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  • Fighting for a fairer world

    Research with real world impact

Our research

At the School of Law, we cultivate a dynamic, thriving research environment where academics undertake significant, cutting-edge research with real world impact.

We take a pluralistic approach to legal research, with members of the School actively engaged in individual and collaborative research which spans a wide range of methodologies and research traditions. Across all of these areas, our research challenges preconceptions and established ideas about the law, subjects the content and process of legal decision-making to stringent analysis, and provides value to external users and impacts upon the wider world.

A Centre of Research Excellence

The excellence of Reading's research, 100% of which was judged by the last REF to be world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, has been acknowledged through the award of various prestigious prizes and fellowships to our staff. Their expertise is recognised through their appointment to a diverse range of positions within significant public sector and charitable bodies, learned societies, and the editorial boards and peer review colleges of numerous journals, publishers and funding bodies.

Reading boasts a dynamic, inclusive and enriching research environment. Our researchers regularly incorporate aspects of other disciplinary traditions in their work and collaborate on major projects with scholars from other disciplines, including global development, environmental science, international relations, business and financial regulation, computer science and history. We have a proud tradition of nurturing the next generation of research talent, and of feeding our research into our teaching in a way which enhances the experience of our students.


Our academics undertake a wide variety of research, much of which has produced a tangible impact beyond the academy. From court decisions and public policy made by central and local government and international organisations, to the activities of NGOs and charities, we aim to create positive change. Recent projects include work on topics as human rights and the Rule of Law in military operations, the articulation of rationing decisions in public healthcare, accessorial liability under English criminal law, and Anglican responses to calls for public liturgy in respect of same sex marriage.

Research Groupings

Global Law at Reading (GLAR)

The home of public international law, EU law and human rights law at Reading.

Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR)

Established in partnership with ICMA as the home of research in commercial, competition, company, corporate, financial and intellectual property law and legal issues relating to oil and gas and network industries.

Law, Justice and Society (LJS)

Exploring interactions between law, justice and society through the lens of diverse methodological and conceptual approaches.

Research Events

The School is proud to be a vibrant, inclusive and supportive research community. Each year we host a diverse programme of symposia, conferences and seminars, often funded in whole or part by external funders and organised on the initiative of the members of the different research themes. We also have a number of standing seminar series, including the Ghandhi series which focuses on international law, human rights and EU law; the (cross-institution) Axis of Protection series, which focuses on human rights, the law of armed conflict, and refugee law; and the Work-in-Progress series, which showcases developing research across the School.

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students, the staff of other institutions and departments, and members of the general public to our research events.



Discover the breadth and depth of our research

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