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5 05, 2017

The SQE, Law Degrees and Socio-Legal Studies

By | May 5th, 2017|Blog Posts|1 Comment

by Dr Jessica Guth, Leeds Beckett University on behalf of the SLSA Executive Committee On the 25th April the Solicitors Regulation Authority announced that it was indeed launching the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) meaning that in order to qualify as a solicitor, candidates will need to: Have passed SQE stages 1 and 2 to demonstrate [...]

28 04, 2017

Religious freedom and school uniforms: Shabina Begum, ten years on

By | April 28th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Nuno Ferreira and Maria Moscati, University of Sussex   The UK stands out in Europe for having school uniforms across the state school system. This has been a source of conflict in many instances, from cases involving cornrows as hairstyle to boys wearing skirts in Cambridgeshire and Sussex for being prohibited from wearing shorts [...]

14 04, 2017

Compassion in Law. What?!

By | April 14th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Dermot Feenan, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, and Founder and Convenor of the Law and Compassion Research Network, discusses compassion socio-legally. When I told a delegate at a recent SLSA conference that I would be presenting on compassion and law, the response was ‘what compassion in law?’ To cut a long [...]

31 03, 2017

Intoxication and assault: Crown Court sentencing practices in England and Wales

By | March 31st, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Carly Lightowlers and Jose Pina-Sánchez, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds Alcohol intoxication is a frequent factor in violent offending. Whilst the frequent coexistence of alcohol and violence does not evidence a universal or causal link, alcohol’s legal status and widespread availability mean alcohol intoxication (as opposed to drug intoxication) and related offending [...]

16 03, 2017

Law and Emotion Scholarship: A Snapshot

By | March 16th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Emma Jones, The Open University Law School As co-convenor of the new law and emotion stream about to be launched at the SLSA’s 2017 conference, this seems an apt moment for me to pause and reflect on where law and emotion scholarship stands today.  Its origins as a field of scholarship can be traced [...]

9 03, 2017

How to revive Shared Parental Leave

By | March 9th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

by Jamie Atkinson, Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced for parents of babies born or children placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015 (by the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014). SPL is a more flexible version of its predecessor and enables parents to share up to 50 weeks [...]

22 02, 2017

Russia changes the law on domestic violence – why should it concern the UK?

By | February 22nd, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

by Dr Sofia Graca, Canterbury Christ Church University Earlier this month, President Putin signed a new law that introduced changes to existing legislation on family violence in Russia. The new law has drawn wide international criticism from women, human rights and domestic violence survivors’ support groups. The UK and the international community also condemned the new legislation, [...]

26 01, 2017

Visual Legal Research at Strathclyde University

By | January 26th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

by Karen Richmond, University of Strathclyde As a socio-legal researcher, whose work focuses on the construction of forensic expertise, I am interested in exploring, and revealing, the particular series of laboratory translations which convert evidential material into textual and visual inscriptions. Each phase of the evidential trajectory (from the collection and stabilisation of trace samples to [...]

12 01, 2017

The effects of Brexit on socio-legal scholarship

By | January 12th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Rosemary Hunter, Chair, Socio-Legal Studies Association This post will appear in the Winter 2017 issue of the RCSL Newsletter On 24 June 2016 it is fair to say that the UK socio-legal community was in shock at the result of the previous day’s referendum, in which a narrow majority of those who participated voted to [...]

5 01, 2017

Ways of Seeing, Socio-Legally

By | January 5th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Dermot Feenan, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, reflects on the socio-legal significance of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, in the wake of the author’s recent death. John Berger, Ways of Seeing, copyright: Penguin It is forty-five years since the late John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, the landmark TV series and accompanying book that [...]