Two new books by Uchenna Jerome Orji

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of two new books by Dr Uchenna Jerome Orji, International Telecommunications Law and Policy and Telecommunications Law and Regulation in Nigeria.

International Telecommunications Law and Policy discusses telecommunication regimes established by international and regional organizations such as the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union, the World Trade Organization, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, and the Southern African Development Community, among a number of others. Since the revolution in modern telecommunications that followed the invention of the telegraph, telecommunication networks have provided channels for the fast delivery of communications across national borders. This transnational nature of telecommunication networks have led to the establishment of international regulatory regimes on the subject. The book analyses these developments, and will be relevant to policy makers, regulators, lawyers, law students, investors and telecommunication operators, as well as any person interested in international and African regional telecommunication regimes.

Telecommunications Law and Regulation in Nigeria provides an analysis of the legal and policy instruments that regulate the industry. It comprises eleven chapters that discuss the historical evolution of telecommunications and its regulation; the development of the Nigerian telecommunications industry from 1886 to 2017; the legal basis for the regulation of the industry; the licensing and duties of service providers; the regulation of network infrastructure; the protection of consumers; the regulation of competition, interconnection, universal access, and environmental protection; and the resolution of industry disputes. This book will be useful to policy makers, legislators, regulators, lawyers, law students, investors, operators, and consumers, as well as any person interested in the Nigerian telecommunications industry.

To read a full summary of the books and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following links:

https://www.cambridgescholars.com/international-telecommunications-law-and-policy

https://www.cambridgescholars.com/telecommunications-law-and-regulation-in-nigeria

All Cambridge Scholars authors and contributors are entitled to a 40% discount on these titles, to claim this simply enter the author discount code on the My Order page after adding the book to your basket from the link above. For further information about the author discount, please contact admin@cambridgescholars.com. In addition, Telecommunications Law and Regulation in Nigeria is available until the end of September for a cut-price £39.99.

For further information on placing an order for these titles, please contact orders@cambridgescholars.com.

About the Author

Dr Uchenna Jerome Orji is an attorney admitted to the Nigerian Bar. He holds an LLB from the University of Nigeria, an LLM from the University of Ibadan, and a PhD from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria. He is the author of Cybersecurity Law and Regulation (2012), and International Telecommunications Law and Policy (2018), in addition to over 70 peer-reviewed papers on several aspects of law. His articles have appeared in Journal of African Law; Commonwealth Law Bulletin; Computer and Telecommunications Law Review; Computer Law Review International; Defence Against Terrorism Review; International Data Privacy Law; and OPEC Energy Review, among others. He is a Fellow of the African Center for Cyber Law and Cybercrime Prevention at the UN African Institute for the Prevention of Crime, Kampala, Uganda, and has also worked as an expert for the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth and the Dutch Government.

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Book Review: Contemporary Research and Analysis on the Children of Prisoners: Invisible Children

Over the last two decades mass incarceration and the prison boom have seen more individuals imprisoned than ever before. The growing numbers of children with a parent in prison constitutes perhaps one of the largest at-risk populations globally. With an increased number of parents being imprisoned, the impact this has on children is profound. Children may experience a range of challenges, including: emotional, psychological, social and educational. Moreover, the effect of parental imprisonment may have undesirable consequences on children’s overall well-being and future prospects. In addition to this, children may face changes in family life, which also raises concerns around family finances, stigma and possible adjustments to family living arrangements. The tension of incarceration may further increase the chance of breakdowns in intimate partner relationships, making it difficult for children to get a sense of how positive relationships function.

In March 2017, researchers, advocates and NGOs from twelve countries came together in Rotorua, New Zealand, for the first conference of the International Coalition for the Children of Incarcerated Parents. The coalition had been formed the previous year to recognise that children of prisoners’ around the world faced similar challenges. From the moment of arrest until release from prison, the system is stacked against children. Justice tends to be more focused on punishing individuals, and, as one conference speaker noted, ‘child blind’. Adele Jones (2017) argues that at every point in the justice system, children are often overlooked. As a result, this becomes a type of collateral damage, and the system therefore fails to take accountability for any harm caused.

The book Contemporary Research and Analysis on the Children of Prisoners edited by Liz Gordon, is a comprehensive collection of articles, which covers a wide range of research and literature on the children of prisoners. The book is divided into themes, which include: an introduction to parental incarceration and the various impacts this has on children, moving towards child-friendly prison systems, using mass incarceration to influence wider social change, the effects of pre-trial detention on families, maintaining family ties, resilience in children of incarcerated parents, detention procedures, child and family visitations to prison, and policy and practice across imprisonment. These are just some of the extensive topics which this book covers. Each chapter takes the reader on a journey and provides in-depth information, and is strongly supported by evidence.

Furthermore, the collection of papers within this book reflect contemporary research and analysis on the children of prisoners. Ann Adalist-Estrin (2017) set out ‘twelve guiding principles’ for working with children and families of the incarcerated, these principles where developed from training, focus groups and listening sessions with those who work with children, parents’ in prison, caregivers and children themselves. Ann writes that, “…the principles are meant to be thought provoking…to question ourselves and each other about the “who and why” of providing supports and services along with the “what and when”” (p.101).

Another chapter by Michael Trout (2017) looks at how babies and young children react to parental imprisonment, in his chapter, the author notes the impact on babies and young children when someone of importance is suddenly taken away from them. The chapter strongly focuses on the internal experience of very young children when their parent goes to prison. He states, “Our task is to open our minds to a full and quiet imagination of young child’s experience” (p.116). Additionally, Bahiyyah Muhammad (2017) writes a refreshing chapter on the resilience of children of incarcerated parents, which showcases her own research. Against all odds: Resilient children of incarcerated parents is a chapter which provides a somewhat different insight to children of prisoners’ research. The author acknowledges that while research on prisoners’ children is imperative, it is also important to start moving towards research which provides successful stories. To mitigate some of the impacts of parental imprisonment and to inspire children to move forward and beyond the stigma, which is too often placed on children who have a parent in prison. She notes, “…most research on prisoners’ children focuses on their problems and has not attempted to create a rounded picture of their lives” (p.143). Furthermore, “…focusing on the negative outcomes of parental incarceration on children of incarcerated parents does not allow them to become confident young adults” (p.152). This chapter stands out, as it provides a different perspective to research on children of prisoners. These labels which are placed on children of incarcerated parents are not impartial, “…they too have feelings and become bruised by adults’ loss of confidence in them and their capabilities, essentially because of their parents’ actions (p. 153).

In addition, the book continues to explore some of the highly complex topics that are to be found across children of prisoners’ research. Two papers consider women: one on mothers involuntarily committed to psychiatric hospital (p. 133) and the other examining the difficulties in maintaining family ties when a mother is sent to prison (p.155). Another great contribution to this book is that it looks at an initiative between university and community set up to ‘expand knowledge and inspire change’ for the children of prisoners (p.172). One paper examines the difficult topic of supporting families where a parent has been convicted of a sexual offence (p.190). Also discussed are the types of programmes that work to break the cycles of self-destruction for the children of prisoners (p. 226) and case studies of prison staff ‘making a difference’ in child and family visiting prisons (p. 266). With such coverage of difficult and sometimes complex topics, this allows the reader to delve into some of realties that children who have a parent in prison may encounter.

To conclude, the huge impacts of parental imprisonment on children and families are irrefutable. This clever and thought-provoking resource covers all of the main themes around children of prisoners’ research and includes some practice-based perspectives. This is beneficial as the book further provides value in bringing together top researchers, practitioners and experts in this field. The book provides a 360-degree view of issues which children of prisoners may face daily, making it a vital resource for all wanting an overview of how parental imprisonment may impact children globally. Lastly, the book has a great amount of theory, provides a contemporary approach to working with prisoners’ children, policy recommendations and tips for reducing recidivism.  Therefore, it is a suitable resource for academics, students or even to be used as a course book in criminology, social work or community/policy sociology.

Reviewed by Ivana Mlinac, University of Auckland


Contemporary Research and Analysis on the Children of Prisoners: Invisible Children is available now, and can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.

Book Review: Illicit Sex within the Justice System: Using Weak Power to Legislate, Regulate and Enforce Morality

We are happy to share news that Carmen M. Cusack’s book Illicit Sex within the Justice System: Using Weak Power to Legislate, Regulate and Enforce Morality has been reviewed in the 2018 issue of the Journal of Law and Social Deviance by Jessica T. Bracho. The full review is available open access here, and an indicative excerpt from the conclusion is below:

“Cusack’s book is not for the faint of heart or the close-minded. It is a book begging for change; change that is necessary to appreciate each other’s individuality without fear, for government to regain society’s trust, and for our moral compass to be reset. Cusack, so wisely, proposes interaction between the justice system’s members with authoritative power (e.g., officials and agents) and the civilian world to understand each other, identify, and come to terms with the new norm.”


The book is available now directly from Cambridge Scholars, please click here to see more and to place your order.

New Book Review: Mr Justice McCardie (1869–1933): Rebel, Reformer and Rogue Judge

Antony Lentin’s book Mr Justice McCardie (1869–1933): Rebel, Reformer and Rogue Judge has been reviewed in the May issue one of the leading journals of ecclesiastical law and history, the Ecclesiastical Law Journal by Dr Henry Kha of the Macquarie University.  The review is available here (requires subscription), and an indicative excerpt is below:

“Antony Lentin provides a vivid narrative on a rather eccentric and avant-garde judge, whose name and reputation has largely faded away from memory. The book is divided into seven substantive chapters that chronicle the life and times of McCardie. Lentin has researched widely and draws upon newspaper articles, case law, statute, private letters, journal articles and books. The biography is full of black and white photos and fascinating anecdotes that flow naturally in chronological order. It is written descriptively with constant sonorous diction, rather than being filled with trenchant legal analysis. […] Lentin’s biography is a welcome addition to the paucity of scholarship on McCardie. The book provides a good overview of his judicial career and it is suitable for those with a general interest in legal history.”


Mr Justice McCardie (1869–1933): Rebel, Reformer and Rogue Judge is available to purchase directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.

“And There’ll Be NO Dancing”: Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia Since 2007

“Sexual abuse of children is inexcusable. So why is there such a fuss about a state intervention? Should we shut up and do nothing just because there is racism? No child or woman must be molested, irrespective of who the perpetrator is!” Thus my recollection of what one of my Scottish colleagues said in an informal conversation about the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention, a set of legal and political measures intended to curtail domestic violence in Indigenous Australian communities. “Yes”, I replied, “race should not be an issue when talking about crime”. Not least because domestic violence happens everywhere, including Scotland. I would not have heard anyone talking about a specifically Scottish, White or European propensity for domestic violence. Yet there is abundant talk about Black violence. Generalisation is the hallmark of racialisation. Blackness is scripted as inherently violent—a tenacious trope deriving from colonial concepts of ferocious animalism (e.g. Eze 2000; Nederveen-Pieterse 1990). Blackness is juxtaposed with Whiteness, the latter being normalised as non-violent and civilised, thus becoming the final arbiter of Indigenous destinies. Perceptions of racialised violence justify intervening not merely in matters of domestic violence but also in Indigenous life and sovereignty—hence to take far-reaching measures for the sake of securing a seemingly non-violent whitened social order; or put succinctly, to save Indigenous children in order to erode Indigenous sovereignty. “You should read And There’ll Be NO Dancing,” I told my colleague. It discusses such readings of Indigenous sovereignty and the various forms of racialisation ensuing from the Intervention.

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