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Impact on society


The Dickson Poon School of Law is distinguished by its problem-based approach, exploring the role of law in solving today’s global problems. Currently we work closely and have greatest impact in: 

  • Shaping legislative change and legal principle: School research has shaped legislation and case law around the world. 
  • Developing best practice in public and private institutions and shaping governmental and quasi-governmental policy: our staff engage with organisations in fields including medical law and ethics, criminal justice, trade and investment, and human rights to develop best practice. 
  • Building partnerships with civil society and business: in keeping with the School’s transnational focus international partnerships have been particularly encouraged. 
  • Informing public debate: our staff regularly contribute articles and interviews to print media, blogs and websites, radio, and television, as well as giving prestigious public lectures.

At The Dickson Poon School of Law, we are committed to making the world a better place through our world-leading research. By influencing public opinion, advising governments, making legal challenges and working with Parliament, our staff have helped advance people’s rights, develop business practices and tackle climate change. We achieve this by working collaboratively with campaign groups lawyers and schools across the world. Discover more about these exciting projects and our achievements below.

- Dr Hannah Quirk, Associate Vice Dean for Impact

Research Impact Stories

Recent Initiatives and Funded Projects

At The Dickson Poon School of Law we are committed to serving society through multi and interdisciplinary collaborations addressing the many and diverse challenges of our time.

Donations from the Dickson Poon fund (£40 million) and the Yeoh Tiong Lay family (£7 million) have enabled a range of initiatives, including most significantly the founding of research centres for Transnational Law, and Politics, Philosophy and Law.

Books from Law Research Office