OBserving Law - IALS Open Book Service for Law

OBserving Law - the IALS Open Book Service for Law is an Open Access book publishing initiative developed with the School of Advanced Study and the University of London Press.

Our open access books are free to read online and download in PDF format for anyone in the world to use via the Humanities Digital Library

The University of London Press (UoL Press) builds on a century of publishing tradition by disseminating distinctive scholarship at the forefront of the humanities. Based at the School of Advanced Study, the press seeks to facilitate collaborative, inclusive, open access, scholar-led interchange, within and beyond the academy.

For more about UoL Press, including distribution information please see here

IALS Open Book Service for Law - Editorial Board

Editorial oversight for the OBserving Law series is provided by an Editorial Board  bringing together the skills and experience of academics, librarians and publishing professionals. 

  • Professor Carl Stychin, IALS (Chair and Joint General Editor)
  • Ms Sandy Dutczak, IALS (Joint General Editor)
  • Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, University of Kent
  • Professor Anthony Bradney, Keele University
  • Professor Fiona Cownie, Keele University
  • Dr Agata Fijalkowski, Leeds Beckett University
  • Mr David Gee, IALS
  • Mr Richard Hart, Consultant Publisher
  • Dr Colin King, IALS 
  • Dr Oliver Lewis, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Dr Mara Malagodi, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Adaeze Okoye, University of Brighton
  • Professor Sally Wheeler, Australian National University
  • Dr Keina Yoshida, Doughty Street Chambers

Latest publication from OBserving Law

Cover of Electronic Evidence and Electronic SignaturesElectronic Evidence and Electronic Signatures, 5th ed

Edited By Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng. 
Published 1 August 2021.

In this updated edition of the well-established practitioner text, Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng have brought together a team of experts in the field to provide an exhaustive treatment of electronic evidence and electronic signatures.


Coming soon from OBserving Law

Cover of Achieving Access to Justice in a Business and Human Rights ContextAchieving Access to Justice in the Business and Human Rights Context: An Assessment of Litigation and Regulatory Responses in Europe

By Dr Virginie Rouas

Dr Rouas won the IALS PhD Thesis book prize in 2019 and was awarded the prize of a publishing contract with the IALS for her work:  In Search of Corporate Accountability: Transnational Litigation against Multinational Enterprises in France and the Netherlands

The book is due to be published in January 2022.

Landmark publication from OBserving Law

Cover of the reissue of Women and the LawWomen and the Law 

by Susan Atkins and Brenda Hoggett

A landmark publication from OBserving Law is the Open Access edition of Women and the Law by Susan Atkins and Brenda Hoggett (now Brenda Hale). 

Women and the Law was originally published in 1984. It was one of the very first modern books of its kind – providing pioneering legal scholarship on women’s treatment under law.  It is a key and influential text.

Following publication by Basil Blackwell Ltd in 1984 Women and the Law was short­listed for the Fawcett Prize. It is described by Hilaire Barnett’s ‘Sourcebook of feminist jurisprudence’ as: “One of the first legal texts on women and the law in Britain”. A quick Google search today will find it referenced by scholarly articles in every decade since publication – 1986, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013.

Publishing Open Access with the IALS

OBserving Law is an Open Access monograph publishing service for legal researchers, enabling their work to reach the widest possible audience worldwide. 

Open Access refers to the free access and generally free reuse (usually with some restrictions) of published research. It represents a shift in attitudes towards both the dissemination and utility of research and the cost of access to readers and scholars.

The aim of the IALS Open Book Service for Law is to publish innovative and intellectually stimulating, fully peer-reviewed work which will reach a worldwide audience, widen knowledge and understanding, and play a major role in policy, practice and legal education. The series acts as a showcase for the vibrant state of legal scholarship and all books are free to read anywhere in the world.

We welcome proposals from individual authors and editors from across the academic and legal research community - including within and external to the University of London, and from learned societies and organisations. 

Peer Review Policy

All books published in our open access programme must meet necessary standards for originality, significance and rigour. Proposals will be considered by our Editorial team and independent expert academic reviewers. Expressions of interest to assist the law service with peer review are very welcome. Please contact: sandy.dutczak@sas.ac.uk

Open Access publishing fees

The IALS Open Book Service for Law aims to publish a number of titles each year without a publication fee, Book Processing Charge (BPC)  or charges to authors. Books will be made available as ebooks in pdf format as freely accessible, DRM-free, digital files, and will also be available for epub purchase and/or print on demand purchase.

Publication Formats

OBserving Law is part of a shared catalogue for the Humanities Digital Library developed with the PKP Open Monograph Press open source application linked to the SAS-Space e-repository for sustainability and preservation.

Submit a Proposal

Please contact: sandy.dutczak@sas.ac.uk in the first instance with proposals and queries. Please refer to Submission Guidelines for more information.

Page last updated: 11th October 2021