School of Law

Our research

Many historical Law journals on shelves in a library

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.


Read our research blog
Houses of Parliament
Our prorogation podcast

Why did the Supreme Court decide the government’s suspension of parliament was unlawful? What happens next? And where does this judgment leave our understanding of constitutional law? Professor Steve Peers is joined by Professor Maurice Sunkin and Dr Charilaos Nikolaidis for a first edition of the Essex Law Podcast.

Listen to the podcast

Research clusters

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

Steps on campus with the human rights declaration chalked on them
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.

Find out more

Human Rights Centre research projects


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