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 News

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

The Chinese social credit system: a model for other countries?

Mac Sithigh, D. & Siems, M., 31 Jan 2019, 30 p.

Research output: Working paper

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)1725-6739
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2019

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages385
Pages (from-to)379
JournalThe Conveyancer and Property Lawyer
Journal publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Cham: Culture & History Story of Cambodia

Killean, R., Hickey, R., Moffett, L., Viejo Rose, D., So, F. & Orn, V., 2018, Documentation Center of Cambodia. 45 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Original languageEnglish
PublisherDocumentation Center of Cambodia
Number of pages45
Publication statusPublished - 2018

The Hillsborough Independent Panel and the UK State: An Alternative Route to ‘Truth’, ‘Apology’ and ‘Justice’

Scraton, P., 2019, (Accepted) Justice Alternatives. Carlen, P. (ed.). 1 ed. London/ New York: Routledge, Vol. 1.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJustice Alternatives
EditorsPat Carlen
Place of PublicationLondon/ New York
Publication statusAccepted - 2019

Beyond Corston: The Politics of Decarceration and Abolition in a Punitive Climate

Scraton, P. & Carlton, B., 2018, Women's Imprisonment and The Case for Abolition: Critical Reflections on Corston Ten Years On. Moore, L., Scraton, P. & Wahidin, A. (eds.). United Kingdom ed. London/ New York: Routledge, Vol. 1. p. 172-195 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen's Imprisonment and The Case for Abolition
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Reflections on Corston Ten Years On
EditorsLinda Moore, Phil Scraton, Azrini Wahidin
Place of PublicationLondon/ New York
Number of pages23
EditionUnited Kingdom
ISBN (Electronic)9781315204819
ISBN (Print)9781138700260
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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