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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Dr Richards is a socio-legal researcher and lecturer with a passion for administrative justice.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney Australia, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Distinction) from the Australian National University, and PhD in Law and Administrative Justice from the University of New South Wales Australia. 

Dr Richards has worked for Australian government, practiced as a litigation solicitor, been an associate at the Supreme Court NSW, spent time as a visiting doctoral scholar at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Oxford University and sat on the board of a number of NGOs and social justice organisations.

He 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 published in leading international law and society journals and regularly presents his research at national and international conferences.

His first book Responsive Legality: The New Administrative Justice considers the core differences between 20th and 21st century public administration. Through drawing together diffuse literatures across the social sciences and socio-legal studies, it explores the benefits - for citizens and organisations alike - to be gained from the implementation of value rich and justice driven welfare oriented governance.

Knowledge Management in Organisation Studies

Tacit Knowledge

Social Science of Legal Ideals

Qualitative Social Science Research Methods

Socio-Legal Methodology

Twenty First Century Public Administration

Forced Migration

Refugee Law

 

https://www.routledge.com/Responsive-Legality-The-New-Administrative-Justice/Richards/p/book/9781138592742

 

 

 

Selected Publications

  • Richards SC. 2015. Unearthing bureaucratic legal consciousness: government officials' legal identification and moral ideals. International Journal of Law in Context. doi> full text>
  • Richards SC. 2015. '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. 2014. Evaluating Bureaucratic Legal Consciousness Ideals: Legal Consciousness, Organisational Benefits and Substantive Justice'.
  • Richards SC. 2014. Legal Consciousness in the Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia, How Government Officials Think about Law.
  • Richards SC. 2013. The Acquisition and Circulation of Legal Knowledge in Merits Review. University of Liverpool, England, July 2013.

Full Publications List show

Journal Articles

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

Other

  • Richards SC. 2015. '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. 2014. Evaluating Bureaucratic Legal Consciousness Ideals: Legal Consciousness, Organisational Benefits and Substantive Justice'.
  • Richards SC. 2014. Legal Consciousness in the Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia, How Government Officials Think about Law.
  • Richards SC. 2013. The Acquisition and Circulation of Legal Knowledge in Merits Review. University of Liverpool, England, July 2013.
  • Richards SC. 2012. The Bureaucratisation of Administrative Governance: The Interpretation and Application of Difficult Decisions in Judicial and Merits Review.
  • 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. full text>
  • 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