Dr Zach Richards

Title: Lecturer in Law
Phone: +44(0)1782 734221
Email: z.richards@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBC2.005
Role: Keele Law Mooting Team Judge
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Research Centre for Law, Ethics and Society Member
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Zach is a socio-legal researcher and teacher with a passion for administrative justice.

He holds a PhD in Law from the University of New South Wales and degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Sydney where he has received prizes for outstanding academic excellence. He also holds a graduate diploma in legal practice from the Australian National University.

Before joining Keele Law School Zach taught a number of Law and Social Science subjects at the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney and spent some time as a visiting doctoral candidate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Oxford.

Zach is a member of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ), the Socio—Legal Studies Association UK (SLSA), the Law and Society Association US (LSA), the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), and the University and College Union UK.

He has been actively involved with the Refugee Team at Amnesty International, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service Australia and the Refugee Council of Australia. He has also practiced as a solicitor and worked as a seconded researcher for the Policy and Research Unit of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Canberra, an RA at the University of Sydney and for a judge at the Supreme Court NSW.

He has published in leading international law and society journals and presented his research at a number of international law and society conferences.

Law and Social Theory
Administrative Justice in Socio-Legal Studies
Legal Consciousness in Socio-Legal Studies
Qualitative Socio—Legal Research Methods
Contemporary Theories of Law and Justice
Social Science of Legal Ideals
Contemporary Political Science Empirical Studies of Public Administration
Knowledge Management in Organisation Studies

Zach’s long-term research projects contribute to administrative justice scholarship and legal consciousness research in socio-legal studies. Zach combines these two subfields and blends empirical and normative approaches to explore the legal and justice orientations of public officials and how these attitudes impact applicant outcomes.

Zach is currently working on a monograph entitled ‘Responsive Legality.’ The monograph draws on a broad body of public administration literature to identify responsive legality as a core ideal type characterising twenty first century officials’ conceptions of administrative justice. The monograph argues that contemporary state officials come closest to embodying a rich range of administrative justice concerns at times when they value responsive adaptive engagement with the needs of applicants, a dual emphasis on substantive fairness and procedural justice and an underlying concern for the protective parameters of the rule of law and its associated ideals.

Selected Publications

  • Richards SC. 2015. Unearthing bureaucratic legal consciousness: government officials' legal identification and moral ideals. International Journal of Law in Context. doi>
  • Richards SC. 2010. 'Sexuality and Refugee Status Determination: Does Australia Really Pave the Way?'. Journal of Gender and Sexuality.
  • Richards SC. Book Review 'The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring Governance, Corruption and the Rule of Law' by Sally Engle Merry, Kevin E. Davis and Benedict Kingsbury.
  • Richards SC. 'Bureaucratic Legal Consciousness and Government Officials' Moral Ideals: The Role of Truth Verification and Information Processing in Affecting Bureaucratic System Goals and Substantive Justice'.
  • Richards SC. Evaluating Bureaucratic Legal Consciousness Ideals: Legal Consciousness, Organisational Benefits and Substantive Justice'.

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Journal Articles

  • Richards SC. 2015. Unearthing bureaucratic legal consciousness: government officials' legal identification and moral ideals. International Journal of Law in Context. doi>
  • Richards SC. 2010. 'Sexuality and Refugee Status Determination: Does Australia Really Pave the Way?'. Journal of Gender and Sexuality.

Other

  • Richards SC. Book Review 'The Quiet Power of Indicators: Measuring Governance, Corruption and the Rule of Law' by Sally Engle Merry, Kevin E. Davis and Benedict Kingsbury.
  • Richards SC. 'Bureaucratic Legal Consciousness and Government Officials' Moral Ideals: The Role of Truth Verification and Information Processing in Affecting Bureaucratic System Goals and Substantive Justice'.
  • Richards SC. Evaluating Bureaucratic Legal Consciousness Ideals: Legal Consciousness, Organisational Benefits and Substantive Justice'.
  • Richards SC. Legal Consciousness in the Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia, How Government Officials Think about Law.
  • Richards SC. The Acquisition and Circulation of Legal Knowledge in Merits Review. University of Liverpool, England, July 2013.
  • Richards SC. The Bureaucratisation of Administrative Governance: The Interpretation and Application of Difficult Decisions in Judicial and Merits Review.
  • Moodley R, Woods R, Richards S, Wood T. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Research Project: Country-of-origin information to support the adjudication of asylum claims from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex ('LGBTI') asylum seekers.

Undergraduate Teaching

Jurisprudence
Legal Systems
Legal Skills
Gender, Sexuality and Law
Public Law 2 (Administrative Law)
International Human Rights
Introduction to Law
 
Postgraduate Teaching
 
Law and Society LLM, Foundations in Law and Society Research Theories and Concepts (Module leader)
Socio-Legal Studies, Applications and Themes
International Human Rights MA