Head of Law to edit new book series

8 May 2018

Law Library

Dr Russell Sandberg, Head of Law at the School of Law and Politics is to be the editor of a new book series entitled Leading Works in Law.

The series, which is published by Routledge, will look at how particular legal sub-disciplines have developed by exploring the leading works that have shaped, developed and, on occasions, confined fields of study such as Family Law, Contract Law, or Sports Law.

Books in the series will see leading and emerging scholars discuss particular ‘leading works’ as a way of exploring, analysing and critiquing the development of areas of law. The series is designed to unpack and evaluate the architecture of Law School understandings of law and or legal sub-disciplines.

Two books are already under contract with the series. Leading Works in Law and Religion, edited by Dr Sandberg, is currently at the editing stage and is due to be published late 2018/early 2019 and work has also begun on Leading Works in Family Law which will be edited by Dr Sharon Thompson, a senior lecturer at the School of Law and Politics.

Dr Russell Sandberg commented, “At a time of significant change affecting teaching and research in law, it has never been so important to ask what we do and why. I’m delighted to be the series editor of Leading Works in Law which will question how legal sub-disciplines have developed and can develop by reference to works that have had, or should have had, an influence.”

“It is appropriate that Cardiff is the home of the series given our rich tradition of socio-legal and doctrinal scholarship that questions the law and places it within both its practical and societal context. It is also fitting that the first two books will cover sub-disciplines that Law academics in Cardiff have shaped and continue to shape. The ambition is that over time every legal sub-discipline will be covered and I am looking forward to working with editors and contributors from around the globe to achieve that’.

Dr Sandberg is a reader in Law at the School of Law and Politics and a prolific author and editor. His research focuses upon interdisciplinary approaches to law, with particular reference to the interaction between law and religion and the role of history. He is author of Law and Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Religion, Law and Society (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Dr Sharon Thompson is a senior lecturer in Law at the School of Law and Politics and is the author of the book Prenuptial Agreements and the Presumption of Free Choice: Issues of Power in Theory and Practice (Hart Publishing, 2015).