Appraising Academic Research Impact on Law and Policy in the UK and Beyond

This fascinating conference will explore how academics can make an impact on policy review processes around the world.

Academic research impact on law and policy-making has contributed significant changes or benefits to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life. Thus, the School of Law at University of Leeds is keen to highlight and discuss the means by which academia can impact on users’ understanding of relevant issues and the way they develop policy proposals.

The main purpose of the conference is to appraise how research impacts beyond academic audiences on law reform and policy development. It will provide a platform for postgraduates, early career researchers, and academics from any university to present insights from their research, building strong links in academic legal impact. 

The conference will expose postgraduate and early career researchers to law reform and law review processes and will explore how academic researchers can make an effective impact on policy-makers. In these ways, the event will benefit:

Postgraduate and early career researchers in the UK, by extending the impact of their research outside of academia. As defined in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), ‘impact’ for these purposes is ‘an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia’ (HEFCE, 2012)

Overseas PhD and post-graduate researchers, who will be invited to consider extending the impact of their research outside of academia within their countries of origin where there is often less experience of open government or the encouragement of academic involvement.

The conference will include a keynote presentation by Professor Adam Crawford (School of Law, University of Leeds) and Prof. Rita de la Feria (School of Law, University of Leeds). Full details of both papers will be available shortly.

Call for Papers

We are pleased to invite abstracts from postgraduate and early career academics to present insights from their research which relate to the conference themes. Please click here to view the call for papers and find out how to submit your abstract. 

The deadline for submitting your abstract is Saturday 15th September. 

Conference Programme

The draft conference programme will be available here a few weeks prior to the conference.


Please click here to register for the conference.

Organising Committee

This conference is being organised by postgraduate students at the School of Law, University of Leeds:

Location Details

Lecture Theatre LG .06
School of Law
Liberty Building
University of Leeds

For sat navs, please use the postcode for Moorland Road, LS6 1AN. 

The Liberty Building can also be found on the campus map

All welcome. This is a free event, though registration is required.

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