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Duties to Care: Dementia, relationality and law, by Rosie Harding – now available in paperback with 20 per cent discount


Duties to Care: Dementia, relationality and law, by Rosie Harding – now available in paperback with 20 per cent discount

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.

Use code HARDING2018 for 20 per cent discount.

Law, Society, Policy: new book series from Bristol University Press edited by Rosie Harding – call for proposals

'Law, Society, Policy' seeks to offer a new outlet for high-quality, socio-legal research monographs and edited collections with the potential for policy impact.

Cutting across the traditional divides of legal scholarship, 'Law, Society, Policy' offers an interdisciplinary, policy-engaged approach to socio-legal research which explores law in its social and political contexts with a particular focus on the place of law in everyday life. The series seeks to take an explicitly society-first view of socio-legal studies, with a focus on the ways that law shapes social life, and the constitutive nature of law and society.

The series will be international in scope, engaging with domestic, international and global legal and regulatory frameworks. It will be open to scholars engaging with any area of law, provided their focus is grounded in social and policy concerns. Please see website for details.

Edited collection spanning Organised Crime, Financial Crime and Criminal Justice: call for contributions

Alongside colleagues Dan Jasinski and Tom Smith, Ed Johnston (Head of UWE’s Criminal Justice Research Unit) is proposing an edited collection concerning Organised Crime, Financial Crime and Criminal Justice, with a view to publishing the work in Routledge’s Law of Financial Crime Series.

If you are interested in contributing to this publication, please submit a brief abstract, of no more 150 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ed is interested in hearing from established academics, early career researchers and practitioners in these three fields who are willing to provide chapters of no more than 8000 words, inclusive of footnotes. Submissions should be received by 1 May 2019.

New book: Sexuality and Transsexuality under the European Convention on Human Rights: A queer reading of human rights Law by Damian A Gonzalez-Salzberg: 20% discount now available

Published by Hart, this book undertakes a critical analysis of international human rights law through the lens of queer theory. It pursues two main aims: first, to make use of queer theory to illustrate that the field of human rights law is underpinned by several assumptions that determine a conception of the subject that is gendered and sexual in specific ways. This gives rise to multiple legal and social consequences, some of which challenge the very idea of universality of human rights. Second, the book proposes that human rights law can actually benefit from a better understanding of queer critiques, since queer insights can help it to overcome heteronormative beliefs currently held. In order to achieve these main aims, the book focuses on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, the leading legal authority in the field of international human rights law. The use of queer theory as the theoretical approach for these tasks serves to deconstruct several aspects of the Court's jurisprudence dealing with gender, sexuality, and kinship, to later suggest potential paths to reconstruct such features in a queer(er) and more universal manner. Please see attachment for discount code.

New open access book: Ageing Diversity and Equality: Social justice perspectives, edited by Sue Westwood

Published by Routledge and available open access, synthesising socio-legal sociological and social gerontological approaches, this edited collection critically interrogates normative assumptions about older people in relation to age, culture and ethnicity, disability, gender, health, religion, sexuality, socio-economic status and spatiality. Drawing upon Nancy Fraser's social justice model (resources, recognition and representation), it examines privilege and disadvantage, in/exclusions and associated inequalities in ageing. Its aim is to increase recognition and representation of marginalised groups of older people, and thereby improve their resourcing, particularly in relation to housing, health and social care. Please see website for full details and free download.

New book: Jurist in Context: A memoir, by William Twining

Published by Cambridge University Press, this is the engaging and accessible intellectual memoir of a leading jurist. It tells the story of the development of his thoughts and writings over 60 years in the context of three continents and addresses the complexities of decolonisation, the troubles in Belfast, the contextual turn in legal studies, rethinking evidence and the implications of globalisation which have been central to his life and research. In propounding his original views as an enthusiastic self-styled 'legal nationalist', Twining maps his ideas of law as a unique discipline, which pervades all spheres of social and political life while combining theory and practice, concepts and values, facts and rules in uniquely fascinating ways. Addressed to academic lawyers generally and to other non-specialists, this story brings out the importance and fascinations of a discipline that has changed, expanded and diversified in the post-War years, with an eye to its future development and potential.

Call for Chapter Contributions: The Times and Temporality of International Human Rights Law

Chapter contributions are invited for this forthcoming edited collection. Please see link for details. Closing date for abstracts: 1 April 2019.

New book: Human Rights in the Council of Europe and the European Union: Achievements, trends and challenges, by S Greer, J Gerards and R Slowe

Published by Cambridge University Press, this, the first integrated book-length study of human rights in the Council of Europe and EU on both legal and non-legal dimensions, seeks to resolve widespread confusion about the similarities and differences between these two organisations in this field. Describing, explaining, comparing, and contrasting relevant institutions, procedures, norms and policies, the authors conclude that the successful institutionalisation of the human rights missions of each organisation has contributed significantly to securing minimum standards across the continent, the principal achievements. The central trends are the increasing expansion, complexity, multidimensionality, and interpenetration of their human rights activities. The central challenges concern how this could, and should, be properly understood and coherently, legitimately, and effectively managed, particularly for the UK in the post-Brexit era where the components of each system need to be carefully distinguished and disentangled. See website for details.

New book: Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit, edited by Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira and Susan Millns: 20 per cent discount available

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, this collection examines the opportunities and challenges, rights and wrongs, and prospects and risks of Brexit from the perspectives of gender and sexuality. While much has been written about Brexit from legal, political, social and economic perspectives, there has been little analysis of the effects of Brexit on women and gender/sexual minorities who have historically been marginalised and whose voices have been less audible in political debates – both nationally and at the European level. The collection explores how Brexit might change the equality, human rights and social justice landscape, but from the viewpoint of women and gender/sexual minorities. The contributions gathered in it demonstrate the variety of ways that Brexit will make a difference to the lives of women and individuals marginalised because of gender or sexual identity. Please see website for details and flyer for discount code.

New book: Criminal Law Reform Now, edited by J J Child and R A Duff – 20 per cent discount for SLSA members

If you could change one part of the criminal law, what would it be? The editors put this question to nine leading academics and practitioners. The first nine chapters of the collection present their responses in the form of legal reform proposals, with topics ranging across criminal law, criminal justice and evidence – including confiscation, control orders, criminal attempts, homicide, assisted dying, the special status of children, time restrictions on prosecution, the right to silence, and special measures in court. Each chapter is followed by a comment from a different author, providing an additional expert view on each reform proposal. Finally, the last two chapters broaden the debate to discuss criminal law reform in general, examining various reform bodies and mechanisms across England, Wales and Scotland. Criminal Law Reform Now highlights and explores the current reform debates that matter most to legal experts, with each chapter making a case for positive change. Please see attachment for discount code.

New book: Gender, Athletes' Rights, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

Published by Emerald, this critical analysis of the history and functions of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) demonstrates how athletes’ rights are threatened by the forced arbitration process at CAS. In particular, CAS decisions involving female and gender-variant athletes, and racialized men and women, reflect numerous injustices. As well as the chronic problem of CAS’s lack of independence, other issues examined by the author include confidentiality, lex sportiva, non-precedential awards, the closed list of specialist arbitrators, and, in doping cases, questions concerning strict liability and burden of proof. Please see website for details.

New book: Law, Policy and the Internet edited by Lilian Edwards, Hart – 20 per cent discount for SLSA members

The EU has slowly but surely developed a solid body of equality law that prohibits different facets of discrimination. While the EU had initially developed anti-discrimination norms that served only the commercial rationale of the common market, focusing on nationality (of a member state) and gender as protected grounds, the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997) supplied five additional prohibited grounds of discrimination to the EU legislative palette, in line with a much broader egalitarian rationale. In 2000, two EU Equality Directives followed, one focusing on race and ethnic origin, the other covering the remaining four grounds introduced by the Treaty of Amsterdam, namely religion, sexual orientation, disabilities and age. Eighteen years after the adoption of the watershed Equality Directives, it seems timely to dedicate a book to their limits and prospects, to look at the progress made, and to revisit the rise of EU anti-discrimination law beyond gender. Please see attachment for further details and discount code.

New book: EU Anti-Discrimination Law beyond Gender, edited by Uladzislau Belavusau and Kristin Henrard, Hart – 20 per cent discount for SLSA members

This comprehensive textbook by the editor of Law and the Internet seeks to provide students, practitioners and businesses with an up-to-date and accessible account of the key issues in internet law and policy from a European and UK perspective. The internet has advanced in the last 20 years from an esoteric interest to a vital and unavoidable part of modern work, rest and play. As such, an account of how the internet and its users are regulated is vital for everyone concerned with the modern information society. Please see attachment for further details and discount code.

New book: The UK after Brexit, edited by Michael Dougan, Intersentia - now in paperback

The UK after Brexit is the result of a cooperation between a group of leading academics from top institutions in the UK and beyond. It offers students, practitioners and scholars an authoritative, informative and thought-provoking series of analyses of some of the key challenges facing the UK legal system in and through the process of ‘de-Europeanisation’ – that is, in and through ‘Brexit’. Please see website for details.

New book: Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property, edited by Ting Xu and Alison Clarke

Published by Oxford University Press in the Proceedings of the British Academy series, this book provides readers with an overview of communal property in different jurisdictions; offers a socio-legal interpretation of the nature and importance of communal property; and explores the multi-faceted analysis of theoretical nature and current development of communal property. It is one of the research outputs of Dr Xu's project entitled ‘Diversifying Ownership of Land?: Communal Property in the UK and China’ funded by the British Academy International Mobility and Partnership Scheme 2014–17. See website for full details.

Stopping Rape: Towards a comprehensive policy, multi-authored collection relaunched as open access ebook

Published by Policy Press in 2016, this is now available as a free ebook to download. See website for details.

New book: Human Rights in the UK and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence by Hélène Tyrrell: 20 per cent discount

Published by Hart, Human Rights in the UK and the Influence of Foreign Jurisprudence represents the first major empirical study of the use of foreign jurisprudence at the UK Supreme Court. This book focuses on the patterns of use and non-use of rulings from foreign domestic courts in human rights cases before the UK Supreme Court. Results are drawn from quantitative and qualitative research, presenting data from the first eight years of Supreme Court activity. The evidence includes interviews with active and former members of the senior judiciary, as well as a focus group including some of the Supreme Court judicial assistants. It is argued that foreign jurisprudence is more intimately woven into the fabric of judicial reasoning, and serves a wider range of functions, than the term ‘persuasive authority’ might imply. Foreign jurisprudence is used mainly as a heuristic device, providing judges with a fresh analytical lens. Foreign jurisprudence is also important when interpreting a common legislative scheme, supporting dialogue between the Supreme Court and supranational courts such as the European Court of Human Rights. The perspectives offered by foreign jurisprudence can also support a stronger conception of domestic human rights. In these ways, this book addresses a broader political question about the source of human rights in the UK. Discount price: £52. Order online at Hart Publishing using code CV7.

Handbook of Heritage Law and Discourse: A triadic dimension – protection, regulation and identity: call for papers for an edited volume

Contributions are invited for the above publication edited by Le Chang and Anne Wagner. Please see attachment for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 28 February 2019.

New Book: Competition Policy in Healthcare, by Mary Guy

Published by Intersentia, this book examines competition policy (competition law, merger control and sectoral regulation) in English and Dutch healthcare. In contrast to the USA, competition in English and Dutch healthcare develops from the principle of universal access to healthcare, which appears antithetical to competition. Unsurprisingly, competition reforms in both a health insurance system (the Netherlands) and a taxation-funded NHS (England) have proved controversial. Such reforms are also proving difficult to implement, with both countries developing 'healthcare-specific' modifications of general competition rules and differing relationships between the competition authorities and healthcare regulators in applying these. This book challenges both existing literature and the policy underpinning the reforms by adopting the position that healthcare is fundamentally different to other liberalized sectors and thus requires special treatment. Furthermore, it argues that different approaches are needed to accommodate the specific characteristics of national healthcare systems (such as the tension between the NHS and private healthcare in the UK) within the wider typology of insurance-based and taxation-funded systems across Europe. It also provides a first context-based comparative law study in this area. This analysis is timely in light of ongoing criticism of the reforms and current refocusing of competition within healthcare in both countries. Intersentia is offering SLSA members 20 per cent off this publication using code ‘SLSA2019’ at the checkout. Offer expires 28 February 2019. ISBN 978-1-78068-649-3.

New Book: Counter-terrorism, Constitutionalism and Miscarriages of Justice: A Festschrift for Professor Clive Walker, by Genevieve Lennon, Colin King and Carole McCartney: 20 per cent discount

Published by Hart, the purpose of this book is to honour the influential and wide-ranging work of Professor Clive Walker. It explores Professor Walker’s influence from three perspectives. Firstly, it provides a historical reflection upon the development of the law and policy in relation to counter-terrorism and miscarriages of justice since the 1970s. This historical perspective, which is often overlooked, is particularly timely 17 years after 9/11 as trends become clearer and historical perspective even more valuable. So too with miscarriages of justice: while there was considerable public and political scrutiny following high-profile miscarriages such as the Birmingham Six, Guildford Four, and others, in the early 1990s, today there is much less scrutiny, despite significant concern relating to issues such as legal aid and access to justice increasing the potential (if not likelihood) for miscarriages to occur. By including a critical historical perspective, this book enables us to learn lessons from the past and to minimise contemporary risks of miscarriages of justice. Secondly, this book provides a critical analysis of the law and policy as it stands today, and its future trajectory. Applying Walker’s theoretical and analytical contributions to the field, the authors focus on pressing contemporary concerns, identifying lacunae where relevant, as well as the possible, probable and preferable future trends. Finally, the book celebrates and recognises the significant contributions by Walker, with each chapter built around one or more of Walker’s key works.Use code CV7 at checkout to claim the discount price of £64.

New book: The Financialisation of the Citizen: Social and financial inclusion through European private law by Guido Comparato

Published by Hart, this book discusses the role of private law as an instrument to produce financial and social inclusion in a context characterised by the redefinition of the role of the state and by the financialisation of society. By depicting the political and economic developments behind the popular idea of financial inclusion, the book deconstructs that notion, illustrating the existence and interaction of different discourses surrounding it. The book further traces the evolution of inclusion, specifically in the European context, and thus moves on to analyse the legal rules which are most relevant for the purposes of bringing about the financialisation of the citizen. Hence, the author focuses more on four highly topical areas: access to a bank account, access to credit, over indebtedness, and financial education. Adopting a critical and interdisciplinary approach, The Financialisation of the Citizen takes the reader through a top-down journey starting from the political economy of financialisation, to the law and policy of the European Union, and finally to more specific private law rules.

New book: A Socio-Legal Study of Hacking: Breaking and remaking law and technology by Michael Anthony C Dizon

Published by Routledge, this book examines the relations and interactions between hacking and the law with a view to understanding how hackers influence and are influenced by technology laws and policies. In our increasingly digital and connected world where hackers play a significant role in determining the structures, configurations and operations of the networked information society, this book delivers an interdisciplinary study of the practices, norms and values of hackers and how they conflict and correspond with the aims and aspirations of hacking-related laws. Describing and analyzing the legal and normative impact of hacking, as well as proposing new approaches to its regulation and governance, this book makes an essential contribution to understanding the socio-technical changes, and consequent legal challenges, faced by our contemporary connected society. Please see website for details. Routledge offers a 20% discount on all its law titles to SLSA members.

Routledge Cultural Heritage in International Law Book Series: Call for book proposals

International cultural law is a rapidly developing and extremely diverse field of study. Many lawyers are developing an interest in the field and many non-lawyers are starting to show interest in the law that affects their own areas of specialization. The interest in the subject area has been rising over the past two decades globally, as these issues affect every jurisdiction. This book series, edited by Professor Valentina Vadi, welcomes proposals for monographs and edited collections that focus on cultural heritage and international law. Please see attachment for further details.

New book: British Conservatism and the Legal Regulation of Intimate Relationships by Andrew Gilbert: 20% discount

What does conservatism, as a body of political thought, say about the legal regulation of intimate relationships, and to what extent has this thought influenced the Conservative Party’s approach to family law? With this question as its focus, this book, published by Hart, explores the relationship between family law, conservatism and the Conservative Party since the 1980s. Please see flyer for further details and discount code.

Anti-Shechita Prosecutions in the Anglo-American World, 1855–1913: 'A major attack on Jewish freedoms', by David Fraser: 20% discount

Published in 2018 by Academic Studies Press, this is the first study of historical attempts by animal welfare groups to ban the Jewish method of slaughter (shechita). It details cases from Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, and the United States, many for the first time, in which anti-animal cruelty groups prosecuted those engaged in shechita as part of their attempts to introduce compulsory stunning of animals before slaughter. Despite claims to the contrary, this study offers clear evidence of underlying, unrelenting antisemitic motivations in the prosecutions, and highlights the ways in which a basic idea of innate Jewish cruelty was always juxtaposed with an overtly Christian ideal of humane treatment of animals across time and borders. Use code SLSA for 20% discount at

Jewish Law and American Law: A Comparative Study, volumes 1 & 2, by Samuel J Levine

Published in 2018 by Academic Studies Press, these volumes contribute to the growing field of comparative Jewish and American law, presenting twenty-six essays characterised by a number of distinct features. The essays will appeal to legal scholars and, at the same time, will be accessible and of interest to a more general audience of intellectually curious readers. These contributions are faithful to Jewish law on its own terms, while applying comparative methods to offer fresh perspectives on complex issues in the Jewish legal system. Through careful comparative analysis, the essays also turn to Jewish law to provide insights into substantive and conceptual areas of the American legal system, particularly areas of American law that are complex, controversial and unsettled. Use code SLSA for 20% discount at

New book: Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment: Benefit sanctions in the UK by Michael Adler

Published by Palgrave Macmillan in its Socio-Legal Series, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment subjects the largely hidden phenomenon of benefit sanctions in the UK to sustained examination and critique. It comprises 12 chapters dealing with the terms ‘cruel’, ‘inhuman’ and ‘degrading’ that are used as a benchmark for assessing benefit sanctions; benefit sanctions as a matter of public concern; the historical development of benefit sanctions in the UK; changes in the scope and severity of benefit sanctions; conditionality and the changing relationship between the citizen and the state; the impact and effectiveness of benefit sanctions; benefit sanctions and administrative justice; the role of law in protecting the right to a social minimum; a comparison of benefit sanctions with court fines; benefit sanctions and the rule of law; and what, if anything, can be done about benefit sanctions.

Each chapter ends with a paragraph that attempts to highlight the most salient points in that chapter, and the book ends with a short conclusion in which benefit sanctions are assessed against the chosen benchmark. It should be of special interest to academics and students in law and the social sciences. It would be nice to think that it was also of interest to professionals and service providers who provide assistance and support for social security claimants, particularly those who have been sanctioned, and to politicians, policymakers and pressure groups. See website for further details.

New Book: Nobody's Law: Legal Consciousness and Legal Alienation in Everyday Life by Marc Hertogh

Published by Palgrave Macmillan in its Socio-Legal Studies Series, Nobody’s Law shows how people – who are disappointed, disenchanted, and outraged about the justice system – gradually move away from law. Using detailed case studies and combining different theoretical perspectives, this book explores the legal consciousness of ordinary people, businessmen, and street-level bureaucrats in the Netherlands. The empirical research in this study tells an original and alternative narrative about the role of law in everyday life. While previous studies emphasise the law’s hegemony and argue that it’s ‘all over’, Hertogh shows that legal proliferation makes it harder for people to know, and subsequently identify with, the law. As a result, official law has become increasingly remote and irrelevant to many people. The central finding presented in this highly topical text is that these developments signal a process of ‘legal alienation’— a gradual and mundane process with potentially serious consequences for the legitimacy of law. A timely and original study, this book will be of particular interest to scholars in the fields of law and society, socio-legal studies and legal theory. Please see website for full details and reviews.

New Trajectories in Law: proposals invited for this new Glasshouse short-form book series

Proposals are invited for this new book series from Glasshouse. The series editors are Adam Gearey (Birkbeck) and Colin Perrin (Routledge). Please see attachment for details.

New book: Criminologies of the Military, edited by Ben Wadham and Andrew Goldsmith – 20 per cent discount for SLSA members

Published by Hart, this innovative collection offers one of the first analyses of criminologies of the military from an interdisciplinary perspective. While some criminologists have examined the military in relation to the area of war crimes, this collection considers a range of other important but less explored aspects such as private military actors, insurgents, paramilitary groups and the role of military forces in tackling transnational crime. Please see attachment for further details and discount code.

Call for chapter proposals: Brexit and EU Law: A way forward

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals for contributions in the volume on Brexit and EU Law: A way forward, edited by Marcello Sacco, Leeds University School of Law. Please see website for details. Deadline for proposals: 31 July 2018.

New book: Gender Justice in Islamic Law, by Musa Usman Abubakar: 20 per cent discount for members

Published by Hart, this book seeks to interrogate the classical fiqh formulation on gender and homicide with a view to exploring further the debate on whether the so-called gender injustice in Islamic law is a human creation or attributable to the divine sources of the Qur’an and Sunnah. The study is in response to the increasing criticism of the Islamic criminal law regime and the accusation that it discriminates on the basis of gender. Please see attachment for details and discount code.

Hart Pubblishing: 30 per cent discount until end of June on all titles

There is a 30 per cent discount on all Hart titles until the end of June with the discount code GDPR18 at the checkout. Visit the Hart website.

Law and the Senses Book series: volume 2 – Taste

This second title in the interdisciplinary series ‘Law and the Senses’ explores law by using taste as a conceptual and ontological category, able to shake legal certainties by opening them to differently-flavoured avenues. At the same time, from coffee to wine, from craft cider to Japanese knotweed, the volume explores taste through the legal and socio-cultural normativities that shape the way taste is experienced, structured and valorised. The result is an original volume dedicated to a rarely-explored intersection, with contributions from artists, legal academics, philosophers, anthropologists and sociologists. The book is available in print or digital formats. Please see website for details.

Law and the Whirligig of Time, by Stephen Sedley: 20 per cent discount

For over 30 years, first as a QC, then as a judge, and latterly as a visiting professor of law at Oxford, Stephen Sedley has written and lectured about aspects of the law that do not always get the attention they deserve. The present volume contains recent articles on the law by the author, many of them from the London Review of Books, and lectures given to a variety of audiences. Please see attachment for details and discount code.

Law and the Precarious Home, Helen Carr, Brenden Edgeworth and Caroline Hunter (eds): 20 per cent discount

Publised by Hart, this book explores the emergent and internationally widespread phenomenon of precariousness, specifically in relation to the home. It maps the complex reality of the insecure home by examining the many ways in which precariousness is manifested in legal and social change across a number of otherwise very different jurisdictions. Please see attachment for details and discount code.

New book: Permanent States of Emergency and the Rule of Law: Constitutions in an age of crisis, by Alan Greene – 20 per cent members' discount available

This new book from Hart explores the impact that oxymoronic 'permanent' states of emergency have on the validity and effectiveness of constitutional norms and, ultimately, constituent power. It challenges the idea that many constitutional orders are facing permanent states of emergency due to the ‘objective nature’ of threats facing modern states today, arguing instead that the nature of a threat depends upon the subjective assessment of the decision-maker. Please see attachment for details and discount code.

New book: Obligation and Commitment in Family Law, by Gillian Douglas – 20 per cent members' discount available

A tension lies at the heart of family law. Expressed in the language of rights and duties, it seeks to impose enforceable obligations on individuals linked to each other by ties that are usually regarded as based on love or blood. Taking a contextual approach that draws on history, sociology and social policy as well as law and legal theory, this book from Hart examines the concept of obligation as it has been developed in family law and the difficulties the law has had in translating it from a theoretical and ideological concept into the basis of enforceable actions and duties. Please see attachment for details and discount code.

New Book: National Human Rights Action Planning, by Azadeh Chalabi

Published by Oxford University Press, this new book is the first full-length volume to explore the legal, practical and theoretical aspects of NHRAPs. It offers a mix of theoretical, doctrinal, empirical, and practical perspectives and its wide-ranging discussions will appeal to a varied audience beyond international law. Please see website for details.

New book: Obstacles to Fairness in Criminal Proceedings: Individual rights and institutional forms (2018), edited by John D Jackson and Sarah J Summers – 20 per cent discount

Published by Hart, this volume considers the way in which the focus on individual rights may constitute an obstacle to ensuring fairness in criminal proceedings. Please see attachment for details and discount code.

New open access book: See, by A Pavoni, D Mandic, C Nirta and A Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Published by Westminster University Press, this published open access book is free to view or download and available to purchase in print. This is the first title in the interdisciplinary series ‘Law and the Senses’. Please see website for details.

New Book Series: Elgar Studies in Law, Development and Global Justice: call for proposals

This new series explores the relationship between law, development and global justice. Edited by John Harrington (Cardiff), Celine Tan (Warwick) and Wouter Vandenhole (Antwerp) it will provide a platform for critical engagement with and interdisciplinary perspectives on the role and impact of law on economic development and social and political organisation.

It will actively foster scholarship from and about the global south and seeks contributions animated by a concern with global, social and gender justice. As part of a commitment to access, series books will be included in schemes which provide free or low-cost access to libraries in developing countries. See further for full details.

New book: The Law of Consumer Redress in an Evolving Digital Market, by Pablo Cortés: 20% discount for SLSA members

This book advances the emerging of a new sub-field of study, the law of consumer redress, which encompasses the various dispute resolution processes for consumers, their regulations, and best practices. Please see flyer for further details and discount code.

New book: Law and Policy in Modern Family Finance: Property division in the twenty-first century, Jessica Palmer et al (eds): 20 per cent discount

This volume from Intersentia adopts a conceptual approach to address key questions about the legal division of property when a marriage, civil union, de facto relationship, or other close personal relationship ends. These questions include: which relationships should be subject to a statutory regime; which property should be shared; whether property held on trust should be included; how property should be shared; how economic disparity caused by the division of functions within the relationship should be addressed, if at all; whether, and if so to what extent, the interests of children of the relationship should be considered; whether parties should be allowed to contract out of a statutory regime and, if so, whether such contracts should be binding; and whether death should be treated in the same way as relationship break-down. The authors use New Zealand’s current legislative framework as a basis for critical analysis and reflection. See flyer for further details.

New book: The Future of Registered Partnerships by Jens M Scherpe and Andy Hayward: 20 per cent discount

In many jurisdictions registered partnerships were introduced either as a functional equivalent to marriage for same-sex couples or as an alternative to marriage open to all couples. But now that marriage is opened up to same-sex couples in an increasing number of jurisdictions, is there a role and a need for another form of formalised adult relationship besides marriage? In this book, leading family law experts from 15 European and non-European countries explore the history and function of registered partnership in their own jurisdictions. Further chapters look at the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and European Union Law on the regulation of registered partnerships. In the concluding chapters the different approaches are analysed and compared. Please see Intersentia website for details.

New book: Unity in Adversity by Charlotte O'Brien: 20 per cent members' discount

The EU is at a crossroads of constitution and conscience. Unity in Adversity argues that EU market citizenship is incompatible with a pursuit of social justice, because it contributes to the social exclusion of women and children, promotes a class-based conception of rights, and tolerates in-work poverty. The limitations of EU citizenship are clearest when EU nationals engage with national welfare systems, but this experience has been neglected in EU legal research. Unity in Adversity draws upon the ground-breaking EU Rights Project, working first hand with EU nationals in the UK, providing advice and advocacy, and giving ethnographic insight into the process of navigating EU and UK welfare law. Please see flyer for further details and discount code. Published by Hart Publishing.

New book: Feminist Judgments of Aotearoa New Zealand, Elisabeth McDonald, Rhonda Powell, Mamari Stephens and Rosemary Hunter (eds): 20 per cent members' discount

This edited collection asks how key New Zealand judgments might read if they were written by a feminist judge. Feminist judging is an emerging critical legal approach that works within the confines of common law legal method to challenge the myth of judicial neutrality and illustrate how the personal experiences and perspectives of judges may influence the reasoning and outcome of their decisions. Uniquely, this book includes a set of cases employing an approach based on mana wahine, the use of Maori values that recognise the complex realities of Maori women’s lives. Through these feminist and mana wahine judgments, it opens possibilities of more inclusive judicial decision making for the future. Please see flyer for further details and discount code. Published by Hart Publishing.

New book: Sociological Jurisprudence: Juristic Thought and Social Inquiry by Roger Cotterrell

Published by Routledge, This book presents a unified set of arguments about the nature of jurisprudence and its relation to the jurist’s role. It explores contemporary challenges that make the adoption of social scientific perspectives in jurisprudence imperative, and it shows how sociological resources can and should be used in considering juristic issues. Its overall aim is to redefine the concept of sociological jurisprudence and present a new agenda for the field. The book elaborates a distinctive juristic perspective recognising law’s diversity of cultural meanings, its extending transnational reach, its responsibility to reflect popular aspirations for justice and security, and its integrative tasks as a general resource of societal regulation. Drawing on and extending the author’s previous work, the book is aimed at students, researchers and academics working in socio-legal studies, jurisprudence, sociology of law, legal philosophy, and comparative legal studies. Please see website for details. 

The author was the winner of the 2013 SLSA Prize for Contributions to the Socio-Legal Community.

Responsibility, Restoration and Fault, by Bénédict Winiger:

Modern technology has not only multiplied the risks and degree of damage, it has also created long causal chains that often make it difficult to see a connection between action and damage, particularly when the damaging effects on individuals or society only emerge decades after the action. How can we ensure that we act responsibly today? What criteria do we have to measure our behaviour against? Please see website for details. 

Constitution in Crisis: The new Putney debates, edited by D J Galligan

The debates that began at St Mary's Church, Putney on 28 October 1647 pioneered the liberal, democratic settlement in England: a written constitution, universal suffrage, freedom of conscience and equality before the law. Four centuries later, the 2016 Brexit referendum raised fundamental questions concerning the constitution of the United Kingdom.

This volume brings together some of the greatest public intellectuals of their generation to debate the constitutional crisis at the heart of today's politics. Please see website for details.

20% discount from Hart on two new books: Rewriting Children's Rights Judgments and Transitional Justice and the Public Sphere

Rewriting Children’s Rights Judgments: From academic vision to new practice, edited by Helen Stalford, Kathryn Hollingsworth and Stephen Gilmore

This important edited collection is the culmination of research undertaken by the Children’s Rights Judgments Project. This initiative involved academic experts revisiting existing case law, drawn from a range of legal sub-disciplines and jurisdictions, and redrafting the judgment from a children’s rights perspective. The rewritten judgments shed light on the conceptual and practical challenges of securing children’s rights within judicial decision-making and explore how developments in theory and practice can inform and (re-)invigorate the legal protection of children’s rights. See attachment for further details and discount information.

Transitional Justice and the Public Sphere: Engagement, legitimacy and contestation, edited by Chrisje Brants and Susanne Karstedt

Transparency is a fundamental principle of justice. A cornerstone of the rule of law, it allows for public engagement and for democratic control of the decisions and actions of both the judiciary and the justice authorities. This book looks at the question of transparency within the framework  of transitional justice. See attachment for further details and discount information.

New Book from Hart: The Right to Say No: Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, edited by Melanie Randall, Jennifer Koshan and Patricia Nyaundi – £13 discount for SLSA members

Marital rape stands at the intersection of the socio-legal issues arising from both domestic violence and sexual assault. For centuries, women who suffered sexual assault perpetrated by their spouses had no legal recourse. A man’s conjugal rights included his right to have sexual intercourse with his wife regardless of whether she consented. This right has been recognised in law, and still is in some jurisdictions today.

This book emerges from the research undertaken by an innovative, multi-country, academic, collaborative project dedicated to comparatively analysing the legal treatment of sexual assault in intimate relationships, with a view to challenging the legal impunity for and inadequate legal responses to this form of gendered violence. Please see attachment for details of discount.

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.

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 per cent 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 per cent 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: States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection: Fortresses and fairness, edited by Maria O'Sullivan and Dallal Stevens: 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: 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.


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.

Journals and magazines

International Journal for Court Administration: call for papers 

The International Journal for Court Administration is an on-line journal which focuses on contemporary court administration and management. It provides a platform for the professional exchange of knowledge, experience and research in those areas for a diverse audience of practitioners and academics. Its scope is international, and the editors welcome submissions from court officials, judges, justice ministry officials, academics and others whose professional, research projects, and interests lie in the practical aspects of the effective administration of justice. IJCA is an open access journal, and its articles are subjected to a double-blind peer review procedure. Please contact the editors if you are not sure whether your research falls into these categories. See attachment for full details of cfp.

Cambridge University Press spring newsletter: including open access law content

Cambridge University Press's latest newsletter include access to OA content, including the German Law Journal.

'Construction of Property: Encompassing People, Power and Place': call for papers for special issue of Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law

Submissions are invited for the above special issue arising from the SLSA confererence stream Property, People, Power and Place. Please see website for details. Closing date: 1 May 2019.

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly: call for papers, special issue proposals and 'Notes and commentaries'

The Chief Editor invites submissions of full-length articles (approx 10,000 words) in any area of law, plus shorter items (approx 2000 words) on ‘Notes and commentaries’. All submissions are subject to review, but the editorial board seeks to ensure that articles are reviewed and published within a reasonable period. The Chief Editor also invites submissions of proposals for special issues. The most recent special issue was published on 11 March 2019 entitled: ‘Reviewing the boundaries of health law – new directions and dimensions’, guest-edited by Professor John Coggon and Professor Judy Laing, the directors of the Centre for Health, Law, and Society, University of Bristol Law School. The guest editors have also blogged about the special issue in the NILQ 'Contributors' Blog'. See the website for further details. 

For further information, please see the ‘For authors’ page on the website. This is an open call with no cut-off date.

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law/Revue International de Sémiotique Juridique: call for papers – special issue on ‘A new socio-semiotic digital landscape in communication – the case of cyberbullying’

Papers are invited for the special issue edited by Anne Wagner. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 30 April 2019.

Property Planning and Environmental Law: call for papers for special issue

Submissions are invited for this special issue on 'Constructions of Property: Encompassing People, Power and Place'. Please see attachment for details. Closing date: 1 April 2019. This special issue is closing related to the SLSA 2019 conference stream: Property, People, Power and Place

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice: special issue on 'Female Sexual Offenders and Offending' : call for papers

Papers are invited for this special issue for November 2020. Guest editors are Margaret Fitzgerald-O’Reilly, Susan Leahy, Catherine O’Sullivan and Siobhan Weare. Please see attachment and webpage for details. Closing date: 1 November 2019

'Robert W Gordon in Conversation with David Sugarman', Law and History Review Digital Edition

The discussion that follows arises out of more than six hours of recorded conversations in which Bob Gordon talks about his life and work with Professor David Sugarman. Please see website for details.

International Trade Law and Regulation: call for articles

The recently relaunched International Trade Law and Regulation is currently accepting articles (usually 3500-8000 words in length) and Comment pieces of 2000-3000 words. The journal aims to publish cutting-edge research on any topic of international economic law, international financial law, international trade law and international investment law. Any submission is subject to double bind peer review. For any further query or for submitting a contribution, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Laws: Special Issue 'Regional Human Rights Regimes and the Protection of Migrants’ Rights' – call for papers

Submissions are invited for this special issue, guest edited by Dr Sylvie Da Lomba, University of Strathclyde. Please see website for details. Closing date for manuscript submission: 30 April 2019.

Cambridge University Press to partner with the German Law Journal

Cambridge University Press and the editorial board of the German Law Journal have announced that they will partner in the publication of the journal from 2019. Please see press release for full details.

Contention: journal dedicated to research on and about social protest and political behaviour – call for papers

The journal advances essential knowledge on collective action, social movements and other forms of social and political contention. By providing a multidisciplinary forum to scholars within and across the social sciences and humanities, it seeks to promote scholarly exchange and knowledge sharing among them. See website for details.

Contention welcomes all submissions of high quality, including: research articles with novel findings, theoretical and methodological essays, and movement writing, as well as critical reviews, commentaries and book reviews. Contention aims to present original perspectives and points of view across disciplines and areas of investigation. Because of the journal's interdisciplinary nature, submissions are welcome in any standard format for the first round of review.  See Submission Guidelines for further details.

Entertainment and Sports Law Journal: now published open access with no author fees: call for submissions

The Entertainment and Sports Law Journal is a refereed online journal. It is located within a dynamic and rapidly expanding area of legal theory and practice. Whilst focused within legal study, the areas it encompasses are necessarily interdisciplinary. Entertainment law, media law, sports law, IP law, licensing law – these are all subjects that are taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level at increasing numbers of law schools in the UK and beyond. Areas that are of interest to the journal include the ways in which the law and regulatory frameworks operate in the following industries: music, sport, film, theatre and literature, art, gaming, the night time economy and the Internet and social media. Please visit website for further details.

Ancilla Iuris: latest articles and call for papers

Please see website for details. The editors welcome critical contributions as always.

Indian Law Review: call for submissions

Indian Law Review invites submissions for Case Notes or Legislative Notes on any case decided or legislation passed in India in 2017 (pending cases/bills may be considered if exceptional). A Note should be around 5000 words (including footnotes). Apart from summarising the case or legislation in question, it should situate it in the current body of law and analyse its implications. Existing scholarship on the issue involved should be engaged with. Comparative analyses examining similar developments in other jurisdictions are also welcome. They should be scholarly and rigorous, and need to do a lot more than a typical blog post in order to be publishable. For guidance, you can view examples of Notes on the the website.  Submissions can be made on our dedicated submissions portal. Contributors are advised to read these Instructions for authors before making any submission. Potential contributors may direct any queries (including the suitability of their chosen area of law for the Note) to our notes editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. 


Newsletters and electronic bulletins

African Griot: latest edition of the Boydell and Brewer publications newsletter

News of Boydell and Brewers latest publications: African Griot.

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: latest newsletter

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society has published its latest newsletter about its recent events, publications and other activities.

JUSTICE: latest newsletter

The latest newsletter from JUSTICE is now available.

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.

NCRM latest Research Methods News

The latest issue of the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM)  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.

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society latest e-news

The latest issue of the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society newsletter has been published. 

Latest AHRC News Alert

The AHRC has published its latest News Alert

British Academy newsletters

The latest issue of the BA International 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 2017

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


Reports, guidelines and working/research/discussion papers

New ESRC Delivery Plan published 

On 10 June 2019, the ESRC ammounced the publication of its new delivery plan. Please see website for details.

New AHRC Delivery Plan published

On 10 June 2019, the ESRC ammounced the publication of its new delivery plan. Please see website for details.

Liverpool Law School: A year in review 2017/18 

Liverpool Law School has just published its annual review for 2017/18. See website for details.

Law Commission launches reforms to planning law in Wales

The Law Commission has published a wide-ranging report proposing over 190 technical reforms to planning law as it applies in Wales. Please see website for details.

Law Commission: Abusive and Offensive Online Communications – Scoping report

Law Commission has now published its scoping report in relation to Abusive and Offensive Online Communications. A summary paper and the entire Scoping Report  available online.

New Report: Litigants in Person in Northern Ireland: barriers to legal participation, by Gráinne McKeever, Lucy Royal-Dawson, Eleanor Kirk and John McCord

The Nuffield Foundation provided funding for a two+ year study into litigants in person in the civil and family courts in Northern Ireland, examining the barriers to legal participation. The research, published on 14 September 2018, found that the barriers faced by litigants in person can jeopardise their right to a fair trial under Article 6 ECHR. The main recommendations from the research are that there is a need for cultural change to ’normalise’ the presence of litigants in person in the court system (to tackle the attitudinal barriers they face) and a need for information materials to support litigants in person, developed through user-focused design principles (to tackle intellectual, practical and emotional barriers). The research and associated publications are available on the website

Sentencing Council guidelines introduced for child cruelty offences and failing to protect a girl from the risk of female genital mutilation

The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for how those guilty of child cruelty offences should be sentenced. Please see press release for details.

Law Commission Recommendations on Land Registration

The Law Commission has published its recommendations on updating the Land Registration Act 2002. See website for details.

Law Commission summary paper on Leasehold Enfranchisement published

The Law Commission has published a summary paper on proposed solutions for leasehold houses. A full consultation paper covering leasehold flats and houses will be published in Autumn 2018. See website for details.

Sentencing Council: Guidelines for intimidatory offences

The Sentencing Council has published new definitive guidelines for intimidatory offences, covering harassment, stalking, disclosing private sexual images, controlling or coercive behaviour, and threats to kill. Please see press release for details.

Sentencing Council: update to dwelling robbery guideline

The Sentencing Council has issued an update to the dwelling robbery definitive guideline to correct an error. On page 17 of the guideline, the text above the sentence table has changed from ‘in excess of 13 years’ to ‘in excess of 16 years’. This is to correct an error identified in R v Mayers and others [2018] EWCA Crim 1552: updated guideline.

Sentencing Council proposes General guideline for offences not covered by specific guidance

The Sentencing Council has published a consultation on a proposed new General sentencing guideline for use when sentencing offences for which there is no existing guideline. It is designed to provide guidance for sentencing a very wide range of offences with very different characteristics and very different maximum sentences and could include blackmail, wildlife offences or offences relating to planning. Please see press release for further details.

Sentencing Council: New guidelines for sentencing offenders

On 7 June 2018, the Sentencing Council has published new definitive guidelines for judges and magistrates for when they are sentencing offenders who have breached court orders. Please see attachment for details.

Sentencing Council: new sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences published

The Sentencing Council has published new sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences were published in March, marking the first time that comprehensive guidance has been produced for courts in England and Wales. Please see attachment for details.

ESRC: knowledge and skills needs call for evidence – Summary Report and Next Steps

Between September and October 2017, the ESRC asked for evidence on where it needed to build knowledge and skills to improve the UK’s social science capability and capacity. A report summarising the evidence received has now been published which also sets out proposed next steps. Please see website for further details.

House of Lords Research Briefing: Rehabilitation in prisons

This House of Lords Library Briefing by Robert Blakey discusses the measures that prisons in England and Wales implement with the aim of reducing reoffending, together with the government’s policies on the use of those measures. See website for details.

Sentencing Council: New sentencing guideline for the possession of weapons and threats to use them

The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for the sentencing of offenders convicted of the possession of a bladed article or offensive weapon in public, and of using one to threaten someone. Please see attachment for further details.

Sentencing Council publishes new guideline on domestic abuse

The Sentencing Council has published a new Overarching Principles: Domestic Abuse sentencing guideline, replacing the 2006 Sentencing Guidelines Council domestic violence guideline. Please see attachment for further details.

Law Commission Annual Report 2016–2017

The Law Commission has published its Annual Report 2016–2017.

Law Commission announces its 13th programme of law reform

On 14 December 2017 the Law Commission of England and Wales announced the 14 new projects that make up its 13th programme of law reform. The Commission has focused on reforms which will reduce unfairness for the citizen and those which will help to enhance the UK’s competitiveness internationally following the UK's exit from the European Union. Please see website for details.

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.


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.


Blogs and other online articles

SLSA Poster Competition winners and shortlisted: blog posts on Sociology Lens

A selection of the winners and shortlisted entries of the SLSA Poster Competition at SLSA 2019 Leeds have published blogs about their projects on Sociology Lens:

Cambridge University Press: free content available for international women's day

Cambridge University Press is celebrating International Women’s Day (8 March 2019) and Women's History Month throughout March 2019 by curating a free collection of work across the subjects of arts, humanities, social sciences and STEM. See website for details.

British Library Digital Scholarship Blog

This blog aims to track exciting developments at the intersection of libraries, scholarship and technology. A recent blog post reported on a workshop held in December 2017 on 'Identifiers for UK theses'.

British Library Social Science Blog: 'Exploring social science at the British Library'

Find out about social sciences at the British Library including collections, events and research. This blog includes contributions from curators and guest posts by academics, students and practitioners.

'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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