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 five 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


Aoife NolanInspiring people

Aoife Nolan

Co-lead for Rights and Justice

Professor Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her research is concerned with how the theory, language and concepts of human rights can advance social justice in practice.

Read more about this researcher.


Research events

Social Censure and Critical Criminology: After Sumner

10 November 2017 (14:00-17:30)
B55, Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park
Seminar with speakers Anthony Amatrudo, James Hardie-Bick, Maggie O'Neill, Paul Roberts and Steve Tombs, and book launch and Q&A with Colin Sumner.


School of Law

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

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