Monday, 14 May 2018

New resource - Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice is an excellent resource if you're looking to gain insight into a particular topic. It's possible to either search or browse the encyclopedia. Broad subject areas are outlined below: 

Subfields shown are corrections, courts, crime media and popular culture, criminal behavior, criminological theory, critical criminology, geography of crime, international crime, juvenile justice, policing, prevention/public policy, race ethnicity and crime, research methods, sentencing, victimology, white collar crime, women crime and justice.

Each entry provides a detailed discussion of the subject matter, and includes suggestions for further reading, and a reference list. New entries are regularly being added to the encyclopedia, and so it will continue to grow in scope. 

Highly recommended for criminology students. 

Monday, 30 April 2018

Key Legal Concepts Library on Westlaw UK

I've recently discovered the Key Legal Concepts Library on Westlaw, which is a kind of mini law encyclopedia. Each note looks at a legal concept, and relevant case extracts, legislation and Hansard material are referenced.
At the moment it is only possible to browse this resource, and the coverage of concepts is far from exhaustive, but you may find it useful. It can be accessed via the Legislation tab.







Thursday, 19 April 2018

Podcast - Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice

Caught logo, teenager reading a book in his cell

Caught, a WNYC Studio podcast is 9 episodes in, and has already covered a range of topics around child imprisonment in the US.

The associated web site provides some context:
America incarcerates more people than any country in the world. It starts with kids. On any given night, roughly 53,000 young people are in some form of lockup. Nearly 60 percent are black or Latino. We all make dumb mistakes in our youth. But for these kids, those same destructive choices have a lasting impact.
Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice tells the stories of young lives forever changed by collisions with law and order. We’ll also hear from their parents, guards, counselors and judges, who hold the power, but whose hands are often tied by laws that ultimately fail our children.
A difficult but enlightening listen about the impact imprisonment has on children, as well as an exploration of alternative interventions.

Ejournal package from Duke University Press

Picture of eDuke Journals logoWe now have access to a range of Duke University Press journals via the eDuke Scholarly Collection. The collection includes 49 journals, and whilst not purely legal in focus, covers subjects such as gender and sexuality studies, anthropology, history, cultural studies and theory, environmental studies, international regional studies, political theory and literature - and so will be of interest to a number of the School's students and staff.
All the journals can be accessed in the normal way via the ejournal search.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Podcast - Get out of jail: time for prison reform

Picture of barbed wire
I'm a regular listener to Ed Miliband & Geoff Lloyd's 'Reasons to be Cheerful' podcast, and thought that this particular episode would be of interest to those studying criminology and/or the penal system. It comes in at just under an hour & a half, so not a quick listen, but it raises some interesting points. 

From the podcast's web site:

Hello! Our prison system is in crisis. Overcrowding, re-offending, self-harm and riots. What is to be done? Our guests tell us there is reason to think things can change for the better. Nils Oberg tells us how they do it so much better in Sweden, Vicky Pryce tells us what the economics teaches us, and former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer tells us how we can navigate the politics.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Family Law - from Jordan Publishing to Lexis Library

Following the acquisition of Jordan Publishing by LexisNexis UK, our online access to the following titles is now via LexisLibrary.

  • Child & Family Law Quarterly
  • Family Law Journal
  • Family Law Reports
To access the two journals, you can either search within the Journals tab, or use the Browse option. For the law reports, use the Cases tab where the same options are available.

Screen shot of LexisLibrary journals tab


Our access to the Jordan Publishing website is due to be switched off on Monday 18th December, but given that content is already available via LexisLibrary, this should not cause any problems. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Hamlyn Lecture - Improving Statutes, Wednesday 15th November 6-7pm

This year's Hamlyn Lecture will be taking place next week at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. The timing will make it awkward for many Birkbeck students to attend but I thought that I'd flag it up as it looks like an interesting event.

Speaker: Professor Andrew Burrows, MA, BCL, LLM (Harvard), QC (Hon), FBA, DCL, Barrister and Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, Professor of the Law of England and a  Fellow of All Souls, University of Oxford.

Chair: Elizabeth Gardiner, First Parliamentary Counsel

Lecture Description: How might we improve the quality of our statutes? In this lecture, and drawing on the experience of having been a Law Commissioner for England and Wales, a number of different avenues are explored. These include the style of statutory drafting, the role of Parliamentary Counsel, pre and post-legislative scrutiny, and the work of the Law Commission in respect of consolidation and statute law repeals. 

This lecture is free but advance booking is required.  All welcome.


Further information and booking:  https://www.sas.ac.uk/events/event/8559