The Law School contains a vibrant, collegiate and growing research community with diverse interests, objectives and methodologies. Some of our members are recognised as national or international leaders in their field.

Northumbria Law School has an established and ambitious research agenda encompassing theoretical, empirical, socio-legal and doctrinal approaches. Our long-standing strengths in criminal justice, expert evidence, legal education, and law and society scholarship have been further enhanced in recent years. Innovative and significant research notably in the areas of gender and sexuality, international human rights law, environmental law and development, and space law has further enriched our vibrant research environment and is reflected in the work both of our Faculty and our dynamic research student community. The Law School has adopted Open Access principles and launched five academic journals. Global in outlook and ambitious in impact, a high proportion of our research is embedded in international and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Northumbria Law School was the most improved Law School in the UK in terms of Internationally Recognised research provision. In addition 99% of the Law School’s submitted research was recognised internationally for its originality, significance and academic rigour, with 50% of research outputs judged to be ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’.

Our research is organised into three ‘signature’ research areas, reflecting our long-standing strengths in the areas of evidence and criminal justice, legal education and professional skills and law and society. Feeding into these three signature research areas are ten research interest groups that adopt a multidisciplinary approach and encompass a range of emerging and topical themes. Find out more about our signature research areas and research interest groups below.