That Jones Isn’t Funny Anymore

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Published articles, 2008-2018

This seems very egotistical, but…

Over the last ten years, I have had a number of academic articles published in journals of various sorts. At present, these can be found in the repository of the University of Huddersfield, where I work. I am shortly moving on to a new job so I am replicating the articles here for ease of reference. Most of them relate to Company Law and Insolvency Law (the subjects I teach); the later ones relate to terrorism- and counter-terrorism-related legislation (which also interests me).

Cockerill, Alan and Mendelsohn, James (2008) Directors and the missing ‘articles’. Solicitor’s Journal, 152 (2). ISSN 0038-1047: SJ_15Jan2008_p20 and SJ_15Jan2008_p22.

Mendelsohn, J (2010) ‘Wisdom of Salomon’ Legal Executive Journal , p. 37. ISSN 0024-0362

Mendelsohn, J (2010) ‘MAJORITY RULE’ Legal Executive Journal , p. 34. ISSN 0024-0362

Mendelsohn, J (2011) ‘The Criminal Companies’ Legal Executive Journal . ISSN 0024-0362

Mendelsohn, J (2012) ‘Shifting the goalposts?’ CILEX Journal , p. 37. ISSN 2050-0580

Mendelsohn, J (2012) Still “the unyielding rock”? A critical assessment of the ongoing importance of Salomon V Salomon & Co LTD[1897] AC 22 in the light of selected English company law cases Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

Mendelsohn, J (2014) ‘Directors’ thefts: case closed?’ CILEX Journal , pp. 38-39. ISSN 2050-0580

Mendelsohn, J (2017) ‘Hezbollah: Time to spike the terrorists’ guns’ The Jewish Chronicle . ISSN 0021-633X

Mendelsohn, J (2018) ‘Closing the loophole: time to clip Hizballah’s ‘wings’’ Crime, Security and Society , 1 (1). ISSN 2398-130X

Mendelsohn, J (2018), ‘T-Shirts, Twitter and the Terrorism Act 2000‘ Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, 10 February 2018

Mendelsohn, J (2018), ‘Hezbollah in its entirety must be banned by the UK government – here’s why‘, The Conversation, 26 March 2018.

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On Owen Jones and his “all out war” on antisemitism

This is a quick compilation of posts on Owen Jones and his professed, strident opposition to antisemitism. As and when I get the time, I may do a longer post of my own.

Some pieces from The Gerasites in March 2016: here, here and here.

From October 2016, David Paxton’s piece on Jones’ twists and turns over Jackie Walker: “If he wants antisemitism confronted he needs to do some of the dirty work himself“.

A witty piece from Ben Pensant in July 2017: “What Owen really thinks about Jews is destined to remain a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma buried underneath a hysterical strop on Sky News.

From 2 April, Rob Francis’ assesses Jones’ recent declaration of “all out war” on antisemitism. His conclusion: “So far we have a declared “all out war” which is filled with caveats, exemptions, useful silences and distractions.

And my own Twitter thread on Jones’ enthusiastic backing for “brilliant Labour candidate” Steven Saxby, who is/was a member of the virulently antisemitic Palestine Live Facebook group.

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Downplaying racism towards Jews, one example: @ JoeSucksmith

Tracking racism, antisemitism and neo-Nazism on Social Media

[NB: The materials herein are freely available in the public domain, and this is produced as an educational resource for antiracists and antifascists.]

Study hardcore racism on social media for any period of time and two things become apparent:

  • i) hardcore racists, supporters and their hanger-ons tend to cluster on social media, as much as anyone else does,
  • ii) they exhibit certain forms of recurring behaviour.

These activities include mutual support and comparable forms of narrative, but can exhibit a great diversity of refinement.


Find a bunch of hardcore anti-Muslim racists spewing filth on Twitter and they will repeat similar themes in various styles.

Around their periphery not everyone will be a neo-Nazi or a BNPer, perhaps instead they are a member of UKIP or a Tory, in which case they may just downplay the extent of anti-Muslim racism in society or do Sealioning.

Not always crude


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John Rentoul on the use of referendums

Since the Brexit referendum, I’ve encountered some people saying both that the use of referendums is unjustifiable in general in a parliamentary democracy, and that it was unjustifiable in relation to the question of EU membership in particular.

I’ve belatedly discovered these 2016 articles of The INdependent’s John Rentoul looking at these very questions:

After Brexit, should referendums be banned? 

After Brexit, should referendums be banned? Part 2

Further thoughts about referendums

And a 2018 addendum

My shilling’s worth: I agree with John Rentoul. I also believe there should be a referendum on the final deal (if we ever get that far), which includes the option of remaining in the EU.

PS this piece too from Chris Hanretty, rebutting AC Grayling’s claim that the referendum equated to a “coup”.


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T-shirts, Twitter and the Terrorism Act 2000

I recently had an article published in the Criminal Law & Justice Weekly journal about *that* Hezbollah-T-shirt-wearing-student.


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Closing the loophole: time to clip Hizballah’s ‘wings’

Last summer, I wrote a short piece for the Jewish Chronicle arguing for the UK government to proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety. An extended version of my argument has now been published in the University of Huddersfield’s new Crime, Security & Society journal. It can be downloaded here.

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