Academic staff: 58
Research postgraduates: 80

The Department of Law sits within our School of Social Sciences, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country and has a major international reputation.

Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of legal and public policy formation and development, and many of its graduates and staff have played central roles in public life.

The Department has considerable strengths in a number of areas of teaching and research including:

  • Common Law and Public Law
  • EU Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Law and Economics, and Law and Development
  • Jurisprudence
  • Bioethics and Medical Law

Criminology sits within the Department of Criminology, in the School of Social Sciences.

The interdisciplinary strengths of the Department of Law have been enhanced by the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy the Centre for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, the Institute for Law, the Economy and Global Governance, and the Sustainability, Policy and Regulation Research Centre.

Our students have access to one of the best Law libraries in the country, a wide variety of web-based resources and the School's active seminar programmes.

All research students are required to undergo formal training in research methods. The School offers courses in Legal Research Methodology, and in Comparative Analysis for Legal Research and Law Reform.


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