Essex Law School

Our research

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Exploring justice across the world

Essex Law School has a global reputation for its research, particularly in the areas of Human rights law and practice, Business law, Public law, Criminal justice, Health law, Law and technology and Social-legal studies.

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.

Essex Law School was ranked 3rd in UK for research power in law (Times Higher Education research power measure, REF2021)


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Research Centres

Essex Law School is home to the Human Rights Centre and is a global leader in human rights research, practice and education. Bringing together over 80 academic staff from 11 departments, our academics have extensive expertise in human rights law at the national, regional and international level.

Research clusters

We have extensive expertise across the following research clusters. These clusters provide a focus for critical debate, research collaboration and teaching innovation.

The Human Rights Centre is also home to two research groups; the Essex Armed Conflict and Crisis Hub and Essex Business and Human Rights.

Research showcase

From defending human rights and fighting for justice to the threats around big data, our research showcase gives you the opportunity to dive deeper into understanding our research.

Research projects

Academic staff within the Essex Law School lead and participate in a variety of cutting-edge research projects. Explore our exciting research projects below.

Our Human Rights Centre is internationally recognised for its expansive and innovative research. Explore their research area for more information on human rights research projects.

Law research projects

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Discover our cutting edge research

Use our research finder to explore research supervision opportunities, and learn more about the exciting research projects, groups and centres our academics and students are actively involved in at Essex. You can also search for publications and seek out further opportunities for research collaboration. Simply search for your area of interest.

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