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Law Commission report on Pension Funds and Social Investment

'The Grenfell Tower inquiry: Learning from Hillsborough', article by Phil Scraton


Hart Publishing: Three new books with 20% discount for SLSA members

Gender Equality in Law – Uncovering the legacies of Czech state socialism, by Barbara Havelková: 20% discount for SLSA members

Published by Hart, this book examines legal developments in gender-relevant areas, most importantly in equality and anti-discrimination law. But it goes further, shedding light on the underlying understandings of key concepts such as women, gender, equality, discrimination and rights. In so doing, it shows the fundamental intellectual and conceptual difficulties faced by gender equality law in Czechia. Please see attachment for further details.

Religion, Equality and Employment in Europe: The case for reasonable accommodation by Katayoun Alidadi

The management of religious and ideological diversity remains a key challenge of our time – deeply entangled with debates about the nature of liberal democracy, equality, social cohesion, minorities and nationalism, security and foreign policy. This book explores this challenge at the level of the workplace in Europe. Please see attachment for further details.

Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene edited by Louis J Kotzé

The era of eco-crises signified by the Anthropocene trope is marked by rapidly intensifying levels of complexity and unevenness, which collectively present unique regulatory challenges to environmental law and governance. This volume sets out to address the currently under-theorised legal and consequent governance challenges presented by the emergence of the Anthropocene as a possible new geological epoch. Please see attachment for further details.

Two new titles from Hart with 20% discount for SLSA members

Human Rights Encounter Legal Pluralism: Normative and empirical approaches, edited by Giselle Corradi, Eva Brems and Mark Goodale

This collection of essays interrogates how human rights law and practice acquire meaning in relation to legal pluralism, ie the co-existence of more than one regulatory order in a same social field. As a legal construction, it is characteristic of particular regions, such as post-colonial contexts. Drawing on experiences from Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, the contributions in this volume analyse how different configurations of legal pluralism interplay with the legal and the social life of human rights. At the same time, they enquire into how human rights law and practice influence interactions that are subject to regulation by more than one normative regime. Aware of numerous misunderstandings and of the mutual suspicion that tends to exist between human rights scholars and anthropologists, the volume includes contributions from experts in both disciplines and intends to build bridges between normative and empirical theory.

Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging legal discourses, edited by Andrea Durbach and Lucas Lixinski

Cultural heritage law and its response to human rights principles and practice has gained renewed prominence on the international agenda. The recent conflicts in Syria and Mali, China’s use of shipwreck sites and underwater cultural heritage to make territorial claims, and the cultural identities of nations post-conflict highlight this field as an emerging global focus. In addition, it has become a forum for the configuration and contestation of cultural heritage, rights and the broader politics of international law.

The manifestation of tensions between heritage and human rights are explored in this volume, in particular in relation to heritage and rights in collaboration and in conflict, and heritage as a tool for rights advocacy. This volume also explores these issues from a distinctively legal standpoint, considering the extent to which the legal tools of international human rights law facilitate or hinder heritage protection. Covering a range of issues across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia, this volume will be of interest to people working in human rights, heritage studies, cultural heritage management and identity politics around the world.

Please see flyer for details and discount code.

New book: Rationale-Based Defences in Criminal Law by Mark Dsouza – 20% discount for SLSA members

Although it is often accepted that rationale-based defences to criminal liability can be justificatory or excusatory, disagreements about how best to conceptualise the categories of justification and excuse have appeared so interminable that some theorists argue that they should be abandoned altogether. This book offers a novel, principled, and intuitively appealing conceptual account of the natures of justifications and excuses, showing how they differ, and why the distinction between them matters. See flyer for further details and discount code.

New book: The Rule of Law in the United Nations Security Council Decision-Making Process by Sherif Elgebeily

The UN Security Council is entrusted under the UN Charter with primary responsibility for the maintenance and restoration of the international peace; it is the only body with the power to authorise military intervention legally and impose international sanctions where it decides. However, its decision-making process has hitherto been obscure and allegations of political bias have been made against the Security Council in its responses to potential international threats. Despite the rule of law featuring on the Security Council’s agenda for over a decade and a UN General Assembly declaration in 2012 establishing that the rule of law should apply internally to the UN, the Security Council has yet to formulate or incorporate a rule of law framework that would govern its decision-making process. This book, published by Routledge, explains the necessity of a rule of law framework for the Security Council before analysing existing literature and UN documents on the domestic and international rule of law in search of concepts suitable for transposition to the arena of the Security Council. It emerges with eight core components, which form a bespoke rule of law framework for the Security Council. Against this framework, the Security Council’s decision-making process since the end of the Cold War is meticulously evaluated, illustrating explicitly where and how the rule of law has been undermined or neglected in its behaviour. Ultimately, the book concludes that the Security Council and other bodies are unwilling or unable adequately to regulate the decision-making process against a suitable rule of law framework, and argues that there exists a need for the external regulation of Council practice and judicial review of its decisions. Please see website for further details.

New Book: States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection: Fortresses and fairness, edited by Maria O'Sullivan and Dallal Stevens: 20 per cent discount for SLSA members

Published by Hart, this timely volume seeks to examine two of the most pertinent current challenges faced by asylum seekers in gaining access to international refugee protection: first, the obstacles to physical access to territory and, second, the barriers to accessing a quality asylum procedure – which the editors have termed 'access to justice'. To address these aims, the book brings together leading commentators from a range of backgrounds, including law, sociology and political science. It also includes contributions from NGO practitioners. This allows the collection to offer interdisciplinary analysis and to incorporate both theoretical and practical perspectives on questions of immense contemporary significance. Please see flyer for further details and 20 per cent discount code.

New book: The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, by Mazen Masri: 20 per cent discount available

What does Israel’s definition as a 'Jewish and democratic' state mean? How does it affect constitutional law? How does it play out in the daily life of the people living in Israel? This book provides a unique and detailed examination of the consequences of the ‘Jewish and democratic’ definition. It explores how the definition affects the internal ordering of the state, the operation of the law, and the ways it is used to justify, protect and regenerate certain features of Israeli constitutional law. It also considers the relationship between law and settler-colonialism, and how this relationship manifests itself in the constitutional order. Published by Hart, Please see flyer for further details and 20 per cent discount code.

New book: Ombudsmen at the Crossroads: The Legal Services Ombudsman, dispute resolution and democratic accountability by Nick O’Brien and Mary Seneviratne

Published by Palgrave Macmillan UK, as an ebook and a printed book, it uses the Legal Services Ombudsman for England and Wales (LSO) as a case study to explore the development of the ombudsman concept over 20 years. The book charts the evolution of the LSO from its inception in 1990 until its replacement in 2010 by the Legal Ombudsman. It describes how the LSO reconciled its dual responsibility for consumer dispute resolution and democratic accountability, and how far it succeeded in changing the mentality of the legal profession. The book relates the LSO’s experience to current debates facing the ombudsman and regulatory community, and highlights the continuing potential of the ombudsman institution. See website for details.

Alleged perpetrators of Abuse as Litigants in Person in Private Family Law: The cross-examination of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses: new MoJ report by Natalie Elizabeth Corbett and Amy Summerfield

This research study explores how the family judiciary manage cases with the cross-examination of vulnerable or intimidated witnesses by alleged perpetrators of abuse and establishes what, if any, further provisions could be considered to support them in doing so. The report presents the findings from an in-depth qualitative study based on 21 interviews with family judges and a workshop with representatives from external organisations. It was released to coincide with the recent announcements on the Prisons and Courts Bill, which the research informed. The full report can be found on the government website

New book: Environmental Principles and the Evolution of Environmental Law by Eloise Scotford: 20 per cent membership discount

Environmental principles – from the polluter pays and precautionary principles to the principles of integration and sustainability – proliferate in domestic and international legal and policy discourse, reflecting key goals of environmental protection and sustainable development on which there is apparent political consensus. Environmental principles also have a high profile in environmental law, beyond their popularity as policy and political concepts, as ideas that might unify the subject and provide it with conceptual foundations or boost its delivery of environmental outcomes. However, environmental principles are elusive legal concepts.This book deepens the legal understanding of environmental principles in light of recent legal developments.Please see flyer for details.

New book: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' troubles and the gendered politics of identity edited by by Máiréad Enright, Julie McCandless and Aoife O'Donoghue: 20 per cent membership discount

The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project inaugurates a fresh dialogue on gender, legal judgment, judicial power and national identity in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Through a process of judicial re-imagining, the project takes account of the peculiarly Northern/Irish concerns in shaping gender through judicial practice. This collection, following on from feminist judgments projects in Canada, England and Australia takes the feminist judging methodology in challenging new directions. This book collects 26 rewritten judgments, covering a range of substantive areas. As well as opinions from appellate courts, the book includes fi rst instance decisions and a fi ctional review of a Tribunal of Inquiry. Each feminist judgment is accompanied by a commentary putting the case in its social context and explaining the original decision. Please see flyer for details.

Liverpool Law School: A year in review 2016

Liverpool Law School has published its annual review. Please see website for details.

Intersentia: 15 per cent discount on selected titles for LGBT History Month

Intersentia is offering a 15 per cent discount on selected titles ordered before 15 March 2017. Please see webpage for further details.

Invitation for submissions to contribute to Lawyers in Society book

Professors Hilary Sommerlad, Ole Hammerslev, Rick Abel, and Ulrike Schultz are currently editing a book on Lawyers in Society which will revisit and expand the Abel and Lewis collection: Lawyers in Society, UCLA 1988, to be published by Hart. The proposed format of the book is based on the original Abel and Lewis volumes, namely comprising around 42 ‘country reports’ and approximately 10 themed chapters (of around 8000–10,000 words). The editors are looking for scholars to contribute two chapters:

  • a chapter on paralegals in the profession; and
  • a chapter on ‘race’ and diversity and the profession.

They are particularly interested in researchers who are exploring these issues in civil law countries and we would need an outline/first draft by around September 2017.

If you are interested, or know of a scholar who is working in this area, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 6 March 2017

Case Study Research: Core skills in using 15 genres, by Arch G Woodside, published by Emerald

This book examines the processes involved in conducting case research in a number of genres including participant observation, fuzzy set social science, system dynamics, decision systems analysis, forced metaphor elicitation technique, ethnographic decision tree modelling, mapping strategic thinking, the historical method, storytelling research and conversational analysis.

The book reviews and applies the best literature on case study methods from a number of disciplines providing a strong rationale for adopting case study research methods alone or in mixed-methods. This fully revised and updated second edition employs a broad and deep coverage of multiple case study research genres to comprehensively explore the topic. Please see website for details.

Discounted books from Hart: new releases

Hart Publishing is offering members a 20% discount on the following new releases:

  • Access to Justice and Legal Aid by Asher Flynn and Jacqueline Hodgson
  • Trust in International Police and Justice Cooperation edited by Saskia Hufnagel and Carole McCartney and
  • Discrimination as Stigma: A theory of anti-discrimination law by Iyiola Solanke

Please see flyer for full details.

New book: The Penal Voluntary Sector by Philippa Tomczak

Published by Routledge, The Penal Voluntary Sector by Philippa Tomczak provides a wide-ranging, detailed and rigorous examination of this penal voluntary sector, rigorously theorising its varying roles and the effects of charitable work upon prisoners and probationers. A 20% discount is available online. See attachment for details.

New Book: The Emotional Dynamics of Law and Legal Discourse by Heather Conway and John Stannard: 20% discount for SLSA members

In his seminal work, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman suggests that the common view of human intelligence is far too narrow and that emotions play a much greater role in thought, decision-making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged. The importance of emotion to human experience cannot be denied, yet the relationship between law and emotion is one that has largely been ignored until recent years. However, the last two decades have seen a rapidly expanding interest among scholars of all disciplines into the way in which law and the emotions interact, including the law’s response to emotion and the extent to which emotions pervade the practice of the law. In The Emotional Dynamics of Law and Legal Discourse a group of leading scholars from both sides of the Atlantic explore these issues across key areas of private law, public law, criminal justice and dispute resolution, illustrating how emotion infuses all areas of legal thought. The collection argues for a more positive view of the role of emotion in the context of legal discourse and demonstrates ways in which the law could, in the words of Goleman, become more emotionally intelligent.

Click here to order online and use the discount code CV7 at the checkout to get your 20% off

New book: The New Regulatory Framework for Consumer Dispute Resolution by Pablo Cortés

Published by Oxford University Press, this new book examines the impact of new EU law in the field of consumer redress; analyses the implementation of the ADR Directive in nine member states with different legal cultures in consumer redress, including Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK; looks beyond the EU to consider US approaches to consumer redress; and evaluates new trends in consumer ADR by identifying best practices and looking at future trends in the field. See webpage for details.

New book: Life Imprisonment and Human Rights, Dirk van Zyl Smit and Catherine Appleton (eds): 20 per cent discount for SLSA members

In many jurisdictions today, life imprisonment is the most severe penalty that can be imposed. Despite this, it is a relatively under-researched form of punishment and no meaningful attempt has been made to understand its full human rights implications. This important collection fills that gap by addressing these two key questions: what is life imprisonment and what human rights are relevant to it? These questions are explored from the perspective of a range of jurisdictions, in essays that draw on both empirical and doctrinal research. Under the editorship of two leading scholars in the field, this innovative and important work will be a landmark publication in the field of penal studies and human rights. Please see attachment for details of discount.

New Book: The Rise and Fall of the Right of Silence by Hannah Quirk

Within an international context in which the right to silence has long been regarded as sacrosanct, this book provides the first comprehensive, empirically-based analysis of the effects of curtailing the right to silence. The right to silence has served as the practical expression of the principles that an individual was to be considered innocent until proven guilty, and that it was for the prosecution to establish guilt. In 1791, the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution proclaimed that none ‘shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself’. In more recent times, the privilege against self-incrimination has been a founding principle for the International Criminal Court, the new South African constitution and the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Despite this pedigree, over the past 30 years when governments have felt under pressure to combat crime or terrorism, the right to silence has been reconsidered (as in Australia), curtailed (in most of the United Kingdom) or circumvented (by the creation of the military tribunals to try the Guantánamo detainees). The analysis here focuses upon the effects of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in England and Wales. There, curtailing the right to silence was advocated in terms of ‘common sense’ policy-making and was achieved by an eclectic borrowing of concepts and policies from other jurisdictions. The implications of curtailing this right are here explored in detail with reference to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but within a comparative context that examines how different ‘types’ of legal systems regard the right to silence and the effects of constitutional protection. Published by Routledge. See website for details.

New Book: China's Influence on Non Trade Concerns in International Economic Law edited by Paolo Farah and Elena Cima

This volume examines the range of Non-Trade Concerns (NTCs) that may conflict with international economic rules and proposes ways to protect them within international law and international economic law. Globalization without local concerns can endanger relevant issues such as good governance, human rights, right to water, right to food, social, economic, cultural and environmental rights, labor rights, access to knowledge, public health, social welfare, consumer interests and animal welfare, climate change, energy, environmental protection and sustainable development, product safety, food safety and security. Focusing on China, the book shows the current trends of Chinese law and policy towards international standards. The authors argue that China can play a leading role in this context: not only has China adopted several reforms and new regulations to address NTCs; but it has started to play a very relevant role in international negotiations on NTCs such as climate change, energy, and culture, among others. While China is still considered a developing country, in particular from the NTCs’ point of view, it promises to be a key actor in international law in general and, more specifically, in international economic law in this respect. This volume assesses, taking into consideration its special context, China’s behavior internally and externally to understand its role and influence in shaping NTCs in the context of international economic law. Please follow link to access frontmatter and see website for full details.

Transnational Law and Governance book series, Routledge: call for proposals

This series is now taking proposals for new titles. See the call for proposals. The series editor is Paolo Farah.

Global Law and Sustainable Development series, Routledge: call for proposals

This series is now taking proposals for new titles. See the call for proposals. The series editor is Paolo Farah.

New Book: Gendering European Working Time Regimes – The Working Time Directive and the case of Poland, by Ania Zbyszewska

The standard approach to regulating working hours rests on gendered assumptions about how paid and unpaid work ought to be divided. In this book Ania Zbyszewska takes a feminist, socio-legal approach to evaluate whether the contemporary European working-time regimes can support a more equal sharing of this work. Focusing on the legal and political developments surrounding the EU Working Time Directive and the historic reforms of Poland's Labour Code, Zbyszewska reveals that both regimes retain this traditional gender bias, suggests the reasons for its persistence, and highlights its social consequences. She employs a wide range of data sources and uses the Polish case to assess the EU influence over national policy discourse and regulation, with the broader transnational policy trends also considered. This interdisciplinary book combines legal analysis with social and political science concepts to highlight law's constitutive role and relational dimensions, and to reflect on the relationship between discursive politics and legal action. See webpage for details.

New book: Extending Working Life for Older Workers by Alysia Blackham: 20 per cent discount

The UK population is ageing rapidly. While age discrimination laws are seen as having broad potential to address the ‘ageing challenge’ and achieve instrumental and intrinsic objectives in the context of employment, it is unclear what impact they are having in practice. This monograph addresses two overarching research questions in the employment field: How are UK age discrimination laws operating in practice? How (if at all) could UK age discrimination laws be improved? A reflexive law theoretical standpoint is employed to investigate these issues, applying a mixed methods research design that engages qualitative, quantitative, doctrinal and comparative elements. This book demonstrates the substantial limitations of the Equality Act 2010 (UK) for achieving instrumental and intrinsic objectives. Drawing on qualitative expert interviews, statistical analysis and organisational case studies, it illustrates the failure of age discrimination laws to achieve attitudinal change in the UK, and reveals the limited prevalence of proactive measures to support older workers. Integrating doctrinal analysis, comparative analysis of Finnish law, and the Delphi method, it proposes targeted legal and policy changes to address demographic change, and offers an agenda for reform that may increase the impact of age discrimination laws, and enable them to respond effectively to demographic ageing.

Published by Hart, this book is available via the website with a 20 per cent discount for SLSA members using the code CV7. 

New Book: Environmental Justice in India: The National Green Tribunal, by Gitanjali Nain Gill

Environmental Justice in India explores the genesis, operation and effectiveness of the Indian National Green Tribunal (NGT). The book has four key objectives. First, to examine the importance of access to justice in environmental matters promoting sustainability and good governance Second, to provide an analytical and critical account of the judicial structures that offer access to environmental justice in India. Third, to analyse the establishment, working practice and effectiveness of the NGT in advancing a distinctively Indian green jurisprudence. Finally, to present and review the success and external challenges faced and overcome by the NGT resulting in growing usage and public respect for the NGT’s commitment to environmental protection and the welfare of the most affected people.

Providing an informative analysis of a growing judicial development in India, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental justice, environmental law, development studies and sustainable development.

Please visit webpage for full details and to read the reviews by Professors Upendra Baxi and Robert Lee.

Essays on the Changes and Challenges of the Green Tree Agreement on the Nigerian Landscape: call for book chapters

The editors of the above title invite contributions for this new collection to be published in 2017. The deadline has been extended to 15 March 2017. Please see attachment for details. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

20 per cent discount on two new Hart titles

In addition to the two titles below, Hart Publishing is offering a 20 per cent discount on the second edition of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in International Law, by Manisuli Ssenyonjo, and Legal Insanity and the Brain: Science, law and European courts edited by Sofia Moratti and Dennis Patterson.

New book: Temporary Migration in the Global Era: The regulatory challenges 20 per cent discount from Hart Publishing for SLSA members

Hart Publishing is offering SLSA members a 20 per cent discount on this new title edited by Joanna Howe and Rosemary Owens. 

In the global era, controversies abound over temporary labour migration; however, it has not previously been subjected to a sustained socio-legal analysis on a comparative basis, critiquing the underpinning concepts conventionally accepted as fundamental in this area. This collection of essays aims to fill that void. Complex regulatory challenges arise from temporary labour migration. This collection examines these challenges and the extent to which temporary labour migration programmes can be ethical, equitable and efficacious and so deliver decent work for workers. Whilst the tendency for migration law to divide labour law’s worker-protective mission has been observed before, the authors of the chapters comprising this collection seek not only to interrogate why and how this is so, but to go further in examining the implications and effects of a wide range of regulatory mechanisms on temporary labour migration.

RSP: £85. Discount Price for SLSA members: £68. Click here to order online and quote CV7 at the checkout to obtain your discount

New book: Religion and the Exercise of Public Authority: 20 per cent discount for SLSA members

Edited by Benjamin L Berger and Richard Moon and published in June 2016 by Hart Publishing. In the burgeoning literature on law and religion, scholarly attention has tended to focus on broad questions concerning the scope of religious freedom, the nature of toleration and the meaning of secularism. An under-examined issue is how religion figures in the decisions, actions and experiences of those charged with performing public duties. This point of contact between religion and public authority has generated a range of legal and political controversies around issues such as the wearing of religious symbols by public officials, prayer at municipal government meetings, religious education and conscientious objection by public servants. Authored by scholars from a variety of disciplines, the chapters in this volume provide insight into these and other issues. Please see website for details.

There is a 20 per cent discount for SLSA members. Order through Hart Publishing and use the discount code CV7 at the checkout 

New Book – Honorary Protestants: The Jewish school question in Montreal, 1867–1997 by David Fraser

In Honorary Protestants, David Fraser presents the first legal history of the Jewish school question in Montreal. Based on extensive archival research, it highlights the complex evolution of concepts of rights, citizenship, and identity, negotiated outside the strict legal boundaries of the constitution. Published by University of Toronto Press, see website for details.

New book: Sanitation Law and Policy in India: An introduction to basic instruments by Philippe Cullet and Lovleen Bhullar

This new book is published by Oxford University Press. Please visit webpage for full details.

New book: Stopping Rape: Towards A Comprehensive Policy, Sylvia Walby et al

This important book offers a comprehensive guide to the international policies developed to stop rape, together with case study examples on how they work. The authors are Sylvia Walby, Philippa Olive, Jude Towers, Brian Francis, Sofia Strid, Andrea Krizsán, Emanuela Lombardo, Corinne May-Chahal, Suzanne Franzway, David Sugarman, Bina Agarwal and Jo Armstrong. Vist website for details.

New book: The Interaction of Criminal Law and Customary Law in Papua New Guinea by Shaun Larcom

This new book examines how legal dissonance in Papua New Guinea affects personal security in many parts of the country. Published by Bergham. Please see website for details.

New book: Positive Youth Justice: Children first, offenders second by Kevin Haines and Stephen Case

This new book is published by Policy Press, price £19.99. Please see website for details.

Religion and Legal Pluralism (2015), Russell Sandberg (ed), Ashgate: 50 per cent discount

This edited book explores how religious laws are already accommodated under English law, particular issues that arise and theoretical analyses that seek to explore the extent to which religious legal systems should be permitted and recognised. A discount is available via the Ashgate website using the code on the attached flyer.

Reforming Law and Economy for a Sustainable Earth: Critical thought for turbulent times (2014), by Paul Anderson

Please see website for further details of this new book, published by Routledge.

Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies

From 2015 the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies will publish with Cambridge Journals. Now in its 17th volume, the journal offers a broad space for interpreting legal developments in a variety of different European contexts. With Cambridge Journals the Yearbook will publish articles online ahead of print for the first time and more information can be found on the website.

The Sociology of the Professions, edited by Robert Dingwall and Philip Lewis: new paperback and ebook editions

Quid Pro Books has published new paperback and ebook editions of this renowned edited collection, first published in 1983. Please follow link for details.


Journals and magazines

Denning Law Review: call for papers for special edition on the law relating to indigenous groups

Submissions are invited for the above special issue. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 1 September 2017

Cambridge University Press to publish Legal Studies on behalf of the Society of Legal Scholars

Cambridge University Press has announced that from January 2018 it will be publishing Legal Studies on behalf of the Society of Legal Scholars. Please see announcement for details.

Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education: call for papers

The Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education invites submissions of articles, case notes and comments on recent cases, legislation and proposed reforms, and book reviews. Please see attachment for details. This is a rolling call with no closing date.

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly: call for submissions

The Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal published by Queen's University Belfast. The editor invites submissions Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly: call for submissions – including for new short article (2000 words) categories on 'Case Notes and Comments', 'Statute and Legislation Review' and 'Innovations and Trends in the Market for Legal Services'. Please see attachment for full details. 


Newsletters and electronic bulletins

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 Centre 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.

Routledge Law

Follow the link for the latest news from Routledge Law.

Judicial Appointments Commission: latest news bulletin including advance warning of forthcoming recruitment exercises

The latest news from the JAC is now available. Please follow link.

Family Justice Knowledge Hub

The latest issue of the Family Justice Research Bulletin is now available.

National Centre for Research Methods latest Research Methods Bulletin

The latest issue of the National Centre for Research Methods' Research Methods Bulletin is now available. The newsletter includes details of publications, training and other events. If you are planning to go on an NCRM training course, you may be eligible for SLSA funding.

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society latest newsletter

Follow the link for the latest news from the Foundation for Law Justice and Society for April 2017.

Latest AHRC News Alert

The AHRC has published its March 2017 News Alert

British Academy latest news

The latest issue of the British Academy 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.

ESRC newsletter February 2018

The latest news from the ESRC is now available, including important dates for funding opportunites and events.


Reports and working/research/discussion papers

Law Commission report on Pension Funds and Social Investment

In November 2016, the government asked the Law Commission to look at how far pension schemes may or should consider issues of social impact when making investment decisions. And to identify any legal or regulatory barriers.

Now, following a call for evidence, the Law Commission has found that there are no legal or regulatory barriers to social investment. However, the independent body has identified structural and behavioural barriers within the pensions industry which could explain the low levels of social investment by defined contribution pension schemes. Please see the summary and the full report for details.

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: Policy Brief – The Authoritarian's New Clothes

In its latest policy brief, constitutional law and human rights expert Gábor Tóth examines the changing face of authoritarianism, warning that modern populist leaders have increasingly sought to impose authoritarian rule under the façade of constitutionalism, legitimising themselves through popular elections and referenda. Visit the website to download the policy brief for free.

Law Commission Report on Event Fees in Retirement Properties

The Law Commission has published the report of its Events Fees in Retirement Properties project. Please see website for details and to download the report.

Transparency through Publication of Family Court Judgments: new report from Cardiff University

This is a report of a Nuffield Foundation-funded report carried out at Cardiff University by Julie Doughty, Alice Twaite and Paul Magrath. Please see website for details.

ESRC Impact Report 2015–16: Research changing society, now published

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has launched reports detailing the impacts of a collective research investment of £3.4 billion in 2015-16. This investment drives economic growth by helping to deliver the UK's Industrial Strategy of increasing productivity, creating high-value industry, jobs and a skilled workforce. Please see website for details.

British Academy, HEFC and RCUK Report on Interdisciplinarity

The British Academy, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Research Councils UK (RCUK) have published the report of a conference on interdisciplinarity in UK higher education held at the British Academy in December 2016. The report is available on the HEFCE website.

New Law Commission Report on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

The Law Commission has published a new report on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty and is awaiting the government's response. Please see website for details.

Sentencing Council publishes new guideline on sentencing children and young people and reduction in sentence for a guilty plea

The Sentencing Council has published two new definitive sentencing guidelines. One covers how courts should decide on reductions in sentence when offenders plead guilty and the other deals with the approach they should take when sentencing children and young people. Please see press release for further details.

Law Commission: Report and recommendation on criminal records disclosure

The Law Commission published its report and recommendations on crimindal records disclosure on 1 February 2017. Please see website for details.

New Law Commission Report on enforcement of family financial orders

In a new report , the Law Commission recommends a package of reforms to make the law governing the enforcement of family financial orders more effective, accessible and fair. Please see press release for further details.

Competition and Markets Authority Final Report on the Legal Services Sector in England and Wales

The Competition and Markets Authority has published its final report on its market study of the legal services sector in England and Wales. Please see website for details.

Law and Senses Series: Issue 3 Touch, from Westminster Law and Theory Lab

Issue 3 Touch is now available to download as a pdf. Issue 1 Taste and Issue 2 Smell are also available. Visit the website for the full details of the Law and Senses Series.

National Academies Briefing Paper on Higher Education and Research Bill

The four UK National Academies - the British Academy, the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Academy of Engineering - have produced a briefing seeking clarification on aspects of the Higher Education and Research Bill. It includes a list of probing amendments for the Committee stage of the Bill process. Probing amendments do not seek to make changes to the wording of the Bill, but trigger a discussion during Committee stage for clarity or explanation on existing points in the Bill. See website for details.

Competition and Markets Authority: Legal services market study – interim report published

The Competition and Markets Authority published its interim report on the legal services market study on 8 July 2016. See website for details.

The Form and Accessibility of the Law Applicable in Wales: Law Commission final report

The Law Commission has published it final report and recommendations and presented them to the Welsh Government. Please see website for details.

Law Commission: Final report and recommendations on sentencing

The Law Commission has published its formal recommendations on transition to the New Sentencing Code following the extremely positive consultation responses to its issues paper on this topic, published in July 2015. Consultation on the Law Commission's compilation of the legislation currently in force relating to sentencing closed on 9 April 2016. Responses are being analysed and the Commission will publish a third and final consultation paper, including a draft of the New Sentencing Code, in early 2017, aiming to produce the final report and draft Bill for this project in 2018. Please see website for details of this project.

JUSTICE 'What is a Court?' Working Party Report

On 19 May JUSTICE published its latest Working Party Report: Complex and Lengthy Criminal trials which presents a radical rethinking of how justice is delivered through courts and tribunals in England and Wales: full report; summary and press release.

Law Commissions: Interim report on electoral law reform

The Law Commissions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have published an interim report on electoral reform recommending improvements to the laws that govern elections in the UK. Please see website for details. The Electoral Commission has called on the government to swiftly approve the continuation of this project to reform UK electoral law.

Funding Clinical Negligence Cases: Access to justice at reasonable cost?: new report from the Nuffield Foundation

Please visit the Nuffield Foundation website for details of the project and to download the full report.

Law Commission publishes report on Fitness to Plead

On 13 January the Law Commission published its findings on it 'Fitness to plead' project. The full report is available on the Law Comission website.

Law Commission publishes recommendations on the law on firearms

On 16 December 2015, the Law Commission published its recommendation on the reform of the law on firearms. Please see website for details.

Law Commission Scoping Paper on Marriage Law

On 17 December 2016, the Law Commission published a Scoping Paper on the law governing how and where people can get married in England and Wales. Please see website for details.

Law Commission Report and Draft Bill on Wildlife Law

The Law Commission has published a report and draft Bill on the reform of the law relating to the protection and management of wildlife. Please see website for details.

Law Commission scoping report: offences against the person

The Law Commission has published a scoping report containing its final recommnedations to government on offences against the person: modernising the law on violence. Please see website for details.

Law Commission: Draft Bill on reforming intellectual property law

The Law Commission has published a draft Bill on reforming intellectual property law. See press release for details.

Judicial Appointments Commission Annual Report

The Judicial Appointments Commission Annual Report is now available on the JAC website.

Alternatives to Austerity: New report from Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath

Published in July 2015, this report from the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bath, draws on past events and research reports to offer a coherent and distictive view of the policy challenges we still face, seven years after the financial crisis began: edited by Graham Room. The report is available to be downloaded on the IPR website.

How Do County Courts Share Care of Children between Parents: new report from the Nuffield Foundation

This project examined how contact and residence orders are granted in five County Courts in England and Wales within a six-month period in 2011. Researchers looked at the type of applications that came to court, the role of the court in adjudicating such disputes and the different types of timeshare arrangements reached by parents during the court process. The project was led by Dr Maebh Harding. Please see website for key findings and to download the full report.

Law Commissions 20th Statute Law Repeals Report

The Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission have published the 20th Statute Law Repeals ReportStatute Law Repeals Report.

The Business of People: The Significance of social science over the next decade – Academy of Social Sciences

This new report from the Academy of Social Sciences and published by Sage showcases the the economic and social dimensions of UK social science today and outlines the challenges that lie ahead especially in the run-up to the general election and the spending review that will follow. The report is available to download here.

The Public's Voice on Regulation, report by Sciencewise

This paper explores how public participation can be applied to the current regulatory framework in order to improve regulatory outcomes and increase public legitimacy. Please follow link to download the report.

CEPLER Working Paper Series on Legal Education and the Legal Profession launched

This new working papers series has been launched by the Law School, University of Birmingham. Please see attachment for further details.

Ministry of Justice report on Litigants in Person in Private Family Law Cases

The Ministry of Justice has published a report of a study designed to develop the evidence base on litigants in person in private family law cases, including their behavioural drivers, experiences and support needs and their impact on the court prior to the legal aid reforms in April 2013. 

Law Commission publishes recommendations on rights to light

The Law Commission has published its final report and draft Bill on rights to light. Please see website for details.

Simplification of Criminal Law: Kidnapping and related offences, Law Commission

Please follow link to read the Law Commission's report and recommendations on kidnapping and related offences. 

Law Commission: Guidance on New Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014

From 1 October consumers will have the right to get their money back if they are misled or intimidated when buying, or signing a contract for, goods or services. Under the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014 consumers who have been victims of misleading or aggressive sales practices can demand a full refund, if they act within 90 days, or a discount on the price. And, if the unfair practice caused them additional loss, they may be able to claim damages. The Law Commissions of England and Wales and Scotland have published guidance for businesses and consumers. 


Law Commission report: Social Investment in Charities: The Law Commission's recommendations

In a paper published on 24 September 2014 the Law Commission explains the existing legal framework for social investment by charities and recommends measures to simplify and clarify the law. Please see website for details.

Law Commission recommendations on insurance contract law for business

The Law Commission has published its recommendations on insurance contract law for business. Please see website for details.

Law Commission report on Data Sharing Between Public Bodies

The Law Commission has published a report on Data Sharing Between Public Bodies. It is available on the Law Commission website. See press release for further details.

Law Commission report clarifies law on pension trust investment

The Law Commission has published a report on pension trust investment entitled Fiduciary Duties of Investment Intermediaries available on its website.

Law Commission report on Conservation Covenants

The Law Commission has published a report on Conservation Covenants making recommendations for a new statutory scheme in England and Wales.


Law Commission review of hate crime

The Law Commission has published its recommendations on hate crime. Please see website for details.

Law Commission publishes recommendations on intellectual property reforms

The Law Commission has published its recommendation on reforms to intellectual property law. Patents, Trade Marks and Design Rights: Groundless Threats is available from the Law Commission's website.

New Law Commission Report on Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals

The Law Commission has published recommendations for a new UK-wide single statute for the regulation of health and social care professionals. Please see press release for details.

Contempt of Court: Court reporting, published by the Law Commission

The Law Commission is recommending that a new online service be established to help journalists and publishers reporting criminal trials discover whether reporting restrictions are in force and, if so, why. Please see website for details.

Law Commission report on matrimonial needs and agreements

The Law Commission has published a report on Matrimonial Needs and Agreements, including a draft Bill. Please see press release for further details.


University of Ottawa Faculty of Law Legal Studies Working Papers Series

The above series is now available on SSRN.

Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession: Research Paper Series: call

The Program on the Legal Profession seeks to mak a substantial contribution to the modern practice of law by increasing understanding of the structures, norms and dynamics of the global legal profession. Please see attachment for details of how to submit a proposal for the series and how to subscribe.

Law Commissions report on Level Crossings

The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have published recommendations to reform the law relating to level crossings. Please see press release for details.

Research report on survey of property law academics

Many thanks to those of you who responded to the property law research survey conducted by Susan Bright and Sarah Blandy. Here are the initial results.  Further analysis of the responses is now underway.

Law Commission discussion paper on the insanity defence

The Law Commission has released a discussion paper that examines the rules governing the defences of insanity and automatism and considers whether they are working.


Legal Education and Training Review: Final Report

The Final Report of the Legal Education and Training Review has now been published, and can be downloaded as a pdf. It is intended that there will be an event in the autumn where the Report can be considered and discussed. More details of this will follow. Fiona Cownie

Research report on support for abused men in Scotland

Abused Men in Scotland have today published research following work funded by the Scottish Government. The publication considers evidence of men’s experience of domestic abuse. The extensive review, carried out by Brian Dempsey of University of Dundee, School of Law, contains several important findings about men’s experience of domestic abuse and highlights the need for more services in Scotland to support men. Please see press release for full details. 

Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission report on unfair terms in small print

The Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission are recommending reforms to provide better protetion for consumers from unfair charges in small print. Please see press release for details.

New Law Commission report: The Electronics Communications Code

The Law Commission is recommending reforms that will bring the Electronic Communications Code up to date with modern technology while continuing to balance the rights of landowners and the public demand for modern communications services. Please visit website for full details and to download the report.


Blogs and other online articles

'The Grenfell Tower inquiry: Learning from Hillsborough', article by Phil Scraton

Please visit The Conversation website to read Phil Scraton's article on the Grenfell Tower tragedy.



Sentencing Council: Imposition of community and custodial sentences – definitive guideline

The Sentencing Council has published this sentencing guideline to be used from 1 February 2016. See website for details.

Legal Intersections Research Centre launches blog

The Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC), University of Wollongong, Australia, has announced the launch of its own blog. It wil include information about the centre’s upcoming events and posts on the current research of LIRC members. Visit the website to subscribe and receive email updates from the LIRC Blog.

Osborne's Fictitious Living Wage: Comment from Professor John Veit-Wilson via the Social Policy Digest

Download Professor John Veir-Wilson's comments originally circulated in the Social Policy Digest.

Law Commission Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Bill

The Law Commission has published a Bill to modernise and simplify the law governing co-operative and community benefit societies. See press release for full details.

Law Commission recommendations on juror misconduct

On 9 December the Law Commission published its recommendations on juror misconduct and internet publications. Please see press release for further details.

LSA Member Spotlight section

The Law and Society Association (LSA) has implemented a new Member Spotlight section on its website. This is a way to highlight a new book that has been published by a current LSA member. The Spotlight is on the LSA homepage and links to a full page story on that member. If you are an LSA member with a recently published book, then please see the Spotlight Information page.