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Welcome to Durham Law School

Durham Law School submitted fifty-five members of staff, comprising 53.97 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff, to the REF Law UoA. The submission included nine Early Career Researchers. 

Key REF 2021 Highlights:

  • 5th in the UK for research environment
  • 100% of our research impact and environment was rated world-leading or internationally excellent
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100% of research impact and environment was ranked 3* or 4* (REF 2021)
Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
7th in The Complete University Guide 2022
Top 50 QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

Inspiring changes to criminal laws on rape pornography and online abuse

World-leading experts from our Law School are shaping and influencing new laws on extreme pornography and sexual violence.

Working closely with victim organisations, Professor Clare McGlynn and colleagues’ research inspired campaigns and legal changes that are now providing greater protection and justice for victims.
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About Durham Law School

Durham Law School is at the cutting edge of global law and policy research and engagement. Scholars working in DLS share a conception of law as having social functions that is grounded in certain universal values, and one of those functions is to regulate conduct (personally and publicly) 

Our teaching is research-led with staff teaching in their areas of specialisation. DLS is strongly expanding its PGT portfolio with the introduction of new programmes in bio-law, intellectual property, finance law and commercial arbitration. 

1. Criminal Justice – Dr Hannah Bows 

Evidence submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service Homicide Consultation and produced Guides for practitioners on Community Care Inform; she is Specialist adviser to the Women and Equalities Committee - Preventing VAWG Inquiry. 

2. Climate Action – Dr Petra Minnerop 

DLS has taken a leading role in the process of engaging with the United Nations Framework Convention and Climate Change (UNFCCC). A Durham delegation attended COP26 and will continue to be part of the yearly conferences and meetings. DLS is leading the COP Steering Group across the University through a new Sustainable Development Research Centre. 

3. Human Rights and Public Law Centre – Dr Dimitrios Kagiaros  

In 2021, the centre submitted a Human Rights Act response, which was cited multiple times in the eventual IHRAR report to government. In 2022, the centre submitted a response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on reforming the Human Rights Act 1998. 

4. New Cyberflashing Criminal Offence in Northern Ireland – Professor Clare McGlynn QC (Hon) 

Clare McGlynn's research has led to a new law being introduced in Northern Ireland in March 2022 to criminalise cyberflashing, the sending of genital images to another without consent. Professor McGlynn advised the Justice Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly, who found Professor McGlynn's evidence 'compelling'. 

5. Citizenship test research - Professor Thom Brooks 

Thom Brooks was invited by the House of Lords’ Justice and Home Affairs Committee to pitch for a possible inquiry. Brooks recommended the Committee launch an inquiry into the Life in the UK citizenship test and it was accepted, leading to the formal start of an inquiry. 

6. Academic partner to the government's WPS Helpdesk - Dr Catherine Turner 

Since 2021, DLS has been the academic partner to a newly established Helpdesk facility that provides high-quality research and analysis on Women Peace and Security to departments across government. The Helpdesk is funded by the FCDO and runs for a period of three years. 

7. Financial Law – Dr Federico Lupo - Pasini 

As co-convenor of the SLS Banking & Finance section, Federico Lupo Pasini is organizing a conference on financial law that will gather all the main financial law academics in the UK to discuss new issues in the regulation and law of finance and the status of the discipline. 

Law REF Impact Case Studies

Our case studies demonstrating a range of impact. 

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Criminalising rape pornography and image-based sexual abuse

Professor Clare McGlynn and colleagues’ research inspired campaigns and legal changes that are now providing greater protection and justice for victims.
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Tackling Unacceptable Forms of Work through Global Policy

Tackling Unacceptable Forms of Work through Global Policy.
Decent Work Regulation

Strengthening accountability and human rights protection in the security sector

Our research on security sector reform has had substantial impact on international organisations and national governments.
Security Sector Reform

Brexit and Northern Ireland: Safeguarding human rights and enhancing legal protection for Northern Ireland

This research shaped the policies of key decision-makers in the Brexit process, including Parliamentarians in Westminster, Dublin and Belfast.
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Research Groups

Research: Centre for Criminal Law & Criminal Justice, Centre for Chinese Law & Policy, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Durham European Law Institute, Gender and Law, Human Rights Centre Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law, Law and Global Justice, Centre for Law & Philosophy.

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In the co-ordination and cultivation of interdisciplinary research, Durham Law School academics work in pan-institutional interdisciplinary research institutes and cross-departmental research centres including: 

  • Durham Global Security Institute 
  • Global Policy Institute  
  • Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse 
  • IBRU: Centre for Borders Research 
  • Durham ARCTIC 
  • Global Policy Institute

    The Institute is hosted in the School of Government and International Affairs and is a joint venture with Durham Law School, conducting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research focused on the scholarship, politics, and policy of pressing global collective action problems.
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  • Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse

    Our researchers have strong connections with policy and practice, and work on multi-disciplinary research across the departments of Sociology, Durham Law School and beyond.
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Global Policy Institute

The Institute is hosted in the School of Government and International Affairs and is a joint venture with Durham Law School, conducting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research focused on the scholarship, politics, and policy of pressing global collective action problems.
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Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse

Our researchers have strong connections with policy and practice, and work on multi-disciplinary research across the departments of Sociology, Durham Law School and beyond.
A wordle about Violence and Abuse