Our Research

Internationally renowned for legal research

Our academic research is respected internationally for its rigour and significance.  We are committed to contributing, through the excellence of our research and policy work, to critical exploration of the role of law in promoting (or inhibiting) social justice. We take as the inspiration for our legal investigations core values such as equality and citizenship, participation and exclusion, vulnerability and social responsibility – whilst also reflecting upon how such values are themselves constructed and critiqued.

Our Department hosts eight Research Clusters, which are crucial in supporting the building of external partnerships, providing a platform for knowledge exchange, and coordinating timely responses to current legal and policy developments. A ninth cluster, the International Criminological Research Unit, is hosted by the School of Law and Social Justice, and comprises researchers from both Liverpool Law School and the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology:

Charity Law and Policy Unit

Critical Approaches International Criminal Law

EU Law@Liverpool

European Children’s Rights Unit

Health Law and Regulation Unit

International Criminological Research Unit

International Law and Human Rights Unit

Liverpool Economic Governance Unit

and, Law & Non-Communicable Diseases.

Research with impact

We strive to promote the social relevance and impact of our work – influencing public debate and policy at the local, national, European and international levels.  Our research has engaged directly with a broad range of audiences beyond the purely academic: from legal practitioners and third sector organisations, to policymakers and legislators. The types of impact achieved are equally far-reaching and varied, directly informing legislative and policy developments at regional, national and international level, shaping procedural and institutional reforms, and informing judicial proceedings.

As well as fostering impact at the national and international levels, the Department has engaged with local stakeholders with a view to understanding and responding better to the needs of Liverpool.  In 2012 and 2013, the Department secured full funding from a local charitable trust to create our Hodgson Doctoral Scholarships, supporting research projects that combine scholarly importance with local impact.