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Research

We are an intellectually dynamic and diverse community of scholars who share a clear commitment to broad-based legal research. Together, we have created a strong international research environment. Our research activity embraces doctrinal, theoretical, critical, contextual and comparative approaches to the study of law. It reaches from the local to the global, addressing important challenges in domestic law as well as universal legal, economic, and social issues.

All our academic staff engage in, produce and disseminate leading research in their areas of study.

We are pleased that through-out all past research exercises we have been able to submit all members of staff (apart from 1 in 2013). In the 2001 RAE, we submitted 19 staff members, growing to 29 staff in 2008, and 33 in REF2014. Since the start of 2014, our staff have already produced more than 70 outputs.

The impact of our diversity on the diversity and breadth of our research activity is palpable and can be divided in Public and Private Law. We are particularly committed in assisting the development of high quality early career researchers for the legal academy and for the profession. We have, over the past years produced several new scholars from our PhD candidates who, upon completion, have taken up full-time academic positions at Brunel, Reading, Sussex, East Anglia, Buckingham, and in India, the UAE, and Thailand, to mention a few.

Journals

We continue to be committed to a broad-based research agenda that cover a wide range of law disciplines. We intend to drive this agenda by developing further our current research strengths, while opening the door to the possibilities of new research agendas developing. Our strong presence in international law and human rights is evident through the school staff’s involvement in the establishment and the editing of several law journals, such as the International Human Rights Law Review (IHRLR), the State Practice and International Law Journal (SPILJ) and the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion (OJLR). We consider the success of these journals a measure of our success in consolidating our position as leaders in the relevant fields. We also plan to further strengthen our links with stakeholders at the national and international level. 

Collaborations

We contribute significantly to creative thinking in the development of law and public policy, demonstrated through our regular scholarly engagement with and influence on the work of international organisations, Parliaments and other institutional actors.

These are some examples of our collaborations:-

In private law:-

  • Ferretti is an appointed member of Financial Services Users Group of the European Commission (DG FISMA) to advise the European Commission on any policy and legislative matter affecting the users of financial services. He was re-affirmed in his position in 2014. As part of his funded project on the over-indebtedness of the European Consumers, Ferretti has worked with national lawyers, judges, the industry and consumer organisations (UK, Greece, Germany, Italy) in four different member states of the EU (UK, Greece, Germany, Italy) on consumer over-indebtedness and responsible lending. In completing their report to the European Parliament Ferretti, Riefa, Cole and Bantekas also worked with law firms in all EU countries researching the national practices of arbitration.
  • In early 2016, Bantekas was appointed in the list of initial arbitrators of the Bucharest International Arbitration Center. In 2014, he acted as a senior advisor to the Greek Parliamentary Committee and has been one of the main drafters of the Report of the Truth Committee on Public Debt.
  • During his transfer knowledge leave in 2014, Petkoff was able to develop research workshops with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Petkoff continues to act as a consultant to the Media Freedom Office of the OSCE and to the European Parliament.

In public law:-

  • Heitsch continues to act as the advisor to the German legal firm Baumann Rechtsanwaelte. He completed a submission to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee with them in 2014. 
  • Barnett was appointed a member of the Advisory Group of Rights of Women in 2014, and has been actively involved in advising and assisting them since then. 
  • In 2015, Polymenopoulou completed two reports for the International Press Institute on freedom of expression in Greece.
  • Xanthaki advised the DfID and FCO on indigenous rights and the World Bank; her suggested position was adopted as the UK position on the matter.
  • In the summer of 2016, a Vietnamese civil servant completed a 6 week visiting fellowship in our unit working on freedom of religion.
  • Giannoulopoulos also enjoys strong links with the General Prosecutor and NGOS working in Criminal Justice, including Trials International, Open Society and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties - all represented well in the ‘Britain in Europe’ think tank.
  • Ignacio de la Rasilla has been the Founder and Co-Chair of the Interest Group on the History of International Law, the European Society of International law; and the Study Group of the History of International Law and the Latin-American Society of International Law. 

Grants

De la Rasilla and Patricia Hobbs have recently secured funding from the British Academy. Giannoulopoulos has secured more than £100,000 from the Soros Foundation for research and public engagement in Britain and the European Convention of Human Rights.

Research Centres

The College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences is home to six departments, including Law. It hosts two research centres:-

These centres promote international, interdisciplinary and high impact research and bring together work from arts, humanities, social sciences and often also the natural and physical sciences. Research conducted at the College addresses the challenges facing society, helping to change the lives of people around the world by bringing economic, social and cultural benefits.

Research degree opportunities