Rethinking International Law from Amazonian Onto-epistemologies: the Kukama People and the Amazonian Waterway Project

Image via Shutterstock Cristina Blanco, PhD candidate at the School of Law, University of Essex, was awarded the PhD Fieldwork Grant 2021-22 by the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA). Cristina’s research focuses on the interactions between Amazonian onto-epistemologies, international law (IL) and human rights in the context of an investment project. In the Amazonian rivers, water … Continue reading Rethinking International Law from Amazonian Onto-epistemologies: the Kukama People and the Amazonian Waterway Project

A Human Rights Case for the Proportionality Assessment of Evictions in the Private Rental Sector

Image via Shutterstock By Dr. Koldo Casla, Lecturer in Law and the Director of the Human Rights Centre Clinic In the 2008 case of McCann v UK, which concerned the eviction of a family renting a house from a local authority in England, the European Court of Human Rights established that: “(T)he loss of one’s … Continue reading A Human Rights Case for the Proportionality Assessment of Evictions in the Private Rental Sector

Survivors of Modern Slavery in Prisons: The Blind Spot of the UK Anti-Slavery Regime

Image via Shutterstock Dr. Marija Jovanovic, Lecturer in Law (University of Essex), has been awarded a research grant for the project on ‘The Survivors of Modern Slavery in Prisons: The Blind Spot of the UK Anti-Slavery Regime’ by the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (The Modern Slavery PEC), funded by the … Continue reading Survivors of Modern Slavery in Prisons: The Blind Spot of the UK Anti-Slavery Regime

New Antwerp-Essex Collaboration on Socio-Legal Methods 

Photo by Ian Schneider Essex's School of Law. which was ranked 3rd in the UK for research power in law (Times Higher Education research power measure, REF2021) is delighted to announce that its research environment is further enriched by a new collaboration with the Research Group Government and Law of the University of Antwerp. One of the … Continue reading New Antwerp-Essex Collaboration on Socio-Legal Methods 

Prescripted Living: Gender Stereotypes and Data-Based Surveillance in the UK Welfare State

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels From the post-war welfare state that inherently assumed married women would be supported by their husbands, to the 21st-century introduction of Universal Credit which financially disincentivises some women in cohabiting relations from working: the welfare benefits system in the UK has historically favoured individuals who conform to gender stereotypes. At the same time, … Continue reading Prescripted Living: Gender Stereotypes and Data-Based Surveillance in the UK Welfare State

Spain and its Achilles’ Heels: the Strong Foundations of a Country’s Weaknesses

This blog post is an excerpt from Dr. Koldo Casla’s new book, which is published by Rowman & Littlefield. On 1 October 2017, roughly two million people took part in a referendum organised by the Catalan government, a referendum that had been declared illegal by the judiciary. The regional government had promised that, if the … Continue reading Spain and its Achilles’ Heels: the Strong Foundations of a Country’s Weaknesses

ESRC New Investigator Grant Award For ‘Mediation of Medical Treatment Disputes: A Therapeutic Justice Model’

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez Dr. Jaime Lindsey, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has recently been awarded the prestigious ESRC New Investigator grant for her research project ‘Mediation of Medical Treatment Disputes: A Therapeutic Justice Model’. She has been awarded £299,791 over 30 months to use socio-legal methods to research the … Continue reading ESRC New Investigator Grant Award For ‘Mediation of Medical Treatment Disputes: A Therapeutic Justice Model’

Redesigning Slavery Through Law: A Play in Four Acts

Photo by Hermes Rivera Dr. Marija Jovanovic’s work was selected for presentation at the 2021 Midyear Meeting of the American Society of International Law. The meeting, which will be held on 11-12 November 2021, encompasses several events, including the Research Forum, which features cutting-edge international law scholarship by more than 70 authors and is open … Continue reading Redesigning Slavery Through Law: A Play in Four Acts

Basque Separatist Group ETA Lowered Its Weapons 10 Years Ago. Has Reconciliation Truly Happened?

For too long, Basque society remained petrified and silent Screenshot of YouTube/BBC video depicting footage of ETA members putting ‘arms beyond use’ in October 2011. Ten years ago, on October 20, 2011, the Basque armed group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, “Basque Country and Freedom”) finally declared “a definitive cessation of its armed activity.” This was what Basque and Spanish societies had … Continue reading Basque Separatist Group ETA Lowered Its Weapons 10 Years Ago. Has Reconciliation Truly Happened?

The Ecology of War and Peace: Marginalising Slow and Structural Violence in International Law

Photo by Sergio Torres Dr. Eliana Cusato, who is currently appointed as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, authored a new book titled The Ecology of War and Peace: Marginalising Slow and Structural Violence in International Law. Her book was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2021. The … Continue reading The Ecology of War and Peace: Marginalising Slow and Structural Violence in International Law