The School has four main research themes reflecting our key strengths. We provide a supportive community for fostering intellectual and scholarly endeavour among staff and research students. A significant body of our work is socio-legal in nature, looking theoretically and empirically at law in society.
We host a number of research centres including significant interdisciplinary collaborations, and recently assisted in the foundation of the University Police Science Institute.
Research Staff work at the cutting edge of policy shaping socio-legal and interdisciplinary studies as well as agenda-setting analytical and historical study. We write leading legal treaties and contribute to and help edit leading journals and advise governmental bodies across the world, thereby contributing to a rich and diverse intellectual culture within the University world and beyond. Individual members of the School have recently been invited to give research papers or contribute to conferences and symposia in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Kenya, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Taiwan, the USA, and extensively throughout continental Europe. In part reflecting this, the School has a significant postgraduate research population drawn from across the world.
Staff expertise is regularly called upon in the form of law reform advice to the UK, EU, the UN and foreign governments and with the development, drafting and scrutiny of law reform proposals.
The Research Committee supports research staffs scholarly activities in traveling to conferences to present their work and stay abreast of leading developments. Every research active member of staff has an entitlement to support domestic and international conference and travel costs. Additional grant support is available for supplementary travel, access to libraries in overseas jurisdictions, and research support services provided by post-doctoral, post-graduate and selected undergraduate law students. The Committee oversees a School study leave scheme which allows for more extended periods of reflection away from teaching and administration. It also sets the strategic framework within which the Schools research effort is co-ordinated.
The School also provides funding and support for international conferences and key symposia organised by staff members. Recent events include the BRASS inaugural International Ecological Footprint Conference 2007, 21st European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care 2007, 21st Century Mental Health Law Reform and Human Rights 2006 and the Baumans social theory and its implications for social theory of law and socio-legal studies (2005).