This book assesses the role of social justice in legal scholarship and its potential future development by focusing upon the ‘leading works’ of the discipline.

The rise of socio-legal studies over recent decades has led to a more interdisciplinary approach to the study of law, which prioritises placing law into its wider social context. Recognising the role that culture, economics and politics play in the development of law is important in order to fully understand the position and impact of law in society. Innovative and written in an engaging way, this collection includes leading and emerging scholars from across the world. Each contributor has been invited to select and analyse a ‘leading work’, a publication which has for them shed light on the way that law and social justice are interlinked and has influenced their own understanding, scholarship, advocacy, and, in some instances, activism. The book also includes a specially written foreword and afterword, which critically reflect upon the contributions of the 'leading works' to consider the role that social justice has played in law and legal education and the likely future path for social justice in legal scholarship.

This book will be an essential resource for all those working in the areas of social justice, socio-legal studies and legal philosophy. It will be of wider interest to the social sciences more generally.

chapter |6 pages


Law and Social Justice

chapter 3|18 pages

A Very British Domination Contract?

Charles W. Mills’ Theoretical Framework and Understanding Social Justice in Britain

chapter 4|18 pages

Marx and Anti-Colonialism 1

chapter 5|19 pages

The Law of Peoples

chapter 6|14 pages

Naming ‘Femicide’

chapter 8|13 pages

Social Justice and the Limits of Regulation

The Enduring Insights of Marx’s Capital

chapter 9|14 pages

Mariana Valverde

Scale, Jurisdiction, and Social Justice

chapter 10|14 pages

Policing the Union’s Black

The Racial Politics of Law and Order in Contemporary Britain

chapter 11|18 pages

Larissa Behrendt – Achieving Social Justice

Indigenous Rights and Australia’s Future

chapter 12|22 pages

Beyond Criminology

Taking Harm Seriously

chapter 14|19 pages

At War with the Court’s ‘Sublime Complacency’

Bob Woffinden Remembered

chapter 15|14 pages

The Vulnerable Subject

Anchoring Equality in the Human Condition (Martha Fineman)

chapter 16|13 pages

Reflections on Law and Social Justice

Robin West, ‘Economic Man and Literary Woman’, Mercer Law Review

chapter |6 pages


Intersections of Social Justice and Socio-legal Scholarship