About this website
patriciatuitt.com is an online academic resource, which was established in 2017. The substantive fields covered by the resource are the European Union, higher/legal education policy, legal theory (with an emphasis on critical race and postcolonial legal perspectives), Refugee law, and legal issues arising from UK undercover policing operations.
This version of the website was updated in the summer of 2019. Two new research pages have been added: Legal Education & Training and Undercover Policing. Also, as a result of the update, website users can access academic articles, book chapters, book reviews and commentary posts on each of the themed pages. An Events page has also been added, which connects users to a range of conferences, workshops, lectures and book launches related to the website's research fields.
The overall objective of patriciatuitt.com is to provide free/open access research and commentary, and other resources linked to its areas of expertise, to support the work of academics, publishers, legal practitioners, NGOs, campaigning organisations, PhD scholars and postgraduate students.
Website content is curated by Patricia Tuitt who is a legal academic with a sustained track record over more than 20 years of research, teaching and strategic management within the field of critical legal studies. Formerly Professor and Dean of the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London (2009-2017), Patricia Tuitt’s many publications include the monographs, False Images: Law’s Construction of the Refugee (1996) and Race, Law, Resistance (2004). She is co-editor of Critical Beings: Law, Nation and the Global Legal Subject (2004) and Crime Fiction and the Law (2016). Recent open access articles published on this site include: The UK’s General Strike: Brexit and Critiques of Violence (2017) and Academic Judgement and the Force of Law (2018). The site has also been updated with links to two external publications: the Griffith Law Review article titled "Walter Benjamin, Race and the Critique of Rights" (2019), and a chapter in a Pluto Press edited volume titled "Law, Justice and the Public Inquiry into the Grenfell Tower Fire". (2020) These two new publications can be accessed via the Legal Theory page.
patriciatuitt.com aims to achieve its overall objective in the following ways:
Through the publication on its website of academic articles which demonstrate, to a high standard, originality, significance and rigour;
Through the publication on its website of substantive reviews of monographs and edited collections, with a bias towards those produced by smaller, independent publishers;
Through the timely publication on its website of short and accessible legal commentary on matters of interest to the wider public;
By ensuring that material originally published on its website is free/open access;
By providing funding opportunities for PhD scholars to attend conferences and other research and networking events;
Through consistent and creative engagement with social media in order to increase public engagement with its website content;
By seeking funding sources in order to provide financial support to students/academics with limited institutional funding, and to provide financial support to various access to justice initiatives;
By increasing private and institutional website subscriptions and enhancing the quality of engagement with website subscribers.