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Latest publications ...

Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies: On 'hanging out' with judges: reflections on researching 'up';  Mixed Methods Evaluation Research; and On A Sea of Paper

New reports from JUSTICE: Reforming the EU Settlement Scheme and Time Better Spent: Improving Decision-making in Prisons

National Centre for Research Methods: Methods News March 2024

Nuffield Foundation video: The Edinburgh Study: over the years – causes and impacts of criminal justice pathways

Nuffield Foundation: March 2024 newsletter

Sentencing Council Guidance: Sentencing pregnant women and new mothers

Academy of Social Sciences: 2024–2029 strategy launched

Academy of Social Sciences: Social science EDI data report published

AcSS eBulletin: April 2024

HMCTS Podcast: Accessible Justice: courts and digital services for all

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Monthly News

Judging Your Future: April 2024 JAC newsletter

New book: The Complexity of Human Rights: From Vernacularization to Quantification, Philip Alston (ed) – 20% discount available

New book: Cyberbullying and Sexting: Regulatory Challenges in the Digital Age, Elizabeth Agnew – 20% discount available


Books

Combined Academic Press – a selection of titles

Combined Academic Press is offering members a 30% discount on titles bought online. Below is a selection of recent publications: use code SLSAUP at checkout.

Family Law in Action: Divorce and Inequality in Quebec and France (2023) by Emilie Biland; Annelies Fryberger and Miranda Richmond Mouillot (trans), UBC Press

The right to divorce is a symbol of individual liberty and gender equality under the law, but in practice it is anything but equitable. Family Law in Action reveals the class and gender inequalities embedded in the process of separation and its aftermath in Quebec and France. See website for details. 

Judging Insanity, Punishing Difference: A History of Mental Illness in the Criminal Court (2023) by Chloé Deambrogio, Stanford University Press

In Judging Insanity, Punishing Difference, Chloé Deambrogio explores how developments in the field of forensic psychiatry shaped American courts' assessments of defendants' mental health and criminal responsibility over the course of the twentieth century. See website for details. 

Law by Night (2023) Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller, Duke University Press

In Law by Night Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller asks what we can learn about modern law and its authority by understanding how it operates in the dark of night. See website for details.   

Struggles for the Human: Violent Legality and the Politics of Rights (2024) Lara Montesinos Coleman, Duke University Press 

In Struggles for the Human, Lara Montesinos Coleman blends ethnography, political philosophy, and critical theory to reorient debates on human rights through attention to understandings of legality, ethics, and humanity in anticapitalist and decolonial struggle. See website for details.   

New book: The Complexity of Human Rights: From Vernacularization to Quantification, Philip Alston (ed) – 20% discount available

This book provides the first systematic assessment from a human rights law perspective of the landmark contributions of the renowned legal anthropologist, Sally Engle Merry. What impact does over-simplification have on human rights debates? Here the leading voices in the field assess the significance of these contributions. See website for details. Use code: GLR AT5 at checkout.

New book: Cyberbullying and Sexting: Regulatory Challenges in the Digital Age, Elizabeth Agnew – 20% discount available

Drawing on two empirical studies and influential theoretical frameworks, this book provides a critical overview of the key regulatory challenges concerning cyberbullying and sexting behaviours among young people (persons under 18 years). The author explores issues such as conceptualising the behaviours, examining the prevailing presence of sexism, myths and stereotypes surrounding gender roles and identity, and the limitations of criminal law as an effective regulatory tool. See website for details. Use code: GLR AT5 at checkout.

New book: The Subjects and Subjectivities of International Criminal Law – A critical introduction by Emily Haslam

This book provides a critical introduction to the core elements of international criminal law. It does so by provoking thought on what international criminal law is, or could be, by contrasting the practice of widely recognised state-based actors and institutions such as the International Criminal Court with practices associated with non-state actors, in particular citizens' tribunals. International criminal law is now established as an essential legal and institutional response to atrocity. However, it faces a series of political and practical challenges. It is vital to consider its limits and potential, as well as the ways and extent to which those limitations might be addressed. Many actors with very different visions of its nature and parameters play a role in shaping the meaning of international criminal law whether that be in official or unofficial spaces. This book explores the principles and institutions of international criminal law alongside the alternative visions of it put forward by citizens' tribunals. In so doing it encourages reflection on that law's multiple meanings and usages in order to provoke consideration of what it means, and might mean, to deploy international criminal law today. See website for details.

A launch event was held on at the University of Kent on 20 March 2024. See announcement for launch event details and information about the new Kent Critical Law Series of books.

Cambridge University Press: book chapters and aritcles for International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women's Day 2024 on 8 March, Cambridge have made a collection of Cambridge journal articles and book chapters authored by and about women celebrating the theme Invest in women: Accelerate progress. See the law selection here.

New book: Out of Place: Fieldwork and Positionality in Law and Society, Lynette J Chua & Mark Fathi Massoud (eds): available open access

Out of Place tells a new history of the field of law and society through the experiences and fieldwork of successful writers from populations that academia has historically marginalised. Encouraging collective and transparent self-reflection on positionality, the volume features scholars from around the world who share how their out-of-place positionalities influenced their research questions, data collection, analysis, and writing in law and society. From China to Colombia, India to Indonesia, Singapore to South Africa, and the United Kingdom to the United States, these experts record how they conducted their fieldwork, how their privileges and disadvantages impacted their training and research, and what they learned about the law in the process. As the global field of law and society becomes more diverse and an interest in identity grows, Out of Place is a call to embrace the power of positionality. See website for details. This title available as open access on Cambridge Core or in hardback to purchase.

New book: Intersections of Law and Memory: Influencing Perceptions of the Past, Mirosław Michał Sadowski

This book elaborates a new framework for considering and understanding the relationship between law and memory. How can law influence collective memory? What are the mechanisms law employs to influence social perceptions of the past? And how successful is law in its attempts to rewrite narratives about the past? As the field of memory studies has grown, this book takes a step back from established transitional justice narratives, returning to the core sociological, philosophical and legal theoretical issues that underpin this field. The book then goes on to propose a new approach to the relationship between law and collective memory based on a conception of ‘legal institutions of memory’. It then elaborates the functioning of such institutions through a range of examples – taken from Japan, Iraq, Brazil, Portugal, Rwanda and Poland – that move from the work of international tribunals and truth commissions to more explicit memory legislation. The book concludes with a general assessment of the contemporary intersections of law and memory, and their legal institutionalisation. Published by Routledge. See website for details.

Call for Book Chapter Proposals – Forced Marriage: A multidisciplinary response to a global issue

Abstracts are invited from across a range of disciplines and expertise for inclusion in this book that explores forced marriage from different angles, breaking down disciplinary silos and divides between academia and practice. The aim is to bring together a wide range of contributors to generate new conversations about forced marriage, building a fuller understanding which might lead us to new research ideas and/or responses in practice. See announcement for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 2 April 2024.

New book: Access to Justice, Digitalization and Vulnerability, by Naomi Creutzfeldt, Arabella Kyprianides, Ben Bradford and Jonathan Jackson

The pandemic has significantly impacted people's engagement with the administrative justice system (AJS). As we navigate the post-pandemic era, the siloed landscape of tribunals, ombuds, advice services and NGOs face the challenge of maintaining trust in the justice system's fairness, efficacy and inclusivity. Examining the journeys individuals undertake to seek justice in housing and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), this book sheds light on how these institutions adapted to remote service provision. Written by key names in the field, this important contribution uncovers valuable insights for digitalization efforts and offers concrete recommendations for improving pathways to justice. See website for details.

New book : Working Yet Poor: Challenges to EU Social Citizenship, Luca Ratti and Paul Schoukens (eds) – 20% discount 

This open access book explores the EU regulatory framework to measure in-work poverty and reduce its impact by linking the enhancement of social rights with the full realisation of EU citizenship entitlements and values. Following an in-depth scrutiny of the main policy options to reduce the number of working poor, this invaluable resource provides a theoretical reflection on the role of legislation and socio-fiscal welfare in contemporary labour markets. See website for details. The eBook editions of this book are available open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence on bloomsburycollections.com. For 20% discount of a hard copy use code GLR AQ. 

New book: Law and Humanities, edited by Russell Sandberg and Daniel Newman

This edited collection from Hart provides the first accessible introduction to 'Law and humanities'. Each chapter explores the nature, development and possible further trajectory of a disciplinary ‘law and’ field. Each chapter is written by an expert in the respective field and addresses how the two disciplines of law and the other respective field operate. This edited work, therefore, fulfils a real and pressing need to provide an accessible, introductory but critical guide to law and humanities as a whole by exploring how each disciplinary ‘law and’ field has developed, contributes to further scrutinizing the content and role of law, and how it can contribute and be enriched by being understood within the law and humanities tradition as a whole. Published by Anthem Press. See webpage for details.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing: invitation to submit a scholarly book proposal

Cambridge Scholars Publishing are inviting proposals for academic books and edited collections in Humanities and Social Sciences. We publish in all major fields of academic research and practice, including Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Health Sciences. To submit a book proposal, please visit the website, where you can complete a Book Proposal Form. See invitation for further details.

Women, Their Lives, and the Law: Essays in honour of Rosemary Auchmuty, edited by Victoria Barnes, Nora Honkala and Sally Wheeler: 20% discount

This collection of essays honours Rosemary Auchmuty, Professor of Law at the University of Reading, UK. She has fostered the study of women’s academic careers and, more politically, advanced progress on gender and equality issues including same-sex marriage and property law. Her research promotes the case of feminist legal history as a way of revealing the place of women and challenging dominant historical narratives that cast them aside. The chapters, and the collection as a whole, examine areas of law that have a deep significance for women’s lives. See website for details. Use code GLR AQ7 at checkout.

Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’Legal and Policy Perspectives by Ilias Trispiotis and Craig Purshouse: 20% discount

This book from Hart looks at why and how states should legally ban LGBTQ+ 'conversion therapy'. Few states have legislated against the practice, with many currently considering its legal ban. Banning 'Conversion Therapy' brings together leading academics, legal and medical practitioners, policymakers, and activists to illuminate the legislative and non-legislative steps that are required to protect individuals from the harms of 'conversion therapy' in different contexts. See website for details. Discount code: GLR AQ7.

The Ethics and Conduct of Lawyers in England and Wales by Andrew Boon

The fourth edition of this respected textbook from Hart examines the regulation and conduct of lawyers in England and Wales and addresses new developments in the field, including those in international practice, sexual misconduct, and the environment. Focusing on the practice of, and interrelationship between, solicitors and barristers, the book provides background to current arrangements while exploring contemporary rules of conduct, systems of regulation, and controversies. The approach throughout is socio-legal. While the essential law is described, relevant social science research informs consideration of issues and debates. See website for details. Discount code: GLR AQ7.

Landmark Cases series, Hart Publishing: 30% off when you buy 2 or more

The Landmark Cases series is an occasional series of volumes which seek to highlight the historical antecedents of what are widely considered to be the leading cases in the common law. These edited volumes feature original archival research by eminent scholars in the field, and are intended to provide a context, or contexts, in which to better understand how and why certain cases came to be regarded as the 'landmark' cases in any given field. See website for details.

New book: Biosafety Measures, Technology Risks and the World Trade Organization: Thriving and Surviving in the Age of Biotech, by Dr Alessandra Guida

An in-depth exploration of the WTO's role in balancing free trade in biotech and biosafety. This book presents a new interpretation of the precautionary principle and proportionality analysis, aiming to bridge gaps between decision-makers, scientists, and experts. It's a must-read for policymakers working on precautionary governance and management, scholars in the areas of trade law, human rights law and environmental law, law students and practitioners, as well as NGOs working in the field of new technologies, biosafety, sustainability and food safety. Published by Routledge. See website for details. 

Decolonisation, Anti-Racism, and Legal Pedagogy, edited by Foluke I Adebisi, Suhraiya Jivraj & Ntina Tzouvala: 20% discount

This book offers an international breadth of historical and theoretical insights into recent efforts to 'decolonise' legal education across the world. With a specific focus on post- and decolonial thought and anti-racist methods in pedagogy, this edited collection provides an accessible illustration of pedagogical innovation in teaching and learning law. Chapters cover civil and common law legal systems, incorporate cases from non-state Indigenous legal systems, and critically examine key topics such as decolonisation and anti-racism in criminology, colonialism and the British Empire, and court process and Indigenous justice. The book demonstrates how teaching can be modified and adapted to address long-standing injustice in the curriculum. Offering a systematic collection of theoretical and practical examples of anti-racist and decolonial legal pedagogy, this volume will appeal to curriculum designers and law educators as well as to undergraduate and post-graduate level law teachers and researchers. See flyer for discount details.

New book: Law, Culture and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Engagement, edited by Cosmin Cercel, Alexandra Mercescu & Mirosław Michał Sadowski

Combining insights from comparative legal theory, jurisprudence and legal history, this collection examines the legal and constitutional identity of Central and Eastern Europe. Although the various countries of Central and Eastern Europe have often compared themselves to the West, the failure of these countries to engage with one another has resulted in a whole spectrum of legal identities remaining hidden. This book, from Routledge, takes up a comparison of such identities within the region of Central and Eastern Europe, and following from the prima facie similarity between the region’s countries, given the experience of communism and legal transfers. The book thereby illuminates, through comparisons, the distinct legal identities of the 16 Central and Eastern European states; whilst, at the same time, arguing for a shared Central and Eastern European legal identity. See website for details.

Sustainability, Polar Resources and Polar Communities: call for book chapters

Abstracts are invited for this edited collection to be published by Trivent Publishing and edited by Sarah Sargent, University of Buckingham. See announcement for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 15 January 2024.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing: invitation for book proposals

Cambridge Scholars Publishing are inviting proposals for academic books and edited collections on Humanities and Social Sciences. See invitation for details.

New book: Criminal Justice in Austerity by James Thornton: 20% discount available

Published by Hart, this book offers a timely and detailed examination of the reality of criminal legal practice today. Drawing upon extensive anonymous interviews with criminal lawyers in England and Wales, it illuminates how financial pressures can arise within the criminal justice system and how lawyers seek to navigate them. It considers whether the criminal legal aid system really can provide those unable to afford a lawyer with access to justice and whether the Crown Prosecution Service can provide justice to victims of crime. See website for details. Use code GLR AQ7 for discount.

New book: Women, Their Lives and the Law, Victoria Barnes, Nora Honkala & Sally Wheeler (eds): 20% discount available

This collection of essays honours Rosemary Auchmuty, Professor of Law at the University of Reading, UK. She has fostered the study of women's academic careers and, more politically, advanced progress on gender and equality issues including same-sex marriage and property law. Her research promotes the case of feminist legal history as a way of revealing the place of women and challenging dominant historical narratives that cast them aside.  Just as Rosemary's work does, the book seeks to end the marginalisation and exclusion of women in the legal world, by including them.  The collection as a whole examines areas of law that have a deep significance for women's lives. See website for details. To claim discount use code GKTEC20 to pre-order before 30 November 2023.

New book: 100 Years of the Infanticide Act: Legacy, Impact and Future Directions, by Karen Brennan & Emma Milne (eds): 20% discount now available

This book provides the first comprehensive and detailed analysis of the Infanticide Act and its impact in England and Wales and around the world. It is 100 years since an Infanticide Act was first passed in England and Wales. The statute, re-enacted in 1938, allows for leniency to be given to women who kill their infants within the first year of life. This legislation is unique and controversial: it creates a specific offence and defence that is available only to women who kill their biological infants. Men and other carers are not able to avail of the special mitigation provided by the Act, nor are women who kill older children. The collection brings together leading experts in the field to offer important insights into the history of the law, how it works today, the impact and legacy of the statute and potential futures of infanticide laws around the world. Published by Hart. See website for details. Use code GLR AQ7 at checkout. 


Journals

New issue of Amicus Curiae including a special section on 'Children’s Rights: Contemporary Issues in Law and Society'

Issue 5.2 of Amicus Curiae Series 2 has just been published. The issue opens with ‘Human Rights for Justice’, by Justice Sir Dennis Adjei of the Court of Appeal, Ghana. The remainder of the issue is devoted to a Special Section on Children’s  Rights:  Contemporary  Issues in Law and Society (Part 1), organised,  developed and edited by Dr Maria-Federica Moscati (Sussex University), including contributions from Jo Bridgeman, Marian Roberts, Lucía Coler & Gabriela Z Salomone, Hung-Ju Chen & Po-Han Lee, Nuno Ferreira & Anna Verges Bausili, Simon Flacks, Jacob Stokoe and Francesca Cavallo. The issue is rounded off with a Visual Law article from Amy Kellam. See website to read the complete issue.

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly: Special issue – The Health and Care Act 2022: new legislation – new legacy? Mary Guy and Jean McHale (eds)

This special open access issue edited by Mary Guy (Liverpool John Moores University) and Jean McHale (University of Birmingham) offers UK-wide learning through its primary focus on a number of areas which received little public attention in the lead-up to the passage of the legislation and yet which may leave a considerable legacy for health and social care in the future.

The NILQ is open for submissions and the Chief Editor, Professor Mark Flear welcomes proposals for future special issues. See website for details.

Philosophical Quarterly Special Issue: New Work on Epistemic Injustice – call for papers

Submissions are invited for this special issue. See website for details. Call closes: 30 June 2024.

American Journal of International Law: call for papers

AJIL is a leading peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly since 1907. It features articles, essays, editorial comments, current developments, and book reviews by pre-eminent scholars and practitioners from around the world addressing developments in public and private international law and foreign relations law. See website for details.

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Blogs and other online resources

Nuffield Foundation video: The Edinburgh Study: over the years – causes and impacts of criminal justice pathways

The Nuffield Foundation has funded 'The Edinburgh study: causes and impacts of criminal justice pathways' for 25 years. The research explores the causes of early contact with the criminal justice system and its effects on individuals’ longer-term life chances. In this video, research leads Professor Lesley McAra and Professor Susan McVie talk about the project.

AcSS Podcast 'The We Society': season 5 coming soon - watch the trailer 

This season, Will Hutton will be joined by a range of guests to explore how social science research is the key to understanding and unlocking progress on a number of topics including possible solutions for local authorities facing bankruptcy, how social science can encourage more inclusive societies, and how one of the world's largest research studies has contributed to improving the health and wellbeing of our communities, amongst others.

On Wednesday 13 March, watch out for the first episode of the season where Will is in conversation with Professor Lord Richard Layard FAcSS, renowned economist and Peer, on the social science of wellbeing and how it contributes, not only to individual happiness, but also to wider society. See website for details and to watch the trailer.

Nuffield Foundation February Newsletter

Read the latest updates from the Nuffield Foundation in the February Newsletter.

Leverhulme Trust Newsletter: February 2024

The Leverhulme Trust Newsletter for February includes features on AI-enabled digital accessibility, the politics of addiction, cosmic explosions, Polish musical and cultural lives in Iran during World War II. See website for details.

UKRI Voices Blog: People, culture and environment are at heart of research by Rebecca Fairbairn

In the latest instalment of Voices, Rebecca Fairbairn, Director of Research Excellence Framework (REF), Research England, talks about how the definitions of research excellence are changing across the world, how we are now looking in a much more open way at what excellence looks like, and which outputs from research matter. See website for details.

HMCTS Podcast: Accessible Justice: courts and digital services for all

Listen to the the latest Unveiling Justice podcast on accessible justice.

HMCTS Monthly Bulletin: February 2024

Read all the latest news from the HMCTS in its Monthly Bulletin

HMCTs Blog: Inside the Criminal Courts

The latest ‘Inside the Criminal Courts’ video series looks at experiences of ensuring court building are safe for everyone visiting and working in the courts. See website for details.

Parliament Matters: New podcast by the Hansard Society

Two of the UK's leading parliamentary experts, Mark D'Arcy and Ruth Fox, guide you through the often mysterious ways our politicians do business and explore the running controversies about the way Parliament works. Each week they will analyse how laws are made and ministers held accountable by the people we send to Westminster. They will be debating the topical issues of the day, looking back at key historical events and discussing the latest research on democracy and Parliament. See website for details.

Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination at the Bar 2023, Bar Council Report

Research data from Barristers’ Working Lives (the Bar Council’s biennial survey of the profession), as well as reports to Talk to Spot and calls to the Bar Council’s helplines, evidence a long-term problem with bullying and harassment, as well as inappropriate and undermining behaviour, which needs to be addressed. This report draws on new data from the Barristers' Working Lives survey 2023 and Talk to Spot data from 2019-2023 and makes three recommendations. See website for details.

Remand Decision-Making in the Magistrates’ Court, JUSTICE Research Report

JUSTICE'S research report , Remand Decision-Making in the Magistrates’ Court, found that magistrates’ courts are regularly not following the law when jailing people awaiting trial. See website to download the full report.

UKRI news release: 'Update on UKRI open access policy and fund for books'

From 1 January 2024, UKRI’s open access policy will apply to monographs, book chapters and edited collections that need to acknowledge UKRI funding. See news announcement for details.

Leverhulme Trust: Funding Bulletin

The Bulletin contains details of all the Trust's current funding rounds and fellowships.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation latest newsletter

The latest JRF newsletter is now available.

National Centre for Research Methods: Methods News March 2024

Read the latest issue including details of the National Centre for Research Method's many events and training opportunities.

Public Law Project: latest news updates

For the latest Public Law Project news. See the full update here.

AcSS eBulletin: April 2024

See the latest AcSS eBulletin for news of all AcSS activities.

Judging Your Future: April 2024 

The Judicial Appointments Commission has published its latest newsletter. See webpage for details.

Latest from the JLS Blog: Meet the book authors

Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies

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. 

On 'hanging out' with judges: reflections on researching 'up'

Diana Kisakye discusses access challenges while researching up, highlighting the role of the informal in a predominantly formalistic judicial culture. Read the full post here, which is published as part of the blog’s Methodological Musings section. 

Mixed Methods Evaluation Research

Professor Linda Mulcahy (CSLS, Oxford) speaks with Professor Lorana Bartels (ANU Centre for Social Policy Research and Methods) about using mixed methods in evaluation research. This episode is the third in our quantitative methods series co-produced with ANU POLIS. Listen to the full podcast here, which is part of the blog’s Talking About Methods podcast. 

On A Sea of Paper

Shruti Iyer (CSLS, Oxford) reviews Kalyani Ramnath's new book, Boats in a Storm: Law, Migration, and Decolonization in South and Southeast Asia, 1942–1962 (Stanford University Press, 2023). Read the full post here, which is published as part of the blog’s A Good Read section. 

Oral History as a Radical & Feminist Methodology

In this special episode of Talking about Methods to mark International Women’s Day 2024, Professor Linda Mulcahy talks to Dr Anna Cole, Ellie Whittingdale, and Dr Marie Burton about the potential of oral history and life story interviews as a radical and feminist method. Listen to the full podcast here, which is part of the blog’s Talking About Methods podcast. 

If you would like to receive a summary of all Frontier’s latest posts, sign up to receive the bi-monthly newsletter here.

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.  

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Other

New reports from JUSTICE: Reforming the EU Settlement Scheme and Time Better Spent: Improving Decision-making in Prisons

Justice has published two new committee reports: 

Sentencing Council Guidance: Sentencing pregnant women and new mothers

On 1 April 2024, the Council introduced a new, dedicated mitigating factor: ‘Pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care’, in the majority of offence-specific sentencing guidelines, providing guidance for courts on sentencing pregnant offenders and new mothers. See website for details.

Academy of Social Sciences: 2024–2029 strategy launched

The strategy outlines the Academy's objectives for promoting social science in the UK for public benefit and was informed by consultations with Academy Fellows, Council members, Executive Committee, member learned societies, Academy staff and other stakeholders. See website for details and to download the strategy.

Academy of Social Sciences: Social science EDI data report published

The Academy has published a new report which summarises social science equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) data as part of itscollaborative EDI Project in partnership with member learned societies and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). See website for details.

Sentencing Council: Miscellaneous amendments to sentencing guidelines – response to consultation

The Sentencing Council has published details of amendments it will be making to a number of sentencing guidelines following consultation. The changes apply to guidelines in both magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court and will come into force on 1 April 2024. The majority of the changes are being made in response to recent changes in legislation and others are in response to feedback from guideline users. Full details can be found in the response to consultation document on the Sentencing Council website.

AcSS Latest Policy Monitor published

See and respond to the summary of latest consultations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Bar Council publishes Response to the Review of Civil Legal Aid

The Bar Council has published its response to the Ministry of Justice Review of Civil Legal Aid alongside a press release entitled: 'Bar’s goodwill taken for granted' – Bar Council builds strong case for urgent investment in civil legal aid.

Ministry of Justice: Updates in the draft new Victims’ Code

The Victims’ Code is a guide for victims of crime to understand what they can expect from the criminal justice system. It sets out the minimum level of service that victims should receive in England and Wales. See website for the latest changes to the draft code.

UK Poverty 2024, Joseph Rowntree Foundation report

The UK is entering this election year with unacceptably high levels of poverty, appallingly high for some groups. This report looks at the current situation across different groups and regions, and the future prospects for poverty in the UK. See website for details.

Bar Council: New guidance on generative AI for the Bar

The Bar Council has issued new guidance for barristers navigating the growing use of ChatGPT, and other generative artificial intelligence (AI) large language model systems (LLMs). It concludes that there is nothing inherently improper about using reliable AI tools for augmenting legal services, but they must be properly understood by the individual practitioner and used responsibly. See announcement for details. 

The SHAPE of Research Impact: new report from AcSS, the British Academy and Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science 

This new report sheds light on the tangible impact of UK SHAPE (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy) research on the wellbeing of society, culture and the economy, through a collection of case studies. See website for details.

Reimagining the Recipe for Research and Innovation: The secret sauce of social science, new report from AcSS and Campaign for Social Science

This report emphasises the vitally important yet underdeveloped role of the social sciences in the UK’s current research, development and innovation system. Drawing on data which highlights the ways in which social scientists contribute to a diverse ecosystem of talent and impact, it sets out some distinctive flavours of the UK’s social sciences, and how they are transforming UK research into a recipe that is genuinely world-leading and future-focused. See website for details.

Sentencing Council: Response to the Justice Committee recommendations: Public Opinion and Understanding of Sentencing

The Council has responded to recommendations made by the Justice Committee following the Committee’s inquiry into public opinion and understanding of sentencing. See website for details.

Assessing Access to Justice in HMCTS Services: new report

This publication outlines the HMCTS's commitment to being transparent and treating data as one a valuable asset. See website for details.

Nuffield Foundation: March 2024 newsletter

The latest news from the Nuffield Foundation. See website for details.

Safesoc Newsletter: March 2024

The £1.1m UKRI funded SAFESOC research project aims to reconceptualise prison regulation for safer societies. See website for the latest SAFESOC news.

NCRM Methods News: January 2024

Catch up with all the news from the National Centre for Research Methods: Methods News December 2024Methods News December 2024.

Latest JRF Newsletter 

Read all the latest from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: JRF Newseltter: October 2023.

Sentencing Council: new guidelines on perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation

On 1 October 2023, two new guidelines from the Sentencing Council for sentencing offenders convicted of interfering with the administration of justice came into effect. The guidelines cover two offences: perverting the course of justice contrary to common law; and witness intimidation under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. There were previously no sentencing guidelines for perverting the course of justice offences and only limited guidance in the magistrates’ courts for witness intimidation.
Perverting the course of justice offences cover a wide range of conduct, from giving false information to police officers at a traffic stop, tampering with evidence or giving false information during a police interview. Witness intimidation includes pressuring witnesses to withdraw allegations or witness statements, or not to give evidence in court.

Sentencing Council: Data release on sentencing robbery

The Council has published data covering the factors taken into account when sentencing adult offenders for robbery (where this was the principal offence) and details of the sentence imposed. See website for details.

Analysis and Research at the Sentencing Council – September 2023

This roundup summarises some of the research work recently undertaken or commissioned by the Sentencing Council. See website for details.

The Bar of 2043: Thoughts for the future – speech by Nick Vineall KC, Chair of the Bar

This speech was given on Wednesday 13 September 2023 at the Inner Temple Hall, London. 

Rapid Legal Policy Reactions and How to Do Them: new Best Practice Guide from the Doing Feminist Legal Work Network

This best practice guide, edited by Maebh Harding and Aoife O’Donoghue, brings together practical advice from legal academics about how to respond quickly to  events or opportunities that could influence legal policy. It is hoped that scholars and activists will find this research tool empowering and helpful when engaging directly with policy makers and media to address complex issues of law and gender. See website to download the free guide.

Humor and Free Speech: A Comparative Analysis of Global Case Law, by Alberto Godioli and Jennifer Young

The paper Humor and Free Speech: A Comparative Analysis of Global Case Law, authored by Alberto Godioli and Jennifer Young (University of Groningen, convenors of the 'Comedy Controversies' stream at SLSA 2023), is now available as part of the Special Collection series run by Columbia Global Freedom of Expression. The paper discusses international trends and recurring issues in humour-related jurisprudence, by analysing 81 cases from across the globe. The cases are organised around five key themes, namely (1) satire, defamation and other individual dignitary harms; (2) disparaging humor and hate speech; (3) humor, violence and public unrest; (4) parody, copyright and trademarks; (5) humour and “public morals”. Please click here to download the paper.

Nuffield Foundation Annual Report 2022 published

The 2022 annual report has just been published. Tim Gardam, the Foundation's CEO, has written his reflections on last year, highlighting the Foundation’s key achievements, and sharing a preview of what to expect over the coming year. See website for details.

Runnymede Trust: overview of 2023

The Runnymede Trust has published its final press release of 2023. 

Academy of Social Sciences: latest news October 2023

See the latest newsletter for a round-up of AcSS activities.

AcSS Policy Monitor: October 2023

Read the October Policy Monitor to see and respond to the summary of latest consultations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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