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

Dr Luke Moffett

Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood

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Professor Kieran McEvoy

Lawyers Conflict & Transition

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Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden

‘Grooming’ and Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

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Research Themes

Human Rights

25 years of Human Rights at Queen's

Supporting human rights in the local and global community.


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.


Health & Human Rights

Law, bioethics and technology

Exploring the synergies between health and human rights.


Criminology and Criminal Justice

Exploring the future of justice

Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of crime and justice.


Recent Journal Articles

Brexit and Devolution

Anthony, G., 2019, Brexit - And What It Means. Kadelbach, S. (ed.). Nomos: Baden Baden, p. 57-84 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrexit - And What It Means
EditorsStefan Kadelbach
PublisherNomos: Baden Baden
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)978-3-8487-601-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Sharing the Island: A Way Forward?

Harvey, C., 12 Jun 2019,

Research output: Other contribution

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2019

Mutual Respect for Constitutional Differences?

Harvey, C., 06 Jun 2019, QPol.

Research output: Other contribution

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 06 Jun 2019

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2015

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford Human Rights Hub
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2017

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Research Students

PhD Student Profiles

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