Brunel Law School has a long-established reputation as a research-active law school. Our research covers a wide range of subjects, including human rights, public law, commercial law and international commercial law, criminal law and criminal justice, and private law, and includes doctrinal, theoretical, socio-legal and empirical, comparative and historical research: see research areas.
In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) we were ranked 14th in the UK for REF intensity.
The School and its research centres and research groups hold regular research seminars, workshops and conferences: see research events.
The School has a large body of research students from many countries around the world, and welcomes applications to do a PhD, MPhil or LLM by research: see postgraduate research.
Challenging German system starts legal debate
A light has been shone on the German system of accreditation for academic degree programmes following Brunel research questioning its legal standing. Decisions taken by actors within the controversial system, used to determine accreditation at more than 400 higher education institutions in Germany, are considered private law matters. However, research by Christian Heitsch from Brunel Law School has called into question whether accreditation agencies’ activities should in fact be designated... read more