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Books

Electronic editions of African studies classics published by Ohio University Press and James Currey

Leading African Studies publishers Ohio University Press and James Currey, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer since 2008, are releasing digital editions of select groundbreaking titles in East and West African Studies that the two publishers originally co-published from the 1980s through the early 2000s. These titles were not previously available in digital form. See website for details.

New book: Duties to Care: Dementia, relationality and law, by Rosie Harding

The world of dementia care can be a difficult one for carers to navigate, posing new challenges at every stage from diagnosis to end of life. In her ground-breaking investigation, rooted in original empirical data, Rosie Harding explores the regulatory and legal dimensions of caring for a person with dementia. By exploring carers' experiences of dementia care, she critiques the limitations of current approaches to health and social care regulation. This socio-legal work is a new contribution to the study of feminist care ethics, relationality, and vulnerability theory. Duties to Care argues that by understanding the relational contexts that shape everyday experiences of regulatory structures, we will better understand where law is operating to support carers, and where it adds to the difficulties they experience. Ultimately, the challenges that dementia poses will be addressed only if we find solutions that take account of the relationality of life, dementia and law. Published by Cambridge University Press. See website for details.

Boydell & Brewer: African studies titles

Boydell & Brewer has just publised its latest update on African studies titles. See website for details.

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

Published by Routledge, 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. Globalisation 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. See website for details.

US Feminist Judgments: Rewritten family law opinions: call for papers

Papers are invited for the above publication. Please see website for details. Deadline: Friday 21 July 2017.

Global Queer Politics book series: proposals invited

Book proposals are invited for the Global Queer Politics book series, co-edited by Jordi Díez, Sonia Corrêa, David Paternotte and Matthew Waites. A new webpage for the series is now online on the Palgrave Macmillan website; this has a full description of the series and details of forthcoming books, including texts by Lukasz Szulc on Poland in the Eastern Europe context and Fernando Serrano on South Africa and Colombia. Proposals for both authored and edited books are being sought. Human rights and international or transnational socio-legal issues are among the central areas of interest. If you have an idea or questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or any of the series editors. The proposal form and guidance for prospective authors are on the Palgrave Macmillan website; please email a proposal to any of the series editors, or if preferred to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Palgrave Macmillan.

LexisNexis Mid-year Sale: 40% off selected legal titles

Visit the LexisNexis website to save more than 40% on some titles.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Journals and magazines

UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence: call for submissions

Submissions are invited for the March 2018 issue of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 16 October 2017.

Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Special Issue on Law and Popular Culture

A Special Issue of the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies on Law and Popular Culture is now available. The present Issue explores the universe of arts and media, discussing socio-legal issues found in TV series, cinema, photography, opera, science fiction, and literature. It was edited by Pedro Fortes and Michael Asimow and holds important contributions from William Twining, Lawrence Friedman, Donald Papy, Manuel Gomez, Peter Robson, Henry Steiner, Sandra Ristovska, Christiane Corcos and Gabriel Lacerda.

Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest: call for papers

Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest is pleased to announce its partnership with a new publisher, Berghahn Journals. In tandem with this move, the editors are issuing a renewed call for submissions to the journal. Please see website for details.

Manchester Journal of International Economic Law: special issue on investor state dispute settlement: call for papers

The MJIEL invites contributions for a special issue to be published in September 2018 on the theme 'ISDS in the era of instability'. Instability is used to describe wholesale regulatory changes brought about by the Trump administration in the USA and Brexit in the UK. The issue will focus on whether rights established by bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, threatened by recent policy shifts, can be defended in arbitral tribunals.

Abstract submissions of up to 300 words to Dr Ioannis Glinavos by 1 January 2018. Acceptance will be notified by 1 February 2018. Full papers in house style due 1 June 2018. Please see flyer for details. 

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. 

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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.

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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 October 2017 News Alert

British Academy latest news

The latest issue of the British Academy newsletter is now available. 

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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 2017

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

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Reports and working/research/discussion papers

Technical Issues in Charity Law: Law Commission report

Charities are a force for good and millions regularly donate to help them help others. But there are issues with the law within which charities operate. This means that time and money is spent on administration when it could be used for charitable causes. As a result, stemming from its 11th Programme of Law Reform – and from Lord Hodgson's 2012 review of the Charities Act – the Law Commission has investigated some of these technical issues in charity law. This is the Law Commission’s second report in the project, and follows the 2014 Social Investment by Charities report. The recommendations for legislative reform in that report have already been implemented. Please see website for details of the new report.

New report: Strategic Litigation Impacts: Indigenous peoples’ land rights, Open Society Justice Initiative

This study – the third in a five-part series examining the impacts of strategic litigation – takes a clear-eyed view of the promises and limitations of using litigation to assert land rights. It suggests that while litigation is no panacea, it can still be a helpful tool for indigenous groups seeking to defend their culture, their livelihoods and their traditional lands. The report is available to download from the Open Society website.

New Report: Social security systems based on dignity and respect, by Mark Simpson, Gráinne McKeever and Ann Marie Gray

The Scotland Act 2016 devolves new social security powers to the Scottish Parliament. Although its new powers are limited, accounting for only 15 per cent of expenditure on non-pension benefits, the Scottish government has given an ambitious set of commitments for a devolved system. 'Respect for the dignity of individuals' is at the heart of this vision. Social security is recognised in international human rights law as being crucial to the protection of human dignity. While human dignity is a core concept in human rights law, it is a poorly defined one and respect has no legal definition.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission contracted Ulster University to look at how social security systems in other countries encompass dignity and respect. This report of their research proposes a legally-grounded definition of dignity and respect and discusses possible means of embedding dignity and respect as core principles underpinning social security in Scotland. The report is available to download from the website.

Harnessing Growth Sectors for Poverty Reduction: The role of policy, Public Policy Institute for Wales

A new report argues that employers need to do more to help low paid workers progress to higher quality, better paid jobs and escape the in-work poverty cycle. The report claims that whilst some growth sectors - such as accommodation and food services, residential care, retail, and agriculture, forestry and fishing – offer effective entry points into the job market, they don't offer sufficient opportunities for career development.

The report, Harnessing Growth Sectors for Poverty Reduction: The role of policy, is published in full on the Public Policy Institute for Wales’ website.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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