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50% off Intersentia ebooks: offer ends 31 May 2020 

Expanded access to JSTOR during COVID-19 crisis

Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman: first issue published

Palgrave 40% discount code for humanities books and ebooks: valid until 29 May 2020 


50% off Intersentia ebooks: offer ends 31 May 2020 

50% discount available on over 200 ebooks. See website for details.

Palgrave 40% discount code for humanities books and ebooks: valid until 29 May 2020 

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Constitutional Idolatry and Democracy: Challenging the infatuation with writtenness, by Brian Christopher Jones: 35% discount available

Published by Edward Elgar, Constitutional Idolatry and Democracy investigates the increasingly important subject of constitutional idolatry and its effects on democracy. Focused around whether the UK should draft a single written constitution, it suggests that constitutions have been drastically and persistently over-sold throughout the years, and that their wider importance and effects are not nearly as significant as constitutional advocates maintain. Chapters analyse whether written constitutions can educate the citizenry, invigorate voter turnout, or deliver ‘We the People’ sovereignty. This volume will be published in June 2020. See website for details. SLSA members can claim a 35% discount: use code BCJO35 at checkout.

SLSA Virtual Conference page from Edinburgh University Press: special offers available

See webpage for 30% members' discount on selected Edinburgh Univerisity Press publications.

The Director's Series 2020/21 Law and Humanities in a Pandemic: call for papers for special issue and or edited collection

Applications are invited for this Series from IALS. Please see website for details. Closing date: 30 June 2020.

Assets, Crimes and the State: Innovation in 21st century legal responses, by Katie Benson, Colin King, Clive Walker: 20% discount available

Organised crime, corruption and terrorism are considered to pose significant and unrelenting threats to the integrity, security, and stability of contemporary societies. Alongside traditional criminal enforcement responses, strategies focused on following the money trail of such crimes have become increasingly prevalent. These strategies include anti-money laundering measures to prevent ‘dirty money’ from infiltrating the legitimate economy, proceeds of crime powers to target the accumulated assets derived from crime, and counter-terrorist financing measures to prevent ‘clean’ money from being used for terrorist purposes.

Publised by Routledge, this collection brings together 17 emerging researchers in the fields of anti-money laundering, proceeds of crime, counter-terrorist financing and corruption to offer critical analyses of contemporary anti-assets strategies and state responses to a range of financial crimes. The chapters focus on innovative anti-financial crime measures and assemblages of governance that have become a feature of late modernity and on the ways in which individual nation states have responded to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements in light of their specific social, political, and economic contexts. This collection draws on perspectives from law, criminology, sociology, politics, and other disciplines. It adopts a much-needed international approach, focusing not only on expected jurisdictions, such as the USA and UK, but also on analysis from countries such as Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, and Nigeria. The authors stand out for their fresh and original research, which places them at the cutting edge of the subject.

This book provides a comprehensive, insightful, and original study of an important and developing field for academics, students, practitioners, and policymakers in multiple jurisdictions.See website for details. SLSA members can use code DEW09 to receive a 20% discount.

Call for proposals – Leading Works in Law Series

The Leading Works in Law series, published by Routledge, explores the development of particular areas of law by reference to their ‘leading works’. Each book asks scholars in the field to select and analyse a ‘leading work’ and how it has or should have impacted upon the development of that area of law.

The first book in the series has already been published on Leading Works in Law and Religion (note that SLSA members can claim a 20% discount until 30 April using code DEW09) and books are under contract on Legal Ethics, Public Law, Law and Social Justice and Family Law.

Editors are sought for volumes on any other area of law. If you are interested or have any queries then please email the series editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Supporting Law Students: Exploring the why, what and how: call for papers for edited collection

This is a call for papers for a collection that is to be edited by Jessica Guth and Jennifer McCloy. Once abstracts are confirmed the collection will be proposed to a leading publisher, initially Routledge. Please see announcement for details. Closing date: 22 May 2020.

Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law (2020) Chris Ashford and Alexander Maine (eds): 25% discount now available

This innovative and thought-provoking Research Handbook, published by Edward Elgar, explores not only current debates in the area of gender, sexuality and the law but also points the way for future socio-legal research and scholarship. It presents wide-ranging insights and debates from across the globe, including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia, with contributions from leading scholars and activists alongside exciting emergent voices.

Chapters address a range of current arguments and issues, providing an enhanced theoretical framework and evolving understanding from a variety of feminist and queer perspectives. Relationship recognition debates and LGBT activism and scholarship are examined and discussed, as well as questions around bodily autonomy, kink identities, pornography and healthcare access rights. Research exploring the lived experiences of people facing challenges such as domestic violence, asylum, femicide and hate crime is also assessed.

This Research Handbook will be an invaluable resource for researchers and students in the fields of law, sexuality and gender, as well as family studies, sociology, media and cultural studies, and medicine. Activists will also benefit from its scholarly insight into key policy debates and future strategy. See website for details. Use code SLSA25 for a 25% discount.

Grandparents’ Rights, Law and Social Policy: call for contributors to edited collection

Contributions are invited for the above edited collection. Please see announcement for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 29 May 2020.

Values in the Supreme Court: Decisions, division and diversity, by Rachil J Cahill-O'Callaghan: 20% discount available 

This new book from Hart examines the significance of values in Supreme Court decision-making. Drawing on theories and techniques from psychology, it focuses on the content analysis of judgments and uses a novel methodology to reveal the values that underpin decision-making. The book centres on cases which divide judicial opinion: Dworkin’s hard cases 'in which the result is not clearly dictated by statute or precedent’. In hard cases, there is real uncertainty about the legal rules that should be applied, and factors beyond traditional legal sources may influence the decision-making process. It is in these uncertain cases – where legal developments can rest on a single judicial decision – that values are revealed in the  judgments. The findings in this book have significant implications for developments in law, judicial decision making and the appointment of the judiciary. Use code HE6 at checkout. See website for details.

Lawyers in 21st-Century Societies, Richard L Abel, Ole Hammerslev, Hilary Sommerlad, Ulrike Schultz (eds): 20% discount available

The world's legal professions have undergone dramatic changes in the 30 years since publication of the landmark three-volume Lawyers in Society, which launched comparative sociological studies of lawyers. This is the first of two volumes in which scholars from a wide range of disciplines, countries and cultures document and analyse those changes. The present volume presents reports on 46 countries, with broad coverage of North America, Western Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, North Africa and the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and former communist countries. See website for further details. Available as e-publication or hardback. Use code HE to claim 20% discount on this Hart publication.

Decriminalising Abortion in the UK, edited by Sally Sheldon and Kaye Wellings

The public and parliamentary debate about UK abortion law reform is often diverted away from key moral and political questions by disputes regarding basic questions of fact. And all too often, claims of scientific ‘fact’ are ideologically driven. But what effect would decriminalisation be likely to have on women’s health? What would be the impact on the incidence of abortions? Would decriminalisation equate to deregulation, sweeping away necessary restrictions on dangerous or malicious conduct? With each chapter written by leading experts in the fields of medicine, law, reproductive health and social science, this book, published by Policy Press, offers a concise and authoritative account of the evidence regarding the likely impact of decriminalisation of abortion in the UK. It is available to purchase in print or free as a downloadable pdf on OAPEN. See website for details. 

Sally Sheldon and Kaye Wellings have also published a Policy Briefing covering key messages and policy recommendations around abortion, the likely impact of decriminalisation and how to ensure effective regulation afterwards. This is also available to purchase in print or free as a downloadable pdf on OAPEN. See website for details.

SLSA members can claim 25% discount at checkout using code SLSA. NB: 50% special discount available until midnight 3 April 2020 with code SLSALAW.

Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State, by Fiona de Londras, Jessie Blackbourn and Lydia Morgan

Counter-terrorism is now a permanent and sprawling part of the legislative and operational apparatus of the state, yet little is known about the law and practice of how it is reviewed, how effective the review mechanisms are, what impact they have or how they interact with one another. This book, published by Policy Press addresses that gap in knowledge by presenting the first comprehensive, critical analysis of counter-terrorism review in the United Kingdom, informed by exclusive interviews with policy makers, politicians, practitioners and civil society. See website for details.

Fiona de Londras, Jessie Blackbourn and Lydia Morgan have also written a Policy Briefing covering policy recommendations around counter-terrorism and the review mechanisms. This is also available to purchase in print or free as a downloadable pdf on OAPEN. See website for details.

SLSA members can claim 25% discount at checkout using code SLSA. NB: 50% special discount available until midnight 3 April 2020 with code SLSALAW.

Disputes Processes: ADR and the primary forms of decision-making, by Michael Palmer and Simon Roberts: 30% discount available until 30 April 2020

This wide-ranging study considers the primary forms of decision-making – negotiation, mediation, umpiring, as well as the processes of avoidance and violence – in the context of rapidly changing discourses and practices of civil justice across a range of jurisdictions. Many contemporary discussions in this field – and associated projects of institutional design – are taking place under the broad but imprecise label of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The book brings together and analyses a wide range of materials dealing with dispute processes and the current debates on and developments in civil justice. With the help of analysis of materials beyond those ordinarily found in the ADR literature, it provides a comprehensive and comparative perspective on modes of handling civil disputes. The new edition is thoroughly revised and is extended to include new chapters on avoidance and self-help, the ombuds, online dispute resolution and pressures of institutionalisation. See website for details. Available for pre-order: use code 99467 at checkout.

The Truth Machines: Policing, Violence and Scientific Interrogation in India by Jinee Lokaneeta

Published by University of Michigan Press, using case studies and the results of extensive fieldwork, this book considers the nature of state power and legal violence in liberal democracies by focusing on the interaction between law, science, and policing in India. Jinee Lokaneeta argues that the attempt to replace physical torture with truth machines in India fails because it relies on a confessional paradigm that is contiguous with torture. Her work also provides insights into a police institution that is founded and refounded in its everyday interactions between state and non-state actors. Theorizing a concept of contingent state, this book demonstrates the disaggregated, and decentred nature of state power and legal violence, creating possible sites of critique and intervention. See website for details.

Art, Law, Power: Perspectives on Legality and Resistance in Contemporary Aesthetics edited by Lucy Finchett-Maddock and Eleftheria Lekakis 

Published by Coverpress, this edition brings together voices and practitioners from across the globe to tell stories of old and new tactics and strategies found in the coming together of law, art, and power. Art historical understandings of law can be found sitting next to doctrinal depictions of street art and graffiti, philosophical questions of space, community, and autonomy next to cultural and legal ethnographies of control and incarceration. See website for details.

Feeling Queer Jurisprudence: Injury, Intimacy, Identity by Senthorun Sunil Raj

Published by Routledge, this book catalogues a range of cases from Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom to unpack how emotion shapes the decriminalisation of homosexuality, hate crime interventions, anti-discrimination measures, refugee protection and marriage equality. Raj innovatively shows that reading jurisprudence through emotions can make space in law to affirm, rather than disavow, intimacies and identities that queer conventional ideas about 'LGBT progress', without having to abandon legal pursuits to protect LGBT people.

'Governing protracted displacement: An analysis across global, regional and domestic contexts' (TRAFIG Working Paper No 3) edited by Nuno Ferreira et al

This working paper explores the governance of protracted displacement across global, regional and domestic levels in the context of the project 'Transnational Figurations of Displacement' (TRAFIG). The multiple contemporary crises that have led to forced displacement show not only the limits of a tight definition of ‘refugee’, but also highlight the gaps in international protection frameworks. A significant number of those forcibly displaced are in protracted displacement situations. See website to download this free publication.

 Blue Legalities: The life and laws of the sea, edited by Irus Braverman and Elizabeth R Johnson

The contributors to Blue Legalities attend to the seas as a legally and politically conflicted space to analyse the conflicts that emerge where systems of governance interact with complex geophysical, ecological, economic, biological, and technological processes.The ocean and its inhabitants sketch and stretch our understandings of law in unexpected ways. Inspired by the blue turn in the social sciences and humanities, Blue Legalities explores how regulatory frameworks and governmental infrastructures are made, reworked, and contested in the oceans. Published by Duke University Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

Human Rights Education: Forging an academic discipline, by Sarita Cargas

Sarita Cargas argues that the time has come for human rights to be acknowledged as an academic discipline. She notes that human rights has proven to be a relevant field to scholars and students in political science and international relations and law for over half a century. It has become of interest to anthropology, history, sociology, and religious studies, as well as a requirement even in social work and education programmes. However, despite its interdisciplinary nature, Cargas demonstrates that human rights meets the criteria that define an academic discipline in that it possesses a canon of literature, a shared set of concerns, a community of scholars, and a methodology. Published by Pennsylvania Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

Legalizing Sex: Sexual minorities, AIDS, and citizenship in India, by Chaitanya Lakkimsetti

This original ethnographic research explores the relationship between the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the rights-based struggles of sexual minorities in contemporary India. Sex workers, gay men, and transgender people became visible in the Indian public sphere in the mid-1980s when the rise of HIV/AIDS became a frightening issue. The Indian state started to fold these groups into national HIV/AIDS policies as ‘high-risk’ groups in an attempt to create an effective response to the epidemic. Lakkimsetti argues that over time the crisis of HIV/AIDS effectively transformed the relationship between sexual minorities and the state from one that was focused on juridical exclusion to one of inclusion. The new relationship then enabled affected groups to demand rights and citizenship from the Indian state that had been previously unimaginable. Published by NYU Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving human rights struggles for health and social equality, by Alicia Ely Yamin

When Misfortune Becomes Injustice surveys the progress and challenges in deploying human rights to advance health and social equality over recent decades, with a focus on women's health and rights. Yamin weaves together theory and first-hand experience in a compelling narrative of how evolving legal norms, empirical knowledge, and development paradigms have interacted in the realization of health rights. When Misfortune Becomes Injustice reveals extraordinary progress in recognizing health-related claims as legal rights and understanding the policy implications of doing so over the last few decades. Yet Yamin challenges us to consider why these advances have failed to produce greater equality within and between nations, and how the human rights praxis must now urgently address threats to social and gender justice, in health and beyond. Published by Stanford University Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

The Grip of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Feminist interventions in international law, by Karen Engle

Contemporary feminist advocacy in human rights, international criminal law, and peace and security is gripped by the issue of sexual violence in conflict. But it hasn't always been this way. Analysing feminist international legal and political work over the past three decades, Karen Engle argues that it was not inevitable that sexual violence in conflict would become such a prominent issue. Engle reveals that as feminists from around the world began to pay an enormous amount of attention to sexual violence in conflict, they often did so at the cost of attention to other issues, including the anti-militarism of the women's peace movement; critiques of economic maldistribution, imperialism, and cultural essentialism by feminists from the global South; and the sex-positive positions of many feminists involved in debates about sex work and pornography. Published by Stanford University Press. See Combined Academic Publishers website for details. Use code CSN0320SLSA for 30% discount.

Patent Games in the Global South: Pharmaceutical Patent Law-making in Brazil, India and Nigeria, by Amaka  Vanni: 20% discount

In this thought-provoking analysis, the author takes three examples of emerging markets (Brazil, India, and Nigeria) and tells their stories of pharmaceutical patent law-making. Adopting historiographical and socio-legal approaches, focus is drawn to the role of history, social networks and how relationships between a variety of actors shape the framing of, and subsequently the responses to, national implementation of international patent law. In doing so, the book reveals why the experience of Nigeria – a country active in opposing the inclusion of IP to the WTO framework during the Uruguay Rounds – is so different from that of Brazil and India. This book makes an original and useful contribution to the further understanding of how both states and non-state actors conceptualise, establish and interpret pharmaceutical patents law, and its domestic implications on medicines access, public health and development. Published by Hart. Patent Games in the Global South was awarded the 2018 SIEL–Hart Prize in International Economic Law. See website for details. Use code HE6 or SLSADIS at checkout.

The UK Earth Law Judgments Project: Call for judgment-writers, commentators and other participants

The UK Earth Law Judgments Project will involve the reimagining and rewriting of significant cases in UK law (including English, Scots and Northern Irish law) from an ecocentric perspective. It builds on the work of feminist judgment projects in a number of jurisdictions, and the recent Wild Law Judgment Project led by Australian scholars. The organisers are looking for proposals that reimagine key cases across a broad range of legal areas. See announcement and website for further details. Closing date: 22 June 2020

Transnational Law and State Transformation: The Case of Extractive Development in Mongolia (2019) Jennifer Lander

Published by Routledge, this book contributes new theoretical insight and in-depth empirical analysis about the relationship between transnational legality, state change and the globalisation of markets. The role of transnational economic law in influencing and reorganising national systems of governance evidences the constitutional dimensions of global capitalism: the power to institute new rules and limits for national states. This form of new constitutionalism does not undermine the state but transforms it by eroding national capacities and implanting global alternatives. While leading scholars in the field have emphasised the much-needed value of case studies, there are no studies available which consider the cumulative impact of multiple axes of transnational legal ordering on the national state or its constitution. This monograph addresses this empirical gap, whilst expanding the theoretical scope of the field. Mongolia’s recent transformation as a mineral-exporting country provides a rare opportunity to witness economic and legal globalisation in process. Based on careful empirical analysis of national law and policy-making, the book traces the way distinctive processes of transnational legal ordering have reorganised and reframed the governance of Mongolia’s mining sector, specifically by redistributing state power in relation to the market, sub-national administrations and civil society. The book investigates the role of international financial institutions, multinational corporations and non-governmental organisations in normative transmission, as well as the critical role of national actors in embedding transnational investment norms within the domestic legal and policy environment. As the book demonstrates, however, the constitutional ramifications of transnational legal ordering extend beyond the mining regime itself into more fundamental questions of the trajectory of state transformation, institutionally and ideologically. See website for details. Use code FLR40 to claim 20% discount at checkout.

Touch, by Caterina Nirta, Danilo Mandic, Andrea Pavoni, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (eds): open access ebook

Described by Aristotle as the most vital of senses, touch contains both the physical and the metaphysical in its ability to express the determination of being: to touch is already to be active and to activate. This fundamental ontology makes touch the most essential of all senses. This volume of ‘Law and the Senses’ attempts to illuminate and reconsider the complex and interflowing relations and contradictions between the tactful intrusion of the law and the untactful movement of touch. Compelling contributors from arts, literature and social science disciplines alongside artist presentations explore touch’s boundaries and formal and informal ‘laws’ of the senses. Each of the several contributions to this volume recognises the trans-corporeality of touch to traverse the boundaries on the body and entangle other bodies and spaces, thus challenging the very notion of corporeal integrity and human being. For full details and to download this recently published open access title see University of Westminster Press.

Scottish Feminist Judgments, Sharon Cowan, Chloë Kennedy and Vanessa E Munro (eds): 20% discount available

Published by Hart, this innovative collaboration between academics, practitioners, activists and artists rewrites 16 significant Scots law cases, spanning a range of substantive topics, from a feminist perspective. Exposing power, politics and partiality, feminist judges provide alternative accounts that bring gender equity concerns to the fore, whilst remaining bound by the facts and legal authorities encountered by the original court. 
Paying particular attention to Scotland’s distinctive national identity, fluctuating experiences of political sovereignty, and unique legal traditions and institutions, this book contributes in a distinctive register to the emerging dialogue amongst feminist judgment projects across the globe. Its judgments address concerns not only about gender equality, but also about the interplay between gender, class, national identity and citizenship in contemporary Scotland. The book also showcases unique contributions from leading artists which, provoked by the enterprise of feminist judging, or by individual cases, offer a visceral and affective engagement with the legal. The book will be of interest to academics, practitioners and students of Scots law, policy-makers, as well as to scholars of feminist and critical theory, and law and gender, internationally. See website for details. Use code CV7 at checkout to get 20% discount.

From the Colonial to the Contemporary: Images, iconography, memories, and performances of law in India's High Courts, by Rahela Khorakiwala: 20% discount available

From the Colonial to the Contemporary explores the representation of law, images and justice in the first three colonial high courts of India at Calcutta, Bombay and Madras. It is based upon ethnographic research work and data collected from interviews with judges, lawyers, court staff, press reporters and other persons associated with the courts.Observing the courts through the in vivo, in trial and practice, the book asks questions at different registers, including the impact of the architecture of the courts, the contestation around the renaming of the high courts, the debate over the use of English versus regional languages, forms of addressing the court, the dress worn by different court actors, rules on photography, video recording, live telecasting of court proceedings, use of CCTV cameras and the alternatives to courtroom sketching, and the ceremony and ritual that exists in daily court proceedings. See website for details. Use code CV7 at checkout to get 20% discount.

Feminist Engagement with International Criminal Law: Norm transfer, complementarity, rape and consent, by Eithne Dowds: 20% discount available

This work introduces and further develops the feminist strategy of ‘norm transfer’: the proposal that feminist informed standards created at the level of international criminal law make their way into domestic contexts. Situating this strategy within the complementarity regime of the International Criminal Court (ICC), it is argued that there is an opportunity for dialogue and debate around the contested aspects of international norms as opposed to uncritical acceptance. The book uses the crime of rape as a case study and offers a new perspective on one of the most contentious debates within international and domestic criminal legal feminism: the relationship between consent and coercion in the definition of rape. In analysing the ICC definition of rape, it is argued that the omission of consent as an explicit element is flawed. Arguing that the definition is in need of revision to explicitly include a context-sensitive notion of consent, the book goes further, setting out draft legislative amendments to the ICC ‘Elements of Crimes’ definition of rape and its Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Turning its attention to the domestic landscape, the book drafts amendments to the UK Sexual Offences Act 2003 and to the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999: thereby showing how the revised version of the ICC definition can be applied in context of the UK. See website for details. Use code CV7 at checkout to get 20% discount.

Urban Politics of Human Rights: call for papers for edited collection

Abstracts are invited for this edited collection, published by the Asser Institute. Please see webite for details. Closing date: 1 April 2020.

Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South, by Philippe Cullet and Sujith Koonan – generous discounts available

This comprehensive Research Handbook offers an innovative analysis of environmental law in the global South and contributes to an important reassessment of some of its major underlying concepts. The Research Handbook discusses areas rarely prioritised in environmental law, such as land rights, and underlines how these intersect with issues including poverty, livelihoods and the use of natural resources, challenging familiar narratives around development and sustainability in this context and providing new insights into environmental justice. Discounts applicable: 30% OECD countries and 60% in non-OECD countries. See flyer for further details and discount codes.

Education, Law and Diversity: Schooling for one and all?, by Neville Harris – 20% discount for SLSA members

This second edition of Education, Law and Diversity (published by Hart) provides new and updated legal and policy analysis of how the education system responds to social diversity and the extent to which the social and cultural rights of individual and groups with interests in it are upheld. There is a particular focus in this context on children’s rights. The book includes considerable new material covering a wide range of issues, some of them controversial, including relationships and sex education, exclusion from school, home education, counter-extremism and academisation. It also retains, but fully updates, areas of debate concerned with issues such as multiculturalism, inclusive education, selective education and the position of religion in schools. Unlike the first edition (published in 2007) the book now has a sub-title. It reflects this edition’s core theme and the central question being addressed. See website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

Research Handbook on Law, Movements, and Social Change: edited by Steve Boutcher, Corey Shdaimah and Michael Yarbrough, published by Edward Elgar – call for contributions

Contributions are invited for the above collection in the series Research Handbooks in Law and Society Series edited by Austin Sarat and Rosemary Hunter. Please see announcement for details. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 15 January 2020.

New book: Child Perpetrators on Trial, by Jastine C Barrett

Following a devastating genocide in 1994, the Rwandan government elected to hold all perpetrators accountable – including children. Thousands of children were held in prisons while awaiting charges; some were later convicted. This book is about these children. Drawing on interviews and extensive archival research in Rwanda, it documents their journey through prisons, formal courts, gacaca proceedings or re-education centres. Its insights extend beyond Rwanda, looking at how international law protects children accused of even the most serious atrocities. The book is about law in action, and how states, and international organisations, operationalise international standards on child perpetrators in challenging post-conflict conditions. Engaging with theories from international law, international relations and anthropology, it illuminates strategies utilised by UNICEF to promote the rights of alleged child génocidaires and traces UNICEF's positive influence on their protection. It makes the case for principled pragmatism as an approach to human rights promotion in post-conflict societies. Published by Cambridge University Press. See website for details.

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

Proposals are invited for this new book series from Routledge, edited by Professor Valentina Vadi. Please see announcement for full details.

New book: Parental Rights, Best Interests and Significant Harms: Medical decision-making on behalf of children post-Great Ormond Street Hospital v Gard, edited by Imogen Goold, Jonathan Herring and Cressida Auckland: 20% discount available

This timely collection from Hart Publishing brings together philosophical, legal and sociological perspectives on the crucial question of who should make decisions about the fate of a child suffering from a serious illness. In particular, the collection looks at whether the current ‘best interests’ threshold is the appropriate boundary for legal intervention, or whether it would be more appropriate to adopt the ‘risk of significant harm’ approach proposed in Gard. It explores the roles of parents, doctors and the courts in making decisions on behalf of children, actively drawing on perspectives from the clinic, as well as academia and practice. In doing so, it teases out the potential risks of inappropriate state intrusion in parental decision-making and considers how we might address them. See website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

New book: Policing Compassion: Begging, law and power in public spaces, by Jonathan Hermer

For centuries, the figure of the beggar has caused public fear, sympathy and confusion. In this book, criminologist Joe Hermer explores how the dilemma of giving to someone begging today has become an unusual site of regulation, public inquiry and law reform. This book investigates why handing pocket change to someone begging is now widely viewed as a gift crime, one that attempts to make the giving public complicit in the policing and control of visibly poor people. See Hart Publishing website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

New book: Digital Family Justice: From alternative dispute resolution to online dispute resolution?, edited by Mavis Maclean and Bregje Dijksterhuis – 20% discount

This book describes how forms of ADR such as mediation have failed to take the place of courts and lawyers, even where public funding for legal help has been removed, despite governments promoting it in order to reduce public spending on private quarrels. Instead ODR has developed rapidly, led by the Dutch Rechtwijzer. The authors question the speed of this development, and stress the need for careful evaluation of how far these services can meet the needs of divorcing families. In this book, experts from Canada, Australia, Turkey, Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Scotland, and England and Wales explore how ADR has fallen behind, and how we have learned from the rise and fall of ODR in the Rechtwijzer about what digital justice can and cannot achieve. Managing procedure and process? Yes. Dispute resolution? Not yet. The authors end by raising broader questions about the role of a family justice system: is it dispute resolution? Or dispute prevention, management, and above all legal protection of the vulnerable? See Hart Publishing website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

New book: Confronting Penal Excess: Retribution and the politics of penal minimalism, by David Hayes – 20% discount

This monograph considers the correlation between the relative success of retributive penal policies in English-speaking liberal democracies since the 1970s, and the practical evidence of increasingly excessive reliance on the penal State in those jurisdictions. It sets out three key arguments. First, that increasingly excessive conditions in England and Wales over the last three decades represent a failure of retributive theory. Second, that the penal minimalist cause cannot do without retributive proportionality, at least in comparison to the limiting principles espoused by rehabilitation, restorative justice and penal abolitionism. Third, that another retributivism is therefore necessary if we are to confront penal excess. The monograph offers a sketch of this new approach, ‘late retributivism’, as both a theory of punishment and of minimalist political action, within a democratic society. Centrally, criminal punishment is approached as both a political act and a policy choice. Consequently, penal theorists must take account of contemporary political contexts in designing and advocating for their theories. Although this inquiry focuses primarily on England and Wales, its models of retributivism and of academic contribution to democratic penal policy-making are relevant to other jurisdictions, too. See Hart Publishing website for details. Use code SLSADIS at checkout.

New Book: The Right to Sanitation in India: Critical perspectives, edited by Philippe Cullet, Sujith Koonan, and Lovleen Bhullar

Published by Oxford University Press, this is the first book that seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of the right to sanitation in India. It covers the most visible aspects of the right to sanitation, in particular access to toilets, as well as various other dimensions, such as gender, social, environmental dimensions; and specific issues like manual scavenging and sanitation workers. The volume analyses the right to sanitation in India in a broader international and comparative setting and offers a comprehensive analysis of the right to sanitation in India in a broader international and comparative setting. The editors place emphasis on the diverse components of the right to sanitation, including access to toilets, sewage regulation, rights of sanitation workers and eradication of manual scavenging. Please see website for details.

New book: The Democratic Courthouse: A modern history of design, due process and dignity by Linda Mulcahy and Emma Rowden

The Democratic Courthouse: A Modern History of Design, Due Process and Dignity by Linda Mulcahy and Emma Rowden, and published by Routledge, examines how changing understandings of the relationship between government and the governed came to be reflected in the buildings designed to house the modern legal system from the 1970s to the present day in England and Wales. The book explores the extent to which egalitarian ideals and the pursuit of new social and economic rights altered existing hierarchies and expectations about how people should interact with each other in the courthouse. Drawing on extensive public archives and private archives kept by the Ministry of Justice, but also using case studies from other jurisdictions, the book details how civil servants, judges, lawyers, architects, engineers and security experts have talked about courthouses and the people that populate them. In doing so, it uncovers a changing history of ideas about how the competing goals of transparency, majesty, participation, security, fairness and authority have been achieved, and the extent to which aspirations towards equality and participation have been realised in physical form. As this book demonstrates, the power of architecture to frame attitudes and expectations of the justice system is much more than an aesthetic or theoretical nicety. Legal subjects live in a world in which the configuration of space, the cues provided about behaviour by the built form and the way in which justice is symbolised play a crucial, but largely unacknowledged, role in creating meaning and constituting legal identities and rights to participate in the civic sphere. Key to understanding the modern-day courthouse, this book will be of interest to scholars and students in all fields of law, architecture, sociology, political science, psychology and criminology. See website for details.

Open Book Series from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: call for submissions

OBserving Law – the IALS Open Book Service for Law is an open access book publishing initiative developed with the School of Advanced Study and University of London Press. The University of London Press builds on a century of publishing tradition by disseminating distinctive scholarship at the forefront of the humanities. Based at the School of Advanced Study, the press seeks to facilitate collaborative, inclusive, open access, scholar-led interchange, within and beyond the academy. These open access books are free to read online and download in pdf format for anyone in the world to use in the Humanities Digital Library. See website for full details and submissions process. 

Vernon Press: Call for book and translation proposals: Bridging Language and Scholarship (BLS)

Vernon Press invites original book proposals and translation proposals for previously published books (from English to Spanish or Spanish to English) for as part of our Bridging Language and Scholarship (BLS) initiative. Proposals for both edited volumes and single-author books in a range of disciplines are welcome. See website for details.

New book series: Law and Visual Jurisprudence - call for proposals

Proposals are invited for this new series, published by Springer and edited by Sarah Marusek and Anne Wagner. Please see flyer for full details.

Routledge series: Global Law and Sustainable Development and Transnational Law and Governance – call for book proposals

Series editor Paolo Davide Farah invites proposals for the above two Routledge book series in association with gLAWcal (Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development). Please see flyer and website for details.

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. 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.


Journals and magazines

Expanded access to JSTOR during COVID-19 crisis

Due to the ongoing crisis, JSTOR has extended access to unlicensed archive collections to institutions who've opted in through 31 December 2020.

Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman: first issue published

Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman's core contributor base and readership will be in the social sciences, arts and humanities although often social and political thought will be applied to aspects of the natural or ‘hard’ sciences. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. See website for details.

Journal of Law and Society: Operating as 'normal'

The Journal of Law and Society has released the following statement relating to the current crisis:

See the journal's website for further details.

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique and Comparative Legilinguistics: call for papers for 3 COVID-19 special issues 

See website for details. Closing date: 10 December 2021

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law: special Issue on 'Semiotic Perspectives on Environment, Forestry, Fishery, Hunting and Law' – call for papers

Guest Editors: Dariusz Gwiazdowicz, Aleksandra Matulewska and Anne Wagner

Please see announcement for details. Closing date: 10 February 2021.

Coimbra Journal for Legal Studies: special issue on 'Law and the Janus-faced morality of political correctness' – call for papers

Papers are invited for the above special issue. Please see announcement for full details. Closing date: 15 September 2020.

Journal of Social Security Law: now on Twitter

The Journal of Social Security Law is now on Twitter @JSocialSecurity. The account is run by Professor Gráinne McKeever @McKeeverGrainne, the joint editor of the Journal with Professor Neville Harris, and will be focused on promoting the work of academics and practitioners who publish there, to bring social security legal analysis to a wider audience. The Journal provides expert coverage and analysis of the latest developments in law, policy and practice across the field of social security law, covering the wide range of welfare benefits and tax credits in the UK and internationally, encompassing socio-economic rights and administrative justice in relation to social security entitlement. Journal articles are available online through Westlaw and ThompsonReuters but published authors will also be encouraged to link to their SSRN pages, where pre-edited manuscripts can be uploaded and disseminated via the Journal’s Twitter account.

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law: special issue on 'Heritage, Law and Discourse: A Triadic Dimension in Protection, Regulation and Identity' – call for papers

Submissions are invited for this special issue. See website for details. Call closes: late April 2020.

Anthropocenes: Human, inhuman, posthuman: call for papers – new journal launch January 2020

Submissions are invited for this new journal launching in January. Please see website for details.

New article: 'States of legal denial: how the state in Myanmar uses law to exclude the Rohingya', by Melissa Crouch  – 50 free downloads available

Published in December 2019 in the Journal of Contemporary Asia. Follow this link to download the article for free.

Amicus Curiae: call for contributions for next issue

Contributions are invited for the next issue of Amicus Curiae. The deadline is 11 May 2020 and the issue will be published on 22 June 2020. The Academic Editor, Michael Palmer, welcomes contributions for all sections of the journal:

  • articles;
  • notes;
  • case notes;
  • book reviews; and
  • obituaries.

Please see our about the journal and submissions pages for full details. If you have any queries about your proposed submission, please contact the Academic Editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laws: Special Issue on 'Migrants and Human Rights Protections': call for submissions

Submissions are invited for this special issue of Laws, edited by Sylvie Da Lomba. Please see website for details. Closing date for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Mediation Theory and Practice, the journal of the College of Mediators: call for papers

Submissions are invited for the next issue of the journal of Mediation Theory and Practice. Please see website for details. This is an open call with no closing date.

Journal of Law and Society: Winter 2020 issue REF guidelines

The REF 2020 publication deadline will be of significance to some scholars. The Journal of Law and Society Board has decided to accommodate accepted articles for the Winter 2020 issue in the following manner. Early View of accepted articles will ensure they appear within the stated REF deadline. For those who wish to store their article for the subsequent REF then Early View will not occur so that the article will be 'published' in December 2020. See the website for full details and author guidelines.

International Journal of Discrimination and the Law: call for papers

The editor and editorial board of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law welcome contributions that meet the journal’s orientation as an international journal encompassing a wide range of areas encompassing anti-discrimination and equality law and human rights, including race and sex discrimination, the treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees, issues of migration and nationality, discrimination on the grounds of disability, gender identity, sexual or political orientation, age and ill-health, in relation to access to employment, housing, education and other services. The journal publishes original research and welcomes papers from scholars at all career stages and from practitioners. Please contact the Editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have any queries regarding submission to the journal.

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly: now available via LexisNexis – call for papers and special issue proposals

The Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, a leading law journal since it was established in 1936, is delighted to announce that all issues from 2019 will now be disseminated via LexisNexis.

If you have an excellent paper, or note or commentary, that makes a significant contribution to legal studies, contact the Chief Editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at  or via @NILegalQ, to discuss submitting a paper. If accepted after successful peer review your piece will also be disseminated via LexisNexis. Proposals for special issues are also welcome.

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. 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.


Newsletters and electronic bulletins

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 Center 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.

 Research Methods Bulletin

The latest issue of the NCRM  Research Methods Bulletin is now available. If you are planning to go on an National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) training course, you may be eligible for SLSA funding.

Latest AHRC News: February 2020

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.


Reports, guidelines and working/research/discussion papers

Exploring the case for Virtual Jury Trials during the COVID-19 Crisis: An evaluation of a pilot study conducted by JUSTICE

On 23 March all new trials were suspended, due to fears that they may contribute to the spread of COVID-19. JUSTICE has a number of concerns about this. For those remanded in prison, it means an indefinite period in which their liberty is being restricted without a determination of guilt. For those remanded on bail, it means increased uncertainty and the inability to make plans for the future. For victims, it means a long wait for justice and a lack of closure. Moreover, it means a rise in the backlog that criminal courts were already struggling with, delaying justice far beyond the lifting of restrictions, which will not be for some time. The same is true of civil and family court trials. In collaboration with Corker Binning solicitors and AVMI, the audio visual solutions company, JUSTICE have been testing whether virtual jury trials are possible using a video platform already utilised in the courts and which can be accessed from home computers. They have commissioned a report by Professor Linda Mulcahy, Centre for Socio-legal Studies, Oxford University, and Dr Emma Rowden, School of Architecture, Oxford Brooks University, to independently evaluate the initiative. The report, which can be found here, considers how well the technology worked in the virtual trials; compares the conduct of the trial with traditional face-to-face hearings; considers whether there are any benefits to virtual trials; appraises whether there were any problems that arose which might give cause for a legal challenge; and evaluates what lessons might be learnt from the two virtual trials conducted to date. It concludes that there are still a number of technical difficulties to overcome and that we should be concerned that the digitally excluded and vulnerable may not be able to access or use the systems available. Despite these difficulties, it is argued in the report that there were also some ways in which virtual trials improved on face-to-face interactions in courtrooms, including the democratising impact of lay participants being given comparable space to others in the virtual courtroom and being able to see everyone more clearly.

Law Commission: Final Report on Electoral Law

Electoral law in the UK is spread across 17 statutes and some 30 sets of regulations. It has become increasingly complex and fragmented; it is difficult to access, apply, and update. Much of the law is rooted in nineteenth century language and practice and doesn’t reflect modern electoral administration. The electoral law reform project is part of the Law Commission for England and Wales’ Eleventh Programme of Law Reform published on 19 July 2011. See website for further details and to download report.

New report: Delivering Dispute Resolution: Recent review on the resolution of disputes in England and Wales

This report summarises the main points of two recent reviews on the resolution of disputes in England and Wales. One is a study by Professor Christopher Hodges and the other is a Report for the Welsh Government chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Published by the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society. See website for details and to download the report.

Law Commission report on Simplification of the Immigration Rules: now published

The Law Commission of England and Wales has published its report on Simplification of the Immigration Rules. See website for details.

Law Commission: Leasehold Enfranchisement report published 

The Law Commission of England and Wales published its report on valuation in enfranchisement (Report on Options to Reduce the Price Payable) on 9 January 2020. Please see website for details.

City Reports on International Law: ongoing call for contributions

Abstracts are invited for city reports for inclusion in the Report of the Study Group to the International Law Association Kyoto conference in 2020. Please see attachment and website for details. 






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