The School of Law is a research-led department committed to producing the highest quality scholarship while recognising the important relationship between excellence in research and in teaching. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 75 % of the School's research output was rated to be internationally significant. In terms of research power, the School ranked 17th of 67 rated law schools in the country.
The School's research culture is founded on a pluralistic philosophy accommodating a range of approaches: doctrinal research, socio-legal research, interdisciplinary work as well as theoretical approaches (both analytical and continental).
The School is one of the most international in the UK which is also reflected in the various research related networking activities of its staff. The University supports its staff's research with the possibility of a one-semester study leave every three years while the School encourages staff to secure external funding for further periods of research leave.
Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (CELI)
A leading centre for research and teaching in European law and integration issues. CELI promotes academic research, holds seminars and conferences and receives visitors.
Centre for Consumers and Essential Services (CCES)
The Centre for Consumer and Essential Services (CCES) combines legal and social policy expertise to explore the effects, for consumers, of regulation and provision of essential services.
Legal Theory Reading Group (LTRG)
The School's theoretically oriented staff members hold their own series of events and seminars.
European Working Group on Labour Law
A network of European universities specialising in teaching and researching labour law of the law school is a member.