July Roundup: A Month of Three Books

July has been a busy month with the publication of three books. So I thought it would be helpful to collate the information and links about them all.

The three books

Religion and Marriage Law: The Need for Reform

This was published by Bristol University Press on 1 July and can be ordered from their website at: https://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/religion-and-marriage-law

A policy briefing for the book can be found at: https://www.transformingsociety.co.uk/2021/07/01/policy-briefing-recommendations-for-the-reform-of-marriage-law/

The webinar and book launch, hosted by the Ecclesiastical Law Society and moderated by Mark Hill QC, which featured Baroness Hale, Professor Gillian Douglas, Professor Jane Mair and I, can now be watched at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp57nk3w7FQ

I wrote a blog post for the Transforming Society blog run by Bristol University Press that can be read at: https://www.transformingsociety.co.uk/2021/07/01/why-marriage-law-was-in-need-of-reform-even-before-covid-19/

I also wrote a blog post focusing on reform of the law on validity for Law and Religion UK: https://lawandreligionuk.com/2021/07/12/reform-of-law-on-validity-and-unregistered-religious-marriages/

A third blog post – this time on Canopy Forum, a blog run by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in the US, focused on the need for reform of the law on cohabitation. It can be read at: https://canopyforum.org/2021/07/28/could-cohabitation-rights-solve-the-issue-of-unregistered-religious-marriages/

I also gave a seminar on ‘Religion and Marriage Law’ at Raffles University in India. This can be watched at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFH7vvELyjE

Subversive Legal History: A Manifesto for the Future of Legal Education

This new monograph was published by Routledge on 31 July and can be ordered from them at: https://www.routledge.com/Subversive-Legal-History-A-Manifesto-for-the-Future-of-Legal-Education/Sandberg/p/book/9780367191290

Check out my Instagram page for previews of each chapter!

The book is the first in our Transforming Legal Histories series edited by Professor Lydia Hayes, Dr Katie Richards, Dr Sharon Thompson and myself.

Keep an eye out for further publicity on this book in the autumn.

Religion Law in the United Kingdom (3rd edition)

The third edition of this book, which I have co-authored with Mark Hill QC, Professor Norman Doe and Christopher Grout, can now be ordered from: https://lrus.wolterskluwer.com/store/product/religion-and-law-in-the-united-kingdom-third-edition/

It follows the first edition in 2011 and second edition in 2014 and is the first edition to welcome Christopher to the team. It forms part of the multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws but can also be purchased as a standalone volume. It gives an encyclopaedic guide to how religion is regulated by law in England, Scotland and Wales.

In Other News

I was also interviewed by Simply Law Jobs about my career. The two part interview can be read at https://blog.simplylawjobs.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-professor-of-law/ and https://blog.simplylawjobs.com/professor-of-law-shares-hopes-for-the-future-of-the-legal-industry/

I also responded to the Welsh Government consultation on the guidance relating to the teaching of Religion, Values and Ethics under the new curriculum for Wales. My submission highlighted that the draft guidance misunderstood the law on religion or belief. It can be read at: https://www.academia.edu/49986772/Response_to_Welsh_Government_Consultation_on_Religion_Values_and_Ethics_Guidance

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