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New book: The Construction of Fatherhood: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, by Alice Margaria

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New book: The Construction of Fatherhood: The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, by Alice Margaria 

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: 18 November 2019.

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

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 two issues: 7 December 2019 and 30 March 2020.

Property, Planning and Environment Law: call for papers

Papers are invited for consideration for issue 1 of 2020. See attachment for details. Closing date: 20 November 2019.

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.

Legal Education for Well-being: Design, delivery and evaluation: Special Edition of the Law Teacher – call for papers

Abstracts are invited for this speciall issue of the Law Teacher, edited by Emma Jones and Caroline Strevens. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 31 October 2019.

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.

University of Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal: Ten years of the Equality Act - call for papers for special edition

Submissions are invited for this special issue marking the 10th anniversity of the Equality Act in 2020. Please see website for details. Closing date for abstracts: 31 October 2019.

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: call for papers, special issue proposals and 'Notes and commentaries'

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. The most recent special issue was published on 11 March 2019 entitled: ‘Reviewing the boundaries of health law – new directions and dimensions’, guest-edited by Professor John Coggon and Professor Judy Laing, the directors of the Centre for Health, Law, and Society, University of Bristol Law School. The guest editors have also blogged about the special issue in the NILQ 'Contributors' Blog'. 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.

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice: special issue on 'Female Sexual Offenders and Offending' : call for papers

Papers are invited for this special issue for November 2020. Guest editors are Margaret Fitzgerald-O’Reilly, Susan Leahy, Catherine O’Sullivan and Siobhan Weare. Please see attachment and webpage for details. Closing date: 1 November 2019


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.

National Centre for Research Methods

If you are planning to go on an National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) training course, you may be eligible for SLSA funding.

 Research Methods Bulletin

The latest issue of the NCRM  Research Methods Bulletin is now available. 

Methods News

The latest issue of the NCRM Methods News is now available.

Latest AHRC News: September 2019

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

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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