Within this research theme we incorporate both theoretical and empirical research into the study of socio-legal histories and the evolution of regulatory practice. Analytical comparison of past practice and regulatory structures as set against contemporary phenomena provides rich and multi-faceted opportunities to comprehend our sense of self and place, in turn assisting in the recognition and valuation of shared memory which contributes to building social and cultural sustainability. Appreciation of former responses to problems of the time can inform tangible links to the here and now, sometimes creating a palpable feeling of déjà vu.
The Law, Crime and History theme is necessarily multi-disciplinary in outlook and remit, and a number of established links exist within and outside of the University across a broad spectrum of social sciences, arts and humanities. Crucially these include the multi-institutional SOLON consortium Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies in Law Crime and History which is headquartered in the Law School at Plymouth University including its peer reviewed open access e journal. Work is also being undertaken to pioneer academic research contextualising current initiatives to memorialise, and so valorise, rape survivors in post-conflict communities.
Theme coordinator: Professor Kim Stevenson