Dr Zach Richards

Title: Lecturer in Law
Phone: +44(0)1782 734221
Email: z.richards@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBC2.005
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Dr Richards is a lecturer and researcher with a passion for administrative justice, particularly with regards to forced migration, refugee law and gender.

He holds a PhD in Refugee Law and Administrative Justice from the University of New South Wales Australia and degrees in Law (Hons) and Arts (Dist.) from the University of Sydney Australia where he has received a number of prizes for outstanding academic excellence. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Before joining Keele Dr Richards 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 the University of Oxford.

Dr Richards 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), St Vincent De Paul Assisting Refugee Kids (SPARK), the LGBT Foundation Manchester, and the University and College Union UK.

He has worked for the Refugee Team at Amnesty International, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service Australia and the Refugee Council of Australia. He has also worked as a seconded forced migration researcher for the Policy and Research Unit of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Canberra, Research Assistant in refugee law and forced migration 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.

Dr Richards’ first book Responsive Legality: The New Administrative Justice is forthcoming with Routledge 2018. Responsive Legality considers the range of ethical and legal concerns required to help vulnerable citizens and administrative applicants in contemporary twenty first century governance, drawing on empirical research from the Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia.

Dr Richards’ current research projects include a mapping of conceptual aspects of refugeehood against transgender identity. He considers the ways refugeehood and forced migration and disaplacement, legally and sociologically, can be used as an allegory for transgender experience. In this he considers the way transgender communities mobilise to take refuge against cisnormative exclusion and the complex relationships between gender identity, cultural or ‘gendered’ nationhood and the logical parameters of state protection that should follow.

Dr Richards is also working on a monograph titled Manademia, which is a collection of interviews with scholars across a range of anonymous institutions, exploring the ways patriarchy oppresses across all spheres and in even the most ‘progressive’ environments such as the academy.

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