Russell is the Head of Law and Reader in Law at the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. He specialise in Law and Religion, Legal History, Family Law and interdisciplinary approaches to Law. The interaction between religion, law and the family has emerged as particular focus in his work. This has included research on the interaction between religion and marriage / divorce law particularly exploring the legal recognition of religious tribunals. Building upon the Social Cohesion and Civil Law empirical project funded by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, his recent work has included an edited work on Religion and Legal Pluralism (Ashgate, 2015) within the interdisciplinary Religion and Society series and a range of publications that have sought to understand the place of religious tribunals using a range of theoretical approaches including Ayelet Shachar’s work on Joint Governance, Niklas Luhmann’s Systems Theory and Sharon Thompson’s Feminist Relational Contract Theory. Recent work has sought to place the Sharia debate within the wider Family Law context and has argued for Family Law reform.
- Thompson, S. and Sandberg, R. 2017. Common defects of the Divorce Bill and Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill 2016-17. Family Law47(April), pp. 425-451.
- Sandberg, R. and Thompson, S. 2017. Relational autonomy and religious tribunals. Oxford Journal of Law and Religion6(1), pp. 137-161. (1093/ojlr/rww059)
- Sandberg, R. and Thompson, S. 2016. The Sharia Law debate: The missing family law context. Law and Justice177, pp. 181-192.
- Sandberg, R. 2016. The failure of legal pluralism.Ecclesiastical Law Journal18(2), pp. 137-157. (1017/S0956618X1600003X)
- Sandberg, etal. 2012. Britain’s religious tribunals: ‘joint governance’ in practice. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 33(2), pp. 263-291. (10.1093/ojls/gqs031)
- Sandberg, R. ed. 2015. Religion and legal pluralism. Ashgate AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series. Ashgate.