Our vision

Our vision is to further internationalise our research, moving beyond being a top five producing research law school in the UK to becoming a true global player. This involves:

  • recruiting and retaining the most talented legal scholars;
  • generating truly excellent research publications influential in their relevant fields;
  • strengthening our research infrastructure, including our capacity to secure research funding and deliver impact;
  • developing effective strategies for research collaboration, dissemination and income generation through ongoing, high-quality communication within and beyond the university, links with other academic institutions, and impact beyond the academy, particularly in terms of engagement with policy makers and other users of our research.

Law spans the social sciences and humanities. Accordingly, our research is varied and spans the full spectrum of the difficulties and dilemmas of human experience. The Law School seeks to foster research-led teaching, relevant to the core curriculum which it teaches, but also encourages innovation in other subject areas.

Research strengths and specialisms include constitutionalism and human rights, European and international law, commercial law and corporate governance, law and religion, crime and criminal justice, private law and legal theory, community justice and social rights, and law, gender and sexuality.

All staff belong to one of our primary unit (PU) research communities, which reflect four broad research interests of the School:

  • Private, Commercial, Corporate and Employment Law
  • Legal Practice, Criminal, Family and Medical Law
  • Property Law, the Environment and Regulation
  • International, EU Law and Human Rights.
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