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We have a vibrant, active research community which has a long tradition of generating impactful world class research.

The School is widely-acknowledged as one of the leading centres of legal scholarship and research in the UK. It has particular research strengths in public law; constitutional law; corporate governance; commercial law; environmental law; human rights; criminology and criminal justice, as well as common law.  Our research activities have impacted nationally and internationally through a diverse range of projects ranging from slavery and trafficking, to the Hillsborough disaster, offender reintegration and desistance, and the role of judges in post-conflict settings. Staff have also made valuable contributions to vital public policy discussions in Northern Ireland in areas such as socio-economic rights, reform of criminal justice and policing, and amnesties and truth and prosecution models. Due to the devolved nature of government in Northern Ireland we offer unique opportunities for study and research.
The School of Law welcomes applications from visiting scholars.  For further details please see the Visiting Scholars Page


Anne-Marie McAlinden - Director of Research

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 ‌Research Profile - Dr Alex Schwartz

Dr Schwartz talks about his current research project "Constitutional Courts and Judicial Behaviour in the Aftermath of Ethnic Conflict: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina"



Find out more about the widely published outputs from the staff's research endeavours.

Current Research Projects

Find out more about the current research projects being undertaken in the school.


research showcase

Find out more about the worldclass research to come out of the School