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

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe International Journal of Human Rights
Journal publication date11 Jul 2018
StateEarly online date - 11 Jul 2018

Rights Derived From EU Law: Informing the Referendum Process

Cochrane, L. & Boyle, K. 13 Apr 2016 UK Constitutional Law Blog : UK Constitutional Law Association

Research output: Other contribution

Original languageEnglish
TypeAcademic Blog
PublisherUK Constitutional Law Association
Place of PublicationUK Constitutional Law Blog
StatePublished - 13 Apr 2016

Reimagining Sovereignty through Reimagined Value

Cochrane, L. 26 Jun 2018 (Unpublished)

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Original languageEnglish
StateUnpublished - 26 Jun 2018
EventAnnual Doctoral Seminar in Constitutional Theory - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201827 Jun 2018


SeminarAnnual Doctoral Seminar in Constitutional Theory
CountryUnited Kingdom

Original languageEnglish
JournalNorthwestern Journal of Human Rights
Journal publication date01 May 2018
Issue number1
StateAccepted - 01 May 2018

Ethical value pluralism: Some implications for the UK’s legal sovereignty

Cochrane, L. 01 Jun 2018 (Accepted)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Original languageEnglish
StateAccepted - 01 Jun 2018
EventGlasgow Law Post Graduate Conference 2018 - University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 01 Jun 2018 → …


ConferenceGlasgow Law Post Graduate Conference 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period01/06/2018 → …

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A vibrant research culture with a diverse student body.

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