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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
When should a disabled wheelchair user be given priority use of the wheelchair space on a bus when it is already occupied by a non-disabled user?
by Pat Feast, School of Law, University of Portsmouth Paulley v First Group plc  EWCA Civ 1573 raises interesting questions about the meaning of Baroness Hale’s dictum that having a disability entails an element of more favourable treatment. It is clear that the disabled person is not always entitled to priority and the Paulley [...]
The Constitutional Significance of the UKSC: Is it Time to Rethink Appointments to the Apex Court Again?
by Byron Karemba, School of Law, University of Leeds This article is cross-posted to the Judicial Diversity Initiative Blog A Changing Court If you are a public law anorak (like me!) your eyes have probably been glued to the Supreme Court website over the last few days watching the live streaming of the hearings [...]