The School of Law has as its central focus the role of Law and its institutions in contemporary international society and it is divided into two organisational units: the Department of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS).
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) we were ranked ninth in England, based on 86 per cent of our research activity classed as world-leading (4* the highest score possible) or internationally excellent (3*). The independent assessment of research quality takes into account the quality of research outputs, research environment and research impact.
We adopt a wide spectrum of approaches to legal research, including doctrinal, theoretical, applied, comparative, historical, sociological, empirical and interdisciplinary perspectives. Members of the School of Law are actively involved in public affairs in the UK, European institutions and international bodies, and have leading roles in legal scholarship.
Our research centres and institutes host regular seminars and conferences and create a vibrant research culture, which is further sustained by a strong PhD programme (137 research students in 2014, including those at writing up stage), and a continuing policy of active engagement with researchers in other departments and universities, as well as those in the wider legal and policy community.
Members of the School help set the agenda for research in a number of key areas including commercial law, criminal justice, public and international law, and legal theory (an example being Cotterell’s work on legal theory recognized by his award of a Fellowship of the British Academy). View our staff list showing areas of expertise.
Our work also exerts an important influence on policy makers in government, in the legal profession and business worldwide, recent examples include:
You can read about these and other examples in our impact case studies.