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 [...]
by Nataly Papadopoulou, School of Law, University of Leicester Religious penalties for suicide were only abolished in 1823 and civil penalties in 1870; suicide was, however, also penalised under the common law in England. In failed suicide attempts, the common law imposed severe sanctions to the individual. Closer to 1961 the case law indicates changing [...]
by Ioannis Glinavos, Faculty of Law, University of Westminster As the troubles of Deutsche Bank remind us of the heady days leading to the collapse of Lehman, we have a good opportunity to reflect on financial rescues and resistance to the austerity that resulted, at least in Europe. While on the systemic level resistance to bailouts, [...]