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Law, Science and Society


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Traditionally, the role of law has been to implement political decisions concerning the relationship between science and society. Increasingly, however, as our understanding of the complex dynamic between law, science and society deepens, this instrumental characterisation is seen to be inadequate, but as yet we have only a limited conception of what might take its place. In short, there is a need for new research and scholarship, and it is to that need that this series responds.

The primary aim of the series is thus to create a body of cutting-edge research and scholarship exploring the relationship between law, science and society from inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives. The objectives of the series are:

• to advance mutual and reflexive knowledge, understanding and communication between the disciplines of law, and the social, pure and applied sciences

• to explore the epistemological contributions of new scientific thinking to an understanding of legal systems, theories and phenomena

• to develop innovative approaches to issues of regulating scientific and technological risk in the real world.

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Complexity Theory and Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence

Complexity Theory and Law: Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jamie Murray, Thomas Webb, Steven Wheatley
January 14, 2020

This collection of essays explores the different ways the insights from complexity theory can be applied to law. Complexity theory – a variant of systems theory – views law as an emergent, complex, self-organising system comprised of an interactive network of actors and systems that operate with no...

A Socio-Legal Study of Hacking: Breaking and Remaking Law and Technology

A Socio-Legal Study of Hacking: Breaking and Remaking Law and Technology

1st Edition

Michael Anthony C. Dizon
March 21, 2019

The relationship between hacking and the law has always been complex and conflict-ridden. This book examines the relations and interactions between hacking and the law with a view to understanding how hackers influence and are influenced by technology laws and policies. In our increasingly digital...

Law, Technology and Society: Reimagining the Regulatory Environment

Law, Technology and Society: Reimagining the Regulatory Environment

1st Edition

Roger Brownsword
February 25, 2019

This book considers the implications of the regulatory burden being borne increasingly by technological management rather than by rules of law. If crime is controlled, if human health and safety are secured, if the environment is protected, not by rules but by measures of technological...

Gene Editing, Law, and the Environment: Life Beyond the Human

Gene Editing, Law, and the Environment: Life Beyond the Human

1st Edition

Irus Braverman
January 03, 2019

Technologies like CRISPR and gene drives are ushering in a new era of genetic engineering, wherein the technical means to modify DNA are cheaper, faster, more accurate, more widely accessible, and with more far-reaching effects than ever before. These cutting-edge technologies raise legal, ethical,...

Law, Technology and Dispute Resolution: The Privatisation of Coercion

Law, Technology and Dispute Resolution: The Privatisation of Coercion

1st Edition

Riikka Koulu
October 09, 2018

The use of new information and communication technologies both inside the courts and in private online dispute resolution services is quickly changing everyday conflict management. However, the implications of the increasingly disruptive role of technology in dispute resolution remain largely...

Law and the Management of Disasters: The Challenge of Resilience

Law and the Management of Disasters: The Challenge of Resilience

1st Edition

Alexia Herwig, Marta Simoncini
June 15, 2018

Disasters raise serious challenges for contemporary legal orders: they demand significant management, but usually amidst massive disruption to the normal functioning of state authority and society. When dealing with disasters, law has traditionally focused on contingency planning and recovery. More...

Lie Detection and the Law: Torture, Technology and Truth

Lie Detection and the Law: Torture, Technology and Truth

1st Edition

Andrew Balmer
May 29, 2018

This book develops a sociological account of lie detection practices and uses this to think about lying more generally. Bringing together insights from sociology, social history, socio-legal studies and science and technology studies (STS), it explores how torture and technology have been used to...

Biometrics, Crime and Security

Biometrics, Crime and Security

1st Edition

Marcus Smith, Monique Mann, Gregor Urbas
February 16, 2018

This book addresses the use of biometrics – including fingerprint identification, DNA identification and facial recognition – in the criminal justice system: balancing the need to ensure society is protected from harms, such as crime and terrorism, while also preserving individual rights. It offers...

Knowledge, Technology and Law

Knowledge, Technology and Law

1st Edition

Emilie Cloatre, Martyn Pickersgill
March 03, 2016

The relationships between knowledge, technologies, and legal processes are central to the constitution of contemporary societies. As such, they have come to provide the focus for a range of academic projects, across interdisciplinary legal studies and the social sciences. The domains of...

The Regulation of Animal Health and Welfare: Science, Law and Policy

The Regulation of Animal Health and Welfare: Science, Law and Policy

1st Edition

John McEldowney, Wyn Grant, Graham Medley
June 09, 2015

The Regulation of Animal Health and Welfare draws on the research of scientists, lawyers, economists and political scientists to address the current and future regulatory problems posed by the issues of animal health and disease.  Recent events such as the outbreak of mad cow disease,...

Uncertain Risks Regulated

Uncertain Risks Regulated

1st Edition

Ellen Vos, Michelle Everson
May 15, 2012

Uncertain Risks Regulated compares various models of risk regulation in order to understand how these systems shape the relationship between law and science, and how they attempt to overcome public distrust in science-based decision-making. The book contributes to...

Absent Environments: Theorising Environmental Law and the City

Absent Environments: Theorising Environmental Law and the City

1st Edition

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
December 21, 2009

Offering a novel, transdisciplinary approach to environmental law, its principles, mechanics and context, as tested in its application to the urban environment, this book traces the conceptual and material absence of communication between the human and the natural and controversially includes such...

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