If you would like to contribute to the Urban Law Lab, then please review the posting guidelines below, and e-mail us with your contribution attached. Of course, if you have any questions, or other ideas for a post then we look forward to hearing them.
Blog posts are comparatively short pieces of approximately 800 words. They are intended to reflect your opinion on any topic related to the law, rights, and the urban. Your style and tone of writing should be relatively light, perhaps almost conversational - they are meant to appeal to a wider audience who may not necessarily be interested in reading a more rigorous short essay.
A short essay is a short piece of academic scholarship of between 2000 and 3000 words. They are intended to reflect your opinion on any topic related to the law, rights, and the urban. Your style and tone of writing should be relatively formal, and the substance of your piece should be academically rigorous. A short essay may involve a summary of a larger academic piece published in a journal, or it may simply be your thoughts on a topic which may form part of a larger academic project. Short essays are meant primarily to appeal to a narrower, predominately academic audience who are interested in a particular field and who seek to widen their knowledge and exposure to other ideas. At the same time, however, your piece should remain accessible as we seek to engage with a wider, non-academic audience.
A photo essay is a collection of images that tell a particular story. This story needs to relate broadly to the central theme of law, rights, and the urban. They are meant to be visual representations of how law and rights impact on our lives in the city. For example, how does a right to religious freedom play out in a society which discriminates against religious minorities? How is public space constructed in a city which excludes people through mechanisms such as anti-loitering laws? We invite you to submit as many or as few images as you wish; provided that as a collective whole these images tell a story. We ask you please to also include some text in your photo essay: either as an introduction, or to guide viewers through the images.
Come across an interesting quote relating to law, rights, and the urban? Submit it to us - we would love to publish it. Quotes are a way of highlighting emerging and existing scholarship in urban law, and creating greater awareness of the field. We do not mind how long it is, and we would welcome your thoughts on why you chose the quote, and how you see its relevance vis-a-vis urban law.