How might designerly ways enhance our abilities to understand + meet sociolegal research challenges?

https://vimeo.com/561344247 The above presentation was prepared for the Sociolegal Research Cluster at Essex at the invitation of Jaime Lindsey. It is based on a short monograph entitled Doing sociolegal research in design mode, to be published by Routledge, which was supported by funding from the Sociolegal Studies Association and the Leverhulme Trust. In the presentation… Continue reading How might designerly ways enhance our abilities to understand + meet sociolegal research challenges?

Could alternative econo-legal futures be made more possible and probable through prefigurative design?

https://vimeo.com/552411713 The above presentation was delivered at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting 2021 as part of a panel hosted by the Collaborative Research Network on Utopian Legalities, Prefigurative Politics, and Radical Governance (CRN 50). It is part of a wider project on the intersections between law and design, the main outcome of which… Continue reading Could alternative econo-legal futures be made more possible and probable through prefigurative design?

What might a book about ‘doing socio-legal research in design mode’ contribute to legal design thinking + practice?

As part of the Legal Design Roundtable 2021 Rossana Ducato invited me to reflect upon how my short book, Doing sociolegal research in design mode (forthcoming 2021, Routledge), might contribute to the field of legal design. The book is designed to act as a bridge from sociolegal research to legal design, but I hope that… Continue reading What might a book about ‘doing socio-legal research in design mode’ contribute to legal design thinking + practice?

Doing sociolegal research in design mode: a short monograph

Perry-Kessaris, A. Doing Sociolegal Research in Design Mode (Routledge, 2021) is a short monograph produced with the support of a Socio-Legal Studies Association field work grant and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (RF-2019-045). Download Chapter 1: Towards a proposition (Author Manuscript) Presentations https://vimeo.com/showcase/8395458 Overview This book is the first to explore what design can do… Continue reading Doing sociolegal research in design mode: a short monograph

Making legal education more inclusive by design?

Amanda Perry-Kessaris and Emily Allbon This post also appears on the Socio-legal Studies Association blog. Can design help to make legal education more inclusive? An inclusive education ecosystem is one ‘in which pedagogy, curricula and assessment are designed and delivered to engage students in learning that is meaningful, relevant and accessible to all’. This entails ‘taking account of’ and proactively… Continue reading Making legal education more inclusive by design?

Legal indicators in the pandemic: lessons in consciousness + scale?

Slide presented at UK Government coronavirus press conference 11 May 2020. Annotated by the author. What is different about pandemic-related indicators, and what challenges and opportunities do these differences pose for the sociolegal researcher?  We can define as ‘legal’ an indicator that claims to capture legal phenomena, such as the costs of registering for pandemic-related… Continue reading Legal indicators in the pandemic: lessons in consciousness + scale?

Evidencing + combatting hate crime in India: concepts, mindsets, processes

Figure 1: Collaborative prototyping (c) Amanda Perry-Kessaris 2019.  How might designerly practices such as collaborative prototyping help academics and activists in India work together to evidence and combat hate crime? This is the question at the heart of a collaboration between Mohsin Alam Bhat, Joanna Perry and Amanda Perry-Kessaris which is generously supported by the… Continue reading Evidencing + combatting hate crime in India: concepts, mindsets, processes

Prefiguring econo-legal futures? Possible lessons from and for Cyprus

A distinguishing feature of contemporary social (including legal and economic) challenges is that they are not only ever-more ‘open, complex… and networked’, but also more ‘dynamic’ (Dorst 2015). As such they can only be understood, let alone addressed, via scholarly and policy mindsets that prompt and facilitate movement between between the past, present and future.… Continue reading Prefiguring econo-legal futures? Possible lessons from and for Cyprus

Work in progress: Doing socio-legal research in design mode

How might design enhance our understanding of, and our ability to communicate about, law as a social phenomenon? At what cost?  Mindsets, tools and processes from design such as visualisation, sprints and prototyping are increasingly identified as distinctive and useful; and adopted across legal fields from practice to activism to policy-making (Perry-Kessaris 2019).  With the… Continue reading Work in progress: Doing socio-legal research in design mode