Friday, January 30, 2015

New column on 2015 General Election in the UK


My new monthly column for The Journal newspaper is out today - link: http://www.thejournal.co.uk/opinion/thom-brooks-waiting-credible-message-8544384

The subject-matter is the 2015 General Election in the UK. I expect most, if not all, columns will focus on Westminster politics and North East issues. An honour to join a fantastic team and great paper.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Visiting Yale Center for Law and Philosophy in 2015-16

I'll be on research leave for the 2015-16 academic year and organizing my schedule, including a visit to the United States to see family and friends while working on several research projects. I'm delighted to say that part of my time will be spent as a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for Law and Philosophy at Yale Law School with dates to be confirmed shortly. Yale is a beautiful university where I have several good friends and it's always special to be back in my native New Haven. Looking forward to much catching up and great discussions.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Birmingham (UK) on Fox News

Fox News terrorism expert Steven Emerson said on live television that Birmingham in the UK is a 'totally Muslim city' where non-Muslims do not go. Emerson soon apologised for these remarks, but not before criticism of his outrageously false remarks became rightly lampooned on social media as #FoxNewsFacts.

It is shocking that any major "news" channel would have "experts" making such outrageously false pronouncements without challenge from the news anchor. One of many problems is that such comments will be accepted as fact by viewers as they should expect "experts" to have some knowledge about the subjects they discuss. A second problem is that not all persons who saw the original broadcast will learn about his swift and unequivocal apology.

But it is shocking that someone can be on live television and make such utterly false comments with such repeated certainty - as Emerson does - so contrary to truth. It is hoped that such errors will not happen again like this in future... 

Brooks (ed.), Juvenile Offending (2014) - reviewed

. . . in The Prison Journal in a wonderful piece that can be found HERE. I'm especially pleased to see it is so positive as well.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The Brooks Blog best of 2014

January 2014

Getting clear about Punishment: a response to Michael Davis

February 2014

Why Political Theory Matters

April 2014

On Punitive Restoration

May 2014 

Cornwall and the 'Life in the UK' Citizenship Test

June 2014

If Holyrood gets more powers, English views on regional assemblies may change

July 2014

Labour to support devolved hubs

Political theory & public policy

August 2014

The Brooks Blog reaches 500,000 page views

September 2014

One Nation Labour can deliver the Britain we deserve

October 2014

In Defence of Punishment and the Unified Theory of Punishment

November 2014

Testing Citizens: Why the UK Citizenship Requires Urgent Reforms

December 2014

Immigration system is full of holes but can Labout fix it?

Happy New Year!

A happy new year to all!  2014 was an incredibly busy year during which I published several books (in no particular order):

Alcohol and Public Policy (Routledge, 2014)
Ethical Citizenship: British Idealism and the Politics of Recognition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
Retribution (Ashgate, 2014)
Deterrence (Ashgate, 2014)
Shame Punishment (Ashgate, 2014)
Sentencing (Ashgate, 2014)
Juvenile Offending (Ashgate, 2014)
Law and Legal Theory (Brill, 2014)
New Waves in Global Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

I've also completed a few more books that will be published in 2015:

Current Controversies in Political Philosophy (Routledge, 2015)
Rawls's Political Liberalism (co-edited with Martha C. Nussbaum) (Columbia University Press, 2015)

Expect further announcements in due course....!

UPDATE: Nor was that all I did in 2014. I also published 9 articles and essays in journals such as EthicsModern Law Review, Global Policy, Harvard Review of Philosophy, Think, Northern Ireland Law Quarterly, Journal of Global Ethics, Public Affairs Quarterly and Symposion. I published another chapters in 7 books such as Popular Punishment (OUP), New Waves in Global Justice (Palgrave), Law and Legal Theory (Brill), G. W. F. Hegel (Routledge), The Relevance of Political Science (Palgrave), Ethical Citizenship (Palgrave) and Alcohol and Public Policy (Routledge). I published another 16 essays in The Conversation (5), Demos Quarterly (1), Political Insight (1), Progress Online (3), Bright Blue (1) and The Journal (5).

So about 41 publications in total - so very much a year of writing and checking proofs...!