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Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine, by Hedi Viterbo

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Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine, by Hedi Viterbo 

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.

Feminist Judgments Series: 20% discount available until 1 August 2021

Cambridge University Press is offering a 20% discount on all tites in this series purchased from the website. Use code: FemLaw21 at checkout. Offer closes: 1 August 2021

Identifying and Regulating Religion in India: Law, history and the place of worship by Geetanjali Srikantan

Judicial debates on the regulation of religion in post-colonial India have been characterised by the inability of courts to identify religion as a governable phenomenon. This book investigates the identification and regulation of religion through an intellectual history of law's creation of religion from the colonial to the post-colonial. Moving beyond conventional explanations on the failure of secularism and the secular state, it argues that the impasse in the legal regulation of religion lies in the methodologies and frameworks used by British colonial administrators in identifying and governing religion. Drawing on insights from post-colonial theory and religious studies, it demonstrates the role of secular legal reasoning in the background of Western intellectual history and Christian theology through an illustration of the place of worship. It is a contribution to South Asian legal history and socio-legal studies analysing court archives, colonial narratives and legislative documents. See website for details.

Ethics and Politics of Space for the Anthropocene, edited by Anu Valtonen, Outi Rantala and Paolo Davide Farah

Featuring an international, multidisciplinary set of contributors, this thought-provoking book (published by Edward Elgar) reimagines established narratives of the Anthropocene to allow differences in regions and contexts to be taken seriously, emphasising the importance of localised and situated knowledge. It offers critical engagement with the debates around the Anthropocene by challenging the dominant techno-rational agenda that often prevails in socio-political and academic discussions. See website for details.

Urban Violence: A collection of essays published by the British Academy

This publication draws on a series of activities on the theme of urban violence carried out by the British Academy to examine violence as an urban process, as well as how the physical, material, and immaterial qualities of cities, past and present, encourage or prevent as well as shape violence in urban settings. It presents a number of articles that offer insights from a range of different perspectives including policymakers and researchers across the humanities and social sciences and across a range of historical and geographical contexts in both the Global North and South. It is available as a free download.

Publishing in the 'Proceedings of the British Academy': call for proposals

The British Academy is now accepting proposals for themed, edited volumes for publication in the 'Proceedings of the British Academy' series. Themed volumes do not need to derive from a conference. Proposals should, however, focus on an area of research that will engage the BA's wide readership. The next deadline for proposals is Wednesday 28 July 2021. See website for details.

The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law: edited by Cathryn Costello, Michelle Foster and Jane McAdam

The new handbook rrovides state-of-the-art, comprehensive analysis of the field of international refugee law. It is global in scope, with 10 chapters focusing in detail on specific regions, including Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The volume examines a wide range of legal instruments relevant to refugee protection, including from international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international migration law, the law of the sea, and international and transnational criminal law and critiques the status quo and sets the agenda for future academic research. See website for details.

Mutinies for Equality: Contemporary Developments in Law and Gender in India, eEdited by Tanja Herklotz and Siddharth Peter de Souza

Mutinies for Equality studies recent transformations in the area of law and gender in modern India. It tackles legal and social developments with regard to family life, sexuality, motherhood, surrogacy, erotic labour, sexual harassment in the workplace and violence against women, among others. It analyses reform efforts towards women’s rights and LGBTIQ rights and attempts to situate where a reform has taken place, by whom it was brought about, and what impact it has had on society. It engages with protagonists who shape the debate around law and gender and locates their efforts into a socio-political context, thereby showing that the discourses around law and gender are closely connected to broader debates around legal pluralism, secularism and religion, identity, culture, nationalism and family. The book offers compelling evidence that the drivers of change are emerging from beyond the traditional institutions of courts and parliament, and that to understand the everyday implications of gender-based reform, it is important to look beyond these institutional sources. It is published by Cambridge University Press. See website for details.

Palgrave Macmillan: 40% off featured titles in summer sale

Palgrage Macmillan is offering 40% off selected titles in its summer sale. Use code SUMMER21 at checkout. Offer closes: 24 June 2021. See website for details.

Religion and Marriage Law: The need for reform by Russell Sandberg

Marriage law in England and Wales is a historical relic which reflects a bygone age. Successive governments have made a series of progressive but ad hoc reforms, most notably the introduction of civil partnerships and same-sex marriage. However, this has resulted in a legal framework which is complex and controversial, especially in relation to religion.

This book provides the first accessible guide to how contemporary marriage law interacts with religion and identifies pressure points in relation to non-religious organisations and unregistered religious marriages. It reveals the need for the consolidation, modernisation and reform of marriage law and sets out proposals for how the transformation of these laws can be achieved. See Bristol University Press website for details. This book will be published in July and is available for pre-order.

Fighting for Justice: Common Law and Civil Law Judges: Threats and challenges edited by Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan

This is a time when the rule of law is seriously challenged. Some governments threaten deliberately to break the law, while the independence of justice is jeopardised by unrelenting pressure from both the executive and the media. This book, published by the University of Wales Press, considers the current threats to the role of the judiciary, from four major thematic standpoints – independence, diversity, access and reform – to provide a unique oversight of judges’ work and contemporary legal challenges in common law and civil law countries, based on the legal practice and testimonies of senior members of the judiciary speaking up for justice and the law. It offers a rare opportunity to gather the expertise of eminent judges and legal authorities from five different countries, providing a unique insight into their work and the way they deliver justice based on their respective professional experience and practice of the law. The justice system’s experience in recent years of a series of serious, unprecedented crises is considered, from a decade of austerity to the present pandemic. Please see announcement for full details.

Rosa Luxemburg and International Law: call for abstracts for edited collection

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Luxemburg and we aim to bring together scholars and comrades in law, political economy, social science and beyond to collectively celebrate and reflect on her work and its contribution to international legal debates. See website for details. Deadline for the call for abstracts: 31 July 2021. Please email abstracts to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Call for chapters/expressions of interest: Leading Works in Law and Anthropology

With this announcement, we aim to solicit expressions of interest for contributions to Leading Works in Law and Anthropology, an edited volume that is to appear in Routledge’s Analysing Leading Works in Law series. Leading Works in Law and Anthropology will closely follow the innovative format and style of previously published books in this series, which consists of inviting established and emerging scholars from diverse jurisdictions and academic backgrounds to select and analyse what they consider to be a ‘leading work’. The volume will combine a retrospective approach with a forward-looking, multi-perspectival assessment of the field. If you want to learn more about this project, please consult the more detailed description of the book in the attachment. Interested contributors should submit an abstract (500 words) in which they introduce and explain their choice of a leading work by 15 June 2021 to Larissa Vetters (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Alice Margaria (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Selected authors will be given the opportunity to present an initial draft of their chapter in a digital lecture/workshop series which will be held in fall semester 2021/22 (15 October–30 January). Final drafts of the chapters will be expected by 1 April 2022.

Palgrave Macmillan: 'Demystifying the publishing process' two-part blog

This blog, entitled 'Demystifying the publishing process: What value do open access book publishers add?' ,consists of two separate parts: the first part discusses quality assurance for open access books, the editorial process and publisher prestige; the second part looks at the production, dissemination and marketing of open access books.

100 Years of the Infanticide Act: Legacy and Impact: Call for titles and abstracts 

Titles and abstracts are invited for this collection, edited by Karen Brennan and Emma Milne. Please see announcement for full details. Closing date for abstracts: 31 May 2021.

Pensions and Legal Policy: Lessons on the shift from public to private, by Amanda Cooke: 20% discount available 

This monograph explores the historical position of pensions law in the UK and the recent influences which have led to the introduction of auto-enrolment and subsequent reforms. Alternative models, such as the US and Australia, are also considered as well as the function of law in bringing about political changes. The question of saving for retirement is of national and international importance and many governments are wrestling with the issue of how to deal with the pension funding crisis. Consequently, political policy has, in many cases, combined with behavioural science to inform new laws which have acted to shift the burden from the state into the private sector. Around the world responsibility is being moved onto individuals and employers as the state retreats from provision of state support in retirement; this book offers a sophisticated analysis of the role of legal intervention to facilitate this shift. See website for details. Use code UG7 at checkout.

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.

New Frontiers in Family Law in the US, Canada and Europe, Nausica Palazzo: 20% discount available 

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.

Gendering Green Criminology: call for titles and abstracts

Abstracts are invited for this collection, being edited by Pamela Davies, James Heydon, Emma Milne, Kay Peggs and Tanya Wyatt. Please see announcement for full details. Closing date for 200-word abstracts: 31 May 2021.

New book: Legal Recognition of Non-Conjugal Families, by Nausica Palazzo: 20% discount available

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 open access book: Queer Migration and Asylum in Europe, edited by Richard C M Mole

Europe is a popular destination for LGBTQ people seeking to escape discrimination and persecution. Yet, while European institutions have done much to promote the legal equality of sexual minorities and a number of states pride themselves on their acceptance of sexual diversity, the image of European tolerance and the reality faced by LGBTQ migrants and asylum seekers are often quite different. To engage with these conflicting discourses, Queer Migration and Asylum in Europe, published open access by UCL Press, brings together scholars from politics, sociology, urban studies, anthropology and law to analyse how and why queer individuals migrate to or seek asylum in Europe, as well as the legal, social and political frameworks they are forced to navigate to feel at home or to regularise their status in the destination societies. See website for full details.

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.

Provisional Title: Decolonising Legal Pedagogy: call for abstracts for edited collection

The editors – Foluke Adebisi, Suhraiya Jivraj, Ntina Tzouvala and Penelope Andrews – invite chapter contributions for this book. The purpose of this volume is to collate examples of good antiracist/decolonial legal pedagogy. This could be in design or delivery of teaching or any other related activity. The book is intended to be multi-jurisdictional, and the editors particularly welcome contributions from the global south and non-state jurisdictions such as indigenous law. They also welcome non-traditional chapter formats with pedagogical value, as well as contributions from early career academics. The editors plan for the chapters to address teaching substantive areas of law, most especially (but not limited to) the foundational subjects of public law, criminal law, property law (land and equity & trusts) and obligations (contract and tort). Closing date for abstracts (300 words max): 28 May 2021. Please see website for full details.

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.

Intersectionality and Human Rights Law, Shreya Atrey and Peter Dunne (eds) – 20% discount available

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.

African Migration, Human Rights and Literature, by Fareda Banda – 20% discount available

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.

Palgrave Macmillan: call for book proposals

See the website for Palgrave's guide to five easy steps to get published.

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.

Hart: 30% of print and 40% of ebooks for selected new releases

Hart Publishing is offering discounts on a selection of new releases. The offer excluded pre-orders and books priced £125 and over. See press release for details.

The Governance of Plastics: Special Issue of Social Sciences – call for papers

Submissions are invited for this special issue of Social Sciences guest-edited by Professor Rosalind Malcolm and Dr Katrien Steenmans. Please see website for details. Closing date: 30 June 2021.

British Academy: call for proposals for a themed volume in the 'Proceedings of the British Academy' series

Conferences will often provide a valuable basis for an edited volume, however themed volumes do not necessarily need to derive from a conference event. The exception to this rule is British Academy Conferences which will automatically lead to a Proceedings volume. Volumes should fit within the discipline of the humanities and social sciences. Proposals should focus on an area of research that is advancing rapidly and will be of general enough interest for our wide readership. The deadlines are:

  • 24 February 2021, for notification in late May 2021
  • 29 July 2021, for notification in late October 2021

See website for full details.

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.

Towards Decolonising the University: A kaleidoscope for empowered action, by Decolonise University of Kent Collective, edited by Dave S P Thomas and Suhraiya Jivraj

As part of the aim to amplify those otherwise silenced voices, particularly the range of experiences of students of colour in the academy, this collection, published by Counterpress, is ground-breaking in embodying what has been an ostensible and deliberate collaboration and co-production of knowledge between students and academics of colour. It was inspired by an institutionally funded research project in 2018–2019, ‘Decolonise the Curriculum’, at the University of Kent and presents a Kaleidoscope for Decolonising a university.

It operationalises conceptual thinking, fed into expressions of national and international student-led movements as well as others in the UK and elsewhere including: Why is my curriculum White?; Decolonise SOAS; Reclaim Harvard Law School (RHLS); #LeopoldMustFallQM; and Why isn’t my professor Black? What they have in common is that they seek to unveil colonialism, racism, sexism, ageism and its intersectional inequalities with other (protected) characteristics, whilst also doing the structural labour towards the utopia of dismantling white supremacy in the academy.

The success of this project lies in the unearthing of different formations of inequality in the academy. The perspectives presented in this book all share a common theme of decolonisation of the university. These are some of the reverberations that concern us. Our sincere hope is that it will inspire students to enact change no matter how small or large as part of their empowerment including hold their institutions to account to eliminate inequality and injustice in all formats. See website for further details.


Journals and magazines

Legalities: The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Law and Society – first issue now published 

The editors of Legalities have announced the publication of its inaugural issue. The editors are Carwyn Jones, Trish Luker, John Page, with senior editorial consultant Bill MacNeil. Legalities is an international journal with a strong regional base, Legalities publishes contextually sensitive, theoretically informed, critically engaged and interdisciplinary socio-legal scholarship. It is the official journal of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand. See website for details.

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law: call for papers for Special Issue on Aesthetics of Law

Abstracts are invited for this special issue edited by Kamil Zeidler, Department of the Theory and Philosophy of the State and Law Faculty of Law and Administration University of Gdańsk, Poland. See announcement for full details. Closing date: 1 September 2021.

International Journal of Law in Context: Special Issue in Celebration of Peter Fitzpatrick and his Scholarship

This special issue celebrating the life and work of Peter Fitzpatrick is guest edited by David Sugarman and Abdul Paliwala with contributions from David Sugarman, William Twining, Eve Darian-Smith, Sundhya Pahuja, George Pavlich, Upendra Baxi, Patricia Tuitt, Sara Ramshaw, Ben Golder and Abdul Paliwala. See full table of contents for details and journal website.

Journal of the British Academy: 'Repositioning of Africa in Knowledge Production: Shaking off Historical Stigmas' – special issue

The British Academy has published this special issue edited by by Dr Evelyn Chivevo Garwe and Writing Workshops grant recipient Dr Juliet Thondhlana. Themes covered are: 

  • Decolonising Africa’s research, innovation and development
  • Develop robust internationalised higher education and quality assurance institutions
  • Inclusive education and knowledge production

See website for details.

New open access online journal from Bristol University Press: Global Social Challenges Journal – call for papers 

Bristol University Press has announced the call for papers for its first fully open access journal: Global Social Challenges Journal. Please see announcement for full details. The first issue will be published in 2022.

Journal of Legal Research Methodology inaugural edition: deadline extended 

The deadline for submissions for the inaugural edition of the open access Journal of Legal Research Methodology by Northumbria journals has been extended to 14 May 2021. The editors invite submissions for our inaugural special edition on the topic of 'Virtual Legal Research Methodology'. To find out more about the journal and to make a submission please visit the website.

Journal of the British Academy opens up to contributions from researchers at all career stages

The Journal of the British Academy, which has previously published articles mainly on an invitation-only basis, is now welcoming submissions from across the British Academy’s funded research and policy programmes for the first time. The Journal is inviting submissions from any of the British Academy’s programmes and activities to enable a greater range of researchers at different career stages, including early-career researchers, to contribute. The editors welcome high-quality articles on topics of political, social and cultural importance, which may include shorter ‘commentary’ pieces and articles featuring dialogues between two or more academics. See website for full detail.

Special Issue of feminists@law: 'The future of legal gender: Exploring the feminist politics of decertification' – now published

This special issue is based on research from the ESRC-funded project, 'The future of legal gender' and includes five papers from project researchers plus 10 commentaries by socio-legal and gender studies scholars. See website for full details: feminists@law is an open access online journal.

'Understanding Hate Speech and Free Speech: Variable and Multidimensional Perspectives': Special Issue – International Journal of Law, Language and Discourse: call for abstracts

Abstracts are invited for the above special issue guest-edited by Ruth Breeze and Anne Wagner. Please see announcement for details. Closing date: 1 May 2021.

Journal of Law and Society: call for book reviews from early career scholars and PGRs

The Journal of Law and Society (JLS) invites early career scholars and PhD students to offer a book review to the JLS. Reviews are approximately 2000/2500 words. Reviews are neither plaudits nor descriptive and possibly critical. They are intended to both capture and, importantly, add to the body of knowledge advanced in the book. The book must be socio-legal, recently published or even about to be published. The JLS seeks to provide an opportunity for young scholars to be published. Suggestions should be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will evaluate your offer and ultimately your draft review.

International Journal of Law in Context: news and call for papers

The International Journal of Law in Context has been publishing as normal throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and welcomes your submissions. Upcoming content includes special issues on Jurisdictional Perspectives on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Access to Justice, Migrants’ Rights, LPS at the Margins and Stigmatization, Identities and the Law: Asian and Comparative Perspectives. The journal is also celebrating 50 years of the Cambridge Law in Context book series with a Reviews Symposium on William Twining’s Jurist in Context. The journal also has space for regular articles and all accepted content will publish online ahead of print.

Journal of Legal Research Methodology: call for peer reviewers, board members and submissions

Northumbria Journals, Northumbria University, are pleased to announce the creation of a new, international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal: the Journal of Legal Research Methodology (JLRM). The overarching aim of the JLRM is to provide an outlet for ‘self-conscious reflection’ of the diverse range of methods employed in legal research. The JLRM publishes articles related to any kind of legal research methodology, including novel or experimental, from any perspective.

The journal also introduces the new concept of file drawer papers: papers of up to 10,000 words in length confronting the ‘file drawer problem’. Did you abandon a research project or have papers rejected due to flaws with your methodological approach? Reflective papers are invited in which you ‘self-review’ your own unpublished work, especially if you have altered your methodological approach.

This is a call for papers for the inaugural edition of the journal – planned for early 2021. The JLRM publishes discursive or research articles up to 10,000 words in length, as well as review articles up to 5000 words in length. The editors also seek expressions of interest to join the pool of reviewers for this new journal. Please visit the website for further information on the JLRM and contact the Managing Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.

Journal of the British Academy: Special issue on 'Memories of violence' 

This collection of papers was produced following the first Knowledge Frontiers Symposium, which the British Academy hosted in partnership with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, on the broad theme of ‘violence’. See website to view the whole issue.

Cambridge University Press to publish American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics' journals 

Cambridge University Press and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) have announced that beginning in January 2021 Cambridge University Press will publish the ASLME’s respected multidisciplinary journals: the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Journal of Law & Medicine. See website for full details.

Warning notice from Journal of Law and Society

The editor of the Journal of Law and Society would like SLSA members to note that the journal has absolutely no connection whatsoever with the similarly named International Journal of Law and Society. The latter has recently been inviting prominent socio-legal scholars to join its boards and/or to contribute content – in at least one instance citing a specific publication already published in a reputable journal. The Journal of Law and Society is published by Wiley. The editor is Philip Thomas.

Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman: first issue published

Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman's core contributor base and readership will be in the social sciences, arts and humanities although often social and political thought will be applied to aspects of the natural or ‘hard’ sciences. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. See website for details.

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

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.

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

Baldy Center Magazine: latest issue 

This issue of the magazine highlights the work of The Baldy Center's affiliated scholars on an array of subjects and topics, all focused on themes of crisis and resolution. We invite you to read about their work. See website for details and to subscribe.

Law Commission Report on Consumer Sales Contracts: Transfer of ownership

The Law Commission has published a report with draft legislation which would implement recommendations it made in July 2016 to modernise the rules on when consumers acquire ownership of goods under sales contracts. Please see website for details.

SAFESOC Newsletter: latest news from the SAFESOC research project on prison regulation 

Follow the link to find out the latest from the UKRI-funder SAFESOC research project which aims to reconceptualise prison regulation for safer societies.

Leverhulme Trust: latest newsletter

The trust has published the February 2021 issue of its newsletter.

Vereinigung für Recht und Gesellschaft (German Association for Law and Society): Socio-Legal Newsletter No 34

The latest newsletter from the German Association for Law and Society contains the latest news on the activities of our socio-legal colleagues in Germany.

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: latest newsletter

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society has published its latest newsletter for July 2021.

JUSTICE: latest newsletter

The latest newsletter from JUSTICE is now available.


Reports, guidelines and working/research/discussion papers

Sentencing Council Annual Report 2020/21

The Sentencing Council has published its Annual Report.

Revisiting Sexual Consent and the Law: Report of a Workshop hosted by Queen's University Belfast

This workshop was organised by Eithne Dowds, Queen's University Belfast, and based on the findings of her 2019 SLSA-funded research project entitled ‘Perceptions of sexual consent in Northern Ireland: rape, responsibilisation and reasonable belief': download the report.

Sentencing Council: Revised guidelines for assault offences and attempted murder

The Sentencing Council has published revised sentencing guidelines for assault offences, including common assault and attempted murder, and new guidance for assault on emergency workers to reflect changes in legislation. The guidelines will come into effect on 1 July 2021. See website for full details.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: JUSTICE briefing

JUSTICE has published a briefing paper on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which is currently before Parliament. See website for details and to read the full paper.


Blogs and other online resources

Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies CSLS blog: new on 'Talking about Methods' podcast

Professor Linda Mulcahy and Ellie Whittingdale discuss semi-structured interviewing on the Talking About Methods podcast, offering great insight into the use of this method within socio-legal research. 

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.  


Why publish an open access book?: Palgrave Macmillan videos for authors

The resources page contains two videos on OA book publishing, plus other resources for OA book authors.




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