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)
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.
We have extensive expertise across the following research clusters. These clusters provide a focus for critical debate, research collaboration and teaching innovation.
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.
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.
This research project was established in 2014 and was originally funded by the Nuffield Foundation for three years. The aim of the project was to kick start the expansion of empirical research on administrative justice in the UK. From January 2018, the project is funded by the University of Essex Law School.
This research project considers the impact of digital child labour on child performers on social media sites such as Tik Tok, YouTube and Instagram. This project is lead by Dr Francis Rees, Lecturer at Essex Law School, University of Essex
This research project discusses the development of a global legal and economic framework that can achieve Net Zero Degradation to the Environment.
This research project is running from 4 November 2019 to 3 February 2021 and aims to uncover Laski’s impact on intellectual thinking and institution building, using biographical methods to study the evolution of rights in Republican China (1911-49).
The aim of this project is to provide an accurate picture of the effects of cuts to legal aid by looking at their impact on family law cases. The main purpose is to present an interdisciplinary data-driven methodological approach that will offer new insight in the study of legal aid.