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Joseph Rowntree Foundation UK Poverty 2020/21 Annual Report now 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

Journal of Legal Research Methodology: Inaugural issue – call for papers

The editors of the Journal of Legal Research Methodology (JLRM) welcome submissions for the journal's Inaugural Special Edition. The JLRM is an open-access peer reviewed journal by Northumbria University which publishes articles on all aspects of legal research methodology. The topic of the Special Edition is ‘Virtual Legal Research Methodology’. See website for details. Closing date: 31 March 2021.

Cambridge popular recent law and history articles free to view during December

Cambridge University Press has announced free access to popular articles from its law and history journals until 31 December 2020. See website for details.

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.

Feminist Legal Studies: Call for reflections on COVID-19 

The current and ongoing effects of COVID-19 are laying bare inequalities that feminist scholarship has consistently highlighted and resisted. Feminist Legal Studies invites submissions on COVID-19 for its Reflections section, which provides the space for shorter creative content pieces on current and pressing feminist legal issues. See announcement for details. To be in time for the next issue, Reflections should be submitted by the middle of August 2020, but contributions are welcomed on an ongoing basis at any time.

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.

Special issue of Law and Critique on the work of Peter Fitzpatrick: call for papers 

Expressions of interest are invited for this special issue of Law and Critique, co-edited by Dr Ben Golder and Dr Sara Ramshaw. Please see the call for papers: closing date for expressions of interest 1 August 2020.

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.

Critical Discourse Studies: special edition on 'The Law and Critical Discourse Studies' – call for papers

Papers are invited for this special issue, edited by Prof Le Cheng, Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China Prof David Machin, Zhejiang University, People’s Republic of China. See announcement for full details. Deadlines for abstracts: 1 September 2020

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.

International Journal of Discrimination and the Law: special issue on ‘Covid-19: Lessons for and from Vulnerability Theory’ – call for papers

The International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, edited by Nicole Busby and Grace James, is inviting papers for this special issue with Special Guest Editor Martha Albertson Fineman. Contributions are welcome which explore experiences of the pandemic within a single state, geographical region or through a comparative approach and which consider the impact of the pandemic on one area of law and/or policy (for example, family law, social security law, medical law, economic law, employment law, etc) or across legal and policy frameworks more generally. The submissions deadline is 31 October 2020 and manuscripts will be considered as they are received. See the announcement for further 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.

Expanded access to JSTOR during COVID-19 crisis

Due to the ongoing crisis, JSTOR has extended access to unlicensed archive collections to institutions who've opted in through 31 December 2020.

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.

Journal of Law and Society: Operating as 'normal'

The Journal of Law and Society has released the following statement relating to the current crisis:

See the journal's website for further 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

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law: special Issue on 'Semiotic Perspectives on Environment, Forestry, Fishery, Hunting and Law' – call for papers

Guest Editors: Dariusz Gwiazdowicz, Aleksandra Matulewska and Anne Wagner

Please see announcement for details. Closing date: 10 February 2021.

Coimbra Journal for Legal Studies: special issue on 'Law and the Janus-faced morality of political correctness' – call for papers

Papers are invited for the above special issue. Please see announcement for full details. Closing date: 15 September 2020.

Journal of Social Security Law: now on Twitter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Journal of Law and Society: Winter 2020 issue REF guidelines

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

International Journal of Discrimination and the Law: call for papers

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

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

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

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

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

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


Newsletters and electronic bulletins

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.

Leverhulme Trust: Annual Review 2019

In addition to a financial overview and full list of grants awarded, the Annual Review highlights the breadth and significance of the research supported, with brief accounts of over twenty projects funded during the year. Interviews with past winners of the Research Leadership Awards give an insight into the investment made in teams tackling distinctive research problems. Hard copies will be available in September 2020.

Nuffield Foundation: latest newsletter

The Nuffield Foundation newsletter has all the latest news on the organisation's projects and activities.

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: latest newsletter

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society has published its latest newsletter about its recent events, publications and other activities.

JUSTICE: latest newsletter

The latest newsletter from JUSTICE is now available.

Legal Education Research Network Newseltter

The latest LERN Newsletter is now available including details of LERN activities and events.

Baldy Center Newsletter

Follow the link for the latest news from the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo Law School.

Transnational Law Institute, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

Download the latest issue of the Transnational Law Institute's newsletter.

 Research Methods Bulletin

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

Latest AHRC News: February 2020

The AHRC has published its latest News Alert

British Academy newsletters

The latest issue of the BA International Newsletter is now available. 

Campaign for Social Sciences latest newsletter

The latest newsletter from the Campaign for Social Science (CSS) has now been published: see the website.


Reports, guidelines and working/research/discussion papers

Joseph Rowntree Foundation UK Poverty 2020/21 Annual Report now published

The 2020/21 edition of JRF’s annual report on the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and how it affects people struggling to stay afloat has just been published. See website for details.

Sentencing Council: New sentencing guidelines for firearms offences published

The Sentencing Council has published eight new guidelines to be used by the Crown Court and magistrates’ courts in England and Wales when sentencing firearms offences, following consultation. The new guidelines will come into effect on 1 January 2021. See press release for details.

Nuffield Foundation Report: COVID-19 crisis leads to shortfalls in education spending

In the latest flagship IFS ‘Annual Report on Education Spending in England’, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, researchers look at the challenges posed by COVID-19 for the education sector. See website for details.

Nuffield Foundation Report: Half of public don’t ‘fully understand’ current COVID-19 lockdown rules

Just 13% of people in England feel they ‘fully understand’ the current COVID-19 lockdown rules, with half of adults (51%) in the country saying they understand ‘the majority’ of them, find UCL researchers as part of the COVID-19 Social Study. See website for further details.

British Academy briefing: Association to Erasmus – Challenges and opportunities

The UK has benefited significantly from the Erasmus programme. Following its withdrawal from the EU, the UK government has committed to seeking association to the next Erasmus programme. This briefing underlines the benefits of UK participation to the Erasmus programme and draws out lessons learned and past patterns and potential future for associating to the Erasmus programme: see website to download the briefing document.

Law Commission Reports on The Future of Home Ownership 

The Law Commission has published three reports setting out recommendations for the reform of the law of residential leasehold and commonhold:

  • Leasehold home ownership: buying your freehold or extending your lease
  • Leasehold home ownership: exercising the right to manage
  • Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership

The Law Commission has have also published an overall summary explaining the future of home ownership after reform and of how its recommended reforms fit with government’s proposed reforms. Summaries of the reports, the reports themselves, and other accompanying documents, can also be found on the website.

Sentencing Council: Guidelines for sentencing offenders with mental disorders

Judges and magistrates across England and Wales will have a new guideline for sentencing offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders or neurological impairments from 1 October 2020. See website for details.

Sexual Consent in Northern Ireland: two QUB Briefing Papers

These two briefing papers by Eithne Dowds are entitled 'Sexual Consent in Northern Ireland: The social and legal dimensions' and 'Reforming Sexual Consent in Northern Ireland: Reflections on "Reasonable belief"'. The first gives background detail and explains key concepts; the second paper dives into the legal framework, both within NI and elsewhere, to provide a better foundation for thinking through legal reform. Both papers contain the same recommendations. This research was funded by the SLSA Grants Scheme.

Exploring the case for Virtual Jury Trials during the COVID-19 Crisis: An evaluation of a pilot study conducted by JUSTICE

On 23 March all new trials were suspended, due to fears that they may contribute to the spread of COVID-19. JUSTICE has a number of concerns about this. For those remanded in prison, it means an indefinite period in which their liberty is being restricted without a determination of guilt. For those remanded on bail, it means increased uncertainty and the inability to make plans for the future. For victims, it means a long wait for justice and a lack of closure. Moreover, it means a rise in the backlog that criminal courts were already struggling with, delaying justice far beyond the lifting of restrictions, which will not be for some time. The same is true of civil and family court trials. In collaboration with Corker Binning solicitors and AVMI, the audio visual solutions company, JUSTICE have been testing whether virtual jury trials are possible using a video platform already utilised in the courts and which can be accessed from home computers. They have commissioned a report by Professor Linda Mulcahy, Centre for Socio-legal Studies, Oxford University, and Dr Emma Rowden, School of Architecture, Oxford Brooks University, to independently evaluate the initiative. The report, which can be found here, considers how well the technology worked in the virtual trials; compares the conduct of the trial with traditional face-to-face hearings; considers whether there are any benefits to virtual trials; appraises whether there were any problems that arose which might give cause for a legal challenge; and evaluates what lessons might be learnt from the two virtual trials conducted to date. It concludes that there are still a number of technical difficulties to overcome and that we should be concerned that the digitally excluded and vulnerable may not be able to access or use the systems available. Despite these difficulties, it is argued in the report that there were also some ways in which virtual trials improved on face-to-face interactions in courtrooms, including the democratising impact of lay participants being given comparable space to others in the virtual courtroom and being able to see everyone more clearly.

Law Commission: Final Report on Electoral Law

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

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

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

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

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

Law Commission: Leasehold Enfranchisement report published 

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

City Reports on International Law: ongoing call for contributions

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



Joseph Rowntree Foundation: COVID-19 – The keyworker diaries

The immense pressures of lockdown for the families of low-paid key workers have been brought into sharp focus in a unique project. Working with the journalist Sharon Hendry, JRF asked four families to keep personal diaries for two weeks in the early days of the pandemic. See website for details.




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