Black History Month: selected e-resources from the IALS library collections

To mark Black History Month, IALS has compiled a selection of relevant books and articles from our online library collections.

Please visit our Law Databases page to find more e-resources on this topic. 

More related material is available from our print and archive collections.

Civil Rights in the United States

Civil rights in America : a history / Christopher W. Schmidt (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
From slave abuse to hate crime : the criminalization of racial violence in American history
/ Ely Aaronson (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Civil rights in American law, history, and politics / edited by Austin Sarat, Amherst College. (Cambridge University Press, 2014)


Annals of British Legislation, Vol. III, p. 30-58, include papers relating to the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica.
Decolonization, self-determination, and the rise of global human rights politics / edited by A. Dirk Moses, Marco Duranti, Roland Burke (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Imperial incarceration : detention without trial in the making of British colonial Africa / Michael Lobban. (Cambridge University Press, 2021) [Open access]

Race and colonialism in the construction of labour markets and precarity / Diamond Ashiagbor. Industrial law journal, Vol.50 No.4 December 2021.

International law

Black women and international law : deliberate interactions, movements and actions / edited by Jeremy I. Levitt. (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Racial Capitalism and International Economic Law. Special issue of the Journal of International Economic Law, Vol.25 No.2 June 2021. 

Reparations for slavery in international law: transatlantic enslavement, the Maangamizi, and the making of international law (Oxford University Press, 2022)

Slavery in international law : of human exploitation and trafficking / by Jean Allain. (Brill, 2013)

Legal education

The globalization of legal education : a critical perspective / edited by Bryant Garth & Gregory Shaffer. (Oxford University Press, 2022)

Decolonising the Law School. Special issue of the Law Teacher, Vol.54 No.4 2020. 

Decolonising the labour law curriculum in the new world of work. Monray Marsellus Botha and Elmarie Fourie. Tydskrif vir Hedendaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg/Journal of Contemporary Roman-Dutch law, Vol.82 No.2 Mei 2019.

Ferguson and its impact on legal education symposium. Special issue of the Journal of Legal Education, Vol.65 No.2 November 2015. 

Looking Forward to Diversity in Legal Academia. Deo, Meera E. Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, Vol. 29, Issue 2 (Summer 2014), pp. 352-387.

Race and the Law in the United Kingdom

Changing the picture: diversity at silk level / Barbara Mills QC. Counsel magazine, July 2021. 

Coloniality, belonging and citizenship deprivation in the UK: Exploring judicial responses / Zainab Batul Naqvi. Social and Legal Studies, Vol.31 No.4 August 2022. 

Does the law think that black lives matter? A reflection upon the role of the public sector equality duty in promoting racial equality before the law / Michael Abiodun Olatokun. The Theory and Practice of Legislation, Vol.9 No.1 March-May 2021.

Race at the Bar: the time is now / Barbara Mills QC and Simon Regis. Counsel magazine, January 2022. 

The Windrush Scandal: A review of citizenship, belonging and justice in the United Kingdom / Namitasha Goring, Beverley Beckford and Simone Bowman. European Journal of Law Reform / Vol.22 No.3 2020. 

Racial discrimination

Black and blue : how African Americans judge the U.S. legal system / James L. Gibson, Michael J. Nelson. (Oxford University Press, 2018)

EU anti-discrimination law beyond gender / edited by Uladzislau Belavusau and Kristin Henrard. (Hart, 2018)

Equality and non-discrimination in the EU : the foundations of the EU legal order / Giovanni Zaccaroni. (Elgar, 2021)

Implicit racial bias across the law / edited by Justin D. Levinson, Robert J. Smith. (Cambridge University Press, 2012

Parallel Proceedings before the International Court of Justice and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination / E. Cimiotta. The Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals, 19(3) 2020.

The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination / reprint revised by Natan Lerner. (Brill Nijhoff, 2014)


Becoming free, becoming Black : race, freedom, and law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana / Alejandro de la Fuente, Ariela J. Gross. (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

 “Freedom By A Judgment”: The Legal History of an Afro-Indian Family / Sachs, H. (2012). Law and History Review, 30(1), 173-203.

Granville Sharp's cases on slavery / Andrew Lyall. (Hart, 2017)

Auchmuty, R. (2019). The Slave, Grace (1827). In E. Rackley & R. Auchmuty (Eds.). Women’s Legal Landmarks: Celebrating the History of Women and Law in the UK and Ireland (pp. 47–54). Oxford, Hart Publishing.
Slavery in America and the world : history, culture & law [HeinOnline database]

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