School of Law

The School of Law at Queen's celebrated an impressive top-ten ranking in RAE 2008, finishing joint 7th in the UK (out of 67) alongside the University of Cambridge and Cardiff University. The results show that 60% of the School’s research is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*), with 95% rated at international quality and above (4*, 3* and 2*). The intensive research culture and environment within the School, combined with the production of world-leading and internationally excellent research in all areas of legal scholarship explains why the School of Law at Queen’s is now rated as one of the leading centres of legal research in the UK. Research undertaken in the School is currently shaping global and local debates in all areas of legal scholarship.

Responding to the RAE result, Head of School Professor Colin Harvey said: “This is an outstanding result. With University support we embarked on an ambitious programme of strategic appointments of staff at all levels - as well as building upon the existing strengths of the School - in order to transform our research culture. The result vindicates the approach adopted, and we are pleased to welcome an outcome that acknowledges the world-leading and internationally excellent research ongoing here at Queen’s in all areas of legal scholarship.”

“The School of Law’s research has contributed to, and shaped, key local and international debates and the expertise of our staff is regularly called upon by a diverse range of local, regional, and international organisations.” 

“Staff have published outstanding books with all the major academic publishers, a number of which have won international awards. They have also published in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals and contributed to major international conferences.

 “The School has demonstrated that it is able to serve the needs of Northern Ireland while also establishing itself as a global research leader. We look forward to building on this success into the future. We are determined to serve the needs of Northern Ireland and its economy by encouraging and supporting internationally excellent research in our School.”