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Research in the Law School

We have a vibrant, active research community which has a long tradition of generating impactful world class research.

The School is widely-acknowledged as one of the leading centres of legal scholarship and research in the UK. It has particular research strengths in public law; constitutional law; corporate governance; commercial law; environmental law; human rights; criminology and criminal justice, as well as common law. 

Our research activities have impacted nationally and internationally through a diverse range of projects ranging from slavery and trafficking, to the Hillsborough disaster, offender reintegration and desistance, and the role of judges in post-conflict settings. Staff have also made valuable contributions to vital public policy discussions in Northern Ireland in areas such as socio-economic rights, reform of criminal justice and policing, and amnesties and truth and prosecution models. Due to the devolved nature of government in Northern Ireland we offer unique opportunities for study and research.

Research Profiles

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Dr Luke Moffett

Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood

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Kieran McEvoy

Professor Kieran McEvoy

Lawyers Conflict & Transition

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Anne Marie McAlinden

Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden

‘Grooming’ and Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

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Research Themes

Eleanor Rooesevelt

Human Rights

25 years of Human Rights at Queen's

Supporting human rights in the local and global community.

Courts of Justice

European and Transnational Legal Studies

A critical approach to the European Union

Exploring European Law and the socio-economic consequences of its legal integration project.

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Health & Human Rights

Law, bioethics and technology

Exploring the synergies between health and human rights.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice

Exploring the future of justice

Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of crime and justice.


Recent Journal Articles

Re-engineering justice? Robot judges, computerised courts and (semi) automated legal decision-making

Morison, J. & Harkens, A., 04 Jul 2019, In : Legal Studies. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalLegal Studies
Journal publication date04 Jul 2019
Early online date04 Jul 2019
Publication statusEarly online date - 04 Jul 2019

Early Detection Biomarkers and Risk Estimation Models for Ovarian Cancer

Russell, MR., D'Amato, A., Gentry-Maharaj, A., Ryan, A., Kalsi, J., Menon, U., Jacobs, I. & Graham, RLJ., 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Statement on Brexit and Irish unity

Harvey, C., 28 Jul 2019, Think32.

Research output: Other contribution

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2019

Waiting for the Next Crisis?

Harvey, C., 17 Jul 2019,

Research output: Other contribution

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2019

Solidarity in the case law of the European Court of Justice – opportunities missed?

Schiek, D., 21 May 2019, (Accepted) Transnational Solidarity. Concept, Challenges and Opportunities.. Krunke, H., Petersen, H. & Manners, I. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational Solidarity. Concept, Challenges and Opportunities.
EditorsHelle Krunke, Hanne Petersen, Ian Manners
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication statusAccepted - 21 May 2019
EventCourts, Power and Public Law : 4th ICON S Conference of the International Society of Public Law - University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 05 Jul 201708 Jul 2017
Conference number: 4th


ConferenceCourts, Power and Public Law
Abbreviated titleICON S
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