News: socio-legal publications
This page contains details of socio-legal publications including books, journals, reports, papers and newsletters/bulletins.
Palgrave Macmillan: up to 40% discount on selected titles until tomorrow 22 October 2021
Abstracts are invited for this edited collection, to be published by Springer. See announcement for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 22 June 2022.
Aesthetics of Law in External Frame: From methodology to manifestations – call for papers for edited collection
Abstracts are invited for this volume in the Springer law series Law and Visual Jurisprudence edited by Anne Wagner and Kamil Zeidler. See announcement for details. Closing date: 1 December 2021.
Access to Justice for Vulnerable and Energy-Poor Consumers: Just Energy? by Naomi Creutzfeldt, Chris Gill, Marine Cornelis and Rachel McPherson – 20% discount
How do ordinary people access justice? This book, published by Hart, offers a novel socio-legal approach to access to justice, alternative dispute resolution, vulnerability and energy poverty. It poses an access to justice challenge and rethinks it through a lens that accommodates all affected people, especially those who are currently falling through the system. It raises broader questions about alternative dispute resolution, the need for reform to include more collective approaches, a stronger recognition of the needs of vulnerable people, and a stronger emphasis on delivering social justice. The authors use energy poverty as a site of vulnerability and examine the barriers to justice facing this excluded group. The book includes contributions by Cosmo Graham (UK), Sarah Supino and Benedetta Voltaggio (Italy), Marine Cornelis (France), Anais Varo and Enric Bartlett (Catalonia) and Teodora Peneva (Bulgaria). See website for details. Use code UG8 at checkout.
Modern Studies in Property Law, Volume 11, by Sue Farran, Russell Hewitson and Adam Ramshaw – 20% discount
What are the contemporary challenges faced by property law as we enter the 2nd decade of the 21st century? This collection, published by Hart, brings together the research and perspectives of an international body of academics and practitioners to consider these challenges and how even familiar topics must develop to meet new demands and developments. As with previous books in the Modern Studies in Property Law series, this volume adopts a broad approach to topics encompassed by ‘property law’ in the firm belief that the boundaries that divide are shadowy at best and constantly moving in the endeavour to keep up with what is ‘modern’. This collection looks at five themes: comparative perspectives; taking and alienating property; modern dilemmas; old chestnuts – new challenges; and wills, death and other morbid topics. See website for details. Use code UG8 at checkout.
Mystery code: get up to 40% discount on featured titles until 22 October 2021. See website for details.
From Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Social Liability: A socio-legal study of corporate liability in global value chains by Anna Aseeva
This book (published by Bloomsbury) provides a critical socio-legal study that brings together the latest scholarly advances on corporate social responsibility, and, at the same time, addresses the pressing issue of corporate liability for harmful acts across the supply and production chains. Corporations have seldom been held responsible and virtually never liable for the acts of their subsidiaries and subcontractors. Actors as different as workers, investors, individual consumers, and shareholder activists claim that corporations should accept greater responsibility for communities and environments affected by their activities. The book argues that a global value chain’s head corporations remain immune to any liability because of the ‘economically dependent-legally independent’ relationships between core corporations and their periphery suppliers and subcontractors. To tackle this problem, globally, the author acknowledges that ‘we’ as a society need to reduce the economic dependence as described above – which is far too excessive – by ensuring a level playing field both economically and socially. More concretely, she argues that in order to realise transnational corporate liability, ‘we’ as lawyers need to find a way (or ways) to establish legally effective relationships between head corporations and their economically dependent entities. See website for details. Use code UG8 at checkout to get 20% off.
Queering Asylum in Europe: Legal and social experiences of seeking international protection on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity by C Danisi, M Dustin, N Ferreira and N Held
This two-volume open-access book published by Springer offers a theoretically and empirically-grounded portrayal of the experiences of people claiming international protection in Europe on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI). It shows how European asylum systems might and should treat asylum claims based on people’s SOGI in a fairer, more humane way. Through a combined comparative, interdisciplinary (socio-legal), human rights, feminist, queer and intersectional approach, this book examines not only the legal experiences of people claiming asylum on grounds of their SOGI, but also their social experiences outside the asylum decision-making framework. The authors analyse how SOGI-related claims are adjudicated in different European frameworks (European Union, Council of Europe, Germany, Italy and UK) and offer detailed recommendations to adequately address the intersectional experiences of individuals seeking asylum. This unique approach ensures that the book is of interest not only to researchers in migration and refugee studies, law and wider academic communities, but also to policy makers and practitioners in the field of SOGI asylum. See website for details and to download the ebook.
This book is the first to explore what design can do for sociolegal research. Written by an experienced sociolegal researcher with formal training in graphic design, the book is primarily focused on what the sociolegal research community can take from design, but it also offers lessons to designers, especially those who work with law. See flyer for details and discount code. Publication date: 31 August 2021. Available to pre-order.
Based on empirical research, this innovative book explores issues of performativity and authorship in the theatre world under copyright law and addresses several inter-connected questions: who is the author and first owner of a dramatic work? Who gets the credit and the licensing rights? What rights do the performers of the work have? Given the nature of theatre as a medium reliant on the re-use of prior existing works, tropes, themes and plots, what happens if an allegation of copyright infringement is made against a playwright? Furthermore, who possesses moral rights over the work?
To evaluate these questions in the context of theatre, the first part of the book examines the history of the dramatic work both as text and as performative work. The second part explores the notions of authorship and joint authorship under copyright law as they apply to the actual process of creating plays, referring to legal and theatrical literature, as well as empirical research. The third part looks at the notion of copyright infringement in the context of theatre, noting that cases of alleged theatrical infringement reach the courts comparatively rarely in comparison with music cases, and assessing the reasons for this with respect to empirical research. The fourth part examines the way moral rights of attribution and integrity work in the context of theatre. The book concludes with a prescriptive comment on how law should respond to the challenges provided by the theatrical context, and how theatre should respond to law. See Hart website for details. Use code UG7 at checkout.
Clamouring for Legal Protection: What the great books teach us about people fleeing from persecution by Robert F Barsky: 20% discount available
In this novel approach to law and literature, Robert Barsky delves into the canon of so-called Great Books and discovers that many beloved characters therein encounter obstacles similar to those faced by contemporary refugees and undocumented persons. The struggles of Odysseus, Moses, Aeneas, Dante, Satan, Dracula and Alice in Wonderland, among many others, provide surprising insights into current discussions about those who have left untenable situations in their home countries in search of legal protection. Law students, lawyers, social scientists, literary scholars and general readers who are interested in learning about international refugee law and immigration regulations in home and host countries will find herein a plethora of details about border crossings, including those undertaken to flee pandemics, civil unrest, racism, intolerance, war, forced marriage, or limited opportunities in their home countries. See Hart website for details. Use code UG7 at checkout.
Lawyers, Networks and Progressive Social Change: Lawyers changing lives by Jacqueline Kinghan: 20% discount available
Written by a lawyer who works at the intersection between legal education and practice in access to justice and human rights, this book locates, describes and defines a collective identity for social justice lawyering in the UK. The book takes a reflexive ethnographic approach to capture the stories of 35 lawyers working to positively transform law and policy in the UK over the last 50 years. It also draws on a wealth of primary sources including case reports, historic campaign materials and media analysis alongside wider ethnographic interviews with academics, students and lawyers and participant observation at social justice conferences, workshops and events. See Bloomsbury website for details. Use code UG7 at checkout.
Combined Academic Publishers are offering SLSA members a 25% discount on a selection of publications until 20 September 2022. See website for details.
Contesting Austerity: A Socio-legal inquiry edited by Anuscheh Farahat and Xabier Arzoz: 20% discount available
This book addresses the different forms of austerity, contestation and resistance, in order to understand how they relate to one another and the impact they have on the democratic quality of public debates, the trust in public institutions and the legitimacy of law. With 16 chapters written by contributors from Spain, Germany, Greece, Portugal and the UK, the book approaches three crucial areas of austerity policies: cuts in payment and pensions, labour law reform, and old and new poverty. In each field, the contributors analyse the processes of decision-making and contestation from three perspectives: institutions, democratic theory and societal responses.See Bloomsbury website for details. Use code UG7 at checkout.
Bridging disciplinary divides, and drawing on hundreds of previously unexamined sources, this book radically challenges our picture of law, human rights, and childhood, both in and beyond the Israel/Palestine context. Hedi Viterbo reveals how Israel has used international law and children's rights to hone and legitimise its violence against Palestinians. He exposes and explains the human rights community's complicity in this situation. And he examines how, and to what effect, both the state and its critics manufacture, shape, and weaponise the categories 'child' and 'adult.' For a 20% discount, SLSA members should enter the code VITERBO21 at the checkout on the publisher's website.
Gender and Careers in the Legal Academy, by Ulrike Schultz, Gisela Shaw, Margaret Thornton and Rosemary Auchmuty: 20% discount available
In the past 15 years there has been a marked increase in the international scholarship relating to women in law. The lives and careers of women in legal practice and the judiciary have been extensively documented and critiqued, but the central conundrum remains: does the presence of women make a difference? What has been largely overlooked in the literature is the position of women in the legal academy, although central to the changing culture. To remedy the oversight, an international network of scholars embarked on a comparative study, which resulted in this path-breaking book. The contributors uncover fascinating accounts of the careers of the academic pioneers as well as exploring broader theoretical issues relating to gender and culture. The provocative question as to whether the presence of women makes a difference informs each contribution. See website for details. Use code UG7 at checkout.
Invisible Institutionalisms: Collective reflections on the shadows of legal globalisation, edited by Swethaa S Ballakrishnen and Sara Dezalay: 20% discount available
Taking its cue from theoretical and ideological calls to challenge globalisation as a dynamic of homogenisation – and resistance – as led from, and directed against, the Global North, this volume asks: what can we see when we shift the lens beyond a North–South binary? Based on empirical studies of ‘frontier-zones’ of legal globalisation in India, Pakistan and Latin America, the book adopts an original format. Framed as a relational dialogue between newer as well as more prominent scholars within the field, from various cores through to postcolonial academic peripheries, it questions structural variables in the shadows of legal globalisation and how we as scholars build a space for critique. See website for details. Use code UG7 at checkout.
This book argues that insufficient recognition of new families is a legal problem that needs fixing in light of recent evolutions in family patterns and normative conceptions of ‘family’. People increasingly invest in relationships falling outside the model of the marital family, such as non-conjugal unions of friends or relatives, polyamorous relationships and various religious-based families. Despite this, Western jurisdictions retain the marital family as the relevant basis for allocating family law benefits, rights and obligations.
Through its comparative, interdisciplinary and critical legal method, the book provides scholars, activists and policymakers with conceptual tools to tackle the current invisibility of new families. Further, by advancing legal arguments to enhance the protection of non-conjugal families in courtrooms, the book illuminates the different approaches jurisdictions are likely to take and the hindrances thereof to overcome and debunk stereotypes associated with proper familyhood. See website for details. Use code UG7 at checkout.
Art as an Interface of Law and Justice: Affirmation, disturbance, disruption, by Frans-Willem Korsten: 20% discount available
This book looks at the way in which the ‘call for justice’ is portrayed through art and presents a wide range of texts from film to theatre to essays and novels to interrogate the law. ‘Calls for justice’ may have their positive connotations, but throughout history most have caused annoyance. Art is very well suited to deal with such annoyance, or to provoke it. This study shows how art operates as an interface, here, between two spheres: the larger realm of justice and the more specific system of law. This interface has a double potential. It can make law and justice affirm or productively disturb one another. The book considers the improvement of law and justice to be a global struggle and, whilst the issues dealt with are culture-specific, it argues that the logics introduced are applicable everywhere. See website for details. Use code UG7 at checkout.
This book, published by Hart, argues that insufficient recognition of new families is a legal problem that needs fixing in light of recent evolutions in family patterns and normative conceptions of 'family'. People increasingly invest in relationships falling outside the model of the marital family, such as non-conjugal unions of friends or relatives, polyamorous relationships and various religious-based families. Despite this, Western jurisdictions retain the marital family as the relevant basis for allocating family law benefits, rights and obligations. See website for full details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.
New book: Access to Justice for Vulnerable and Energy-Poor Consumers: Just energy?, edited by Naomi Creutzfeldt, Chris Gill, Marine Cornelis and Rachel McPherson – 20% discount available
How do ordinary people access justice? This book offers a novel socio-legal approach to access to justice, alternative dispute resolution, vulnerability and energy poverty. It poses an access to justice challenge and rethinks it through a lens that accommodates all affected people, especially those who are currently falling through the system. It raises broader questions about alternative dispute resolution, the need for reform to include more collective approaches, a stronger recognition of the needs of vulnerable people, and a stronger emphasis on delivering social justice. The authors use energy poverty as a site of vulnerability and examine the barriers to justice facing this excluded group. See website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.
The Routledge Handbook of Law and Society, edited by Mariana Valverde, Kamari M Clarke, Eve Darian Smith and Prabha Kotiswaran: 20% discount available
This innovative handbook provides a comprehensive, and truly global, overview of the main approaches and themes within law and society scholarship or social-legal studies. This one-volume introduction to academic resources and ideas that are relevant for today’s debates on issues from reproductive justice to climate justice, food security, water conflicts, artificial intelligence, and global financial transactions, this handbook is divided into two sections. The first, ‘Perspectives and Approaches’, accessibly explains a variety of frameworks through which the relationship between law and society is addressed and understood, with emphasis on contemporary perspectives that are relatively new to many socio-legal scholars. The second presents reflections on topics or areas concerning law, justice, and society that are inherently interdisciplinary and that are relevance to current – but also classical – struggles around justice. Informing readers about the lineage of ideas that are used or could be used today for research and activism, the book attends to the full range of local, national and transnational issues in law and society. The authors were carefully chosen to achieve a diverse and non-Eurocentric view of socio-legal studies. This volume will be invaluable for law students, those in inter-disciplinary programmes such as law and society, justice studies and legal studies, and those with interests in law, but based in other social sciences. It will also appeal to general readers interested in questions of justice and rights, including activists and advocates around the world. See website and flyer for further detaisl. Use code FLR40 at checkout. Publication date: 4 March 2021.
This collection of essays analyses how diversity in human identity and disadvantage affects the articulation, realisation, violation and enforcement of human rights. The question arises from the realisation that people, who are severally and severely disadvantaged because of their race, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, class etc, often find themselves at the margins of human rights; their condition seldom improved and sometimes even worsened by the rights discourse. How does one make sense of this relationship between the complexity of people’s disadvantage and violation of their human rights? Does the human rights discourse, based on its universal and common values, have tools, methods or theories to capture and respond to the difference in people’s lived experience of rights? Can intersectionality help in that quest? This book published by Palgrave Macmillan seeks to inaugurate this line of inquiry. See website for details. Use code UG6 at checkout.
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the Member States, Michal Bobek and Jeremias Adams-Prassl (eds) – 20% discount available
Ten years after the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU became part of binding primary law, and 20 years since its adoption, this volume assess the application of the EU Charter in the member states. How often, and in particular by which actors, is the EU Charter invoked at the national level? In what type of situations is it used? Has the approach of national courts in general, and of constitutional courts in particular, to EU law to EU fundamental rights law changed following the entry into force of the Charter? What sort of interplay does the Charter generate with the national bill of rights and the European Convention? Is the life with the Charter on the national level a harmonious 'praktische Konkordanz' or rather a messy 'ménage à trois'? Published by Palgrave Macmillan. See website for details. Use code UG6 at checkout.
Human Rights Commitments of Islamic States: Sharia, Treaties and Consensus by Paul McDonough – 20% discount available
This book from Palgrave Macmillan examines the legal nature of Islamic states and the human rights they have committed to uphold. It begins with an overview of the political history of Islam, and of Islamic law, focusing primarily on key developments of the first two centuries of Islam. Building on this foundation, the book presents the first study into Islamic constitutions to map the relationship between Sharia and the state in terms of institutions of governance. It then assesses the place of Islamic law in the national legal order of all of today’s Islamic states, before proceeding to a comprehensive analysis of those states’ adherences to the UN human rights treaties, and finally, a set of international human rights declarations made jointly by Islamic states. See website for details. Use code UG6 at checkout.
This innovative book published by Palgrave Macmillan looks at the topic of migration through the prism of law and literature. The author uses a rich mix of novels, short stories, literary realism, human rights and comparative literature to explore the experiences of African migrants and asylum seekers. The book is divided into two. Part one is conceptual and focuses on art activism and the myriad ways in which people have sought to ‘write justice.’ Part two moves from the general to consider the intersections of gender and status focusing on women, LGBTI individuals and children. See website for details. Use code UG6 at checkout.
Governing the Society of Competition: Cycling, doping and the law by Martin Hardie: 20% discount available
This book, published by Hart, considers the manner in which the making and implementation of law and governance is changing in the global context. It explores this through a study of the deployment of the global anti-doping apparatus including the World Anti-Doping Code and its institutions, with specific reference to professional cycling, a sport that has been at the forefront of some of the most famous doping cases and controversies in recent years. Critically, it argues that the changes to law and governance are not restricted to sport and anti-doping, but are actually inherent in broader processes associated with neoliberalism and social and behavioural surveillance and affect all aspects of society and its political institutions. See website for details. Use code UG6 at checkout to get 20% discount.
Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Young Children, by Imogen Goold et al: 20% discount for SLSA members
In the wake of the Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans cases, a wide-ranging international conversation was started regarding alternative thresholds for intervention and the different balances that can be made in weighing up the rights and interests of the child, the parent’s rights and responsibilities and the role of medical professionals and the courts. This collection provides a comparative perspective on these issues by bringing together analysis from a range of jurisdictions across Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. Contextualising the differences and similarities, and drawing out the cultural and social values that inform the approach in different countries, this volume is highly valuable to scholars across jurisdictions, not only to inform their own local debate on how best to navigate such cases, but also to foster inter-jurisdictional debate on the issues. See website for details. Use code UG6 at checkout for 20% discount.
A History of Regulating Working Families: Strains, stereotypes, strategies and solutions, by Nicole Busby and Grace James: 20% discount for SLSA members
Families in market economies have long been confronted by the demands of participating in paid work and providing care. Across Europe the social, economic and political environment within which families do so has been subject to substantial change in the post-World War II era and governments have come under increasing pressure to engage with this important area of public policy. In the UK, as elsewhere, the tensions which lie at the heart of the paid work/unpaid care conflict remain unresolved posing substantial difficulties for all of law’s subjects both as carers and as the recipients of care. What seems like a relatively simple goal – to enable families to better balance care-giving and paid employment – has been subject to and shaped by shifting priorities over time leading to a variety of often conflicting policy approaches.
This book critiques how working families in the UK have been subject to regulation. It has two aims:
- To chart the development of the UK’s law and policy framework by focusing on the post-war era and the growth and decline of the welfare state, considering a longer historical trajectory where appropriate.
- To suggest an alternative policy approach based on Martha Fineman’s vulnerability theory in which the vulnerable subject replaces the liberal subject as the focus of legal intervention. This reorientation enables a more inclusive and cohesive policy approach and has great potential to contribute to the reconciliation of the unresolved conflict between paid work and care-giving.
See website for details. Use code UG6 at checkout for 20% discount.
Submissions are invited for the special issue of this peer-reviewed journal and open-access legal periodical, edited by PhD students in the School of Law. See announcement for details. See the website for further information about the journal. Closing date: 20 November 2021.
International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice: special issue 'The politics of (in)formality in criminal procedures': call for papers
The tension between formality and informality is intrinsic to the implementation of criminal law. Criminal procedures in fact always happen on a continuum between formality and informality, where the different actors involved (police officers and other street-level bureaucrats, prosecutors, judges, experts, defence lawyers, etc) continuously perform and negotiate (in)formality. This special issue aims to explore these 'politics of (in)formality' in different criminal law settings and from different disciplinary perspectives. Open access is possible.
Abstracts are invited for this special issue on 'Towards digitization of cultural practices and contents: issues, limits and legal tools'. See announcement for details. Marie-Sophie de Clippele and Anne Wagner. Closing date: 25 February 2022.
International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique and Comparative Legilinguistics: call for papers for 3 COVID-19 special issues
See website for details. Closing date: 10 December 2021.
What do we know about children in the family justice system? The Nuffield Foundation infographic pulls together what we know, and what we don’t know, about children’s journeys through the family justice system from national administrative data. See website for details.
According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), inequalities Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities face in accessing affordable and secure homes are rooted in structural injustices that are just not right and must change. This new briefing offers answers for a more equal and just housing system.
Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies CSLS blog: Dr Lucy Series on 'Social Care Detention: A Socio-Legal Puzzle'
This week, Dr. Lucy Series reflects on the concept of regulating social care living arrangements as a deprivation of liberty in her piece, 'Social Care Detention: A Socio-Legal Puzzle'. Read more now.
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.
Pandemic Exacerbates Inequality within Britain’s Legal Aid Funding System: Bolt Burdon Kemp solicitors
New research by specialist lawyers Bolt Burdon Kemp, has uncovered the key issues that are preventing people in the UK from getting proper access to legal services. See website for full details of the findings.
The Council has published research looking at the Totality guideline and how it is being used by sentencers. The research explores how useful judges and magistrates find the guideline, how easy it is to apply and where sentencers would like to see changes. The totality guideline is applied by the courts when sentencing an offender either for multiple offences or when they are already serving a sentence. The research was designed to find out how the guideline is working in practice and was carried out using a survey and a series of interviews with sentencers. See website for details.
The Nuffield Foundation Annual Report features examples of how the research it funds informs social policy and has had an impact on people’s lives during an exceptional year. The report also looks ahead to the Foundation's plans for 2021 and beyond.