School of Law

Our research

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Exploring justice across the world

The School of Law at Essex 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 was rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the Research Excellence Framework (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.


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Research Centres

The School of Law is home to the Human Rights Centre, and is a global leader in human rights research, practice and education. The Centre brings together over 80 academic staff from 11 departments, who 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.

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Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, PGR opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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