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Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS)

The Centre for Law, Policy and Society (CLPS) supports Law School academics’ explorations of the intersections between law, policy and society. Members engage in multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of law, including analysis of the inter-relations between law and policy and analysis of the historical or cultural role of law in different social contexts. CLPS researchers have expertise in a wide range of legal fields, theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, and welcome opportunities to engage with policymakers and the public.

CLPS members are currently engaged in areas of research including:

  • International Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Jurisprudence
  • Public Law
  • Transitional Justice
  • Public International Law
  • Housing
  • Penal Policy
  • Sociology of Punishment
  • International Economic Law
  • Sustainable Development
  • Law and Democratic Theory

Research publications by members include:

  • Jørgensen, N. (ed, 2020) The International Criminal Responsibility of War’s Funders and Profiteers Cambridge: CUP
  • Psarras, H. (2019) 'The State: A Sine Qua Non of Public Law?' Jurisprudence
  • Meijer, Annison and O’Loughlin (eds, 2019) Fundamental Rights and Legal Consequences of Criminal Conviction Oxford: Hart
  • Laurie and Nield (2019) ‘The Public/Private Divide and Horizontality in the English Rental Sector’ Public Law
  • Hameed, A. (2019) ‘The Rule of Recognition and Sources of Law in Miller’ Public Law
  • Annison, Boswell and Telford (eds, 2018) ‘Interpreting Penal Policymaking’ Special Issue of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
  • Nield, S, Blandy, S, and Bright, S (2018) ‘The Dynamics of Enduring Property Relations’ 81 Modern Law Review 85
  • Reid, E. (2017) Balancing Human Rights, Environmental Protection and International Trade Oxford: Hart
  • Gibbs, A. (2017) ‘Theorizing Transformative Constitutional Change and the Experience of Latin American Constitutionalism’ Law, Culture and the Humanities
  • Eisler, J (2016) ‘The Deep Patterns of Campaign Finance Law’ 49 Connecticut Law Review 55
  • Gurnham, D (ed, 2016) ‘Law’s Metaphors’ special issue of the Journal of Law and Society
  • Annison (2015) Dangerous Politics Oxford: OUP
  • Gurnham (2014) Crime, Desire and Law’s Unconscious London: Routledge

You can find details of past events and news below

CLPS Seminars: (2019-20)

Semester 1

All Seminars take place in the Moot Room from 1pm-2pm unless otherwise indicated

9 October – "Suspending Parliament", Dr Asif Hameed, University of Southampton.

30 October – "The problem of secessionist civic nationalism in contemporary Scotland", Professor Darel Paul, Williams College and University of Edinburgh.

13 November – "Jus Cogens and the Use of Chemical Weapons: A Thin Red Line'", Professor Nina Jorgensen, University of Southampton.

Semester 2

 

All seminars take place between 1-2:30pm on Wednesdays in the Law School Moot Room (4/4003), unless otherwise stated.

29 January 2020 - A joint seminar with PCL Professor Daithí Mac Sithigh (Queen’s University Belfast), title TBC

12 Feb 2020 - Kazarian and Zhao (Law School), ‘Criminal Omissions in France and China’

18 March 2020 - Emily Reid (Law School), title TBC

22 April 2020 - Ailbhe O’Loughlin (York University) ‘Prison or Hospital? Serious Offenders with Mental Health Problems’

6 May 2020 6pm - CLPS Annual Lecture: Stephen Rapp (former Ambassador-at-Large for the US Office of Global Criminal Justice; current Senior Visiting Fellow, Oxford University)

6 May 2020 Time tbc - Afternoon workshop with Stephen Rapp

CLPS Seminars - (2018-19)

Semester 1

 

All seminars take place between 1-2pm on Wednesdays in room 4/4003 (Moot Room)

10 October 2018 - Dr Javier Oliva (University of Manchester) - 'Public Law and Religion.'

24 October 2018 - Dr Jacob Eisler (University of Southampton) - 'Group Decision-Making and American Election Law.'

28 November 2018 - Dr Anna Souhami (University of Edinburgh) - 'Policing at the Periphery Understanding Police work in remote Northern Islands of Scotland.'

5 December 2018 - Dr Oche Onazi (University of Southampton) - 'Is there an African Path to Disability Justice?'

Semester 2

 

All seminars take place between 1-2pm on Wednesdays in the Law School Moot Room (4/4003), unless otherwise stated.

6 February 2019 - Joint seminar with Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance (C2G2) with lunch from 12pm in Law Staff Room (4/2055)
John Boswell (Politics) and Harry Annison (Law): ‘Bad Representatives? Pursuing the inclusion agenda amid pervasive stigmas’

20 February 2019 - ‘Joint Enterprise: Issues and action.’ Featuring Gloria Morrison (JENGbA) and David Gurnham (Law)

27 February 2019 - Joint event with the Centre for Private and Commercial Law 1-5pm. Research workshop on The Humanity of Private Law featuring Nicholas McBride (Cambridge), Prof Sarah Green (Bristol), Prof Sandy Steel (Oxford)

4 March 2019 - ‘Horizontality of the ECHR: Home Repossession and Article 8’ with Elisabeth Ahlinder, (Stockholm) 12:30-13:30pm, Law Staff Room (4/2055)

13 March 2019 - Nina Jorgensen (Law), ‘Jus Cogens and the Use of Chemical Weapons: A Thin Red Line’

27 March 2019 - Prof Lori Ringhand (University of Georgia, USA), 'Comparative Campaign Finance’, 4-5pm, room 6/1081

April 2019 [date tbc] - Work-in-progress feedback session

1 May 2019- Joint seminar with Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance (C2G2), Dr Roman David (Lingnan University, Hong Kong) ‘Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar’

1 May 2019 - CLPS Annual Lecture, Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court 6pm

8 May 2019 - Haris Psarras (Law), ‘To Risk or Not to Risk: Advice, Information, and 'Misnomers' in the Tort of Negligence’

CLPS Seminars - (2017-18)

Semester 1
All seminars take place between 1-2pm on Wednesdays in room 4/4003 (Moot Room)

10 October 2018 - Dr Javier Oliva (University of Manchester) - 'Public Law and Religion.'

24 October 2018 - Dr Jacob Eisler (University of Southampton) - 'Group Decision-Making and American Election Law.'

28 November 2018 - Dr Anna Souhami (University of Edinburgh) - 'Policing at the Periphery Understanding Police work in remote Northern Islands of Scotland.'

5 December 2018 - Dr Oche Onazi (University of Southampton) - 'Is there an African Path to Disability Justice?'

Semester 2
All seminars take place between 1-2pm on Wednesdays in room 4/4003 (Moot Room), unless otherwise stated.

7 February 2018 - Ana Fuentes – 'Practitioner interpretations of the UK National Referral Mechanism for
rescue of potential victims of trafficking.'

21 February 2018 - Dr James MacLean - ‘Scotland and the Saltire: symbol of a nation carved in the clouds.'

7 March 2018 - Oche Onazi - TBC

25 April 2018 (Room 2/3043) - CLPS Annual Workshop - ‘Vulnerability and the Law’  

25 April 2018 (Nuffield Lecture Theatre A (1077), Highfield Campus, 18:00 - 19:30) - CLPS Ganz Annual Lecture - Professor Nick Hardwick CBE, Parole Board of England and Wales and Royal Holloway University of London

9 May 2018 - TBC

CLPS Seminars - (2016-17)

Semester 2

All Seminars take place 16:00 -17:00 in Building 4 Room 2007, unless otherwise noted

1 February 2017 - Dr Thomas MacManus (Sussex) - ‘Genocide and the Rohingya: Conflict between legal and sociological perspectives’

15 February 2017 - Gaye Orr (Southampton) - ‘Trial Outcomes In Child Death Cases: Influenced by mothering myths?’

1 March 2017 - Professor Keith Ewing (KCL) - MI5, the Cold War and the British Constitution

15 March 2017 - Professor Sarah Nield & Dr Emma Laurie (Southampton) - ‘The Private/Public Divide in Housing Policy’

22 March 2017 (12:00 - 13:00 Building 4/4003) - Dr Matthew Garrod (Sussex) - 'The Development and Meaning of "Universal Jurisdiction": Time to Rethink a Hollow Concept?'

26 April 2017 (18:pm Nuffield Lecture Theatre A) - Annual Hart Lecture Professor Ian Loader (Oxford University)

26 April 2017 (12:00 - 18:00 Building 34/4005 & Building 34/4013) - First Annual CLPS Conference - Details to follow

10 May 2017 - Dr Melinee Kazarian (Southampton) - ‘Healthcare Scandals and Systemic Errors: Comparing French and English criminal responses to failings in state institutions’

Centre Co-Director

Alun Gibbs

Dr Alun Gibbs

Dr Alun Gibbs is an Associate Professor in Public Law within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton.

Harry Annison

Dr Harry Annison

Dr Harry Annison is an Associate Professor in Criminal Law and Criminology at Southampton Law School.

Regular Members

Dr. Emma Laurie

Professor David Gurnham

Professor Nina Jorgensen

Dr. Regina Rauxloh

Dr. Asif Hameed

Dr Haris Psarras

Dr. Jacob Eisler

Professor Sarah Nield

Professor Emily Reid

Mark Telford

Dr Alice Harrison

Dr Joan Mahoney

Kirsty McDougall

Mark Jordan

 

'Law, Policy and Society at the Margins' – an interdisciplinary study led by Professor David Gurnham which develops contemporary legal issues relating to marginalisation and vulnerability. Contributions will feature in a forthcoming edition of International Journal of Law in Context. 

The Law and Humanities Journal, co-edited by Professor Gurnham, is bringing together leading scholars for a roundtable discussion on ‘Law and the Senses’. The roundtable discussion is due to take place in July 2020.

‘A Helping Hand’ – a collaborative project led by Dr Harry Annison has sought to identify and address the concerns raised by families of people serving indeterminate Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences in England and Wales. This work was co-funded by the ESRC and the Prison Reform Trust, and has resulted in collaborative activity with HM Prisons and Probation Service, the Parole Board and other key stakeholders.

Looking at the role and language of Crisis in Constitutionalism a project led by Dr. Alun Gibbs will stage a workshop conference in 2020.

Dr. Asif Hameed has an ongoing research project on prerogative powers and the UK constitution.

Dr Jacob Eisler (Law), alongside Dr Jonathan Havercroft (Politics), has recently taken on the editorship of the journal ‘Global Constitutionalism’. The journal is published by Cambridge University Press, and centres upon discussions of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. A number of exciting initiatives will be taking place over the coming months including a Junior Scholars Workshop.

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