Research & expertise
The School was rated as number one in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). 100% of Law impact case studies were rated 4-3* and 84% of outputs were rated 3-4*, where 4* represents world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
The School’s vision for its research culture is to create a focal point for interdisciplinary, transnational legal research that encourages cross-fertilisation of ideas within existing areas of strength while incorporating a new global perspective. The School is one of a handful of Law Schools around the world pioneering a transnational approach. Our aim is to foster innovative research that yields new insights for global challenges relating to personal responsibility, health, wealth, justice, communication and governance.
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Find out more about our research projects confronting some of the world's major challenges.
The School has integrated dispersed subject areas into a smaller number of problem-based research centres and initiatives which focus on issues of global legal significance: The Centre of British Constitutional Law & History which concentrates on Public Law & Governance; the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics (CMLE); the Centre for European Law (CEL); the Centre of Construction Law; Climate Law and Governance; the Transnational Law Institute; the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre of Politics, Philosophy & Law and KJURIS (Jurisprudence at King’s).
These centres and groups provide a framework for researchers to work across both the School and the wider university.
Find out more about our various research centres.
The Centre was founded in 1987, offering an MSc programme and a variety of public events.
The Centre was established in 1974, leading research and teaching in the subject of European law.
Founded in 2014, the TLI offers a particular focus on transnational and comparative law.
The YTL Centre was founded in 2014 for interdisciplinary research in law, philosophy and politics.
The School collaborates with colleagues across the university, particularly in areas such as philosophy, political economy, war and conflict, and psychiatry. Outside the university, the School has collaborated with other UK HE institutions including Lancaster University (on the Wellcome Trust-funded project “The Donation and Transfer of Human Reproductive Materials”).
School staff collaborate on smaller research projects with colleagues across the globe, including for examples researchers at New York University, Columbia University, University of California at Berkeley; University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, Monash University and the Australian National University; Renmin and HKU; EUI Florence and University of Bologna; and McGill University.
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The doctoral research community of around 90 students is a core component of the School. We see these students as the foundation of future national and international research networks and for transmitting the School’s vision and standards into the wider community. Our students are both accomplished and fully committed to research.
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