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

Safeguarding Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland

Harvey, C., 16 Nov 2018, BrexitLawNI

Research output: Other contribution

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 16 Nov 2018

Not going away: a special arrangement for rights and equality in Northern Ireland?

Harvey, C., 16 Nov 2018, ESRC UK in a Changing Europe Initiative

Research output: Other contribution

Original languageEnglish
PublisherESRC UK in a Changing Europe Initiative
StatePublished - 16 Nov 2018

From Empire to Iraq and the 'war on terror': the transplantation and commodification of the (Northern) Irish policing experience (republished)

Ellison, G. & o'reilly, C., 2011, Globalising British Policing . Sinclair, G. (ed.). Routledge, (Routledge: The History of Policing )

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobalising British Policing
EditorsGeorgina Sinclair
ISBN (Print)978-0754629559
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameRoutledge: The History of Policing

Entrepreneurial policing? International policing challenges

Ellison, G. & Sinclair, G., 2013, 4 p.Open Democracy

Research output: Other contribution

Original languageEnglish
Typeonline article
PublisherOpen Democracy
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2013

Young Men Doing Business: Male Bar Prostitution in Berlin and Prague

Ellison, G. & Weitzer, R., 01 Dec 2017, In : Sexualities. 21, 8, p. 1389-1408

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1389-1408
Journal publication date01 Dec 2017
Issue number8
Early online date26 Jun 2017
StatePublished - 01 Dec 2017

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