Organization profile

Organisation profile

In socio-legal work we consider law in the context of broader social and political theories. We look at whether and how law is implemented and enforced, at the exercise of discretion, the nature of disputes and disputing, and crime & criminal justice. By exploring law’s connections with broader social and political forces – domestic and international – we gain perspective on ideology, culture, identity and social life.

Socio-legal studies are interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary. Members of staff regularly work with colleagues from across the Faculty of Social Sciences. We are keen to consider joint supervision of doctoral students with colleagues from other parts of the University.

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    Research Output

    Addressing the Implementation Crisis: Securing Reparation and Righting Wrongs

    Murray, R. H., 10 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Human Rights Practice.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals: 'Responsive, Inclusive, Participatory and Representative Decision-making?

    Novitz, T. A. & Pieraccini, M., 2020, Legal Perspectives on Sustainability. Pieraccini, M. & Novitz, T. (eds.). Bristol: University of Bristol Press, p. 39 - 66

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    A human rights approach to advocacy for people with dementia: A review of current provision in England and Wales

    Dixon, J., Laing, J. & Valentine, C., 1 Feb 2020, In : Dementia. 19, 2, 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    167 Downloads (Pure)


    Student theses

    A harvest of bare living conditions: A Moroccan enclave within the global food system

    Author: Medland, L. K., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Novitz, T. A. (Supervisor), Carmel, D. E. (External person) (Supervisor) & Flint, A. G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Becoming Special: Occupational socialisation in volunteer police officers

    Author: Tooth, T. R., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Quick, O. (Supervisor) & McDermont, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Beyond accommodations: Access to justice for disabled women in the context of domestic violence or abuse

    Author: Orchard, M., 6 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Murray, R. (Supervisor) & Heslop, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

    Masson, Judith M (Recipient), 18 Dec 2013

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Honorary Queen's Counsel

    Masson, Judith M (Recipient), 16 Jan 2020

    Prize: National/international honour

  • SPTL Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship by a Younger Scholar

    Laing, Judy M (Recipient), 2000

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    Implementation before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    Rachel H Murray (Participant)

    1 May 201931 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Academic Workshop on Priorities for research into extremism

    Steven C Greer (Speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk