About our Law Research

We are ranked 1st in the UK for the real-world impact of our research in law (REF2014).


We are an international and multidisciplinary team of researchers addressing contemporary legal problems including how law deals with the transition from conflict or oppression (transitional justice), how to use the law to promote social justice and protect human rights, how new technologies are affecting the legal professions.

We also support research, including PhD research projects, across a wide range of legal areas.

We aim to:

  • Support impactful action-oriented research that addresses real-world challenges facing marginalised and deprived communities
  • Develop meaningful research collaborations  involving socio-legal, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research methods
  • Provide a vibrant research environment  for our staff and PhD researchers

Our research falls into the following main themes:

  • Transitional Justice
  • Law and Social Justice
  • Human Rights and International Law
  • Law and Innovation

Our research and impact work is largely carried out through our Transitional Justice Institute, Law Clinic (including the Social Justice Hub) and Legal Innovation Centre.

Research Methods

Our staff and researchers pioneer the use of socio-legal, multidisciplinary research methods. Our staff:

Internal Brown Bag Seminar Series

Our PhD researchers organise an internal Brown Bag seminar series every year, called What’s the Craic? The informal discussions and talks bring the faculty, researchers, and masters student together to discuss work in progress, reflect on fieldwork, and hear draft conference papers.