International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law

From the mailbox: Call for papers: The 20th International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL 2019). The theme is The Limits of Law. The conference will take place at the Instituto Juridico da Faculdade de Derito da Universidade de Coimbra. Comfirmed speakers include Francois Ost (Universite Saint-Louis, Brussels), Manuel Atienza (Universidad de Alicante), Pierre Moor (Unversite de Lausanne), Fernando Jose Bronze (Universidade de Coimbra), and J. M. Aroso Linhares (Universidade de Coimbra). Abstracts of 300 words, maximum, should be submitted by January 15th, 2019 to Professor Aroso Linhares at…

Adler on Art’s First Amendment Status @nyulaw

Amy Adler, New York University School of Law, is publishing Art’s First Amendment Status: A Cultural History of The Masses in volume 50 of the Arizona State Law Journal (2018). Here is the abstract. This Article explores a little-known chapter in the cultural history of The Masses, the radical, iconoclastic, and artistically cutting-edge publication that was the subject of Learned Hand’s landmark First Amendment decision in Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten (1917). The Article sets forth the story of an internal battle about freedom of expression in the arts that…

Dane on Robert Cover and Legal Pluralism @perrydane

Perry Dane, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Law School, has published Robert Cover and Legal Pluralism. Here is the abstract. This short talk focuses on three aspects of Robert Cover’s brand of legal pluralism: First, Cover’s account of legal pluralism went beyond the simple recognition of non-state legal orders; just as important for him was the claim that non-state communities could generate and defend distinct readings of the state’s own legal order. Second, Cover’s jurisprudence assigned a central role to state violence and non-state communities’ resistance. Violence…

A Theory of Art/Law @SussexLaw

Lucy Finchett-Maddock, Sussex School of Legal Studies, has published Re-worlding: A Theory of Art/Law. Here is the abstract. This piece seeks to account for an increased interest in the intersection of art and law within legal thinking, activism, and artistic practice, arguing there to exist the phenomena and movement of ‘Art/Law’. Art/Law is the coming together of theory and practice in legal and political aesthetics, understood as a practice, (im)materially performed. It is seen as a natural consequence of thinking law and resistance in terms of space and time, accounting…

Zoopla reports site visits hit new monthly high in 2018

Property portal Zoopla has revealed that the volume of valuation leads driven to agents increased a significant 64% annually from Q4 2017 to Q4 2018, a trend driven by investment in highlighting the benefits of the Zoopla brand to consumers. According to newly released figures, site visits in 2018 peaked at a new monthly high of 58.3 million, with visits averaging around 50 million a month, whilst downloads of the Zoopla app increased 11.3% annually to 11.2 million. This level of exposure to Zoopla…

Dwindling stock blamed for 2018’s falling house sales

The latest research from homes provider, Project Etopia, has revealed that house sales fell across 64.4% of local authority areas in 2018. According to the data, transactions fell in 241 of 374 local authority areas, with an average decline of 4.9%. Stevenage witnessed a 27.5% drop, Newcastle-under-Lyme a 16.2% slump and Cambridge a fall of 16%. A total of 122 areas saw transactions fall by more than 5%, while 41 local authorities witnessed sales drop by more than 10% and 11 areas more…

Network Auctions report strong figures for 2018

Network Auctions have reported that 2018 was a strong year for the company with £37m raised and a 78% success rate. According to the figures, Network-E raised £5.3m up a remarkable 212% on 2017 when sales totalled £1.7m, evidencing the trend to online. This success was further reinforced by the 92% success rate, with an average of eight bids made per lot and a 7% uplift against guide price. Results held up well in the face of political uncertainty and market turmoil which suppressed…

Appetite for investment in the North gathers pace

The latest data and analysis from Your Move has revealed that investors in the North are enjoying some of the UK’s highest percentage returns for their investments. Martyn Alderton, National Lettings Director at Your Move, comments: “Properties in the North appear to offer high percentage returns to property investors and, as a result, they are attracting interest even more. This strong appetite to buy has been accompanied by a rise in demand for rental properties, since the North is attracting many young professionals…

Have you underestimated the time it would take to be mortgage free?

The latest research from mortgage broker, L&C Mortgages, has revealed that nearly a third of current mortgage borrowers – equating to roughly 4m UK adults, believe their estimated repayment age will be older than first expected. The data released means that many may now have to re-evaluate their finances in later life as their estimated repayment age will be older than they expected. In contrast the younger generation is full of optimism, with the majority of 18 to 34 year old borrowers stating they…

Five things social housing providers need to look for in 2019

2018 has drawn to a close with Brexit continuing to dominate headlines and the national conversation. There is perhaps little respite until March 2019 when (and if) the UK leaves the EU. But what does 2019 hold in store for social housing providers? Winckworth Sherwood’s social housing team point to five things every social housing provider will need to consider in the year ahead. The growth of for-profit RPs Will Rutter, Social Housing partner, says: “2019 is likely to be the year…