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Professor Julia J.A. Shaw

Job: Professor of Law and Social Justice, and Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Society

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7826

E: jshaw@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/bal

 

Personal profile

Julia J.A. Shaw is Professor of Law and Social Justice and founding Director of the Centre for Law, Justice Society.  Being awarded an Iredell Trust Scholarship, she completed her PhD in law at Lancaster University, where she held her first academic post.  Before joining DMU, she was a Visiting Professor at Audencia, France and Director of Legal Studies at Aston University.  Her research includes interdisciplinary legal studies; social justice; human rights; public policy; sustainable development; law, culture and the humanities. Julia is associate editor and an editorial member on the Boards of several journals and book series. Her work is published in a variety of leading journals and edited collections. She is the author of Jurisprudence published by Pearson; now in its 3rd edition; and has recently published two research monographs, 'Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Justice and the Global Food Supply Chain’ (with H.J. Shaw) on food poverty, law and public policy (Routledge) and 'Law and the Passions: Why Emotion Matters for Justice' (Routledge), which was short-listed in 2020 for the annual Hart-SLSA Legal Theory book prize.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Law, Justice and Society

Centre for Urban Research on Austerity

Publications and outputs 

Click here to see a full listing of Julia Shaw's publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

  • Law and the Passions: Why Emotion Matters for Justice, Routledge (2019) 208pp.
  • ‘Lefebvre and law: social justice, new technologies and the spatial imaginary’, in The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, the City and Urban Society, M. E Leary-Owhin & J.P. McCarthy (eds), Routledge (2019) 187-206
  • Corporate Social Respnsibility, Social Justice and the Global Food Supply Chain, Routledge (2019) 208pp.
  • Jurisprudence (3rd edition) Pearson, Harlow (2018) 200pp.
  • Law and the Literary Imagination: the contribution of literature to modern legal scholarship, in The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Literature, M. Mack & B. Stocker (eds), Palgrave Macmillan (2018) 451-559
  • ‘From Beethoven to Bowie: identity framing, social justice and the sound of law’, 31(2) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law in special issue: ‘Music, Cultural Heritage and Law’ (2018) 301-324
  • ‘A phenomenological study of moral discourse, social justice and CSR’, in Handbook of Research methods in Corporate Social Responsibility, D. Crowther & L. Lauesen (eds), Edward Elgar Publishing (2017) 377-390
  • ‘Aesthetics of Law and Literary License: an anatomy of the legal imagination’, 38(1) Liverpool Law review: a journal of contemporary legal and social policy issues (2017) 83-105
  • ‘Reimagining Justice: Aesthetics and Law’, 38(1) Liverpool Law Review: a journal of contemporary legal and social policy issues (2017) 1-10
  • ‘Mapping the technologies of spatial (in)justice in the Anthropocene’, (with H.J. Shaw) Vol. 25(1) Information and Communications Technology Law (2016) 32-49
  • Jurisprudence (2nd edition) Pearson, Harlow (2016) 200pp.
  • ‘From homo economicus to homo roboticus: an exploration of the transformative impact of the technological imaginary’, Vol. 11(3) International Journal of Law in Context (2015) 245-264
  • ‘The politics and poetics of spaces and places: mapping the multiple geographies of identity in a cultural posthuman era’, Vol. 12(3) Journal of Organisational Transformation & Social Change (2015), 234-256
  • ‘Compassion and the criminal justice system: stumbling along towards a jurisprudence of love and forgiveness’, Vol. 11(1) International Journal of Law in Context (2015) 92-107
  • ‘From fact to feeling: an explication of the mimetic relation between law, language and emotion’ (with H.J. Shaw) Vol. 35(1) Liverpool Law Review: a journal of contemporary legal and social policy issues (2014) 42-64
  • Jurisprudence 1st edition, Pearson, Harlow (2014) 180pp.
  • ‘Reimagining Humanities: Socio-Legal Studies in an Age of Disenchantment’ in Exploring the Socio of Socio-Legal Studies, D. Feenan (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke Socio-Legal Studies Series (2013) 111-133
  • ‘A Study of the Semiotic and Narrative Forms of Divine Influence in Secular Legal Systems’ in monographic issue Vol. 26(1) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique (2013) 95-113
  • ‘The Continuing Relevance of Ars Poetica to Legal Scholarship and the Modern Lawyer’ Vol. 25(1) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique (2012) 71-93

Research interests/expertise

Interdisciplinary legal studies; social justice; human rights; public policy; sustainable development; law, culture and the humanities; legal theory: CSR; digital technologies; spatial justice and food justice.

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in any of the above and related areas.

Areas of teaching

Jurisprudence; Public Law; Applied Legal Theory

Qualifications

 PhD (Lancaster); LLM (Lancaster); LLB Hons (Lancaster)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Socio-Legal Studies Association

Academici Knowledge Network

Royal Society of Arts

Critical Legal Network

Centre for Urban Research on Austerity

Social Responsibility Research Network

SCOS Network on Organizational Symbolism

Conference attendance

Invited Keynote and Plenary Presentation

  • Law and the Passions: Why Emotion Matters for Justice, Book Launch, University of Helsinki, Finland, 2019
  • Law, Culture and Community: the Sami and a sense of belonging, Åbo Akademi University Institute of Human Rights, Turku, Finland, 2019
  • The post-Brexit challenge to the food industry, and the role of state and non-state actors in addressing food insecurity at the UK-Norwegian Food Summit, London, 2019
  • Music and image in legal and political discourse, 18th International Conference of Association Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM), University of Kent, 2018
  • The transformative power of culture and the limits of law at one-day conference, ‘Island and Mainland: perspectives on law and humanities’ hosted by Queen Mary University, 2018
  • Food poverty and social justice in the Welsh Valleys, National Food Policy Conference hosted by the Wales Food Poverty Alliance, Builth Wells, Powys, 2017
  • Lex enim sensibile and the wisdom of kisses, Law and the Senses II: Human, Posthuman, Inhuman Sensings Colloquium. Westminster Law School, University of Westminster, London, 2017
  • The new human condition: Reimagining the technologies of control in the Anthropocene, 10th European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSAeu) Conference, Stockholm University, Sweden, 2016
  • 'Law, metaphor and literary license: an anatomy of the legal imagination’, sponsored by the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) and Journal of Law and Society, hosted by the University of Southampton, 25 September 2015
  • ‘The significance of the passions in mapping the legal landscape’, Centre of Legal Philosophy, Ethics and Culture, in the Public Lecture Series, hosted by Queen Mary University, London, 4 December 2014
  • ‘Law, Narrative and Literary License: An Anatomy of the Judicial Imagination’, International Law, Language and LiteratureColloquium, hosted by University Paris Ouest-Nanterre, France, June 2011
  • ‘Reimagining the Humanities within Socio-Legal Studies in an Age of Disenchantment’, one-day conference ‘Exploring the socio of socio-legal studies’ hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, November 2010
  • ‘Compulsion v Conscience: modified rule of law as realisation of the democratic ideal’, University of Birmingham Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, December 2004
  • ‘An explication of the EU constitution: human rights, honour and humiliation’ at a conference ‘Europe’s torn identity’, funded by the European Commission and hosted by the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2003

Refereed Conference Papers

  • 'Movies, Myths and Misinformation in the era of COVID-19’, Socio-legal Studies Conference (online), Cardiff University, 2020
  • Law, legitimacy and the visual: a jurisprudence of images’, Socio-legal Studies Conference, University of Leeds, 2019
  • Regeneration: law and the posthuman, Critical Legal Conference, Open University, 2018
  • Law and the Passions: A discrete history’, Socio-legal Studies Conference, University of Bristol, 2018
  • Après la catastrophe, le déluge: Reframing justice via a new aesthetics of resistance and resilience’, Critical Legal Conference, University of Warwick, 2017
  • ‘From Crisis to Resilience: Spatial Justice in an Age of Austerity’, Critical Legal Conference, University of Kent, 2016
  • ‘Sensational Jurisprudence: Exploring a hierarchy of the senses in legal culture, Socio-legal Studies Association Conference, Lancaster University, 2016
  • ‘From homo economicus to homo roboticus: law and the posthuman, Socio-legal Studies Annual  Conference, University of Warwick, April 2015
  • ‘The politics and poetics of spaces and places: mapping the multiple geographies of social and legal identity in a cultural posthuman era’, Socio-legal Studies Annual  Conference, University of Aberdeen, April 2014
  • ‘Let’s fight: understanding law as an entropic phenomenon’, Critical Legal Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, September 2013
  • ‘A diasporic reading of the multiple geographies of social and legal identity in a cultural posthuman era’, Socio-legal Studies Annual Conference, University of York, April 2013
  • ‘On Empathy as a Necessary Foundation for Justice’, Critical Legal Conference, Stockholm, September 2012
  • The Epistemological Significance of Emotional Judgment: Beyond Purely Rational Discourse’, Socio-legal Studies Annual Conference, De Montfort University, April 2012
  • ‘Deconstructing Identity and Difference in a Post-human Era’, Monstrosity and Humanity: Monster Conference, De Montfort University, November 2011
  • ‘A view from the rabbit hole: monsters, myths and the possibility of justice’, Critical Legal Conference, Aberystwyth University, September 2011
  • ‘The Gulf War might never have happened but hacking certainly did: Baudrillard, Nihilism and News International’ (with David Crowther), International Conference on Organisational Governance, De Montfort University, September 2011
  • ‘Engaging with the multiple languages of law in an age of disenchantment’, Socio-legal Studies Annual Conference, University of Sussex, April 2011
  • ‘The Transformative Power of Literature: Rebuilding the necessary connection between law and emotion’, Critical Legal Conference, Utrecht, September 2010
  • ‘Beyond Regulation: Fact, Fiction and the Eccentric World of Finance’, 9th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, University of Zagreb, Croatia, June 2010
  • ‘Law and story-telling: connecting facts and fiction’, and Law & Literature stream Chair, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of West England, Bristol, April 2010
  • ‘Constructing a bridge between legal education and literature’ and stream Chair, 27th Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism, Copenhagen Business School, July 2009
  • ‘Legitimating the Disorderly Woman’ and Law & Literature stream Chair, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Leicester De Montfort University, April 2009
  • ‘Nomos, Narrative and Broken Promises’ and ‘The Empowerment of Women in the Workplace’, 7th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, Durham University, September 2008
  • ‘Sisyphus, Seneca and the Last Taboo’ and ‘Fags and Fiction: Regulation and the Tobacco Industry’, and Law & Literature stream Chair, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Manchester, March 2008  

Current research students

Helen Franklin (October 2018-) Full Bursary Scholarship Holder

Gerald Opiah (April 2019-)

Sharon Ball (2019-) Full Bursary Scholarship Holder

Martina Locorotondo (2019-) Full Bursary Scholarship Holder

Samuel Bestman (2020-)

Yana Sliusar (2021-)

Externally funded research grants information

2021-2023:  Awarded a £224,934 EU Commission Horizon 2020 Framework Grant to work with Dr Jessica Parish (York University, Toronto, Canada) on ‘Building a Just Climate Future: Addressing the Impact of ‘Green’ Pension Fund Investments in relation to Urban Sustainability, and Environmental and Social Justice’.

2019:  Awarded an EU mobility programme research grant, to support a two-month Visiting Fellowship to Åbo Akademi University, Finland, in the Institute for Human Rights. The project relates to social justice and minority rights, with specific focus on Finland’s Sámi community.

Internally funded research project information

2020:  Awarded a £1,651.00 BAL Rapid Call COVID-19 to support research on ‘the socio-economic factors relating to COVID-19 fatalities and their impact on law and public policy.

2016:  Awarded a research grant by the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) to investigate urban food poverty within the context of social justice and recent calls for a ‘human right to healthy food’; using Cardiff and the Valleys as a case study.

Professional esteem indicators

Editorial Appointnments

  • Associate Editor of International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Springer, ISSN 0952-8059
  • Book Series Editor for Springer 'Law and Visual Aesthetics'
  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Responsible Technology
  • Associate Editor and founder member of Social Responsibility Journal, Emerald, ISSN 1747-117

Guest Editorial Roles

  • Guest Editor of Liverpool Law Review: a journal of contemporary legal and social policy issues 38(1) on aesthetics and law, 2017
  • Guest Editor, Liverpool Law Review: a journal of contemporary legal and social policy issues Vol. 35(1) on law and literature, 2014
  • Guest Editor, Contemporary Issues in Law Vol. 10(4) on law and literature (vol.II) 2010
  • Guest Editor, Contemporary Issues in Law Vol. 9(4) on law and literature (vol.I) 2009

 Journal Refereeing information

  • Journal of Law and Society
  • Law & Society Review
  • Journal of Business Ethics
  • International Journal for the Semiotics of Law
  • International Journal of Law and Management
  • International Journal of Law in Context
  • Law and Literature
  • Law and Critique
  • British Food Journal
  • The Cambridge Law Journal