News: socio-legal publications
This page contains details of socio-legal publications including books, journals, reports, papers and newsletters/bulletins.
Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies Blog: Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish, and Short – book review & Celebrating One Year of Frontiers
Jurisprudence of the Future: Science Fiction and the Legal Imaginary, Alex Green, Mitchell Travis and Kieran Tranter (eds): call for papers
Proposals are invited for chapters for this edited collection. See announcement for details. Call closes: 19 August 2022.
Not for Want of Trying: Women’s Legal Landmarks in the Interwar Years: call for expressions of interest
Expressions of interest are invited from the organisers of this project: Rosemary Auchmuty, Erika Rackley and Mari Takayanagi. See announcement for full details. Call closes: 1 September 2022.
Human Rights and Legal Services for Children and Youth: Global Perspectives: call for chapter proposals
Chapter proposals are invited for this edited collection, to be published by Springer Nature. The editors are Professor Asha Bajpai, Professor David Tushaus, and Professor Rama Krishna Prasad Mandava. See announcement for details. Closing date: 30 May 2022.
The Times and Temporalities of International Human Rights Law, edited by Kathryn McNeilly and Ben Warwick: 20% discount available
This collection, published by Hart, brings together a range of international contributors to stimulate discussions on time and international human rights law, a topic that has been given little attention to date. The book explores how time and its diverse forms can be understood to operate on, and in, this area of law; how time manifests in the theory and practice of human rights law internationally; and how specific areas of human rights can be understood via temporal analyses. A range of temporal ideas and their connection to this area of law are investigated. These include collective memory, ideas of past, present and future, emergency time, the times of environmental change, linearity and non-linearity, multiplicitous time, and the connections between time and space or materiality. Rather than a purely abstract or theoretical endeavour, this dedicated attention to the times and temporalities of international human rights law will assist in better understanding this law, its development, and its operation in the present. What emerges from the collection is a future – or, more precisely, futures – for time as a vehicle of analysis for those working within human rights law internationally. See website for details. Use the code GLR A6AUK for UK orders and GLR A6AUS for US orders to get 20% off.
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This book analyses how administrative law works in practice through a detailed case-study and evaluation of one of the UK’s largest and most important administrative agencies, the immigration department. In doing so, the book broadens the conversation of administrative law beyond the courts to include how administrative agencies themselves make, apply, and enforce the law. Blending theoretical and empirical administrative-legal analysis, the book demonstrates why we need to pay closer attention to government agencies actually do, how they do it, and how they are organised and held to account. Published by Hart. See website for details. Use discount code GLR A6AUK at checkout.
New book: Interdisciplinarities: Research Process, Method, and the Body of Law by Didi Herman and Connal Parsley – 20% discount available
This book illuminates methodology in legal research by bringing together interdisciplinary scholars, who employ a diverse set of methodologies, to address a specific shared research challenge: ‘the body’. The contributors were asked a question: if you were invited to contribute to an edited book on ‘the body’, where would you start and then where would you go? The result is a self-reflective discussion of how and where researchers engage with methodological practices. The contributors draw on their own interdisciplinary research experiences to explore how ‘the body’ might be addressed in their work, and the resources they would deploy in order to carry out the task. This ‘book within a book’ is innovative in both content and format. It provides a rare insight into how top interdisciplinary legal scholars go about making decisions about their research. The shared device of ‘the body’ allows the volume to trace a number of rich approaches into the process of research as practiced by these diverse scholars. In presenting thinking and research in action, the volume offers a new, self-reflective view on the much-addressed theme of the body, as well as taking a fresh approach to the historically vexed problem of research methodology in legal studies. See website and flyer for details and discount code.
New book: Access to Justice in Magistrates' Courts: A Study of Defendant Marginalisation by Lucy Welsh – 20% discount available
This book examines access to justice in summary criminal proceedings by considering the ability of defendants to play an active and effective role in the process. 'Access to justice' refers not just to the availability of legally aided representation, but also to the ability of defendants to understand and effectively participate in summary criminal proceedings more generally. It remains a vital principle of justice that justice should not only be done, but should also be seen to be done by all participants in the process. The book is based on socio-legal research. The study is ethnographic, based on observation conducted in four magistrates' courts in South East England and interviews with both defence lawyers and Crown prosecutors. Setting out an argument that defendants have always been marginalised through particular features of magistrates' court proceedings (such as courtroom layout and patterns of behaviour among the professional workgroups in court), the political climate in relation to defendants and access to justice that has persisted since 2010 has further undermined the ability of defendants to play an active role in the process. Ultimately, this book argues that recent governments have demanded ever more efficiency and cost saving in criminal justice. In that context, principles that contribute to access to justice for defendants have been seriously undermined. See website for details. Use code GLR A6AUK at checkout for 20% discount.
Libel and Lampoon shows how English satire and the law mutually shaped each other during the long eighteenth century. Following the lapse of prepublication licensing in 1695, the authorities quickly turned to the courts and newly repurposed libel laws in an attempt to regulate the press. In response, satirists and their booksellers devised a range of evasions. Writers increasingly capitalised on forms of verbal ambiguity, including irony, allegory, circumlocution, and indirection, while shifty printers and booksellers turned to a host of publication ruses that complicated the mechanics of both detection and prosecution. This volume documents the mutual influence of English literature and the law during the long eighteenth century; explains the legal origins of verbally evasive satire and the growth of caricature and visual satire; provides a new history of censorship and Anglo-American freedom of the press; and studies the emergence of new reasonable and objective doctrines in English common law. See website for details. Use code AAFLYG6 at checkout.
Seeing the role of transitional justice as an area of contestation, this book focuses on the principle of equality guaranteed in the access to transitional justice mechanisms. By raising women's experiences in dealing with the law and policies as well as the implications of community and family practices during post-conflict situations, the book shows how these mechanisms may have been implemented mechanically, without considering the different intersections of discrimination, the public and private divides that exist in the local context or the stereotypes and values of international and national actors. See website for details. This title from Bloomsbury will be published in June. It is available to pre-order now. Use code: GLR A6AUK at checkout for 20% discount.
Palgrave Macmillan is offering 40% off selected books until 20 February 2022. See website for details.
For the whole of February, Intersentia is offering a disount on selected topical titles. See website for details.
Heritage in War and Peace: Legal and Political Perspectives for Future Protection: call for abstracts
The editors – Raffaele Cadin, Gianluigi Mastandrea Bonaviri & Mirosław Michał Sadowski – invite abstracts for this forthcoming volume in the Law and Jurisprudence series from Springer Law. See announcement for details. Closing date for abstract submission: 28 February 2022.
The Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions: Responding to Complex Global Challenges: 20% discount available
What does the right to the continuous improvement of living conditions really mean and how can it contribute to social change? This book explores how this underdeveloped right can have valuable application in response to global problems of poverty, inequality and climate destruction and asks what exactly is covered by ‘living conditions’. It locates the right within broader philosophical and political debates and considers its application to issues of gender and care, whilst also assessing the challenges to its realisation. The book, published by Hart, includes chapters from 13 legal scholars working across five continents, and a foreword by Sandra Liebenberg. See website for details. Use the code UG8 for UK orders and HARTUS20 for US orders to get 20% off at checkout.
New titles published in Routledge gLAWcal book series: Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development
The Limits of Private Governance: Norms and rules in a Mediterranean fishery, by Florian Grisel – 20% discount available
Is there a future for the law? This book addresses one of the most fascinating questions raised by social scientists in the past few decades. Since the 1980s, socio-legal scholars have argued that governance through social networks (or 'private governance') offers an alternative to regulation by the law. This book supplements this optimistic analysis by assessing the long-term efficiency of a private order in the fishery of Marseille. Based on archival evidence, interviews and ethnographic data, the book provides an evolutionary account of private governance, and casts light on forces that disrupt the functioning of private orders as governance entities. See website for details. Use code UG8 (UK orders) and HARTUS20 (for US orders).
This special edition, published by the Foundation for Law and Society, University of Oxford, in collaboration with Hart Publishing, is available for just £10. See website for details.
This book explores the conceptual spaces and socio-legal context which mental capacity laws inhabit. It will be seen that these norms are created and reproduced through the binaries that pervade mental capacity laws in liberal legal jurisdictions- such as capacity/incapacity; autonomy/paternalism; empowerment/protection; carer/cared-for; disabled/non-disabled; public/private. Whilst on one level the book demonstrates the pervasive reach of laws questioning individuals mental capacity, within and beyond the medical context which it is most commonly associated with, at a deeper and perhaps more important level it challenges the underlying norms and assumptions underpinning the very idea of mental capacity, and reflects outwards on the transformative potential of these realisations for other areas of law. In doing so, whilst the book offers lessons for mental capacity law scholarship in terms of reform efforts at both domestic and internationals levels, it also offers ways to develop our understandings of a range of linked legal, policy and theoretical concepts. In so doing, it offers new critical vantage points for both legal critique and conceptual change beyond mental capacity law. Published by Routledge. See website for details.
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.
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.
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.
'Law-in-(inter)action: communicative practices in legal settings': Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito – call for papers for special issue
Submissions are invited for this special issue edited by Fabio Ferraz de Almeida and Camila Alves Borges Oliveira. Please see announcement for details. Closing date: 17 June 2022.
Law Text Culture: ' Performing theatrical jurisprudence’ guest edited by Sean Mulcahy and Marett Leiboff
As Law Text Culture celebrate 25 volumes of distinctive and innovative research, the Legal Intersections Research Centre, University of Wollongong, is proud of the strong interdisciplinary tradition the journal has for engaging in (and highlighting) the diverse and valuable work of law and humanities scholarship. With a focus on the interconnections between ethics, aesthetics, and politics, Law Text Culture has consistently produced high quality scholarship that speaks to (and beyond) current issues, trends and challenges. See website to access this open access journal.
All JLS open access articles are now available on one page. New ones will be added as they become available. See website for details.
International Journal for the Semiotics of Law: call for papers for special issue on International Arbitration in the Digital World
Papers are invited for this special issue, guest-edited by Vijay K Bhatia, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Magdalena Łągiewska, University of Gdańsk, Poland. See website for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 30 August 2022.
This open access journal article with Feminist Legal Studies by Flora Renz and Davina Cooper explores how gender-based equality law could operate in conditions of decertification, drawing on legal thoughtways developed for two other protected characteristics in equality law: religion and belief, and disability.
International Journal of Disability and Social Justice: new open access journal – first issue now available
Disabled people make up roughly a fifth of the world’s population. As people with different forms of ascribed impairment or functional limitation, they continue to experience exclusion and disadvantage in all parts of the world because of ableism and an array of disabling attitudes, systems, structures and practices. Read the research published in the journal to find out about these processes of disablement. The journal aims to critique, re-imagine and develop new approaches to social justice for disabled people. It is concerned with critiquing injustice and finding ways to build inclusive environments, technologies and societies. See website for full details.
The contributors to this special issue of Talking Humanities provide an important sample of how the humanities impart a vital sensibility for cutting edge legal scholarship today. In his contribution (The humanities and law: more intertwined than you might think), David Sugarman explores the often uneasy and complex relationship between law and the humanities, and the growth and development of influences from the humanities within legal scholarship. Mara Malagodi (How legal briefs find new life in celluloid) focuses on the relationship between law and film, and its role in enabling our understanding of ‘justice’. Jill Marshall (The power of listening: how survivors’ voices can transform human rights) explores the importance of narrative and storytelling in fostering a victim-centred approach to International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law. Michael Thomson (From ‘heartbeats’ to bounty hunters – the legal complexities of abortion) situates the current American challenge to the constitutional right to abortion through a historical analysis of the relationship between law and medicine, while connecting this to the histories of slavery which continue to leave their imprint. The issue is introduced by Carl Stychin (Where law meets the humanities).
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has published the first in a new series of blogs that will share upcoming opportunities with the community.
Darren Baxter's blog for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) explains why we need a just transition to net zero.
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.
Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies Blog: Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish, and Short – book review & Celebrating One Year of Frontiers
Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies is a blog by the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies welcoming perspectives on methods and cutting-edge research from across the socio-legal field.
Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish, and Short
In this week’s Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies, Professor Ann Mumford reviews Jon Robins and Daniel Newman's new book Justice in a Time of Austerity: Stories From a System in Crisis (Bristol University Press, 2021). Read the full post here, which is published as part of the blog’s book review series A Good Read.
Celebrating One Year of Frontiers
In this special post celebrating Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies’ first anniversary, Senior Editor Professor Linda Mulcahy reflects on one year of Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies, drawing upon highlights shared by the editorial team. Read the full post here.
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See the latest bulletin for all funding news from the Leverhulme Trust.
A summary of the responses received to the consultation paper on the sentencing of sexual offences is now available. See website for details.
A summary of the responses received to the consultation paper on the sentencing of burglary offences is now available. See website for details.
The final report of this project, entitled Abolishing Legal Sex Status: The challenge and consequences of gender-related law reform, see website for details.
Read the spring 2022 edition of the Baldy Center magazine.
In March, JUSTICE submitted a response to the Consultation to reform the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA). The response highlights that the Government’s proposals to replace the HRA with a Bill of Rights will weaken rights protection in the UK by unduly restricting the content of rights and putting up additional procedural barriers to enforcement. It appears that the introduction of a ‘Bill of Rights’ is not driven by a concern for individual rights, but instead to shield Government action from proper scrutiny by the courts. See website for full details.
The report explores how the parole system could be truly fit for purpose for those in prison, victims, and the general public. See website for details.
The Law Commission has just published its reprot on this project. See website for details.
The Law Commission has published a report with draft legislation which would implement its recommendations to allow for the legal recognition of trade documents such as bills of lading and bills of exchange in electronic form. See website for details.
The Little Prison Libraries Newsletter is a publication of Life and Liberty Foundation’s Prison Lighthouse Project whose objective is to set up ‘integrated’ prison libraries for women prisoners (including those with children) in order to ensure their access to information, contact with the outside world, reintegration, and overall well-being. See website for details.
The AHRC has published its latest newsletter for February 2022.
Download the newsletter for the latest information from the Nuffield Foundation.
The latest information about JUSTICE in December 2021.
The £1.1m UKRI funded SAFESOC research project aims to reconceptualise prison regulation for safer societies. See the latest newsletter for updates.
The Runnymede Trust has just published it's latest newsletter. See webpage for details.
The Baldy Center at the University of Buffalo, New York, has published its latest newsletter.
The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society's latest newsletter has been published.