Leicester Law School is a research-led department committed to producing the highest quality of scholarship while recognising the important relationship between excellence in research and in teaching. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 80% of the School's research output was rated to be world-leading or internationally excellent. In terms of research power, the School ranked 11th in the country.

The School's research culture is founded on a pluralistic philosophy accommodating a range of approaches: doctrinal research, socio-legal research, interdisciplinary work as well as theoretical approaches (both analytical and continental). In order to maximise the quality and impact of research, staff are encouraged to engage in the work of one or more of our research clusters, which represent particular research strengths of the School.

Research clusters

  • Company, Commercial and Financial Law considers all aspects of commercial, corporate and financial law, accommodating diverse research interests
  • Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology comprises staff engaged in research related to criminal justice matters, from the substantive criminal law to the administration of justice to criminological perspectives
  • Dispute Resolution provides staff and postgraduate research students with a forum to discuss recent developments in dispute resolution, broadly intended
  • European Law and Policy focuses on research including EU law, immigration, employment law, social policy and human rights
  • Human Rights Law considers human rights at domestic, European and international levels
  • International Law considers all aspects of public international law
  • Law and Theory considers all aspects of theory underlying law, the legal system and justice
  • Medico-legal considers all aspects of the law relating to medical treatment
  • Private Law focuses on the law of torts, contract, property and trusts
  • Socio-legal Studies provides a setting for colleagues to explore and discuss their research in the field of socio-legal studies, as broadly understood

Research centres and groups

Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (CELI)
A leading centre for research and teaching in European law and integration issues. CELI promotes academic research, holds seminars and conferences and receives visitors.

Centre for Consumers and Essential Services (CCES)
The Centre for Consumer and Essential Services (CCES) combines legal and social policy expertise to explore the effects, for consumers, of regulation and provision of essential services.

European Working Group on Labour Law
A network of European universities specialising in teaching and researching labour law of which the Law School is a member.

Research projects

Arbitration in the Americas
This project, led by Tony Cole, presents a report on arbitration in the Americas supported by the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the Organization of American States.

The aim of the project is to improve children’s ‘legal capability’ – in other words, their ability to deal effectively with the law-related problems they come across in their everyday lives using the theories of play and games.

Previous research projects

Crossing Boundaries? Private remedies for Public Duties
This project investigates the relationship between public law remedies and civil liability principles in the the highest courts in the UK and South Africa. It brings together researchers from both countries and both sides of the traditional divide between private law and public law to investigate the origins and consequences of these divergent approaches, and to draw lessons for future legal development.

Developing Legal Literacy with Children in Key Stage 2
Undergraduate law students designed, produced and delivered workshops in schools to develop children’s ‘legal literacy’.

Law in Children’s Lives
Law in Children’s Lives is an ESRC-funded project using video games to explore how far children understand law as an empowering force in their day-to-day lives.

Midlands Medical Law Consortium 
The Midlands Medical Law Consortium is an interdisciplinary group which involves participants from the fields of law, ethics, philosophy, theology, sociology, medicine and political theory, faith groups and patients' representatives.