School of Law - Research and Expertise

Research and expertise

— Inspired thinking. Global impact.

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Our research

The School of Law fosters and promotes research in all major fields of legal study. Our research is organised into four leading research centres, whose staff deliver teaching and supervision to our students at all levels. Our research explores contemporary issues across the fields of law and criminal justice, informing policy and practice on a national and international level.

In addition to the School's research centres, the N8 Policing Research Partnership is led from the School. This cross-institutional hub for research and innovation is a dynamic Northern Powerhouse in policing research and knowledge exchange which facilitates collaborations between universities, PCCs, police forces and partners across the north of England. 

Our research centres

The Centre for Business Law and Practice is a leading research centre with expertise in corporate and financial law; contract, commercial and consumer law; competition law, regulation and tax; and international trade law.

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The Centre for Criminal Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary research institute which conducts research into security governance and regulation, criminal behaviour and desistance, and criminal justice processes.

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The Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education addresses key questions within university education in Law and Criminal Justice.

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The Centre for Law and Social Justice supports scholars, activists, organisations and practitioners who are interested in and engage with questions about the existence of inequalities in welfare and social justice.

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Research spotlight: Covid-19 research and engagement impact

Our team of academic experts have been actively involved with research and academic engagement surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. As a School we are committed to contributing to interdisciplinary research which shapes intellectual debates and informs policy and practice. We are proud to work collaboratively with local, national and international organisations to help combat Covid-19 and its associated impacts.

Keep up-to-date with the research and projects our academics are involved with during the pandemic by visiting our News page.

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Our academic team is formed by a diverse group of over 65 experts who are dedicated to having a positive impact on society through their research and teachings.

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The School of Law welcomes visiting scholars under two schemes. Joining us as either a liberty fellow or visiting scholar you will receive a warm welcome from our academic and research community.

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Join our postgraduate research community and pursue your passion with the support of our expert academics.

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Our community of researchers is essential to the culture of the School of Law, and we support and develop those researchers throughout each stage of their career.

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in the UK

for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014


of our research

is of international quality according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014


of our research

is either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', REF 2014