News: socio-legal publications
This page contains details of socio-legal publications including books, journals, reports, papers and newsletters/bulletins.
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- Reports and working/research/discussion papers
Intersentia is offering a 15 per cent discount on selected titles ordered before 15 March 2017. Please see webpage for further details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
This series is now taking proposals for new titles. See the call for proposals. The series editor is Paolo Farah.
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.
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.
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.
Essays on the Changes and Challenges of the Green Tree Agreement on the Nigerian Landscape: call for book chapters
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
This new book is published by Policy Press, price £19.99. Please see website for details.
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.
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.
Les Cahiers de droit: 'Family law reforms: diversity and legitimacy' – call for papers for thematic issue
Papers are invited for the special thematic issue, due to be published in 201. Please see flyer for details. Papers should be submitted by 1 February 2018.
Submissions are invited for this special issue on 'Inserting professionals and professional organizations in studies of wrongdoing: The nature, antecedents, and consequences of professional misconduct'. Please see attachment for details. Closingd date: 30 April 2017.
Cambridge University Press has announced that it will be publishing the European Journal of Risk Regulation from 2017. See press release for further details.
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.
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.
The latest issue of the Cambridge University Press: Law newsletter is now available. It focuses on socio-legal studies.
Follow the link for the latest news from the Baldy Centre for Law and Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Download the latest issue of the Transnational Law Institute's newsletter.
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.
The latest issue of the Family Justice Research Bulletin is now available.
The latest issue of the National Centre for Research Methods' Research Methods News 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.
Follow the link for the latest news from the Foundation for Law Justice and Society for September 2016.
The AHRC has published its January 2017 news bulletin.
The latest issue of the British Academy newsletter is now available.
The latest newsletter from the Campaign for Social Science (CSS) has now been published: see the website.
The latest news from the ESRC is now available, including important dates for funding opportunites and events.
The Law Commission published its report and recommendations on crimindal records disclosure on 1 February 2017. Please see website for details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Competition and Markets Authority published its interim report on the legal services market study on 8 July 2016. See website for details.
The Law Commission has published it final report and recommendations and presented them to the Welsh Government. Please see website for details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 16 December 2015, the Law Commission published its recommendation on the reform of the law on firearms. Please see website for details.
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.
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.
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.
The Law Commission has published a draft Bill on reforming intellectual property law. See press release for details.
The Judicial Appointments Commission Annual Report is now available on the JAC website.
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.
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.
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.
This new working papers series has been launched by the Law School, University of Birmingham. Please see attachment for further details.
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.
The Law Commission has published its final report and draft Bill on rights to light. Please see website for details.
Please follow link to read the Law Commission's report and recommendations on kidnapping and related offences.
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.
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.
The Law Commission has published its recommendations on insurance contract law for business. Please see website for details.
The Law Commission has published a report on pension trust investment entitled Fiduciary Duties of Investment Intermediaries available on its website.
The Law Commission has published a report on Conservation Covenants making recommendations for a new statutory scheme in England and Wales.
The Law Commission has published its recommendations on hate crime. Please see website for details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sentencing Council has published this sentencing guideline to be used from 1 February 2016. See website for details.
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.