May 2020: Research round-up including socio-legal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

Expert, critical analysis of socio-legal issues in the time of COVID-19 from Kent Law School academics plus all the latest news of their research

May 2020

Socio-legal insights in the time of COVID-19:

  • Covid-secure workplaces: Professor Diamond Ashiagbor was interviewed by BBC Radio Kent after the government issued guidance to employers on how to make workplaces Covid-secure. In her interview on the Mid-morning show, Professor Ashiagbor said: “All of us who work, even if you don’t think you’ve got a contract of employment because you haven’t been given a piece of paper, everyone has a contract of employment which has an implied term that the employer has to provide a safe working environment for you and enable you to use equipment safely.” She also said: “You have the right to ask your employer for a written account of what they are doing to make sure it’s safe for you to go back to work.” Listen again in full at: (2:10:30)
  • Dialling up the pressure – prepping for a family law hearing by phone: Kent Law Clinic solicitor Philippa Bruce offers a fascinating peep behind the scenes in a post on the Clinical blog as she preps paperwork & client for a County Court hearing during lockdown…
  • Remote hearings review to report back next week: an article posted by The Law Society Gazette featuring extracts taken from the blog post authored by Philippa Bruce for the Clinical blog
  • Informal Work and Public Health in Colombia:Targeted Regulation during the Covid-19 Global Emergency: The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a new international research collaboration between Kent Law School, Essex Law School & the University of Rosario in Colombia that will address the precarity of people working in the informal economy. Dr Luis Eslava and Professor Donatella Alessandrini have been awarded £4.9k by Kent’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Emergency Response Fund for the project which sees them partnered with Dr Anil Yilmaz and Dr Tara Van Ho (who have received the support of a GCRF Research Pump Priming Fund from the University of Essex); Professor Johanna Cortés-Nieto and Dr Enrique Prieto-Rios from Rosario’s Faculty of Jurisprudence; Dr Iván Jaramillo, director of the Observatory of Work (LaboUR); and Professor Leonardo Briceño, director of the Public Health Research Group at Rosario’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Rosario is also co-sponsoring the project.
  • Setting the agenda for Zim’s post-Covid future: by Dr Alex Magaisa for Zimbabwe Independent 
  • Articles by PhD legal scholar Ewelina Ochab for Forbes

Articles, books, blogs, chapters, grants and expert contributions: