Brexit: An editor’s dream

I have spent the last three years focussed on Brexit. Mostly, I confess, it has been rather depressing – not particularly because I do not like the probable destination of the process, which I don’t – but because it has been so hard to establish that fact and analysis could play a fundamental role in resolving not only the technical issues but also the political ones.…


Tips on Publishing in a Peer-Reviewed Journal

Christopher W. Schmidt, the Editor of Law & Social Inquiry, offers advice on publishing in a peer-reviewed journal. Your Abstract Is More Important Than You Think Law & Social Inquiry (LSI) regularly receives strong manuscripts with weak abstracts.…


Cambridge Studies in Law and Christianity

Over the past two generations, a major new field of law and religion field study has emerged, involving more than 1500 scholars around the globe.  They are studying the religious dimensions of law, the legal dimensions of religion, and the interaction of legal and religious ideas and institutions, methods and practices — historically and today.  These scholars have shown that, at a fundamental level, religion gives law its spirit and inspires its adherence to ritual, tradition, and justice.  Law gives religion its structure and encourages its devotion to order, organization, and orthodoxy.  Law and religion share such ideas as fault, obligation, and covenant and such methods as ethics, rhetoric, and textual interpretation.  Law and religion also balance each other by counterpoising justice and mercy, rule and equity, discipline and love.  It is this dialectical interaction that gives these two disciplines and two dimensions of life their vitality and their strength.  Without law at its backbone, religion slowly crumbles into shallow spiritualism.…


Mobile armed mobs in deadly riots

Experts on ethnic riots agree that the ethnic composition of localities affects their susceptibility to violence. They are however divided on which are more prone to turmoil between ethnically segregated and diverse settings.…


Business and Human Rights in Slovenia

Slovenia prides itself on being among those countries committed to respecting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. It has, for instance, in 2018 presided the United Nations Human Rights Council.…


What is the cost of police, really?

A recent study by RAND Corporation researchers examined the average amount of police spending on crimes for each state. Averaging the results across all states and considering where people live, the cost to respond to various crimes


What Effects Might Brexit have on Business and Human Rights in the UK and Beyond?

The Brexit deadline and the nature and even implementation of a transitional deal with the EU remain uncertain at the time of writing.…


Brexit and European Legal Studies

Brexit may have a surprising potential to animate European Legal Studies as a field of legal enquiry. Never has the demand for European legal expertise been higher than it is now as we come to terms with the complexities of the process from withdrawing from the EU.…


Parent Companies can have a Duty of Care for Environmental and Human Rights Impacts: Vedanta v Lungowe

On 10 April 2019, the UK Supreme Court gave its much anticipated decision in Vedanta v Lungowe as to whether English tort law meant a parent company can have a duty of care to victims of the actions by a foreign subsidiary.…


Frontiers of plasma-enabled materials processing and devices

Plasma-based synthesis and processing is an important technique for fabricating and functionalizing novel and technologically-useful materials at different length scales. Plasmas enable reactions and interactions that are otherwise impossible to achieve with conventional methods (e.g.…


MINDY, a grazing ruminant in silico

The article Diurnal patterns of urination and drinking by grazing ruminants: a development in a mechanistic model of a grazing ruminant, MINDY is available Open Access in the Journal of Agricultural Science Estimates of herbage and water intake with parallel measurements of ingestive, digestive and metabolic behaviours of grazing ruminants pose considerable experimental and technical difficulties.…


Celebrating the Special Issue on Cultural Adaptations of CBT

One again I would like to thank Richard Thwaites (Editor-in-Chief of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist) and Cambridge University Press for providing me with this opportunity to share some thoughts about the recent  launch of the Special Issue of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (tCBT) on Cultural Adaptations.…