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Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies: A Research Agenda for Social Welfare Law, Policy and Practice – Professor Michael Adler
The Christmas sale includes Hart/Bloomsbury titles across fiction, non-fiction, children's and academic lists. See website for details. Sale ends: 11 December 2023.
Springer/Palgrave is offereing a 55% discount on hundreds of books and ebooks until 30 November 2022. See website for details. Use code CYB22 at checkout.
Law's Rule: The nature, value, and viability of the rule of law by Gerald J Postema – 30% discount available
The rule of law, once widely embraced and emulated, now faces serious threats to its viability. To get our bearings we must return to first principles. This book articulates and defends a comprehensive, coherent and compelling conception of the rule of law and defends it against serious challenges to its intelligibility, relevance and normative force. The rule of law's ambition, it argues, is to provide protection and recourse against the arbitrary exercise of power using the distinctive tools of the law. Law provides a bulwark of protection, a bridle on the powerful, and a bond constituting and holding together the polity and giving public expression to an ideal mode of association. Two principles immediately follow from this core: sovereignty of law, demanding that those who exercise ruling power govern with law and that law governs them, and equality in the eyes of the law, demanding that law's protection extend to all bound by it. Animating law's rule, the ethos of fidelity commits all members of the political community, officials and lay members alike, to take responsibility for holding each other accountable under the law. Part I articulates this conception and locates its moral foundation in a commitment to common membership of each person, recognising their freedom, dignity and status as peers. Part II addresses serious challenges currently facing law's rule: finding a place in the legal system for equity, mercy and effective responses to emergencies, taming the new leviathans of the digital world, and extending law's rule beyond national borders. See OUP website for details. Discount code: ALAUTHC4.
New book: What is the Family Justice System For? Mavis Maclean, Rachel Treloar and Bregje Dijksterhuis (eds) – 20% discount available
Does a justice system have a welfare function? If so, where does the boundary lie between justice and welfare, and where can the necessary resources and expertise be found? In a time of austerity, medical emergency, and limited public funding, this book explores the role of the family justice system and asks whether it has a function beyond decision-making in dispute resolution. Might a family justice system even help to prevent or minimise conflict as well as resolving dispute when it arises? See website for details. Use the code GLR T5TUK for UK orders and GLR T5TUS for US orders to get 20% off.
From Discrimination to Death studies the process of genocide through the human rights violations that occur during genocide. Using individual testimonies and indepth field research from the Armenian Genocide, Holocaust and Cambodian Genocide, this book demonstrates that a pattern of specific escalating human rights abuses takes place in genocide. Offering an analysis of all these particular human rights as they are violated in genocide, the author intricately brings together genocide studies and human rights, demonstrating how the ‘crime of crimes’ and the human rights law regime correlate. The book applies the pattern of rights violations to the Rohingya Genocide, revealing that this pattern could have been used to prevent the violence against the Rohingya, before advocating for a greater role for human rights oversight bodies in genocide prevention. The pattern ascertained through the research in this book offers a resource for governments and human rights practitioners as a mid-stream indicator for genocide prevention. It can also be used by lawyers and judges in genocide trials to help determine whether genocide took place.
Marriage Unbound: State Law, Power, and Inequality in Contemporary China by Ke Li: 20% discount available
China after Mao has undergone vast transformations, including massive rural-to-urban migration, rising divorce rates, and the steady expansion of the country's legal system. Today, divorce may appear a private concern, when in fact it is a profoundly political matter—especially in a national context where marriage was and has continued to be a key vehicle for nation-state building. Marriage Unbound focuses on the politics of divorce cases in contemporary China, following a group of women seeking judicial remedies for conjugal grievances and disputes.
Drawing on extensive archival and ethnographic data, paired with unprecedented access to rural Chinese courtrooms, Ke Li presents not only a stirring portrayal of how these women navigate divorce litigation, but also a uniquely in-depth account of the modern Chinese legal system. With sensitive and fluid prose, Li reveals the struggles between the powerful and the powerless at the front lines of dispute management; the complex interplay between culture and the state; and insidious statecraft that far too often sacrifices women's rights and interests. Ultimately, this book shows how women's legal mobilization and rights contention can forge new ground for our understanding of law, politics, and inequality in an authoritarian regime. See website for details. Use code UNBOUND20 at checkout.
What if data-intensive technologies’ ability to mould habits with unprecedented precision is also capable of triggering some mass disability of profound consequences? What if we become incapable of modifying the deeply-rooted habits that stem from our increased technological dependence? On an impoverished understanding of habit, the above questions are easily shrugged off. Habits are deemed rigid by definition: ‘as long as our deliberative selves remain capable of steering the design of data-intensive technologies, we’ll be fine’. To question this assumption, this open access book first articulates the way in which the habitual stretches all the way from unconscious tics to purposive, intentionally acquired habits. It also highlights the extent to which our habit-reliant, pre-reflective intelligence normally supports our deliberative selves. It is when habit rigidification sets in that this complementarity breaks down. The book moves from a philosophical inquiry into the ‘double edge’ of habit — its empowering and compromising sides — to consideration of individual and collective strategies to keep habits at the service of our ethical life. Allowing the norms that structure our forms of life to be cotton-wooled in abstract reasoning is but one of the factors that can compromise ongoing social and moral transformations. Systems designed to simplify our practical reasoning can also make us ‘sheep-like’. Drawing a parallel between the moral risk inherent in both legal and algorithmic systems, the book concludes with concrete interventions designed to revive the scope for normative experimentation. It will appeal to any reader concerned with our retaining an ability to trigger change within the practices that shape our ethical sensibility. See Hart Publishing website for details. Use discount codes code GLR T5TUK for UK orders and GLR T5TUS for US orders at checkout. The ebook edition of this book is available as an open access publication.
Published by Hart, this book proposes a new way of thinking about the controversial and complex challenges associated with the regulation of high-cost credit, specifically payday lending by exploring the theoretical grounding, policy initiatives and interdisciplinary perspectives associated with high-cost credit. The problems with debt extend far beyond the legal sphere, and the findings will therefore be of interest to many other academic disciplines, as well as for those working in public policy and ‘the third sector’. Use code GLR T5TUK for UK orders and GLR T5TUS for US orders to get 20% off. See website for details.
The Constitutional Legitimacy of Law Officers in the United Kingdom by Conor McCormick: 20% discount available
Published by Hart, this book provides a detailed account of each law officer’s functions and draws on that account as the basis for a broader conceptual analysis of their constitutional legitimacy. The constitutional legitimacy of law officers has been questioned repeatedly in recent years, on account of recurring controversies surrounding the discharge of their varied functions. This book argues that the most persuasive framework for analysing the offices which make up this diverse regime involves concentrating on the constitutional values of independence, accountability and trust which underpin it. Use code GLR T5TUK for UK orders and GLR T5TUS for US orders to get 20% off. See website for details.
Quiet Revolutionaries: The Married Women's Association and Family Law by Sharon Thompson: 25% discount available
Published by Bloomsbury, this book tells the untold story of the Married Women's Association. Unlike more conventional histories of family law, which focus on legal actors, it highlights the little-known yet indispensable work of a dedicated group of life-long activists. Formed in 1938, the Married Women's Association took reform of family property law as its chief focus. The name is deceptively innocuous, suggesting tea parties and charity fundraisers, but in fact the MWA was often involved in dramatic confrontations with politicians, civil servants, and Law Commissioners. The Association boasted powerful public figures, including MP Edith Summerskill, authors Vera Brittain and Dora Russell, and barrister Helena Normanton. They campaigned on matters that are still being debated in family law today. See website for details. Use code BTU22UK for 25% discount until 9 October 2022.
Combined Academic Publishers are offering SLSA members a 25% discount on a selection of publications until 20 September 2022. See website for details.
Recht der Werkelijkheid | Journal of Empirical Research on Law in Action: call for abstracts for special issue
Abstracts are invited for this special issue on the theme of 'The quest for implementation: can governments still get things done?' See announcement for full details. Closing date for abstract submissions: 12 December 2022.
The Age of Human Rights is an online open-acccessed peer-reivewed journal published by the Universidad de Jaén, Spain. The journal is moving towards a continuous publication model in 2023 and is currently open for submissions. See website for details.
Last On the List: The Protection of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Timor-Leste’s Transitional Justice Process
This article by Noemi Perez Vasquez examines how reproductive rights violations were dealt by the Special Panels for Serious Crimes and the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) in Timor-Leste. Based on the findings after interviews with Timorese women, the article highlight the importance of taking into consideration these violations by transitional justice mechanisms. Published in the Nordic Version of Human Rights.
A blog by Kara Gallear looks at how magistrates’ and Crown Courts have prepared for the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 coming into force.
The Journal of Law and Society is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new website. This website was born out of a desire to provide the socio-legal community with a dynamic repository of resources and opportunities, as well as to improve the transparency and accessibility of academic publishing in socio-legal studies. As such, it will feature a range of information, interviews, discussions and public events which are curated through the Journal's close relationship with the Centre of Law and Society, an international research hub for socio-legal studies which also shares its home at Cardiff University. The launch of the website also marks the inauguration of JLS Conversations, a unique and prestigious online space in which socio-legal scholars are exploring ideas and engaging in further debate beyond the Journal; challenging assumptions and pushing the boundaries of socio-legal studies in the ways that JLS authors have been doing for nearly 50 years.
AHRC's Associate Director, Paul Meller, reflects on the AHRC's investment in its first impact acceleration grants. Read the blog on the UKRI website for further details.
In this blog Ambreena Manji and Jaideep Gupte set out the AHRC's ambition to create opportunities in law and explain how these will help deliver the AHRC's strategic vision. Read the blog on the UKRI website for further details.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has published the first in a new series of blogs that will share upcoming opportunities with the community.
Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies is a blog by the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies welcoming perspectives on methods and cutting-edge research from across the socio-legal field.
A Research Agenda for Social Welfare Law, Policy and Practice – Professor Michael Adler
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The blog always welcomes submissions providing analysis of recent socio-legal research, methodological issues, ethical issues, and publications from around the globe: Frontiers can be found at Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies and on Twitter @OxfordCSLS.
One year on from the ground-breaking Race at the Bar report, the Bar Council has published an interim progress report on action being taken across the Bar to address race inequality. See website for details.
According to the Law Society, 'The justice secretary has completely rejected the advice of the government’s own independent review of the crisis in the criminal justice system by imposing a real-terms cut on legal aid rates for solicitors.' See full press release for details.
Chair of the Bar Mark Fenhalls KC has commented on the Government’s response to the Criminal Legal Aid Independent Review and consultation on policy proposals. See full press release for details.
The Women Who Will report is an annual celebration of the achievements and potential of women in law. Download the complete report.
Access to justice can’t survive further budget cuts, according to a new report from the Bar Council. See website for the Bar Council's press statement and to download the report.
The report contains recommendations which aim to bolster the current system by simplifying the calculation of benefit, improving confiscation enforcement powers, and introducing mechanisms which prevent delay, allowing victims to receive compensation more quickly. It was informed by the detailed responses we to the Commission's 2020 consultation paper. See website for details.
'Retained EU Law Bill jeopardises UK legal certainty' says Law Society. See Press Release for details.
For the first time, the directory now contains region, discipline and self-defined areas of expertise, as well as job title, organisation and a link to a public website profile. The directory now allows both the Academy and others such as policymakers or media to find subject experts more readily. It will also widen the Acadny's reach and, hopefully, that of Fellows and help advocate more effectively for AcSS Fellows’ expertise. View the directory.
All the latest news and events from the Public Law Project.
The gap between men and women’s earnings at the Bar shows more work to do, according to a new report from the Bar Council. See website for details.
See the summary of latest consultations in the Policy Monitor for December 2022 from the Academy of Social Sciences.
Catch up with all the latest news from the Academy of Social Sciences with this month's ebulletin.
The Sentencing Council has published a review that brings together evidence on the effectiveness of different sentencing options on reoffending. See website for details.
The Nuffield Foundation has just published its latest Annual Report, detailing the £28.5 million that it spent on charitable activities during that year.
This report provides legal context and analysis on how liability law could support a more effective legal framework for AI. See website for details.
Judging your Future: latest newsletter including multiple legal vacances and a call for lay panel members
The Judicial Appointments Commission has published its latest 'Judging Your Future' newsletter.
See the latest bulletin for all funding news from the Leverhulme Trust.
Read the spring 2022 edition of the Baldy Center magazine.
The AHRC has published its latest newsletter for June 2022.
Download the newsletter for the latest information from the Nuffield Foundation.
The latest information about JUSTICE in October 2022.
The £1.1m UKRI funded SAFESOC research project aims to reconceptualise prison regulation for safer societies. See the latest newsletter for updates.
The Runnymede Trust has just published it's latest newsletter. See webpage for details.
The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society's latest newsletter has been published.