23 11, 2021

Doing Socio-Legal Research in a Pandemic: How, Why, When, Where?

By | November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Flora Renz and Clare Williams (University of Kent)  The ways we do, talk, and think about socio-legal research have fundamentally shifted. State and University responses to Covid-19 have disrupted sites of power and privilege, of inclusion and exclusion, of access to resources and ability to be heard. Our approaches to research practices have shifted as [...]

14 11, 2021

Call for Members to Participate in the First Ever SLSA Membership Survey

By | November 14th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

The SLSA is pleased to be launching its first comprehensive membership survey on Monday 15th November 2021. The survey will improve our understanding of the profile of individuals who identity as socio-legal scholars, including lecturers, research students, and independent researchers. It will allow us to map the diversity of our community with reference to characteristics [...]

22 09, 2021

Socio-Legal Trajectories: A comparative research project on the formation and development of non-doctrinal study of law over the past 60 years

By | September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

A Research Network based at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory Jen Hendry, Christian Boulanger and Naomi Creutzfeldt have teamed up to work on a book project to explore socio-legal connections as they develop. Although the focus for the project is the UK and Germany, we are interested to add more countries and contexts to the mix as [...]

20 09, 2021

Why the Past is the Future

By | September 20th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Russell Sandberg, Cardiff University Tradition is often just an excuse for not thinking.  It is the means by which habits are perpetuated without questioning them and harden into unquestionable customs which future generations are then socialised into. This even happens in legal education. While the critical might of legal educators is applied to all [...]

24 08, 2021

Quarantining as Colonialism: An Auto-ethnographic Sociological Photo Essay

By | August 24th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Gee Imaan Semmalar, Kent University After spending several months in India during the devastating “second wave” of the pandemic, I decided to travel back to the United Kingdom to continue research for my PhD. Academia is particularly unforgiving to postgraduate students who are on scholarships, doing teaching assistantships on a three-year funded PhD in this [...]

12 08, 2021

Control Your Face: The Need to Examine the Implications of Emotion Recognition & iBorderCtrl

By | August 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Angela Paul, Northumbria University Affect or emotion recognition is a recent phenomenon that can be observed amongst the mass deployment of facial recognition technologies worldwide by several governments. The process of affect recognition involves recording and coding an individual’s facial expressions in a video, with a view to assessing their emotions [1]. The European Union’s [...]

19 07, 2021

Gender Diverse Youth, the Right to be Heard and a Misinterpretation of Harm: A Response to the Courts Following Bell v Tavistock

By | July 19th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Meaghan Storey (University of Manchester), Radhika Anand (University of Manchester) and Edmund Horowicz (University of Liverpool) In December 2020, the English High Court heard a Judicial Review Application, R (on the application of) Quincy Bell and A v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and others (widely referred to as Bell). The High Court in Bell [...]

12 07, 2021

Sins of ‘Women of Childbearing Age’

By | July 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Dr Ilke Turkmendag, Newcastle University The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recent warning (15th of June 2021) about prevention of alcohol consumption not only for pregnant women but also for women of ‘childbearing age’ (defined as age 15-50 by WHO) was met with immediate backlash on Twitter. In recent years, there has been an increase in [...]

5 07, 2021

“Our Silence Will Not Protect Us”: They know that and that’s why we need to #KilltheBill

By | July 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Felicity Adams and Fabienne Emmerich, Keele University  On 5th July The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 returns to Parliament for the 3rd Reading. The Bill, in its current iteration, poses a huge threat to people who are marginalized in mainstream society as well as a huge threat to democracy. After all we [...]

5 07, 2021

‘Before’, ‘With’ and ‘Against’ Gender Socio-legal Discourse

By | July 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Elizabeth Peel, Loughborough University (@profpeel) What does legal gender status mean for different members of the British public? Building on recent work on peoples’ perspectives on legal gender reform, insights from legal consciousness studies are combined with discursive psychology to interrogate interview data from the Future of Legal Gender project. Legal gender, in the UK, is [...]