School of Law

Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD)

LEAD launch - Baroness Brenda Hale

The Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD) at Queen Mary University of London is a forum for academics, practitioners, judges and policy-makers who share an interest in the role of law in promoting greater equality and diversity in public and private institutions. 

The Centre explores equality and diversity issues from both empirical and theoretical perspectives. The research agenda of the Centre includes questions such as how laws designed to promote equality and diversity work in practice, as well as comparative and historical trends in equality and diversity laws in the UK and other jurisdictions.

The Centre fosters links between scholars working in this area from within the School of Law, across Queen Mary University of London and externally. It also engages with people outside the Centre who work in different capacities to promote equality and diversity, for example politicians, policy-makers, civil society institutions and activists, employers, trade unions, commentators and legal practitioners. LEAD also provides a forum for doctoral students working in the area of equality and diversity.


The Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD) hosts a variety of workshops, seminars and conferences. The full list of LEAD events are available here.

The Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD):

  • Hosts workshops, seminars and conferences
  • Provides advice and training to the legal profession, governments, judiciaries and civil society
  • Authors key publications on equality and diversity
  • Encourages and supports funding bids
  • Engages with the media
  • Undertakes collaborative research
  • Invites and supports visiting scholars
  • Supervises postgraduate research students.

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