of values in Supreme Court decision-making. Drawing on theories and techniques from psychology, it focuses on the content analysis of judgments and uses a novel methodology to reveal the values that underpin decision-making. The book centres on cases which divide judicial opinion: Dworkin’s hard cases 'in which the result is not clearly dictated by statute or precedent’. In hard cases, there is real uncertainty about the legal rules that should be applied, and factors beyond traditional legal sources may influence the decision-making process. It is in these uncertain cases – where legal developments can rest on a single judicial decision – that values are revealed in the  judgments. The findings in this book have significant implications for developments in law, judicial decision making and the appointment of the judiciary. Use code HE6 at checkout. See website for details.

Lawyers in 21st-Century Societies, Richard L Abel, Ole Hammerslev, Hilary Sommerlad, Ulrike Schultz (eds): 20% discount available

The world's legal professions have undergone dramatic changes in the 30 years since publication of the landmark three-volume Lawyers in Society, which launched comparative sociological studies of lawyers. This is the first of two volumes in which scholars from a wide range of disciplines, countries and cultures document and analyse those changes. The present volume presents reports on 46 countries, with broad coverage of North America, Western Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, North Africa and the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and former communist countries. See website for further details. Available as e-publication or hardback. Use code HE to claim 20% discount on this Hart publication.

Disputes Processes: ADR and the primary forms of decision-making, by Michael Palmer and Simon Roberts: 30% discount available until 30 April 2020

This wide-ranging study considers the primary forms of decision-making – negotiation, mediation, umpiring, as well as the processes of avoidance and violence – in the context of rapidly changing discourses and practices of civil justice across a range of jurisdictions. Many contemporary discussions in this field – and associated projects of institutional design – are taking place under the broad but imprecise label of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The book brings together and analyses a wide range of materials dealing with dispute processes and the current debates on and developments in civil justice. With the help of analysis of materials beyond those ordinarily found in the ADR literature, it provides a comprehensive and comparative perspective on modes of handling civil disputes. The new edition is thoroughly revised and is extended to include new chapters on avoidance and self-help, the ombuds, online dispute resolution and pressures of institutionalisation. See website for details. Available for pre-order: use code 99467 at checkout.

The Truth Machines: Policing, Violence and Scientific Interrogation in India by Jinee Lokaneeta

Published by University of Michigan Press, using case studies and the results of extensive fieldwork, this book considers the nature of state power and legal violence in liberal democracies by focusing on the interaction between law, science, and policing in India. Jinee Lokaneeta argues that the attempt to replace physical torture with truth machines in India fails because it relies on a confessional paradigm that is contiguous with torture. Her work also provides insights into a police institution that is founded and refounded in its everyday interactions between state and non-state actors. Theorizing a concept of contingent state, this book demonstrates the disaggregated, and decentred nature of state power and legal violence, creating possible sites of critique and intervention. See website for details.

Art, Law, Power: Perspectives on Legality and Resistance in Contemporary Aesthetics edited by Lucy Finchett-Maddock and Eleftheria Lekakis 

Published by Coverpress, this edition brings together voices and practitioners from across the globe to tell stories of old and new tactics and strategies found in the coming together of law, art, and power. Art historical understandings of law can be found sitting next to doctrinal depictions of street art and graffiti, philosophical questions of space, community, and autonomy next to cultural and legal ethnographies of control and incarceration. See website for details.

Feeling Queer Jurisprudence: Injury, Intimacy, Identity by Senthorun Sunil Raj

Published by Routledge, this book catalogues a range of cases from Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom to unpack how emotion shapes the decriminalisation of homosexuality, hate crime interventions, anti-discrimination measures, refugee protection and marriage equality. Raj innovatively shows that reading jurisprudence through emotions can make space in law to affirm, rather than disavow, intimacies and identities that queer conventional ideas about 'LGBT progress', without having to abandon legal pursuits to protect LGBT people.

'Governing protracted displacement: An analysis across global, regional and domestic contexts' (TRAFIG Working Paper No 3) edited by Nuno Ferreira et al

This working paper explores the governance of protracted displacement across global, regional and domestic levels in the context of the project 'Transnational Figurations of Displacement' (TRAFIG). The multiple contemporary crises that have led to forced displacement show not only the limits of a tight definition of ‘refugee’, but also highlight the gaps in international protection frameworks. A significant number of those forcibly displaced are in protracted displacement situations. See website to download this free publication.

 Blue Legalities: The life and laws of the sea, edited by Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R Johnson

The contributors to Blue Legalities attend to the seas as a legally and politically conflicted space to analyse the conflicts that emerge where systems of governance interact with complex geophysical, ecological, economic, biological, and technological processes.The ocean and its inhabitants sketch and stretch our understandings of law in unexpected ways. Inspired by the blue turn in the social sciences and humanities, Blue Legalities explores how regulatory frameworks and governmental infrastructures are made, reworked, and contested in the oceans. Published by Duke University Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

Human Rights Education: Forging an academic discipline, by Sarita Cargas

Sarita Cargas argues that the time has come for human rights to be acknowledged as an academic discipline. She notes that human rights has proven to be a relevant field to scholars and students in political science and international relations and law for over half a century. It has become of interest to anthropology, history, sociology, and religious studies, as well as a requirement even in social work and education programmes. However, despite its interdisciplinary nature, Cargas demonstrates that human rights meets the criteria that define an academic discipline in that it possesses a canon of literature, a shared set of concerns, a community of scholars, and a methodology. Published by Pennsylvania Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

Legalizing Sex: Sexual minorities, AIDS, and citizenship in India, by Chaitanya Lakkimsetti

This original ethnographic research explores the relationship between the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the rights-based struggles of sexual minorities in contemporary India. Sex workers, gay men, and transgender people became visible in the Indian public sphere in the mid-1980s when the rise of HIV/AIDS became a frightening issue. The Indian state started to fold these groups into national HIV/AIDS policies as ‘high-risk’ groups in an attempt to create an effective response to the epidemic. Lakkimsetti argues that over time the crisis of HIV/AIDS effectively transformed the relationship between sexual minorities and the state from one that was focused on juridical exclusion to one of inclusion. The new relationship then enabled affected groups to demand rights and citizenship from the Indian state that had been previously unimaginable. Published by NYU Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving human rights struggles for health and social equality, by Alicia Ely Yamin

When Misfortune Becomes Injustice surveys the progress and challenges in deploying human rights to advance health and social equality over recent decades, with a focus on women's health and rights. Yamin weaves together theory and first-hand experience in a compelling narrative of how evolving legal norms, empirical knowledge, and development paradigms have interacted in the realization of health rights. When Misfortune Becomes Injustice reveals extraordinary progress in recognizing health-related claims as legal rights and understanding the policy implications of doing so over the last few decades. Yet Yamin challenges us to consider why these advances have failed to produce greater equality within and between nations, and how the human rights praxis must now urgently address threats to social and gender justice, in health and beyond. Published by Stanford University Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

The Grip of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Feminist interventions in international law, by Karen Engle

Contemporary feminist advocacy in human rights, international criminal law, and peace and security is gripped by the issue of sexual violence in conflict. But it hasn't always been this way. Analysing feminist international legal and political work over the past three decades, Karen Engle argues that it was not inevitable that sexual violence in conflict would become such a prominent issue. Engle reveals that as feminists from around the world began to pay an enormous amount of attention to sexual violence in conflict, they often did so at the cost of attention to other issues, including the anti-militarism of the women's peace movement; critiques of economic maldistribution, imperialism, and cultural essentialism by feminists from the global South; and the sex-positive positions of many feminists involved in debates about sex work and pornography. Published by Stanford University Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

Patent Games in the Global South: Pharmaceutical Patent Law-making in Brazil, India and Nigeria, by Amaka  Vanni: 20% discount

In this thought-provoking analysis, the author takes three examples of emerging markets (Brazil, India, and Nigeria) and tells their stories of pharmaceutical patent law-making. Adopting historiographical and socio-legal approaches, focus is drawn to the role of history, social networks and how relationships between a variety of actors shape the framing of, and subsequently the responses to, national implementation of international patent law. In doing so, the book reveals why the experience of Nigeria – a country active in opposing the inclusion of IP to the WTO framework during the Uruguay Rounds – is so different from that of Brazil and India. This book makes an original and useful contribution to the further understanding of how both states and non-state actors conceptualise, establish and interpret pharmaceutical patents law, and its domestic implications on medicines access, public health and development. Published by Hart. Patent Games in the Global South was awarded the 2018 SIEL–Hart Prize in International Economic Law. See website for details. Use code HE6 or SLSADIS at checkout.

The UK Earth Law Judgments Project: Call for judgment-writers, commentators and other participants

The UK Earth Law Judgments Project will involve the reimagining and rewriting of significant cases in UK law (including English, Scots and Northern Irish law) from an ecocentric perspective. It builds on the work of feminist judgment projects in a number of jurisdictions, and the recent Wild Law Judgment Project led by Australian scholars. The organisers are looking for proposals that reimagine key cases across a broad range of legal areas. See announcement and website for further details. Closing date: 3 April 2020

Transnational Law and State Transformation: The Case of Extractive Development in Mongolia (2019) Jennifer Lander

Published by Routledge, this book contributes new theoretical insight and in-depth empirical analysis about the relationship between transnational legality, state change and the globalisation of markets. The role of transnational economic law in influencing and reorganising national systems of governance evidences the constitutional dimensions of global capitalism: the power to institute new rules and limits for national states. This form of new constitutionalism does not undermine the state but transforms it by eroding national capacities and implanting global alternatives. While leading scholars in the field have emphasised the much-needed value of case studies, there are no studies available which consider the cumulative impact of multiple axes of transnational legal ordering on the national state or its constitution. This monograph addresses this empirical gap, whilst expanding the theoretical scope of the field. Mongolia’s recent transformation as a mineral-exporting country provides a rare opportunity to witness economic and legal globalisation in process. Based on careful empirical analysis of national law and policy-making, the book traces the way distinctive processes of transnational legal ordering have reorganised and reframed the governance of Mongolia’s mining sector, specifically by redistributing state power in relation to the market, sub-national administrations and civil society. The book investigates the role of international financial institutions, multinational corporations and non-governmental organisations in normative transmission, as well as the critical role of national actors in embedding transnational investment norms within the domestic legal and policy environment. As the book demonstrates, however, the constitutional ramifications of transnational legal ordering extend beyond the mining regime itself into more fundamental questions of the trajectory of state transformation, institutionally and ideologically. See website for details. Use code FLR40 to claim 20% discount at checkout.

Touch, by Caterina Nirta, Danilo Mandic, Andrea Pavoni, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (eds): open access ebook

Described by Aristotle as the most vital of senses, touch contains both the physical and the metaphysical in its ability to express the determination of being: to touch is already to be active and to activate. This fundamental ontology makes touch the most essential of all senses. This volume of ‘Law and the Senses’ attempts to illuminate and reconsider the complex and interflowing relations and contradictions between the tactful intrusion of the law and the untactful movement of touch. Compelling contributors from arts, literature and social science disciplines alongside artist presentations explore touch’s boundaries and formal and informal ‘laws’ of the senses. Each of the several contributions to this volume recognises the trans-corporeality of touch to traverse the boundaries on the body and entangle other bodies and spaces, thus challenging the very notion of corporeal integrity and human being. For full details and to download this recently published open access title see University of Westminster Press.

Scottish Feminist Judgments, Sharon Cowan, Chloë Kennedy and Vanessa E Munro (eds): 20% discount available

Published by Hart, this innovative collaboration between academics, practitioners, activists and artists rewrites 16 significant Scots law cases, spanning a range of substantive topics, from a feminist perspective. Exposing power, politics and partiality, feminist judges provide alternative accounts that bring gender equity concerns to the fore, whilst remaining bound by the facts and legal authorities encountered by the original court. 
Paying particular attention to Scotland’s distinctive national identity, fluctuating experiences of political sovereignty, and unique legal traditions and institutions, this book contributes in a distinctive register to the emerging dialogue amongst feminist judgment projects across the globe. Its judgments address concerns not only about gender equality, but also about the interplay between gender, class, national identity and citizenship in contemporary Scotland. The book also showcases unique contributions from leading artists which, provoked by the enterprise of feminist judging, or by individual cases, offer a visceral and affective engagement with the legal. The book will be of interest to academics, practitioners and students of Scots law, policy-makers, as well as to scholars of feminist and critical theory, and law and gender, internationally. See website for details. Use code CV7 at checkout to get 20% discount.

From the Colonial to the Contemporary: Images, iconography, memories, and performances of law in India's High Courts, by Rahela Khorakiwala: 20% discount available

From the Colonial to the Contemporary explores the representation of law, images and justice in the first three colonial high courts of India at Calcutta, Bombay and Madras. It is based upon ethnographic research work and data collected from interviews with judges, lawyers, court staff, press reporters and other persons associated with the courts.Observing the courts through the in vivo, in trial and practice, the book asks questions at different registers, including the impact of the architecture of the courts, the contestation around the renaming of the high courts, the debate over the use of English versus regional languages, forms of addressing the court, the dress worn by different court actors, rules on photography, video recording, live telecasting of court proceedings, use of CCTV cameras and the alternatives to courtroom sketching, and the ceremony and ritual that exists in daily court proceedings. See website for details. Use code CV7 at checkout to get 20% discount.

Feminist Engagement with International Criminal Law: Norm transfer, complementarity, rape and consent, by Eithne Dowds: 20% discount available

This work introduces and further develops the feminist strategy of ‘norm transfer’: the proposal that feminist informed standards created at the level of international criminal law make their way into domestic contexts. Situating this strategy within the complementarity regime of the International Criminal Court (ICC), it is argued that there is an opportunity for dialogue and debate around the contested aspects of international norms as opposed to uncritical acceptance. The book uses the crime of rape as a case study and offers a new perspective on one of the most contentious debates within international and domestic criminal legal feminism: the relationship between consent and coercion in the definition of rape. In analysing the ICC definition of rape, it is argued that the omission of consent as an explicit element is flawed. Arguing that the definition is in need of revision to explicitly include a context-sensitive notion of consent, the book goes further, setting out draft legislative amendments to the ICC ‘Elements of Crimes’ definition of rape and its Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Turning its attention to the domestic landscape, the book drafts amendments to the UK Sexual Offences Act 2003 and to the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999: thereby showing how the revised version of the ICC definition can be applied in context of the UK. See website for details. Use code CV7 at checkout to get 20% discount.

Urban Politics of Human Rights: call for papers for edited collection

Abstracts are invited for this edited collection, published by the Asser Institute. Please see webite for details. Closing date: 1 April 2020.

Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South, by Philippe Cullet and Sujith Koonan – generous discounts available

This comprehensive Research Handbook offers an innovative analysis of environmental law in the global South and contributes to an important reassessment of some of its major underlying concepts. The Research Handbook discusses areas rarely prioritised in environmental law, such as land rights, and underlines how these intersect with issues including poverty, livelihoods and the use of natural resources, challenging familiar narratives around development and sustainability in this context and providing new insights into environmental justice. Discounts applicable: 30% OECD countries and 60% in non-OECD countries. See flyer for further details and discount codes.

Education, Law and Diversity: Schooling for one and all?, by Neville Harris – 20% discount for SLSA members

This second edition of Education, Law and Diversity (published by Hart) provides new and updated legal and policy analysis of how the education system responds to social diversity and the extent to which the social and cultural rights of individual and groups with interests in it are upheld. There is a particular focus in this context on children’s rights. The book includes considerable new material covering a wide range of issues, some of them controversial, including relationships and sex education, exclusion from school, home education, counter-extremism and academisation. It also retains, but fully updates, areas of debate concerned with issues such as multiculturalism, inclusive education, selective education and the position of religion in schools. Unlike the first edition (published in 2007) the book now has a sub-title. It reflects this edition’s core theme and the central question being addressed. See website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

Research Handbook on Law, Movements, and Social Change: edited by Steve Boutcher, Corey Shdaimah and Michael Yarbrough, published by Edward Elgar – call for contributions

Contributions are invited for the above collection in the series Research Handbooks in Law and Society Series edited by Austin Sarat and Rosemary Hunter. Please see announcement for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 15 January 2020.

New book: Child Perpetrators on Trial, by Jastine C Barrett

Following a devastating genocide in 1994, the Rwandan government elected to hold all perpetrators accountable – including children. Thousands of children were held in prisons while awaiting charges; some were later convicted. This book is about these children. Drawing on interviews and extensive archival research in Rwanda, it documents their journey through prisons, formal courts, gacaca proceedings or re-education centres. Its insights extend beyond Rwanda, looking at how international law protects children accused of even the most serious atrocities. The book is about law in action, and how states, and international organisations, operationalise international standards on child perpetrators in challenging post-conflict conditions. Engaging with theories from international law, international relations and anthropology, it illuminates strategies utilised by UNICEF to promote the rights of alleged child génocidaires and traces UNICEF's positive influence on their protection. It makes the case for principled pragmatism as an approach to human rights promotion in post-conflict societies. Published by Cambridge University Press. See website for details.

Routledge Cultural Heritage in International Law Book Series: call for book proposals

Proposals are invited for this new book series from Routledge, edited by Professor Valentina Vadi. Please see announcement for full details.

New book: Parental Rights, Best Interests and Significant Harms: Medical decision-making on behalf of children post-Great Ormond Street Hospital v Gard, edited by Imogen Goold, Jonathan Herring and Cressida Auckland: 20% discount available

This timely collection from Hart Publishing brings together philosophical, legal and sociological perspectives on the crucial question of who should make decisions about the fate of a child suffering from a serious illness. In particular, the collection looks at whether the current ‘best interests’ threshold is the appropriate boundary for legal intervention, or whether it would be more appropriate to adopt the ‘risk of significant harm’ approach proposed in Gard. It explores the roles of parents, doctors and the courts in making decisions on behalf of children, actively drawing on perspectives from the clinic, as well as academia and practice. In doing so, it teases out the potential risks of inappropriate state intrusion in parental decision-making and considers how we might address them. See website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

New book: Policing Compassion: Begging, law and power in public spaces, by Jonathan Hermer

For centuries, the figure of the beggar has caused public fear, sympathy and confusion. In this book, criminologist Joe Hermer explores how the dilemma of giving to someone begging today has become an unusual site of regulation, public inquiry and law reform. This book investigates why handing pocket change to someone begging is now widely viewed as a gift crime, one that attempts to make the giving public complicit in the policing and control of visibly poor people. See Hart Publishing website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

New book: Digital Family Justice: From alternative dispute resolution to online dispute resolution?, edited by Mavis Maclean and Bregje Dijksterhuis – 20% discount

This book describes how forms of ADR such as mediation have failed to take the place of courts and lawyers, even where public funding for legal help has been removed, despite governments promoting it in order to reduce public spending on private quarrels. Instead ODR has developed rapidly, led by the Dutch Rechtwijzer. The authors question the speed of this development, and stress the need for careful evaluation of how far these services can meet the needs of divorcing families. In this book, experts from Canada, Australia, Turkey, Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Scotland, and England and Wales explore how ADR has fallen behind, and how we have learned from the rise and fall of ODR in the Rechtwijzer about what digital justice can and cannot achieve. Managing procedure and process? Yes. Dispute resolution? Not yet. The authors end by raising broader questions about the role of a family justice system: is it dispute resolution? Or dispute prevention, management, and above all legal protection of the vulnerable? See Hart Publishing website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

New book: Confronting Penal Excess: Retribution and the politics of penal minimalism, by David Hayes – 20% discount

This monograph considers the correlation between the relative success of retributive penal policies in English-speaking liberal democracies since the 1970s, and the practical evidence of increasingly excessive reliance on the penal State in those jurisdictions. It sets out three key arguments. First, that increasingly excessive conditions in England and Wales over the last three decades represent a failure of retributive theory. Second, that the penal minimalist cause cannot do without retributive proportionality, at least in comparison to the limiting principles espoused by rehabilitation, restorative justice and penal abolitionism. Third, that another retributivism is therefore necessary if we are to confront penal excess. The monograph offers a sketch of this new approach, ‘late retributivism’, as both a theory of punishment and of minimalist political action, within a democratic society. Centrally, criminal punishment is approached as both a political act and a policy choice. Consequently, penal theorists must take account of contemporary political contexts in designing and advocating for their theories. Although this inquiry focuses primarily on England and Wales, its models of retributivism and of academic contribution to democratic penal policy-making are relevant to other jurisdictions, too. See Hart Publishing website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

Biopolitics of Legal Education: call for papers for edited collection to be edited by Thomas Giddens and Luca Siliquini-Cinelli

This is a call for written papers for a collection that is to be edited by Thomas Giddens and Luca Siliquini-Cinelli. Once abstracts are confirmed the collection will be proposed to a leading publisher, initially Routledge. Please see announcement for details. Closing date for submissions of abstracts: 7 February 2020.

The Jurisprudence of Sport: call for abstracts for book of collected papers

Abstracts are invited for the above collection, edited by Miroslav Imbrisevic. Please see announcement for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 31 January 2019.

New Book: The Right to Sanitation in India: Critical perspectives, edited by Philippe Cullet, Sujith Koonan, and Lovleen Bhullar

Published by Oxford University Press, this is the first book that seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of the right to sanitation in India. It covers the most visible aspects of the right to sanitation, in particular access to toilets, as well as various other dimensions, such as gender, social, environmental dimensions; and specific issues like manual scavenging and sanitation workers. The volume analyses the right to sanitation in India in a broader international and comparative setting and offers a comprehensive analysis of the right to sanitation in India in a broader international and comparative setting. The editors place emphasis on the diverse components of the right to sanitation, including access to toilets, sewage regulation, rights of sanitation workers and eradication of manual scavenging. Please see website for details.

New book: The Democratic Courthouse: A modern history of design, due process and dignity by Linda Mulcahy and Emma Rowden

The Democratic Courthouse: A Modern History of Design, Due Process and Dignity by Linda Mulcahy and Emma Rowden, and published by Routledge, examines how changing understandings of the relationship between government and the governed came to be reflected in the buildings designed to house the modern legal system from the 1970s to the present day in England and Wales. The book explores the extent to which egalitarian ideals and the pursuit of new social and economic rights altered existing hierarchies and expectations about how people should interact with each other in the courthouse. Drawing on extensive public archives and private archives kept by the Ministry of Justice, but also using case studies from other jurisdictions, the book details how civil servants, judges, lawyers, architects, engineers and security experts have talked about courthouses and the people that populate them. In doing so, it uncovers a changing history of ideas about how the competing goals of transparency, majesty, participation, security, fairness and authority have been achieved, and the extent to which aspirations towards equality and participation have been realised in physical form. As this book demonstrates, the power of architecture to frame attitudes and expectations of the justice system is much more than an aesthetic or theoretical nicety. Legal subjects live in a world in which the configuration of space, the cues provided about behaviour by the built form and the way in which justice is symbolised play a crucial, but largely unacknowledged, role in creating meaning and constituting legal identities and rights to participate in the civic sphere. Key to understanding the modern-day courthouse, this book will be of interest to scholars and students in all fields of law, architecture, sociology, political science, psychology and criminology. See website for details.

New book: Research Methods for International Human Rights Law: Beyond the traditional paradigm edited by Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg and Loveday Hodson

This collection, published by Routledge, brings together an array of different analytical methods and theoretical lenses that can be used for conducting research within the field of international human rights law. It provides a coherent, accessible and diverse account of key theories and methods, which range from Marxism, feminism, queer and postmodern theories, and legal pluralism, through to disciplinary approaches grounded in geography, history, politics and anthropology. A distinctive feature of this collection is that it adopts a grounded approach to international human rights law, demonstrating how specific research methods can be applied to individual case studies. The rationale behind this is the conviction that an applied approach allows for a better appreciation of the multiple understandings of international human rights law that are missed when the field is only comprehended through the doctrinal method. Furthermore, since each contribution to the collection follows a uniform structure, this allows for a fruitful comparison between different approaches to the study of international human rights law. See website for full details.

Open Book Series from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: call for submissions

OBserving Law – the IALS Open Book Service for Law is an open access book publishing initiative developed with the School of Advanced Study and University of London Press. The University of London Press builds on a century of publishing tradition by disseminating distinctive scholarship at the forefront of the humanities. Based at the School of Advanced Study, the press seeks to facilitate collaborative, inclusive, open access, scholar-led interchange, within and beyond the academy. These open access books are free to read online and download in pdf format for anyone in the world to use in the Humanities Digital Library. See website for full details and submissions process. 

New book: The Construction of Fatherhood: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, by Alice Margaria – now with 20% discount for SLSA members

This book, published by Cambridge University Press, tackles one of the most topical socio-legal issues of today: how the law – in particular, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) – is responding to shifting practices and ideas of fatherhood in a world that offers radical possibilities for the fragmentation of the conventional father figure and therefore urges decisions upon what kind of characteristics makes someone a legal father. It explores the court's reaction to changing family and, more specifically, fatherhood realities. In so doing, it engages in timely conversations about the rights and responsibilities of men as fathers. By tracing values and assumptions underpinning the court's views on fatherhood, this book contributes to highlight the expressive powers of the ECtHR and, more specifically, the latter's role in producing and legitimising ideas about parenting and, more generally, in influencing how family life is regulated and organised. See website for details. Publication date: 28 November 2019. Use discount code COF2019 at checkout.

New book: Law and Society in England 1750-1950, by William Cornish, Steve Banks, Charles Mitchell, Paul Mitchell and Rebecca Probert

Law and Society in England 1750–1950 is an indispensable text for those wishing to study English legal history and to understand the foundations of the modern British state. In this new updated edition the authors explore the complex relationship between legal and social change. They consider the ways in which those in power themselves imagined and initiated reform and the ways in which they were obliged to respond to demands for change from outside the legal and political classes. What emerges is a lively and critical account of the evolution of modern rights and expectations, and an engaging study of the formation of contemporary social, administrative and legal institutions and ideas, and the road that was travelled to create them. See flyer for further details. Use discount code CV7 or SLSADIS for 20% discount.

New in paperback: Rose QC, by Hilary Heilbron: 20% membership discount

Re-issued in paperback to mark the centenary of legislation enabling women to enter (join) the professions for the first time in the UK. Rose Heilbron QC (later Dame Rose Heilbron), was an English barrister, who became a world famous icon of the 1950s and 1960s. She was one of the two first women King's Counsel (later Queen's Counsel) in 1949 and the first woman Judge in England in 1956 when she became Recorder of Burnley. This biography, written by her daughter Hilary, also a barrister and Queen's Counsel, charts her rise to prominence and success against the odds, excelling as an advocate and lawyer and later as only the second female High Court Judge in a career spanning nearly 50 years. She broke down many barriers with a string of firsts in the legal profession. She became a pioneer for women at the English Bar and for women generally, championing many women's causes in an era when it was not fashionable to do so. See flyer for further details. Use discount code CV7 or SLSADIS for 20% discount.

New book: Free Hands and Minds: Pioneering Australian Legal Scholars, by Susan Bartie

Peter Brett (1918–1975), Alice Erh-Soon Tay (1934–2004) and Geoffrey Sawer (1910–1996) are key, yet largely overlooked, members of Australia’s first community of legal scholars. This book is a critical study of how their ideas and endeavours contributed to Australia’s discipline of law and the first Australian legal theories. It examines how three marginal figures – a Jewish man (Brett), a Chinese woman (Tay), and a war orphan (Sawer) – rose to prominence during a transformative period for Australian legal education and scholarship. Drawing on in-depth interviews with former colleagues and students, extensive archival research, and an appraisal of their contributions to scholarship and teaching, this book explores the three professors’ international networks and broader social and historical milieux. Their pivotal leadership roles in law departments at the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, and the Australian National University are also critically assessed. See flyer for further details. Use discount code CV7 or SLSADIS for 20% discount.

Vernon Press: Call for book and translation proposals: Bridging Language and Scholarship (BLS)

Vernon Press invites original book proposals and translation proposals for previously published books (from English to Spanish or Spanish to English) for as part of our Bridging Language and Scholarship (BLS) initiative. Proposals for both edited volumes and single-author books in a range of disciplines are welcome. See website for details.

Gender Dimensions of Violence Prevention: call for chapter contributions

Chapter proposals are invited for this edited collection from editors and seminar convenors, Dr Ramona Biholar (Faculty of Law) and Dr Dacia Leslie (SALISES). Please see attachment for details. Closing date for chapter proposals: 20 November 2019. The attachment also contains details of a seminar on 15 July 2020 arising from this project.

New book: Resarch Handbook on Child Soldiers, edited by Mark A Drumbl and Jastine C Barrett

Child soldiers remain poorly understood and inadequately protected, despite significant media attention and many policy initiatives. This Research Handbook, published by Edward Elgar, aims to redress this troubling gap. It offers a reflective, fresh and nuanced review of the complex issue of child soldiering. The Handbook brings together scholars from six continents, diverse experiences, and a broad range of disciplines. Along the way, it unpacks the life-cycle of youth and militarization: from recruitment to demobilization to return to civilian life. The overarching aim of the Handbook is to render the invisible visible – the contributions map the unmapped and chart new directions. Challenging prevailing assumptions and conceptions, the Research Handbook on Child Soldiers focuses on adversity but also capacity: emphasising the resilience, humanity, and potentiality of children affected (rather than ‘afflicted’) by armed conflict. Please see website for details. 

New book: Mental Health Homicide and Society, by David P Horton – 20% discount available

A homicide committed by a mentally disordered person who is under the care of health service professionals is a shocking event. Otherwise known as a ‘patient homicide’, these incidents are followed by an investigation into the care and treatment received by the perpetrator. These investigations are often regarded as a way to ‘learn lessons’, establish accountability and provide catharsis to families and the public. Published by Hart, this book argues however that patient homicide events and the circumstances in which they occur are communicated about within closed systems of life (eg law, medicine) and operate according to unique internal logics. The communications produced by these systems, nevertheless, resonate in society and enable a diverse and complex space of governance to emerge – a space of governance in which universal understandings about patient homicides, health care, public safety and risk are unachievable. See attachment for full details and discount code.

New book: Feminist Judgments in International Law, by Loveday Hodson and Troy Lavers – 20% discount available

The emergence of feminist rewriting of key judgments has been one of the most interesting recent developments in legal methodology. This unique enterprise has seen scholars collaborate in the ‘real world’ task of reassessing jurisprudence in light of feminist perspectives. This important new volume makes a significant contribution to the endeavour, exploring how key judgments in international law might have differed if feminist judges had sat on the bench. Published by Hart, this collection asks whether feminist perspectives can offer meaningful and viable alternatives to international law norms; and if so, whether that application results in distinguishable differences in outcomes. See attachment for full details and discount code.

New book: Emotions in the Law School, by Emma Jones: 20 per cent discount code available 

Published by Routledge, this book provides a theoretical overview of the role played by emotions in all aspects of the life of the law school. It explores the relationship emotions have with key traditional and contemporary approaches to legal education, the ways in which emotions can be conceptualised, their interaction with the politics and policies of legal education and their role within teaching and learning. The book also considers the importance of emotional wellbeing for both law students and legal academics. Use code HUM19 at checkout. See website for full details. 

New book: The Politics of Court Reform: Judicial Change and Legal Culture in Indonesia, edited by Melissa Crouch 

Indonesia is the world's third largest democracy and its courts are an important part of its democratic system of governance. Since the transition from authoritarian rule in 1998, a range of new specialised courts have been established from the Commercial Courts to the Constitutional Court and the Fisheries Court. In addition, constitutional and legal changes have affirmed the principle of judicial independence and accountability. The growth of Indonesia's economy means that the courts are facing greater demands to resolve an increasing number of disputes. Published by Cambridge University press, this volume offers an analysis of the politics of court reform through a review of judicial change and legal culture in Indonesia. A key concern is whether the reforms that have taken place have addressed the issues of the decline in professionalism and increase in corruption. See website for details. 

New book: Dies Irae by Jean-Luc Nancy, edited by A Condello, C Grassi and A Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos with an introduction by C Grassi

What does it mean to judge when there is no general and universal norm to define what is right and what is wrong? Can laws be absent and is law always necessary? This is the first english translation published of Jean-Luc Nancy’s acclaimed consideration of the law’s most pervasive principles in the context of actual systems and contemporary institutions, power, norms, laws. In a world where it is impossible to imagine the realisation of an ideal of justice that corresponds to every person’s ideal of justice, Nancy probes the limits of legal normativity. moreover, the question is asked: how can legal normativity be legitimised?

For full details and to download this recently published open access title see University of Westminster Press website.

New book series: Law and Visual Jurisprudence - call for proposals

Proposals are invited for this new series, published by Springer and edited by Sarah Marusek and Anne Wagner. Please see flyer for full details.

Routledge Handbook of Socio-Legal Theory and Methods edited by Naomi Creutzfeldt, Marc Mason, Kirsten McConnachie: 20 percent discount for SLSA members

Drawing on a range of approaches from the social sciences and humanities, this handbook explores theoretical and empirical perspectives that address the articulation of law in society and the social character of the rule of law. The vast field of socio-legal studies provides multiple lenses through which law can be considered. Rather than seeking to define the field of socio-legal studies, this book takes up the experiences of researchers within the field. First-hand accounts of socio-legal research projects allow the reader to engage with diverse theoretical and methodological approaches within this fluid interdisciplinary area. The handbook brings together younger contributors and some of the best-known names in the socio-legal field. It offers a fresh perspective on the past, present and future of socio-legal studies that will appeal to students and scholars with relevant interests in a range of subjects, including law, sociology and politics. See website for further details and flyer for discount code.

Routledge series: Global Law and Sustainable Development and Transnational Law and Governance – call for book proposals

Series editor Paolo Davide Farah invites proposals for the above two Routledge book series in association with gLAWcal (Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development). Please see flyer and website for details.

New book: The Constitution of Myanmar, by Melissa Crouch – 10 per cent discount available

This timely and accessible book is the first to provide a thorough analysis of the 2008 Constitution of Myanmar (Burma) in its historical, political and social context. The book identifies and articulates the principles of the Constitution through an in-depth analysis of legal and political processes and practises, particularly since the 1990s. The core argument of this book is that the 2008 Constitution is crucial to the establishment and maintenance of the military-state. Please see website for details and discount offer.

Edited collection: Biopolitics of Legal Education – call for papers

This is a call for written papers for a collection that is to be edited by Thomas Giddens and Luca Siliquini-Cinelli. Once abstracts are confirmed the collection will be proposed to a leading publisher, initially Routledge. Please see attachment for full details. Closing date for submission of abstractions: 7 February 2020.

Reimagining the State: Theoretical challenges and transformative possibilities, edited by Davina Cooper, Nikita Dhawan and Janet Newman

This book, published by Routledge, examines what value, if any, the state has for the pursuit of progressive politics; and how it might need to be reimagined and remade to deliver transformative change.

Is it possible to reimagine the state in ways that open up projects of political transformation? This interdisciplinary collection provides alternative perspectives to the ‘antistatism’ of much critical writing and contemporary political movement activism. Contributors explore ways of reimagining the state that attend critically to the capitalist, neoliberal, gendered and racist conditions of contemporary polities, yet seek to hold onto the state in the process. Drawing on postcolonial, poststructuralist, feminist, queer, Marxist and anarchist thinking, they consider how states might be reread and reclaimed for radical politics. At the heart of this book is state plasticity – the capacity of the state conceptually and materially to take different forms. This plasticity is central to transformational thinking and practice, and to the conditions and labour that allow it to take place. But what can reimagining do; and what difficulties does it confront? See website for full details. Publication date: 16 August 2019.

 Feeling like a State: Desire, denial, and the recasting of authority, by Davina Cooper

A transformative progressive politics requires the state's reimagining. But how should the state be reimagined, and what can invigorate this process? In Feeling Like a State, Davina Cooper explores the unexpected contribution a legal drama of withdrawal might make to conceptualising a more socially just, participative state. In recent years, as gay rights have expanded, some conservative Christians – from charities to guesthouse owners and county clerks – have denied people inclusion, goods, and services because of their sexuality. In turn, liberal public bodies have withdrawn contracts, subsidies, and career progression from withholding conservative Christians. Cooper takes up the discourses and practices expressed in this legal conflict to animate and support an account of the state as heterogeneous, plural, and erotic. Arguing for the urgent need to put new imaginative forms into practice, Cooper examines how dissident and experimental institutional thinking materialize as people assert a democratic readiness to recraft the state. Published by Duke University Press. Please see website for full details.

Ruling Out Art: Media art meets law in Ontario’s censor wars, by Taryn Sirove

In the 1980s, the Ontario Board of Censors began to subject media artists’ work to the same cuts, bans, and warning labels as commercial film. This innovative exploration of how art and law intersected in the ensuing censor wars turns a spotlight on the powerful role that artists can play in the administration of culture. Published by University of British Columbia Press. See wesbite for details.

Seeking the Court’s Advice: The politics of the Canadian reference power, Kate Puddister

Can Parliament legalise same-sex marriage? Can Quebec unilaterally secede from Canada? Can the federal government create a national firearms registry? Each of these questions is contentious and deeply political, and each was addressed by a court in a reference case, not by elected policy makers. Reference cases allow governments to obtain an advisory opinion from a court without a live dispute or opposing litigants – and governments often wield this power strategically. Published by University of British Columbia Press. See wesbite for details.

Enforcing Exclusion: Precarious migrants and the law in Canada, Sarah Grayce Marsden

Migrant workers, though long welcomed in Canada for their labour, are often excluded from both workplace protections and basic social benefits such as health care, income assistance, and education. Through interviews with migrants and their advocates, Marsden shows that people with precarious migration status face barriers in law, policy, and practice. Published by University of British Columbia Press. See wesbite for details.

The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet, by Jeff Kosseff

'No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.'These 26 words are responsible for much of America's multibillion-dollar online industry. What we can and cannot write, say, and do online is based on just one law – a law that protects online services from lawsuits based on user content. See website for full details of this new book from Cornell University Press.

Blaming Mothers: American law and the risks to children’s health, Linda C Fentiman

The American legal system is shaped by unconscious risk perception that distorts core legal principles to punish mothers who 'fail to protect' their children. In Blaming Mothers, Professor Fentiman explores how mothers became legal targets. See website for full details of this book from New York University Press

Re-Imagining Labour Law for Development: Informal work in the global North and South, edited by Diamond Ashiagbor – 20% discount available

This collection of essays by international law and social science scholars considers the changing role of labour law in industrial, post-industrial and developing countries. Together, they explore the challenges presented by the informalisation of work to an understanding of how labour law functions.

It examines the persistence of informal work in the global South and the growth of informalisation in the global North. Informal employment has long been the predominant form in the labour markets of developing countries; contributors examine the mistaken prediction that informal employment would become formalised as these economies ‘modernised'. They also explore the unravelling of the formal model of employment in the global North, with the shift towards work which is part-time, ‘zero hours’, fixed-term, temporary, intermittent, or indirectly employed.

Please see flyer for details of discount offer.

New book: Protecting Personal Information: The right to privacy reconsidered, by Andrea Monti and Raymond Wacks – 20% discount available

The concept of privacy has long been confused and incoherent. The right to privacy has been applied promiscuously to an alarmingly wide-ranging assortment of issues including free speech, political consent, abortion, contraception, sexual preference, noise, discrimination and pornography. The conventional definition of privacy, and attempts to evolve a 'privacy-as-a-fence' approach, are unable to deal effectively with the technological advances that have significantly altered the way information is collected, stored, and communicated. This book traces these troubling developments, and seeks to reveal the essential nature of privacy and, critically, what privacy is not. Please see flyer for details of discount.

Duties to Care: Dementia, relationality and law, by Rosie Harding – now available in paperback with 20 per cent discount

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. See website for details. Use code HARDING2018 for 20 per cent discount.

Law, Society, Policy: new book series from Bristol University Press edited by Rosie Harding – call for proposals

'Law, Society, Policy' seeks to offer a new outlet for high-quality, socio-legal research monographs and edited collections with the potential for policy impact. The series will be international in scope, engaging with domestic, international and global legal and regulatory frameworks. It will be open to scholars engaging with any area of law, provided their focus is grounded in social and policy concerns. Please see website for details.


Journals and magazines

Australian Feminist Law Journal: special issue on Positioning the Politics of Consent in Law and History – call for papers

Contributions are invited for this special issue, edited by Nan Nan Seuffert, to be published in December 2020. See announcement for details. Closing date: 15 April 2020.

Sentio journal: call for short articles, features and reflections on 'Ethics in research and practice'

The SeNSS inter-disciplinary journal, Sentio, has launched a call for papers on the theme 'Ethics in Research and Practice': see website. The editors are inviting 250-word abstracts for articles, features (eg interviews) and reflections. They welcome broad interpretations of the theme, recognising the inherent complexity and depth of ethics, reflecting the various uses, meanings, and mobilisations of the concept within and across social science research and practice. Socio-legal articles are particularly welcome. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 20 March 2020. If you are a 'tweeter', you can follow Sentio on Twitter

Journal of Social Security Law: now on Twitter

The Journal of Social Security Law is now on Twitter @JSocialSecurity. The account is run by Professor Gráinne McKeever @McKeeverGrainne, the joint editor of the Journal with Professor Neville Harris, and will be focused on promoting the work of academics and practitioners who publish there, to bring social security legal analysis to a wider audience. The Journal provides expert coverage and analysis of the latest developments in law, policy and practice across the field of social security law, covering the wide range of welfare benefits and tax credits in the UK and internationally, encompassing socio-economic rights and administrative justice in relation to social security entitlement. Journal articles are available online through Westlaw and ThompsonReuters but published authors will also be encouraged to link to their SSRN pages, where pre-edited manuscripts can be uploaded and disseminated via the Journal’s Twitter account.

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law: special issue on 'Heritage, Law and Discourse: A Triadic Dimension in Protection, Regulation and Identity' – call for papers

Submissions are invited for this special issue. See website for details. Call closes: late April 2020.

Anthropocenes: Human, inhuman, posthuman: call for papers – new journal launch January 2020

Submissions are invited for this new journal launching in January. Please see website for details.

New article: 'States of legal denial: how the state in Myanmar uses law to exclude the Rohingya', by Melissa Crouch  – 50 free downloads available

Published in December 2019 in the Journal of Contemporary Asia. Follow this link to download the article for free.

Amicus Curiae: call for contributions for next issue

Contributions are invited for the next issue of Amicus Curiae. The deadline is 20 January 2020 and the issue will be published on 2 March 2020. The Academic Editor, Michael Palmer, welcomes contributions for all sections of the journal:

  • articles;
  • notes;
  • case notes;
  • book reviews; and
  • obituaries.

Please see our about the journal and submissions pages for full details. If you have any queries about your proposed submission, please contact the Academic Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Law in Context: A Socio-Legal Journal: call for papers – now fully open access

Law in Context. A Socio-Legal Journal is a well-established double-blind peer reviewed journal publishing material dealing with contextual studies in law, culture, history, politics and social sciences. Please see attachment for details of the first issue of vol 36 and the call for papers. Closing dates for the next issue: 30 March 2020.

Laws: Special Issue on 'Migrants and Human Rights Protections': call for submissions

Submissions are invited for this special issue of Laws, edited by Sylvie Da Lomba. Please see website for details. Closing date for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Journal of Legal History: call for applications for funding for a one-day conference

The Editorial Committee of the Journal of Legal History and Routledge, Taylor & Francis, are pleased to announce a call for applications for funding a one-day conference to take place at any time between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2021. The aim is to support scholarly activity broadly within the scope of the journal – the development of the common law, both in the British Isles and overseas, on the history of the laws of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and on Roman law and the European legal tradition. Available funding: up to £5,000.  See website for full details. Deadline for applications: 31 March 2020.

Journal of Law and Society: Notice from Editorial Board

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Law and Society (Wiley and Cardiff University) wishes to inform SLSA members that no relationship of any kind exists between the Journal of Law and Society and the International Journal of Law and Society. This announcement is made as several scholars have enquired whether there is a link between the titles.

Mediation Theory and Practice, the journal of the College of Mediators: call for papers

Submissions are invited for the next issue of the journal of Mediation Theory and Practice. Please see website for details. This is an open call with no closing date.

Journal of Law and Society: Winter 2020 issue REF guidelines

The REF 2020 publication deadline will be of significance to some scholars. The Journal of Law and Society Board has decided to accommodate accepted articles for the Winter 2020 issue in the following manner. Early View of accepted articles will ensure they appear within the stated REF deadline. For those who wish to store their article for the subsequent REF then Early View will not occur so that the article will be 'published' in December 2020. See the website for full details and author guidelines.

International Journal of Discrimination and the Law: call for papers

The editor and editorial board of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law welcome contributions that meet the journal’s orientation as an international journal encompassing a wide range of areas encompassing anti-discrimination and equality law and human rights, including race and sex discrimination, the treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees, issues of migration and nationality, discrimination on the grounds of disability, gender identity, sexual or political orientation, age and ill-health, in relation to access to employment, housing, education and other services. The journal publishes original research and welcomes papers from scholars at all career stages and from practitioners. Please contact the Editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any queries regarding submission to the journal.

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly: now available via LexisNexis – call for papers and special issue proposals

The Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, a leading law journal since it was established in 1936, is delighted to announce that all issues from 2019 will now be disseminated via LexisNexis.

If you have an excellent paper, or note or commentary, that makes a significant contribution to legal studies, contact the Chief Editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at  or via @NILegalQ, to discuss submitting a paper. If accepted after successful peer review your piece will also be disseminated via LexisNexis. Proposals for special issues are also welcome.

The Chief Editor invites submissions of full-length articles (approx 10,000 words) in any area of law, plus shorter items (approx 2000 words) on ‘Notes and commentaries’. All submissions are subject to review, but the editorial board seeks to ensure that articles are reviewed and published within a reasonable period. The Chief Editor also invites submissions of proposals for special issues. See the website for further details. 

For further information, please see the ‘For authors’ page on the website. This is an open call with no cut-off date.


Newsletters and electronic bulletins

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: latest newsletter

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society has published its latest newsletter 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 Center 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.

 Research Methods Bulletin

The latest issue of the NCRM  Research Methods Bulletin is now available. If you are planning to go on an National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) training course, you may be eligible for SLSA funding.

Latest AHRC News: February 2020

The AHRC has published its latest News Alert

British Academy newsletters

The latest issue of the BA International 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.


Reports, guidelines and working/research/discussion papers

Law Commission: Final Report on Electoral Law

Electoral law in the UK is spread across 17 statutes and some 30 sets of regulations. It has become increasingly complex and fragmented; it is difficult to access, apply, and update. Much of the law is rooted in nineteenth century language and practice and doesn’t reflect modern electoral administration. The electoral law reform project is part of the Law Commission for England and Wales’ Eleventh Programme of Law Reform published on 19 July 2011. See website for further details and to download report.

New report: Delivering Dispute Resolution: Recent review on the resolution of disputes in England and Wales

This report summarises the main points of two recent reviews on the resolution of disputes in England and Wales. One is a study by Professor Christopher Hodges and the other is a Report for the Welsh Government chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Published by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society. See website for details and to download the report.

Law Commission report on Simplification of the Immigration Rules: now published

The Law Commission of England and Wales has published its report on Simplification of the Immigration Rules. See website for details.

Law Commission: Leasehold Enfranchisement report published 

The Law Commission of England and Wales published its report on valuation in enfranchisement (Report on Options to Reduce the Price Payable) on 9 January 2020. Please see website for details.

City Reports on International Law: ongoing call for contributions

Abstracts are invited for city reports for inclusion in the Report of the Study Group to the International Law Association Kyoto conference in 2020. Please see attachment and website for details. 

Law Commission Report on Electronic Execution of Documents

The Law Commission has now published its report on making it easier to execute documents electronically. See website for details.

Using Administrative Data to Quantify Overlaps between Public and Private Children Law in England: new Ministry of Justice Report from UCL

This report from the UCL Legal Epidemiology Group is available as a free download. The authors are: Matthew A Jay, Rachel Pearson, Linda Wijlaars, Sofia Olhede and Ruth Gilbert.

Law Commission Consultation on Automated Vehicles: documents relating to responses now published

The results of the Law Commission's threee-month consulation on automated vehicle safety assurance and legal liability are now available. Please see website for details.

Law Commission report on Anti-money Laundering: The SARs regime

The Law Commission has published its report on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing. Please see website for details.

New ESRC Delivery Plan published 

On 10 June 2019, the ESRC ammounced the publication of its new delivery plan. Please see website for details.

New AHRC Delivery Plan published

On 10 June 2019, the ESRC ammounced the publication of its new delivery plan. Please see website for details.


Blogs and other online articles

Open access article: Educational outcomes of children in contact with social care in England: a systematic review

Please see the BMC website for this article by Matthew A Jay and Louise McGrath-Lone.

SLSA Poster Competition winners and shortlisted: blog posts on Sociology Lens

A selection of the winners and shortlisted entries of the SLSA Poster Competition at SLSA 2019 Leeds have published blogs about their projects on Sociology Lens:


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