Dr Lorie Charlesworth PhD, LLB, BA, Cert LH, FHEA

Reader in Law and History

Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Associate Fellow of the Human Rights Consortium, Schools of Advanced Study, University of London; Member of the AHRC Peer Review College; Editor-in-Chief Liverpool Law Review

Contact Details -

Address: Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5UG
Telephone: +44 (0) 151 231 3630
Email: L.R.Charlesworth@ljmu.ac.uk

Teaching -

Common law obligations; legal research; independent learning in law; foundations, legal history and socio-legal studies.

Administrative Roles -

Since 1991 Dr Charlesworth has been a member of the University team for validating courses both internally and externally. She is module leader for Foundations and Legal History.

Research Interests -

Dr Charlesworth’s current research is in socio-legal historical studies comprising reconstructions of the poor law; literature as context for legal history; legal local history; World War II war crimes trials and investigations; intelligence and military history; methodologies for interdisciplinary research and historical contexts for legal theory.

Presently she is researching:

Socio-legal reconstructions of the Poor Law: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/SOC/88628.htm; http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/SOC/88594.htm

and ‘Minor’ Allied war crimes trials after World War II: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/SOC/88615.htm

Publications - Books

Monograph: Welfare’s Forgotten Past: A Socio-legal History of the Poor Law, Cavendish-Routledge, 2010.

Forthcoming monograph, The ‘Minor’ War Crimes Trials. An Exploration of Victims’ Justice, Cavendish-Routledge, due in 2012.

Recent Publications – Other

Book Chapter: ‘‘Big Society’, legal structures, Poor Law and the myth of a voluntary society’ in ed. Armine Ishkanian and Simon Szreter; The Big Society Debate: A New Agenda for Social Welfare? (London and New York: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2012).

‘England’s early “Big Society”: parish welfare under the Old Poor Law’, History and Policy (2010) at: http://www.historyandpolicy.org/papers/policy-paper-108.html

‘Welfare’s Forgotten Past: A Socio-Legal History of the Poor Law’, Amicus Curiae, 76, Spring (2010), pp. 9-13.

‘Justices of the Peace,’ (English Common Law), Stanley M. Katz ed. Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Legal History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

‘Poor Law,’ (English Common Law), Stanley M. Katz ed. Oxford International Encyclopaedia of Legal History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

‘Forgotten Justice: forgetting law’s history and victims’ justice in British ‘minor’ war crimes trials in Germany 1945-8’, Amicus Curiae, 74, Summer (2008), pp. 2-10.

‘2 SAS Regiment, War Crimes Investigations and British Intelligence: Intelligence Officials and the Natzweiler Trial’, Journal of Intelligence History 6 (2006/7), pp. 13-60.

‘On historical contextualisation’: some further reflections,’ Crimes and Misdemeanours: Exploring Law and Deviance in Historical Perspective, 1/2 (2007), pp. 107-109  at http://www.research.plymouth.ac.uk/solon/journalVol1Issue2.htm

‘The law of settlement and removals viewed as a model of property rights for the poor,’ Papers in Land Management No. 3 (July 2007), pp. 1-13, Anglia Ruskin University at http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/alss/deps/law/staff/home.html

Chapter: ‘Poor Law in the City: A comparative legal analysis of the effect of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act upon the Administration of Poor Relief in the Ports of Liverpool and Chester,’ ed. Andrew Lewis, Law in the city: proceedings of the seventeenth British Legal History Conference 2005, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), pp. 206-229.

‘On historical contextualisation: some critical socio-legal reflections,’ Position Paper: Crimes and Misdemeanours: Exploring Law and Deviance in Historical Perspective, 1/1 (2007), pp. 1-40. ISSN 1754-0455, at: http://www.research.plymouth.ac.uk/solon/journalVol1Issue1.htm
‘Readings of begging: the legal response to begging considered in its modern and historical context,’ Nottingham Law Journal, 15 (1) (2006), pp. 1-12.
‘Dickens and the Poor Law: the novels of Charles Dickens as a source for socio-legal historical reconstructions,’ International Journal of the Book (2006).

‘Ensuring the After-life of the Ciano Diaries: Allen Dulles’ Provision of Nuremberg Trial Evidence,’ Intelligence and National Security, 21 (4) August (2006), pp. 568-603. With Michael Salter.

‘Ribbentrop and the The Ciano Diaries within the Nuremberg Trial,’ Journal of International Criminal Justice 4 (1) (2006), pp. 103-127. With Michael Salter.

External Roles -

Dr Charlesworth was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) in 2007 and is currently an Associate Research Fellow at IALS and an Associate of the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Studies, University of London; she is Editor-in-Chief of the Liverpool Law Review (since 2000) and a member of the Editorial Board of Law, Crime and History. Dr Charlesworth is co-convener for Legal History at the annual conference for the Society of Legal Scholars and Academic Convener at IALS, for a series of annual conferences on: ‘Experiencing the law’ (six to date) and a bi-ennial three day International War Crimes Conference (two to date). She has convened legal history sessions at the Socio Legal Studies Association annual conferences.                 

Finally, she is a Director of SOLON, Promoting Interdisciplinary Studies in Law, Crime and Bad Behaviour (linking Nottingham Trent, Oxford Brookes, Manchester Metropolitan, Plymouth, York, University of the West of England and Liverpool John Moores Universities).

Research Papers (since 2006) - 

‘Serving soldiers as activists? Prosecuting war criminals in Occupied Germany 1945,’Modern Activism Conference, SOLON-LJMU, ICBH at King’s College London, Liverpool June 2012.

‘On considering poor law from a legal perspective in national and local history’, February 2012, Centre for Local History, University of Leicester.

‘‘Workshop on Thinking Critically about “the Big Society”’, LSE, Department of Social Policy and Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), March 2011. Hosted and funded by History and Policy Unit.

‘History and Policy – Cabinet Office Strategy Unit/Office for Civil Society Seminar: ‘Local government/localism and the Big Society’, Cabinet Office, Whitehall, February, 2011. Hosted and funded by History and Policy Unit.

‘Welfare’s Forgotten Past. A socio-legal history of the poor law’ Seminar and Book Launch hosted jointly by the London Legal History Society and the  Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, IALS, London, February 2010.

‘Welfare in crisis: on the significance of historico-legal reconstructions’, participant in the three day The Social Contract in Hard Times Symposium: hosted and funded by The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, Queens College Oxford, October 2009.

Is This How To Do It? The Belsen and Auschwitz Trial, the first British Investigation and Prosecution in Occupied Germany, 1945’, Conference: War Crimes - Retrospectives and Prospects, February 2009, IALS, University of London.

‘Theory’s betrayal of legality, is there no law after Auschwitz? An historical reconstruction that explores how far juristic posturing colludes with negative political agendas’. From Human Rights to the Primacy of the Political Conference, Lancaster Centre for Law and Society and Department of Politics, November 2008, University of Lancaster.

‘On the contemporary relevance of historico-socio-legal research: the humanities in juristic scholarship’ SLSA Law and Humanities Conference, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, November 2008, University of London.

'Allied 'minor' war crimes trials and German law under Nazi rule: an exploration of colliding cultural and legal 'norms'. Centre for Jewish Studies, Seminar Series, October 2008, University of Manchester.

'Legal Theory, texts and historical contexts': Round Table, SLS Conference, September 2008, London School of Economics, University of London.

'The first Nazi war crimes trial in Occupied Germany: a case study of the investigation and prosecution by serving soldiers resulting in the ‘minor’ Belsen-Auschwitz Trial 1945'. SLSA Conference, University of Manchester, March 2008.

‘Forgotten Justice: forgetting law’s history and victims’ justice in British ‘minor’ war crimes trials in Germany 1945-8’, Research Seminar, (Respondents; Michael Kandiah, David Fraser, IALS and Centre for Contemporary British History (IHR), 2008 February, London.

‘Investigating and prosecuting Nazi war crimes: the British Army experience in Occupied Germany’, Staff seminar, Law School, 2008 February, University of Greenwich.

‘Violence Outside the Law: Individual Voices and the Law’s Response: War crimes investigation and prosecution at Belsen 1945’, Experiencing the Law Conference, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, December 2007.

‘Criminalisation through the operation of law: Victorian Vaccination Acts’, SLS Conference, September 2007, University of Durham.

‘The Natzweiler Trial: an historical reconstruction of a ‘minor’ British war crimes trial involving Special forces (2SAS) and Intelligence Officials’, Eighteenth British Legal History Conference, July 2007, Oxford.
‘Teaching trials: war crimes trials and a legal forgetting’, Round Table, American Law and Society Association, Annual Conference, July 2007, Berlin.

‘Guantanamo Bay, Hamden v Rumsfeld and ‘minor’ war crimes trials in Occupied Germany’, Socio-legal seminar series, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool, April 2007.

‘Genocide by the operation of law? Readings of an English poor law in Ireland’. ‘Experiencing the Law’ Conference, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, December 2006.

‘Dickens and the Poor Law: The Novels of Charles Dickens as a Source For Socio-legal Historical Reconstructions.’ The Fourth International Conference of the Book, Emerson College, Boston, USA, October 2006.

‘Socio legal historical reconstructions; Plenary: “Which Way is Forward?”’ SLS Conference, September 2006, University of Keele.
‘The law of settlement and removals in socio-legal reconstructions’. Social History Society Conference, March 2006, University of Reading.

‘Socio legal historical reconstructions; Plenary: “The Way Forward”’. SLSA Conference March 2006, University of Stirling.

‘On historical reconstructions:  the poor law of settlement and removals applied to Little Dorrit’. SLSA Conference March 2006, University of Stirling.


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