School of Law


The School of Law is a centre of research excellence. We have a lively and inclusive research culture, with our academic staff and research students securing major grants, publishing leading textbooks, and winning awards.

Research by members of the school has been cited by courts and other bodies, and our academics are often called upon to offer expert advice by governments and organisations in the UK and internationally.

The school is also home to respected journals such as the Human Rights Law Review, and to six world-leading research centres and groups.

Our research centres and groups broadly focus on conflict, security, and terrorism; criminal law and criminal justice; human rights; and public procurement. The school also has a number of research areas that our academics focus on.

We welcome academic visitors and are proud of our well-established post of J C Smith Trust Fund Visiting Scholar scheme, successfully welcoming visitors since 1990.

REF results

In the latest Research Excellence Framework:

  • 81% of our research was ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • we ranked 6th in the UK in terms of research power; market share; and research intensity

Our postgraduate research programme


Research events

Nottingham Arbitration Talk

14 October 2020 (14:00-16:15)
Law and Social Sciences, TBC, University Park
Keynote speaker: Professor Sir Roy Goode QC, Emeritus Professor of Law, St John's College Oxford.Speaker panel: Angeline Welsh, barrister at Essex Court Chambers; Timothy Foden, partner at Lalive, London; and Dr Martins Paparinskis, reader, University College London.

UNCLC Seminar

18 November 2020 (13:00-15:00)
via Microsoft Teams

School research centres

Our world of research

School of Law COVID-19 expertise

We have a wealth of expertise covering research areas associated with COVID-19.

COVID-19 research



School of Law

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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