Prof Rebecca Probert
Review of the Law on Marriage
Professor Rebecca Probert is currently working as a specialist advisor with the Law Commission on a review of the law governing how and where people can marry in England and Wales. The Commission are expected to publish a report at the conclusion of the scoping phase, which is anticipated to be the end of 2015. The review focuses on whether the current law provides a fair and coherent legal framework for enabling people to marry. Since the relevant legislation is over 65 years old and is a consolidation of various statutes dating back to 1836 (and in a number of respects to 1753), this specifically draws on her knowledge of the historical context. The current project is a preliminary study involving research into domestic and comparative law, and discussion with key stakeholders, in order to identify and provide an initial analysis of the issues that need to be addressed in order to develop proposals for the reform of marriage law. The current stage of the project involves a preliminary study involving research of domestic and comparative law, and engagement with key stakeholders. The aim is to identify and provide an initial analysis of the issues that need to be addressed in order to develop proposals for the reform of marriage law.
Dr Philip Kaisary
From the Haitian Revolution to Appomattox: Law, Slavery, and Citizenship in the Atlantic World, 1791–1865
Philip Kaisary received a Fulbright award for one year, commencing in August 2015 at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee. This project will focus on the constitutionalism of the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804) and the interpretative archive it generated in the United States through 1865. Philip will explore Haiti’s early constitutions in order to examine how the former slaves of St Domingue sought to codify in law their vision of freedom. This project will thereby provide a more complete critical picture of how constitutionalism, nationality, and citizenship figured in the jigsaw puzzle of Haitian, U.S., and Atlantic politics in this period, arguing that the birth of the world’s first black republic generated an enduring ideological inheritance and blazed a radical trail long into the 19th century Atlantic world.
Prof Alan Norrie
Criminal Justice and the Blaming Relation
This project develops broader and narrower conceptions of ‘the blaming relation’ to address four central problems in criminal justice thinking. The core idea is of a relationship between (broader) ethical conceptions of freedom and solidarity and the (narrower) ways in which these are structured and shaped by modern socio-political relations to generate criminal justice forms. The relationship between the broader and narrower conceptions is then explored in the four problem areas. These involve in summary the relationship between criminal justice and (1) social reform/justice; (2) preventive justice; (3) historical (in) justice; and (4) restorative/transitional justice.
Prof Victor Tadros
To Do, To Die, To Reason Why; The Ethical Lives of Combatants
This project is concerned with the ethics of individual conduct in before during and after war. It is concerned with decisions whether to join the military, whether and how to participate in wars, when to follow orders, and what to do after the war is over. It looks at those decisions both from the perspective of soldiers deciding how to act, but also from the perspective of those who might respond to their actions either through preventive harm, or by holding them accountable for their actions.
Older Workers, Older Carers: A Social Reproduction Perspective on the European Union Active Aging Policies. Poland and Beyond
Ania Zbyszewska received £10,000 from the Lund Fellowship scheme at Lund University to become a visiting research fellow, where Ania will spend three months (April -July 2015). Whilst there Ania has worked in parallel with other labour lawyers and members of the Law Faculty-based Norma and Elder Law Research Environments on a number of projects analysing European policies aimed at employment activation of older people, particularly women, and examining crosscutting social and policy tensions that are exposed when older workers re-enter labour markets or when they are unable to do so. This work tackles important questions about the adequacy of long-term development plans that hinge heavily on active aging, as they do in many countries facing demographic crises and at the EU level.
Philip Leverhulme Scheme
Law & Philosophy: Communication & Sociability
Kimberley Brownlee was awarded a three-year Philip Leverhulme Prize. These prizes were designed to recognise and facilitate the work of outstanding young research scholars who are mkaing original and significant contributions to knowledge in their field. Kimberley is using the funding to work on a substantial project on the ethics of sociability (including a book project under contract with Oxford University Press).