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18 05, 2018

The role of legal expertise in law-making: An empirical investigation of UK and EU in-house lawyers

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By Stephanie Theophanidou, PhD Candidate, Cardiff University I recently presented a working paper in the Lawyers and Legal Professions stream of the SLSA Conference 2018. This was based on my PhD thesis which compares the working practices of lawyers from the main UK and EU law-making institutions. The paper provides an insight into the purpose [...]

11 05, 2018

Domestic Abuse, the Crown Prosecution Service and Managerialism

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By Antonia Porter, Kent Law School, University of Kent When Carl Stychin spoke at this year’s SLSA conference plenary, ‘Socio-legal studies at a watershed? A conversation’ I listened with particular interest. His reflections about the pervasive creep of neoliberalism’s lacky, managerialism, on academic behaviours and priorities resonated with the paper I was to deliver the [...]

11 05, 2018

The Enforcement of Children’s Rights: Domestic and International Impediments

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by Seamus Byrne, University of Liverpool This short blog post summarises the main arguments I put forward within the Equality and Human Rights Panel at the recent SLSA Conference which was held at the University of Bristol. The paper sought to unpack both the international and domestic impediments which ultimately impede the enforcement of children’s [...]

4 05, 2018

Apology, the IRA, and the ‘Disappeared’

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Dr Lauren Dempster, Research Fellow, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast This blog post summarises key points from a presentation I gave at the SLSA’s 2018 conference in Bristol. The presentation drew on material from my upcoming book,[i]supplemented by insights from the project on which I am currently Research Fellow - Apologies, Abuses and Dealing [...]

3 05, 2018

What can socio-legal studies contribute to medical law? Thoughts from a workshop in Paris

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By Edward Dove Blog originally published on the 'Motley Coat' blog. Reposted here with permission. Socio-legal studies is a multi-, inter-, or trans-disciplinary academic field that investigates the nature, form, and function of law, legalities, and legal institutions through social science methods and methodologies. The approaches can be empirical, statistical, or conceptual (e.g. exploring law through [...]

29 04, 2018

Sexting among Young People: Limitations of Criminal Law

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by Elizabeth Agnew (PhD student, Queen’s University Belfast) The past few years have witnessed a heightened concern regarding young people and their increasing presence online. Most alarming is the growing trend of ‘sexting’ among young people. Whilst adults also ‘sext’ it is young people’s participation which has attracted a considerable amount of news coverage, both [...]

20 04, 2018

The rise of the pro-mediation rhetoric: analysing public documents on family mediation

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By Rachael Blakey, PhD Candidate, Cardiff University Following the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), and Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA), mediation has taken a visible centre stage in England and Wales’ family justice system. Much of the discussion succeeding the reforms hasfocused on the move towards private resolution and [...]

20 04, 2018

The Vulnerable Homemaker: Cohabitation Through the Vulnerability Lens

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by Ellen Gordon-Bouvier, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing, Canterbury Christ Church University This blogpost is based on a paper presented in the Family Law and Policy stream at the SLSA 2018 conference.  In it, I argued that new insights and understandings could be gleaned from examining the law’s harsh treatment of cohabiting [...]

13 04, 2018

A Child’s “Right” to Refuse?

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by Dr Kirsty Moreton, Lecturer in Law and Ethics, Keele University On 12th March of this year in the State of Victoria, Australia theMedical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 came into force. A unique aspect of this legislation is that it permits children to make legally binding ‘Advance Care Directives’ (ACD). Sufficiently competent children [...]

13 04, 2018

Medical Treatment, Miscarriages and Consent

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by Louise Austin, PhD Candidate in Law (1+3 ESRC), Centre for Health, Law, and Society and Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol At the SLSA's Annual Conference, I presented a working draft of a paper co-written with Dr Sheelagh McGuinness. The paper, provisionally titled ‘Medical Treatment, Miscarriages and Consent’, explores a legislative gap [...]