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Law Research in Action

Researchers in The Dickson Poon School of Law are committed to exploring the role of law in solving today’s global problems. 

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), research in the School was rated as number one in the UK. 100% of Law impact case studies and 84% of outputs were rated 3-4*, where 4* represents world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.* 

Our influence extends across all levels of policy making bodies, from local government to national government, both in the UK, Europe and Worldwide.

Our research:

Members of The Dickson Poon School of Law advise governments, serve on commissions and public bodies and are seconded to national and international organisations. Through their work with the public, private and voluntary sectors, our expertise is made available to the wider community.

Find out more about the impact of our research outside of academia in the case studies below. 

* Times Higher Education REF rankings 2014

State Responsibility for Modern Slavery

State Responsibility for Modern Slavery: Uncovering and Bridging the Gap.

What is the Role of the Monarchy in Modern Britain?

Robert Blackburn, Professor of Constitutional Law, has worked on research and interventions which have directly informed a historic legislative change: the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.

Taking account of parental views: Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis

Research from Professor Rosamund Scott in the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, based in The Dickson Poon School of Law, has influenced the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Code of Practice.

Secularism in Europe

Dr Lorenzo Zucca of The Dickson Poon School of Law discusses the role of secularism in the development of a world society that guarantees freedom of religion.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Vietnam National University

Professor Maleiha Malik is leading a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Vietnam National University.

Fixing the Date of General Elections

Research at King's has led to fixed dates being established for general elections, shifting the balance of power from the Prime Minister back to the parties

Developing Fair and Effective Stop and Search Powers

Research from Professor Ben Bowling is driving police stop and search reform.

Collaborative research in Rwanda

How can research collaborations change policy-making and academic writings on justice in post-genocide Rwanda? Dr Nicola Palmer is currently working with the Aegis Trust, a UK and Rwandan-based charity, on an innovative peer-to-peer mentoring project designed to answer this question.

Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights

Research from Dr Philippa Webb and Ms Kirsten Roberts on the role of parliaments in the protection of human rights has led to a framework for effective parliamentary oversight.

Driving to Improve the Rights of Same Sex Couples

Anti-discrimination Lawyer Professor Robert Wintemute has made it his life's work to improve the rights of lesbian and gay individuals and same-sex couples - around the world.
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