Our research

Our academic staff

Our academic staff

Our staff work with the UN, governments, human rights organisations and corporations across the world. Find out more about their research and practice by reading their staff profiles.

Essex Law School has a global reputation for its research, particularly in the areas of commercial law, human rights law and practice, and public law. More than two-thirds of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014).

Our research engages with debates about the meaning of justice in the UK and beyond. It provides the foundation of our teaching and allows us to offer a progressive legal education that is relevant and responsive to the needs of a changing society.

Our staff work with the United Nations, governments, human rights organisations and corporations across the globe. We have an excellent record of winning major research grants from funding bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust.

Research clusters

We have extensive expertise across commercial law, human rights and public law. Our research clusters provide a focus for critical debate, research collaboration and teaching innovation.


Big Data and Human Rights

Following a grant of nearly £5 from the Economic and Social Research Council, we're leading the first global project investigating the implications of the collection, storage and use of big data.

More research projects

Human Rights Centre

Our Human Rights Centre brings together over 80 academic staff from 11 departments and is a global leader in human rights research, practice and education. Its members have extensive expertise in human rights law at the national, regional and international level, and hold positions as UN Special Rapporteurs, chairs and members of UN Committees, legal advisers to UK Parliamentary Committees, and members of management and advisory boards of NGOs and charities.


See our individual academic staff profiles for full lists of publications by our staff or search our University's research repository.


Throughout the year our research clusters in commercial law, human rights, and public law run an ongoing programme of events that provide opportunities for students, staff and members of the public to engage with the latest legal research.

Transitional justice

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The Essex Transitional Justice Network explores issues faced by societies experiencing socio-political changes, such as the transition from repressive to democratic regimes, or from civil war to peace.

EU law blog

EU Strasbourg

How does European Union law affect our lives? Read Professor Steve Peer’s EU Law Analysis blog for expert insight into the latest developments in EU law and its impact on governments and citizens.

Research clusters


We have specialist research clusters in public law, commercial law and human rights. They provide a focus for debate, research collaboration and teaching development among our academic staff.

AHRC funding

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Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).