29 09, 2017

‘No children allowed’ – Truly second-rate citizens?

By | September 29th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

  By Nuno Ferreira, Professor of Law, Sussex Law School, University of Sussex Amongst news of refugee deaths in the Mediterranean, stalled Brexit talks and North Korean missiles, the summer of 2017 has also brought us a piece of news entitled ‘Coffee shop owner defends no children policy’, courtesy of the BBC. The story behind it [...]

15 09, 2017

Embedding dignity and respect in a Scottish social security system

By | September 15th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Mark Simpson* ‘Dignity’ and ‘Respect’ have been part of the debate on social security in Scotland since the lead-up to the independence referendum in 2014, appearing in the report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare, the consultation on A new future for social security, legislation establishing the Scottish Welfare Fund and the Social [...]

8 08, 2017

Chief Executive Pay, Gender, Statistics and a note of warning

By | August 8th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

James Hand, Portsmouth Law School, Faculty of Business & Law, University of Portsmouth Statistics, used well, can play a vital part in exposing inequalities and persuading people of unjustness.  However, used less well, they risk undermining the argument even if they are initially superficially attractive.  Earlier this month, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) [...]

29 06, 2017

Five Key Lessons from the Second Socio-Legal Masterclass

By | June 29th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Aleydis Nissen (Cardiff School of Law and Politics) and Titilayo Adebola (Warwick Law School) Building on last year’s successful inaugural edition, the second Socio-Legal Residential Masterclass took place from 19 to 21 June 2017 at the picturesque Gregynog Hall in Wales. Just like last year, the participants included a mix of established socio-legal scholars and [...]

22 06, 2017

Free Speech and Socio-Legal Reality

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

by Roger Cotterrell, Queen Mary University of London, UK.* ‘Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press....’. So proclaims, in some of its key words, the US Constitution’s First Amendment. What would a sociology of freedom of speech, a freedom so talismanic in US law, look like? The furore over [...]

21 06, 2017

Grenfell Tower and the unravelling of forty years of housing ideology

By | June 21st, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

By Helen Carr, Kent Law School, University of Kent Some argue that the collapse of Ronan Point which killed four people in 1968 following a gas explosion within the tower block marked the beginning of the end of the welfare state. Grenfell Tower may well have a similar place in history, the moment when the [...]

20 06, 2017

Law and Justice Dis-ordered in the Supreme Court of Mexico

By | June 20th, 2017|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Dermot Feenan, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, reflects upon images of law and justice in the Supreme Court of Mexico as the world’s leading socio-legal associations converge in Mexico City. Figure 1. Courtesy Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature As the Socio-Legal Studies Association joins with other law and [...]

16 06, 2017

Inquiries, regulation and fire in the high rise

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

By Ed Kirton-Darling* It is around 48 hours since the news of a fire at Grenfell Tower broke.  My reactions in that time mirror those of friends on social media and the wider public – from horror, to grief, to support for hard pressed public services, to anger over whether this was an accident waiting [...]

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|1 Comment

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 [...]