Publishing with a purpose

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The scope of our Law list will range from the personal and individual – such as family law and health care law, to international law where books will explore global issues, from humanitarian law, the law of conflict, environmental law and human rights.

We are seeking to commission work that engages with current social problems and explores the way the law is responding, or failing to respond, to these issues in a global context. This list will focus on justice and rights, exploring the way the law works to protect the things that are most important to our society. It will also help readers engage with current global issues, grand social challenges and key areas of current academic debate.

We publish research monographs, textbooks and trade books for the general reader. Our Shorts allow us to publish cutting edge research that enables authors to join the debate authoritatively and quickly. They are between 20-50,000 words and are available as e-books and in print.

As part of our commitment to impact we also publish policy briefings, alongside our books, to allow your research to be read and understood by a wider audience. Please speak to Rebecca Tomlinson (details below) if this would be a useful outlet for your work.

Browse Law articles on our Transforming Society blog.


Rebecca Tomlinson

Meet the Editor

Rebecca Tomlinson, Associate Commissioning Editor (maternity cover)

Since starting at Policy Press over six years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some of the most important contributions to the debate on social challenges around the globe. I feel lucky to be a part of the team at this time of great change and to be a part of the beginning of Bristol University Press.

As the commissioning editor to our ever expanding Law list, every day I get to work with people greatly passionate about what they do. It is an absolute pleasure to see the culmination of their work and I am proud to be a part of this unique platform, publishing books that will make a difference to society. 

If you are interested in writing for our Law list, please contact me at or visit our information for authors page to download our proposal guidelines.