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Law and Politics research

All our staff within the department are engaged in research, and many of our researchers have a profile on the national and international stage. Much of our research is multidisciplinary in focus and we have an excellent record of publication in leading journals and through prestigious academic publishers. Our expertise is particularly strong in the areas of international and human rights law, including minority rights and international criminal law; European law (Council of Europe and European Union Law); discrimination and employment law; commercial law; environmental governance and international politics; social policy; gender; and international development. Our research informs our teaching and enables us to offer a number of pathways on our various programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Students are taught by experts in their field of study.

You can find more about the research done by our staff members and about their publications on our Law and Politics Research Staff Profiles.

Research Excellence Framework submission

Our research capability and commitment to sharing this with others enlivens our teaching, informs policy and policy-makers, and provides numerous opportunities for intellectual debate. Our strength in the field is reflected in our entry to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.


Staff have attracted grants from major funders including the Economic and Social Research Council, British Council, Nuffield Foundation, European Union and others, and carry out consultancy for a range of bodies including various agencies of the United Nations and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

PhD Supervision

Members of the department currently supervise more than 69 doctoral students who also benefit from the supportive environment and intellectual climate of the Law School's Doctoral Institute.

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