Research within the School of Law

Our research themes and topics.

Ulster Law School was ranked in the top 5 UK Law Schools in the latest national ranking exercise, a stellar performance for a small School that balances a commitment to Social Justice, teaching excellence and research in specialist areas.

PhD Research

We have a vibrant PhD research cohort exploring contemporary challenges using a variety of legal, socio-legal and multidisciplinary approaches. We welcome applications for PhD research in diverse fields including human rights, international law, law and innovation, law and social justice, public law and legal theory, transitional justice.

Details of PhD opportunities are at

Transitional Justice Institute

The School is home to the Transitional Justice Institute, through which research conducted on this theme is supported.

The Institute has been at the forefront of developing this field of knowledge, and is internationally renowned for the range and excellence of its work.

Ulster University Law Clinic

It is also home to the Ulster University Law Clinic around which research specialisation in Social Security and Employment Law is clustered.

Legal Innovation Centre

Legal Innovation Centre  is a leading research, development and education resource promoting innovation in legal services provision and access to justice.

Research interests

Individual staff members have research expertise in multiple topic areas, ranging methodologically from the highly abstract to empirical studies and doctrinal analysis.

Details of the research interests of particular staff members are available via their individual staff web-pages.

Current research

Litigants in person

The School of Law is working jointly with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on the research project Litigants in Person in Northern Ireland.