The Department of Law, through its teaching and research staff, provides expertise in a substantial number of research areas. A supportive atmosphere and a flexible approach to student requirements are provided.
All staff are actively engaged in research. Their expertise spans a wide range of subjects, including commercial and consumer law; criminal justice and evidence; family and child law; labour law; public law; gender discrimination; public international law; and legal history. Research funding has been received in recent years from a variety of bodies, including the EU, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Nuffield Foundation, the Leverhulme Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Lord Chancellor's Department, the Home Office, the French Ministry of Justice, the Transport and Road Research Laboratory and the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice.
Current projects include studies of divorce and contact disputes, mediation, children and the law, public employment law, and community crime reduction. The Department has completed a major study of cognitive aspects of the relationship between traffic accidents and unlawful driving.
Members of staff have recently completed books on subjects which include collective labour law, children and the law, family law, evidence, restitution, taxation and divorce.
The Department has a well-established tradition of postgraduate training and research in a number of fields, particularly within the areas of children and the law, feminist theory, evidence and criminal procedure, public law, labour law, consumer law, taxation, legal history and socio-legal studies. Several members of staff have international reputations as authorities in these and other areas. The Department received a 5 rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, and all members of staff were entered in the exercise.
Three specialist centres are based in the Department: the Centre for Consumer and Commercial Law Research; the Centre for Criminal Justice Research; and the Centre for the Study of Law, the Child and the Family.