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Books

New book: The European Union, Emerging Global Business and Human Rights by Aleydis Nissen: 20% discount available

Aleydis Nissen's book – in the field of business and human rights – focuses on private corporations that are based in developing and emerging countries. The book is original because it does not reduce such corporations to mere 'suppliers of' corporations in Western countries. Rather, the book studies corporations from developing and emerging countries in their own right, and as competitors of corporations based in the European Union. This book uncovers, in particular, which role the European Union and its member states play in regulating (in laws and trade agreements) and remedying human rights violations by corporations from emerging and developing states. See Cambridge University Press website for details and discount code.

New book: Litigants in Person and the Family Justice System by Jessica Mant: 20% discount available 

This book is about those who represent themselves as Litigants in Person in the family justice system. It calls for a refocusing of the debate about the historical challenges associated with Litigants in Person as well as the role they should play within the family justice system in England and Wales.  Drawing together interviews with Litigants in Person and decades of research into self-representation from across multiple jurisdictions, this book provides an account of the family justice system through the eyes of its users. It employs an innovative socio-legal framework comprising feminist theory, a Bourdieusian theory of class, vulnerability theory, and actor-network theory to explore the journey that Litigants in Person take through the legal, cultural and social context of the family court. It provides fresh insight into the diverse challenges that people face within this process and how these relate to wider pressures within the family justice system. It argues that there are important lessons to be learned from Litigants in Person. By understanding how and why people come to the point of self-representing, and the kinds of experiences they have when they do, the book advocates the importance of forging a more positive and effective relationship between Litigants in Person and the family justice system. See Hart website for details. Use code GLR AP3UK for UK orders and GLR AP3US for US orders at checkout. See website for details.

Minority Recognition and the Diversity Deficit: Comparative Perspectives by edited by Jessika Eichler and Kyriaki Topidi: 20% discount

Published by Hart, this book addresses how forms of minority recognition can be articulated in the law, institutions and contemporary societal contexts. It explores minority rights through critical engagement with the law and its categorisations. Furthermore, it looks at collective recognition through distinct rights, including participation and free speech as well as the challenges within related conflicts of rights. It addresses intersectional forms of discrimination, revealing the complexities of societal exclusion. Looking at empirical findings in Europe and Latin America, the book draws theoretical conclusions and new frameworks of recognition. See website for details. Use code code GLR AP3UK for UK orders and GLR AP3US for US orders at checkout.

New book: An Economic Sociology of Law Reimagined – Beyond embeddedness by Clare Williams

This book critically examines the concept of 'embeddedness': the core concept of an economic sociology of law (ESL). It suggests that our ways of doing, talking and thinking about law, economy and society, reproduce and re-entrench mainstream approaches, shaping our thoughts and actions such that we perform according to the model. Taking a deep dive into one example – the concept of embeddedness – this book combines insights from law, sociology, economics and psychology to show that while we use metaphor to talk about law and economy, our metaphors in turn use us, moulding us into their fictionalized caricatures of homo juridicus and homo economicus. The result is a groundbreaking study into the prioritization throughout society of interests and voices that align with doctrinal understandings of law and neoclassical understandings of economics: approaches that led us into the dilemmas currently facing society. Zooming out from a detailed exploration of embeddedness in economic sociology and ESL literature, the book unpacks the fashionable post-2008 claim that the economy should be re-embedded in society and proposes two conceptual shifts in response. The book draws on personas and vignettes throughout, both to imagine and to realise shifting an ESL beyond embeddedness.

This timely engagement with the emerging field of economic sociology of law will appeal to socio-legal scholars and others with interests in the intersection of law, economics, and sociology. See website for details and to read the two open access chapters.

New book: No Fault Approaches in the NHS, by Sonia Macleod and Christopher Hodges – 35% discount for SLSA members

This book published by Bloomsbury explores how concerns can be raised about the NHS, why raising concerns hasn't always improved standards, and how a no-fault open culture approach could drive improvements. The book describes a wide range of mechanisms for raising concerns about the NHS, including complaints, the ombudsman, litigation, HSIB, and the major inquiries since 2000, across the various UK jurisdictions. The NHS approach is contextualised within the broader societal developments in dispute resolution, accountability, and regulation. The authors take a holistic view, and outline practical solutions for reforming how the NHS responds to problems. These should improve the situation for those raising concerns and for those working within the NHS, as well as providing cost savings. The no-fault approaches proposed in the book provide long-term sustainable solutions to systemic problems, which are particularly timely given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the NHS. The book will be of interest to academics, researchers, ADR practitioners, practising lawyers, and policy makers. See website for details. Availabe now to pre-order. Use code GLR CA4UK at checkout.

Edited Collection – Communication and Legal Practice: call for chapters

Editors, Dr Tatiana Grieshofer, Birmingham City University, and Dr Kate Haworth, Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, invite contributions for the edited collection intended for submission to Cambridge University Press. See announcement for full details. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 28 February 2023.

Palgrave: hardcover holiday sale: 70% discount on selected books

See website for details of offer and discount code. Sale ends: 31 December 2022.

Law's Rule: The nature, value, and viability of the rule of law by Gerald J Postema – 30% discount available

The rule of law, once widely embraced and emulated, now faces serious threats to its viability. To get our bearings we must return to first principles. This book articulates and defends a comprehensive, coherent and compelling conception of the rule of law and defends it against serious challenges to its intelligibility, relevance and normative force. The rule of law's ambition, it argues, is to provide protection and recourse against the arbitrary exercise of power using the distinctive tools of the law. Law provides a bulwark of protection, a bridle on the powerful, and a bond constituting and holding together the polity and giving public expression to an ideal mode of association. Two principles immediately follow from this core: sovereignty of law, demanding that those who exercise ruling power govern with law and that law governs them, and equality in the eyes of the law, demanding that law's protection extend to all bound by it. Animating law's rule, the ethos of fidelity commits all members of the political community, officials and lay members alike, to take responsibility for holding each other accountable under the law. Part I articulates this conception and locates its moral foundation in a commitment to common membership of each person, recognising their freedom, dignity and status as peers. Part II addresses serious challenges currently facing law's rule: finding a place in the legal system for equity, mercy and effective responses to emergencies, taming the new leviathans of the digital world, and extending law's rule beyond national borders. See OUP website for details. Discount code: ALAUTHC4.

New book: What is the Family Justice System For? Mavis Maclean, Rachel Treloar and Bregje Dijksterhuis (eds) – 20% discount available

Does a justice system have a welfare function? If so, where does the boundary lie between justice and welfare, and where can the necessary resources and expertise be found? In a time of austerity, medical emergency, and limited public funding, this book explores the role of the family justice system and asks whether it has a function beyond decision-making in dispute resolution. Might a family justice system even help to prevent or minimise conflict as well as resolving dispute when it arises? See website for details. Use the code GLR T5TUK for UK orders and GLR T5TUS for US orders to get 20% off.

From Discrimination to Death: Genocide Process through a human rights lens, by Melanie O’Brien

From Discrimination to Death studies the process of genocide through the human rights violations that occur during genocide. Using individual testimonies and indepth field research from the Armenian Genocide, Holocaust and Cambodian Genocide, this book demonstrates that a pattern of specific escalating human rights abuses takes place in genocide. Offering an analysis of all these particular human rights as they are violated in genocide, the author intricately brings together genocide studies and human rights, demonstrating how the ‘crime of crimes’ and the human rights law regime correlate. The book applies the pattern of rights violations to the Rohingya Genocide, revealing that this pattern could have been used to prevent the violence against the Rohingya, before advocating for a greater role for human rights oversight bodies in genocide prevention. The pattern ascertained through the research in this book offers a resource for governments and human rights practitioners as a mid-stream indicator for genocide prevention. It can also be used by lawyers and judges in genocide trials to help determine whether genocide took place.

Marriage Unbound: State Law, Power, and Inequality in Contemporary China by Ke Li: 20% discount available

China after Mao has undergone vast transformations, including massive rural-to-urban migration, rising divorce rates, and the steady expansion of the country's legal system. Today, divorce may appear a private concern, when in fact it is a profoundly political matter—especially in a national context where marriage was and has continued to be a key vehicle for nation-state building. Marriage Unbound focuses on the politics of divorce cases in contemporary China, following a group of women seeking judicial remedies for conjugal grievances and disputes.

Drawing on extensive archival and ethnographic data, paired with unprecedented access to rural Chinese courtrooms, Ke Li presents not only a stirring portrayal of how these women navigate divorce litigation, but also a uniquely in-depth account of the modern Chinese legal system. With sensitive and fluid prose, Li reveals the struggles between the powerful and the powerless at the front lines of dispute management; the complex interplay between culture and the state; and insidious statecraft that far too often sacrifices women's rights and interests. Ultimately, this book shows how women's legal mobilization and rights contention can forge new ground for our understanding of law, politics, and inequality in an authoritarian regime. See website for details. Use code UNBOUND20 at checkout.

Habitual Ethics by Sylvie Delacroix: 20% discount available

What if data-intensive technologies’ ability to mould habits with unprecedented precision is also capable of triggering some mass disability of profound consequences? What if we become incapable of modifying the deeply-rooted habits that stem from our increased technological dependence? On an impoverished understanding of habit, the above questions are easily shrugged off. Habits are deemed rigid by definition: ‘as long as our deliberative selves remain capable of steering the design of data-intensive technologies, we’ll be fine’. To question this assumption, this open access book first articulates the way in which the habitual stretches all the way from unconscious tics to purposive, intentionally acquired habits. It also highlights the extent to which our habit-reliant, pre-reflective intelligence normally supports our deliberative selves. It is when habit rigidification sets in that this complementarity breaks down. The book moves from a philosophical inquiry into the ‘double edge’ of habit — its empowering and compromising sides — to consideration of individual and collective strategies to keep habits at the service of our ethical life. Allowing the norms that structure our forms of life to be cotton-wooled in abstract reasoning is but one of the factors that can compromise ongoing social and moral transformations. Systems designed to simplify our practical reasoning can also make us ‘sheep-like’. Drawing a parallel between the moral risk inherent in both legal and algorithmic systems, the book concludes with concrete interventions designed to revive the scope for normative experimentation. It will appeal to any reader concerned with our retaining an ability to trigger change within the practices that shape our ethical sensibility. See Hart Publishing website for details. Use discount codes code GLR T5TUK for UK orders and GLR T5TUS for US orders at checkout. The ebook edition of this book is available as an open access publication.

The Future of High-Cost Credit by Jodi Gardner: 20% discount available

Published by Hart, this book proposes a new way of thinking about the controversial and complex challenges associated with the regulation of high-cost credit, specifically payday lending by exploring the theoretical grounding, policy initiatives and interdisciplinary perspectives associated with high-cost credit. The problems with debt extend far beyond the legal sphere, and the findings will therefore be of interest to many other academic disciplines, as well as for those working in public policy and ‘the third sector’. Use code GLR T5TUK for UK orders and GLR T5TUS for US orders to get 20% off. See website for details.

The Constitutional Legitimacy of Law Officers in the United Kingdom by Conor McCormick: 20% discount available

Published by Hart, this book provides a detailed account of each law officer’s functions and draws on that account as the basis for a broader conceptual analysis of their constitutional legitimacy. The constitutional legitimacy of law officers has been questioned repeatedly in recent years, on account of recurring controversies surrounding the discharge of their varied functions. This book argues that the most persuasive framework for analysing the offices which make up this diverse regime involves concentrating on the constitutional values of independence, accountability and trust which underpin it. Use code GLR T5TUK for UK orders and GLR T5TUS for US orders to get 20% off. See website for details.

Combined Academic Publishers: 25% discount on selected publications until 20 September 2022

Combined Academic Publishers are offering SLSA members a 25% discount on a selection of publications until 20 September 2022. See website for details.

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Journals

Legal Pluralism and Critical Social Analysis: special issue dedicated to the memory and scientific contributions of Keebet von Benda-Beckmann – call for contributions

Keebet von Benda-Beckmann unexpectedly passed away on 5 October 2022. In her memory, the journal invites contributions for the special issue that engage with Keebet's oeuvre in an innovative way. See website for details. Closing date: 24 February 2023.

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law: special issue 'The Legal Semiotics of the Digital Face' – call for papers

Submission are invited for this speciall issue edited by Gabriele Marino and Massimo Leone. See website for details. Call closes: 15 August 2023.

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly: Special OA Supplement on Northern Ireland's Legal Order after Brexit

Northern Ireland’s legal order is already making the process of adapting to its special place within the Brexit deal. This Special Supplement of the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, edited by Colin R G Murray, Newcastle University, addresses the nature of the Protocol’s operation within Northern Ireland law, the basis for the UK Government’s claims that hollowing out the domestic legal effect of the Protocol through the Protocol Bill will not breach its international commitments, the significance for Northern Ireland of post-Brexit divergences between Great Britain and the EU in regard to product standards and rights/equality and the ongoing difficulties in navigating post-Brexit arrangements for those on the island of Ireland who fall into the category of frontier workers. Read the complete issue here. There will also be a launch event in the new year.

Recht der Werkelijkheid | Journal of Empirical Research on Law in Action: call for abstracts for special issue

Abstracts are invited for this special issue on the theme of 'The quest for implementation: can governments still get things done?' See announcement for full details. Closing date for abstract submissions: 12 December 2022.

The Age of Human Rights Journal: call for papers

The Age of Human Rights is an online open-acccessed peer-reivewed journal published by the Universidad de Jaén, Spain. The journal is moving towards a continuous publication model in 2023 and is currently open for submissions. See website for details.

Last On the List: The Protection of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Timor-Leste’s Transitional Justice Process 

This article by Noemi Perez Vasquez examines how reproductive rights violations were dealt by the Special Panels for Serious Crimes and the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CAVR) in Timor-Leste. Based on the findings after interviews with Timorese women, the article highlight the importance of taking into consideration these violations by transitional justice mechanisms. Published in the Nordic Version of Human Rights.

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Blogs and other online resources

Latest on the JLS Blog: a selection from JLS Authors and Meet the Book Author

The Journal of Law and Society Blog is a space for conversations. Recent additions to the JLS Book Authors section include: 

And in the Meet the Authors section:

The Impact of Care Act Easements under the Coronavirus Act 2020 – research report

Researchers from the University of Manchester have published the final report of their National Insitute for Health and Care Research-funded project entitled 'The impact of Care Act easements under the Coronavirus Act 2020 on co-resident carers, over the age of 70, with spouses or partners living with dementia'. See website for full details.

Sentencing Council publishes Equality and Diversity Review of Sentencing Guidelines

This report of research conducted by the University of Hertfordshire on for the Sentencing Council waspublished on 10 January 2023. See website for details. 

UKRI Blog: Introducing our theory of change

Christopher Smith, UKRI International Champion and Executive Chair, Arts and Humanities Research Council, introduces the theory of change – a key component of UKRI strategy, setting out the steps needed to take to achieve the UKRI's ambitions and deliver its vision.See website for details.

Chocolate, Law and Dinosaurs: new podcast from Keele Law School

This new monthly staff and student podcast is available on Spotify and Apple podcasts.

LSE Blog: Adding equity to transformative agreements and journal subscriptions – The Read & Let Read model

The transition towards open access to research articles has become a question of how, rather than why and the rise of transformative agreements has enabled publishers to strike agreements with large institutions and national research organisations to provide open access and authorship to their members. In this post, Arthur J. Boston puts forward an alternative Read & Let Read model, which could extend access beyond these limited groups and create a framework for more collaborative funding for access to open access research. See website for details.

AcSS We Society latest podcast: Ann Phoenix: It takes a village to raise a child

The latest podcast is available along with all previous episodes of series 2 and all nine of series 1.

HMCTS blog: Preparing for the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

A blog by Kara Gallear looks at how magistrates’ and Crown Courts have prepared for the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 coming into force.

Journal of Law and Society: new website launched

The Journal of Law and Society is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new website. This website was born out of a desire to provide the socio-legal community with a dynamic repository of resources and opportunities, as well as to improve the transparency and accessibility of academic publishing in socio-legal studies. As such, it will feature a range of information, interviews, discussions and public events which are curated through the Journal's close relationship with the Centre of Law and Society, an international research hub for socio-legal studies which also shares its home at Cardiff University. The launch of the website also marks the inauguration of JLS Conversations, a unique and prestigious online space in which socio-legal scholars are exploring ideas and engaging in further debate beyond the Journal; challenging assumptions and pushing the boundaries of socio-legal studies in the ways that JLS authors have been doing for nearly 50 years.

AHRC Blog: Investing in impact

AHRC's Associate Director, Paul Meller, reflects on the AHRC's investment in its first impact acceleration grants. Read the blog on the UKRI website for further details.

AHRC Blog: How AHRC is creating opportunities in law 

In this blog Ambreena Manji and Jaideep Gupte set out the AHRC's ambition to create opportunities in law and explain how these will help deliver the AHRC's strategic vision. Read the blog on the UKRI website for further details.

New AHRC Opportunities Blog

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has published the first in a new series of blogs that will share upcoming opportunities with the community.

SAFI Blog: call for contributions

The Editors of the SAFI blog are looking for contribution. They invite contributions from different disciplines which engage with legal theory, legal philosophy, normativity, or reflect on current social and political issues relating to women. They welcome papers, which are philosophically, politically and socially informed as well as contributions reflecting on empirical studies. Please send abstracts (500 words max) or draft manuscripts (1500-3000 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Articles can be written in English or German and will be posted on the SAFI website. Calls and information for the SAFI newsletter are also welcome.

 Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies Blog 

Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies is a blog by the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies welcoming perspectives on methods and cutting-edge research from across the socio-legal field. 

Latest from Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies: The Books We Don’t Recommend but Can’t Stop Thinking about 

Professor Patrick Schmidt reviews Erwin Chemerinsky's new book, Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights (Liveright, 2022). Read the full blog post here, which is published as part of the blog’s A Good Read section.

If you would like to receive a summary of all Frontier’s latest posts, sign up to receive the bi-monthly newsletter here.

The blog always welcomes submissions providing analysis of recent socio-legal research, methodological issues, ethical issues, and publications from around the globe: Frontiers can be found at Frontiers of Socio-Legal Studies and on Twitter @OxfordCSLS.  

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Other

Government publishes Rape Review Progress Report

The update sets out progress made against commitments in the initial action plan published by the Ministry of Justice and Home Office in June 2021. See website for details.

Bar Council Chair, Nick Vineall KC Inaugural Speech

Nick Vineall KC prioritises independence, remuneration, regulation, and diversity at the Bar in the year ahead. See announcement and full text of speech.

Next 100 Years: December 2022 newsletter

the latest issue of the Next 100 Years newsletter includes a celebration of Carrie Morrison the first woman solicitor in England & Wales. See Newsletter for details.

Sentencing Council report: Public Confidence in Sentencing and the Criminal Justice System 2022

This report from the Sentencing Council provides insight into what drives the public’s attitudes to and understanding of the criminal justice system. The research, which follows up on a similar study conducted in 2018, makes a series of recommendations on actions the Council might take to reinforce and improve public confidence. See website for details.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: latest newsletter

The latest JRF newsletter includes the winter 2022/23 cost-of-living tracker. See website for details.

Race at the Bar: Progress Report, Bar Council

One year on from the ground-breaking Race at the Bar report, the Bar Council has published an interim progress report on action being taken across the Bar to address race inequality. See website for details.

Law Society Press Release: 'Raab's cut to legal aid will bring chaos to criminal justice'

According to the Law Society, 'The justice secretary has completely rejected the advice of the government’s own independent review of the crisis in the criminal justice system by imposing a real-terms cut on legal aid rates for solicitors.' See full press release for details.

Bar Council Bar Council comment on MoJ Criminal Legal Aid response: Press release

Chair of the Bar Mark Fenhalls KC has commented on the Government’s response to the Criminal Legal Aid Independent Review and consultation on policy proposals. See full press release for details.

Next 100 Years: Women Who Will 2022 report

The Women Who Will report is an annual celebration of the achievements and potential of women in law. Download the complete report.

Bar Council Report: Access Denied: The state of the justice system in England and Wales in 2022 

Access to justice can’t survive further budget cuts, according to a new report from the Bar Council. See website for the Bar Council's press statement and to download the report.

Law Commission: Confiscation of the Proceeds of Crime after Conviction: A final report

The report contains recommendations which aim to bolster the current system by simplifying the calculation of benefit, improving confiscation enforcement powers, and introducing mechanisms which prevent delay, allowing victims to receive compensation more quickly. It was informed by the detailed responses we to the Commission's 2020 consultation paper. See website for details.

Law Society Press Release on Retained EU Law Bill

'Retained EU Law Bill jeopardises UK legal certainty' says Law Society. See Press Release for details.

Academy of Social Scences: new enhanced Fellows Directory

For the first time, the directory now contains region, discipline and self-defined areas of expertise, as well as job title, organisation and a link to a public website profile. The directory now allows both the Academy and others such as policymakers or media to find subject experts more readily. It will also widen the Acadny's reach and, hopefully, that of Fellows and help advocate more effectively for AcSS Fellows’ expertise. View the directory.

Public Law Project: lastest newsletter

All the latest news and events from the Public Law Project.

Barrister Earnings by Sex and Practice Area – 2022 update, Bar Council Report 

The gap between men and women’s earnings at the Bar shows more work to do, according to a new report from the Bar Council. See website for details.

AcSS: latest Policy Monitor

See the summary of latest consultations in the Policy Monitor for December 2022 from the Academy of Social Sciences.

AcSS ebulletin October 2022

Catch up with all the latest news from the Academy of Social Sciences with this month's ebulletin.

Sentencing Council: The Effectiveness of Sentencing Options on Reoffending, literature review

The Sentencing Council has published a review that brings together evidence on the effectiveness of different sentencing options on reoffending. See website for details.

Nuffield Foundation Annual Report 2021

The Nuffield Foundation has just published its latest Annual Report, detailing the £28.5 million that it spent on charitable activities during that year.

ADA Lovelace Institute Report: AI liability in Europe: anticipating the EU AI Liability Directive

This report provides legal context and analysis on how liability law could support a more effective legal framework for AI. See website for details.

Judicial Appointments Commission: latest 'Judging your Future' newlsetter

The Judicial Appointments Commission has published its latest 'Judging Your Future' newsletter.

Leverhulme Trust Funding Bulletin

See the latest bulletin for all funding news from the Leverhulme Trust.

Newsletter: Baldy Center, University at Buffalo

Read the spring 2022 edition of the Baldy Center magazine.

AHRC: latest newsletter 

The AHRC has published its latest newsletter for June 2022.

Nuffield Foundation: latest newsletter

Download the newsletter for the latest information from the Nuffield Foundation.

 JUSTICE: latest newsletter

The latest information about JUSTICE in October 2022.

SAFI: Women's Law and Legal Theory Network: latest newsletter

The January 2022 issue of the SAFI Network Newsletter is now available. For regular SAFI updates, follow the network on Twitter.

SAFESOC latest newsletter

The £1.1m UKRI funded SAFESOC research project aims to reconceptualise prison regulation for safer societies. See the latest newsletter for updates.

Runnymede Trust: latest e-newsletter

The Runnymede Trust has just published it's latest newsletter. See webpage for details.

Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: latest newsletter

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society's latest newsletter has been published. 

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