Book on Judges and Humour
Milner Davis, Jessica and Sharyn Roach Anleu, editors, (2018), Judges, Judging and Humour, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
This is a collection of eight chapters, including authors from Australia, Brazil, England, Sweden and the USA. The foreword is provided by the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG. The book unites literary and cultural studies approaches with empirical research examining the reality of day-to-day courtroom procedure. It also contributes a cross-cultural dimension to the emerging literature on legal cases that turn on humour. Humour is important for healthy and impartial judicial work, and deserves more serious thought than it has received. Dr Milner Davis is Honorary Associate, Department of English, University of Sydney.
Other publications are listed in the Publications & Presentations section of the website.
In December 2018, Professor Sharyn Roach Anleu visited the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to continue the collaboration with Dr Jennifer Elek. While there, they completed work on an article jointly authored with Professor Kathy Mack (Flinders University) and Dr David Rottman (NCSC) which was accepted for publication in 2019, and a book chapter co-authored with Kathy Mack which has also been accepted for publication in 2019.
Also in December 2018, Professor Sharyn Roach Anleu and Professor Kathy Mack worked with Professor Rosemary Hunter during her visit to Australia, completing a paper applying a conceptual analysis of feminist judging to the work of the lower courts using empirical data drawn from an earlier court observation study conducted by the Judicial Research project.
Dr Jennifer Elek of the National Center for State Courts (Williamsburg, VA, USA) visited Flinders University for two weeks in July/August 2018. Jennifer is a Senior Court Research Associate at the NCSC, where she focusses on judicial performance evaluation, problem-solving courts, offender risk and needs assessment, and gender, racial, and ethnic fairness in the courts.
This was Jennifer’s second visit to Flinders further contributing to work undertaken with Sharyn and Kathy on collaborative research investigating judicial ethics, emotion and judicial discipline. Her visit was supported by an International Collaboration Award, as part of an ARC Discovery Project Grant.
4th Biennial John Western Public Lecture
On Friday 8 December 2017, Sharyn gave the 4th Biennial John Western Public Lecture at the University of Queensland. This prestigious invited lecture series honours the late Emeritus Professor John Western, who became the first professor of sociology at UQ in 1970, retiring in 1996.
Sharyn’s lecture, titled ‘The Human Judge: Between Craft and Profession’ addressed major themes linking the current work of the Judicial Research Project (JRP) with the path-breaking longitudinal research of Professor Western, The Professions in Australia project. These themes include a commitment to empirical research, investigating professional socialisation and related work skills and values, and understanding the implications for [in]equality as indicated by social characteristics of those in [or not in] a profession. In the half century since the first survey in Western’s ground-breaking research, much has changed. One is the entry of women into the legal profession, and eventually into the judiciary. A second major shift is attention to the ordinary, everyday activities of judges and courts. JRP research reveals the craftwork needed to manage practical aspects of judicial work, in particular the importance of emotion and the need for judicial emotion work. While these developments challenge the conventional image of the judge as a detached, dispassionate male figure, JRP research lays the groundwork for new conception of impartial judicial work.
More information about the Lecture can be found at: https://www.issr.uq.edu.au/event/biennial-john-western-public-lecture
Dr. Jennifer Elek of the National Center for State Courts (Williamsburg, VA) recently visited Flinders University, supported by an International Collaboration Award as part of an ARC DP grant. While at Flinders, she worked with Sharyn and Kathy on journal articles relating to judicial ethics and emotion and judicial performance evaluation. This collaborative research is furthering the analytic framework to examine judicial disciplinary proceedings in the US regarding emotion and judicial misconduct. Jennifer is a Senior Court Research Associate at the NCSC, where she focusses on judicial performance evaluation, problem-solving courts, offender risk and needs assessment, and gender, racial, and ethnic fairness in the courts. She joined Sharyn and Kathy on a panel at the Law & Society Association annual meeting in June 2017 in Mexico City, along with other international researchers and Project collaborators Dr. Stina Bergman Blix, Prof. Terry Maroney, Prof. Susan Bandes, Dr. Heather Conway and Prof. Les Moran. This panel is part of a Collaborative Research Network on Law and Emotion. After the Law & Society meeting, Sharyn travelled to the NCSC where she was a visitor for two weeks. Jennifer has taken over from Dr. David Rottman as the lead collaborator on the Judicial Performance and Emotion focus of Project research; Dr. Rottman continues to be involved in the Project.