Law

  • 85% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • Worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching and research, attracting academics, visiting lecturers and students from across the globe
  • Three long-standing research groupings in Family Law, Legal History and European Law
  • The Law School is also developing its profile in International Law, Human Rights and Commercial Law
  • Excellent national and international reputation for mooting

The Law School enjoys a long-standing reputation as one of the most distinguished centres of legal research in the UK. It attracts academics, visiting lecturers and students from across the globe. 

We welcome applications from candidates interested in researching into any areas of law or socio-legal studies, and we are actively recruiting at the moment. We have recognised Centres of excellence in Legal History and Family Law and we were also one of the first university Law Schools to teach EU Law through the Centre for European Legal Studies. We have strong expertise in all aspects of commercial law, including maritime law, insurance, international sales, banking and finance law, international trade and dispute resolution. We have specialists in energy law, environmental law, human rights, legal ethics, and legal and political philosophy.

The subject-matter of your research is of course chosen by you, although we will give you advice and guidance in formulating an appropriate research proposal. Staff specialisms can be found here. Please feel free to contact staff directly if you have any questions as to the viability of your research ideas.

We hold regular Presentation Days where students can develop their ideas and presentation skills; School staff and other postgraduates attend and contribute. We organise ‘mini-vivas’ annually. 

As well as forming a close relationship with your supervisor, who will have the expertise appropriate to your chosen area of study, you will be a valued part of our research culture, attending workshops where research papers are presented, and with opportunities to hear eminent scholars such as those who give the Hamlyn, Bracton and Lasok Lectures.

Law Library 

The Lasok Law Library has moved to a new location within the Forum Library where students can enjoy the full advantages of the Forum building including 24/7 access to materials, a variety of study spaces and other facilities.

Our Law Library holds over 40,000 volumes, including law reports and statutes from various jurisdiction, monographs, textbooks and periodicals. The library has a particularly strong collection of materials relating to European Union, French and German Law, which is officially recognised by the European Commission as a European Documentation Centre.

I love my PhD

PhD student Anton Blokhin tells us about his research and why he loves his PhD. View full size.