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The breadth, depth and excellence of research activity in the School of Law earned us a highest possible rating of 5* in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2001), placing us among the top eight law schools in the UK. We consolidated our 2001 position in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) as being ranked seventh in England, based on 60 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 esteem indicators.

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.

Virtually every major area of law is covered by the specialist interests of academic staff in the School, all of whom are willing to supervise postgraduate research within their areas of expertise. For more information on becoming part of our thriving community of more than 150 research students, take a look at our PhD programme.

Research Interests include:

  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Banking and Finance
  • Comparative law
  • Commercial law
  • Company law
  • Competition law and regulation
  • Constitutional and Public law
  • Contract, Tort and Restitution
  • Crime and criminal justice
  • Environmental Law
  • European law
  • Employment, Equality and Discrimination law
  • Family and child law
  • Intellectual Property law
  • Private International Law
  • Public International Law
  • Jurisprudence and legal theory
  • Insurance law
  • International Trade and Monetary
  • Legal history
  • Information Technology Law
  • Media law
  • Medical law and Bioethics
  • Patents and Trade Mark law
  • Property law
  • Tax law
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