Our experts undertake ground breaking research and advocacy work which helps shape the policy and practice nationally and internationally.
We identify opportunities to engage with a wide range of external users in specific areas of expertise that are particularly relevant to influencing policy as well as in areas where our research can have an influence on a wider community.
We have a strong, though not exclusive focus, on developing links with policy-making bodies, at both governmental and non-governmental (NGO) level, as well as developing links with commerce and industry.
Our researchers influence the legislative process where there is a current programme of reform in place, such as the reform of criminal law (both domestic and European) and the reform of civil procedure.
Our researchers also have an influence in the development of new approaches to policy in fast-moving areas of modern law with a cross-border or international dimension, such as banking, computer and intellectual property law.
The “refugee crisis” has brought into sharp relief the difficulties facing protection seekers in reaching safety. Global cross-border deaths have reached nearly 40,000 since 2014, with almost half the total recorded in the Mediterranean. Against this background, Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax's research has led civil society, policy makers, law-enforcement, and strategic litigation actors to recognise, at different levels, that extraterritorial border controls are problematic, as they impede access to asylum. The research has led them to acknowledge that there is a need for refugee-specific safe and legal pathways to protection, informing both the understanding of the problem and the identification of possible solutions. Engagement with the research has:
Disruptive technologies combining Cloud Computing, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence have disrupted the law and regulation of IT services, leading to much legal uncertainty and inadequate regulatory responses. Professors Christopher Millard, Ian Walden and Christopher Reed are long-established researchers at Queen Mary, specialising in information technology law. In response to these challenges, they launched the Cloud Legal Project (CLP) at Queen Mary in 2009, with the objective of identifying the legal and regulatory issues. CLP was the first legal research project focussing entirely on the Cloud, funded by inter alia Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and the European Commission.
The CLP’s research has had significant impact in three distinct ways:
The direct beneficiaries of the research include governments, law enforcement agencies, the EU Commission, international bodies (esp. UNCITRAL), and leading businesses operating in the Cloud sector including Microsoft. The ultimate beneficiaries are Cloud users in general, namely consumers, businesses and governments, due to increased certainty and fairer regulation.
Find out more about research from the Cloud Legal Project:
In December 2018, the Ministry of Justice arranged for Professor Rachael Mulheron and Nicholas Bacon QC to carry out an independent review of the Damages-based Agreements Regulations 2013, with a view to re-drafting the Regulations so as to resolve some of the difficulties which have arisen under the 2013 Regulations.
Professor Mulheron is currently accepting feedback on the redrafted DBA Regulations 2019.
Find out more about the Project.
The Disclosure Pilot in the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales commenced on 1 January 2019. The Pilot, which is governed by the provisions of PD 51U, is ‘intended to effect a culture change. The Pilot is not simply a rewrite of CPR Part 31. It operates along different lines driven by reasonableness and proportionality’: UTB LLC v Sheffield United Ltd  EWHC 914 (Ch)  (per Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court).
Moreover, it is intended to be a ‘living pilot’, whereby feedback and comments received from those who are involved in the Pilot will be closely taken account of by the Disclosure Working Group, and where necessary, amendments to the content of PD 51U may be made as the Pilot progresses.
Find out more about the Disclosure Pilot in the Business and Property Courts project.
Duncan Matthews’ research has demonstrated that patenting strategies of pharmaceutical companies lead to excessively high prices, block cheaper generic medicines and obstruct access to medicines. The research has identified ways to address this anti-competitive behaviour. It has:
In particular, this research has been:
Further details about this research.
The massive growth in inadequately or unregulated online gambling has had a catastrophic impact on many players worldwide. Professor Julia Hörnle’s research is helping to reduce the devastating risks of online gambling by strengthening regulation and its enforcement.
In particular, the research has benefited player protection and improved regulation worldwide through five key impacts:
By informing and equipping regulators in this way, the research has enabled regulators to safeguard online players using approaches or measures that have not been considered or available previously, thereby benefitting online players.
Find out more about Professor Hörnle’s research.
Dr Miriam Goldby’s research represents a key contribution to the achievement of digitalisation in international trade. The performance of cross-border sale transactions is still heavily reliant on paper. The current drive of the global trade community towards digitalisation is prompted largely by the desire to increase the speed and reliability of business-to-business and business-to-government communications to reduce documentation costs, which, as estimated by a recent World Bank study, constitute about seven per cent of the global value of trade.
Find out more about A Legal Framework for Paperless Trade.
Professor Kate Malleson’s research, with her collaborators, was triggered by fears that constitutional changes were threatening judicial independence. The results informed and influenced key stakeholders regarding the relationship between the Judiciary and politicians – both in the executive and Parliament. As a result of the project:
Countdown to Annihilation: Shifting the global discourse on the genocide of the Rohingya by Professor Penny Green, Dr Thomas MacManus and Dr Alicia de la Cour Venning has analysed and articulated the precise nature of the persecution experienced by the Rohingya at the hands of the Myanmar state. The primary impact of this research has been in the widespread adoption of the term ‘genocide’ (as opposed to e.g. ‘ethnic cleansing’, or ‘intercommunal violence’) as the primary descriptor of Myanmar’s state crimes against the Rohingya. The main beneficiaries of our research are those making the case for genocide: