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Journal of Law and Society

Cardiff Law School is host to the Journal of Law and Society, published quarterly by Wiley.  It is the UK’s foremost platform for socio-legal scholarship and is highly respected on the international stage by law and society scholars. 

The Journal was established at Cardiff University in 1974 as the British Journal of Law and Society.  A change of name to the Journal of Law and Society in 1982 anticipated an expanding international ambition to publish interdisciplinary research of the highest quality.  The editorial board remains comprised of scholars drawn from Cardiff Law School and the Journal is a beacon for academic research excellence.

Editorial Board

Editor: Phil Thomas
Assistant Editors: Stewart Field
Jo Hunt
Antonia Layard
Robert Lee
Richard K. Lewis
Annette Morris
Jirí Pribán
Elen Stokes
Daniel Wincott
James Young

Under the leadership of editor Emeritus Professor Phil Thomas, the Journal of Law and Society has supported the work of leading socio-legal scholars and broken new ground in promoting interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law.  Interdisciplinary and empirical research published in the journal in the past year has focused on topics as diverse as environmental responsibility; welfare disputes; social citizenship; homosexuality and human rights; murder; miscarriage of justice; the sociology of law; anti-social behaviour; property rights; loan sharks; the public/private law divide; legal education; copyright law; the experiences of asylum seekers; deaths in police custody; and judicial decision-making. The Journal also facilitates workshops based in and outside Cardiff Law School and in so doing supports the wider academic infrastructure.  Its patronage extends to affording opportunity for Assistant Editors to attend the Law and Society Association annual conference and, in so doing, directly exposes Cardiff Law School researchers to broader socio-legal discussion.

In addition to its standard content, the journal publishes an annual special issue (also produced in book form) allowing rigorous socio-legal examination of particular themes by specialist contributors.  The result is a series of searching yet accessible analyses of interest to legal researchers and practitioners, sociologists, criminologists and other social scientists.

Special Issues: 2008-2013

2013 Towards an Economic Sociology of Law, Editors: Diamond Ashiagbor, Prabha Kotiswaran, Amanda Perry-Kessaris
2012 Material Worlds: Intersections of Law, Science, Technology, and Society, Editors: Christopher Lawless, Alex Faulkner
2011 The Challenge of Transnational Private Regulation: Conceptual and Constitutional Debates, Editors: Colin Scott, Fabrizio Cafaggi, Linda Senden
2010 Regulating Sex/Work: From Crime Control to Neo-liberalism?, Editors: Jane Scoular, Teela Sanders
2009 Economic Globalisation and Ecological Localization: Socio-Legal Perspectives, Editors: Robert G. Lee, Elen Stokes
2008 Children, Family Responsibilities and the State, Editors: Craig Lind, Heather Keating.

Journal of Law and Society Research Fellowships

Cardiff Law School postgraduate research strategy seeks to create a cohort of postdoctoral researchers, with the aim of enhancing interdisciplinary socio-legal and social theory research as well as grant capture capacity.  The School has been supported in this regard by the Journal of Law and Society through the award of two, co-funded, research fellowships:

Dr Christos Boukalis is developing research which examines the strategic turn by the British state towards capturing crime before it occurs.  His project, The Pre-emptive Turn in UK Law is sponsored by the Journal of Law and Society and will focus on the impacts in criminal law, the temporalities of justice and lawyers’ practice, and on the structure and operational mode of policing.

Dr Lydia Hayes’ research is multi-disciplinary, fusing legal study with theory and methodological insights from social geography, sociology, organisational studies, and politics.  She has expertise in academic and practitioner aspects of UK and EU labour law, employment rights and empirical research and most recently has worked at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, for an EU Commission project balancing fundamental economic freedoms with social rights, for an Oxfam UK project exploring the experiences of single parents employed in work without rights.  

The work of Dr Christos Boukalis and Dr LJB Hayes will further enhance the School’s strong reputation for socio-legal scholarship and build on its existing expertise.

Journal of Law and Society Studentships

Cardiff Law School’s standing as a pre-eminent UK location for socio-legal research has been strengthened as a result of recognition by, and participation in, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Wales Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) through provision of a unique pathway in Socio-Legal Studies (Empirical Studies in Law).  This pathway has expanded funding opportunities for high quality PhD students by awarding a number of research studentships to support doctoral research and training.  The Journal of Law and Society has supported the School in its endeavour to use this pathway as a means of recruiting high calibre postgraduate research students by contributing 25% of two 3+1 ESRC studentships (alongside the School (25%) and the ESRC (50%)).  Emma Borland and Alison Tarrant completed a Masters in Social Science Research Methods in academic session 2012/3 and embarked on PhD study in October 2013.

Emma Borland’s research topic, supervised by Professor Luke Clements and Dr Bernadette Rainey, concerns issues of access to justice for migrants and asylum seekers. Emma’s thesis “How Might The Right To A Fair Hearing Be Secured In Respect Of Immigration And Asylum Determinations In The UK” is particularly interested in whether the scope of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, that is, the right to a fair hearing, might be extended to offer protection in respect of immigration and asylum determination cases.

Alison Tarrant is researching the thesis “From Rhetoric To Reality: The Rights-Based Approach To Adult Social Care In Wales”, under the supervision of Professors Luke Clements and Phil Fennell.