External funding and impact

Human Rights

The School of Law is committed to pursuing excellent scholarship through the pursuit of external research funding, and to the delivery of projects that provide real benefits to, and have a significant impact upon, wider society. Both of these goals form a key part of our research strategy, and have helped to position us as one of the UK's leading research-intensive Law Schools. Our success in this regard has allowed us to innovate in the work that we do, and to demonstrate the value of our work to a wider audience.

Research grants

Our researchers have secured funding from a wide range of different bodies, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the British Academy, and more. Below are details about some of our externally-funded research projects:

A number of other externally-funded research grants have also been successfully obtained by members of the School in recent years:

  • Assessing the Legality of Pilotless Drone Attacks Under International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law, funded by the Society of Legal Scholars Research Activities Fund (awarded to Dr Robert Barnidge, 2011).
  • Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellowship, funded by the European University Institute, Florence (awarded to Dr Anne Thies, 2010)
  • Study Visits to Geneva and the UK Mission, funded by the John Sherborne Foundation (awarded to Dr Anne Thies/School of Law, 2010)
  • Family-Related Dispute Resolution in Sharia Councils in England and Wales, funded by the Ministry of Justice (awarded to Dr Samia Bano, 2009)

Further information is also available via the research theme pages.


Many researchers within the School of Law have successfully engaged with external research users in order to inform their practices and assist them in addressing the challenges that they may face. The main user groups to benefit from the School's research are: i) governmental policymakers; ii) judicial decision-makers; and iii) non-government advocacy groups. The impacts that have resulted have tended to involve informing the work of professional practice (particularly organisations that define their practices via the law), and informing changes in public policy, law and services (by using research to assist in the process of reform). Here are some examples of research impact resulting from the work of colleagues within the School:

Professor Chris Newdick's long-running programme of research into the theory and practice of medical rationing and priority-setting within the NHS and other health systems has informed his subsequent work with NHS Primary Care Trusts (PCTs, now Care Commissioning Groups, or CCGs), introducing new Ethical Frameworks to help balance individual rights claims. Chris's longstanding collaborative relationships with different PCT/CCGs allowed him to assess the needs of decision-makers within the NHS, and provide a way forward that helped them to deal with particular challenges that they faced. The Ethical Framework has been widely adopted, and has fundamentally changed decision-making processes; Chris has also worked with the National Prescribing Council and the NHS Federation on this issue.

Dr Thérèse Callus and Professor Elizabeth Cooke's project on Community of Property - a Regime For England and Wales? (funded by the Nuffield Foundation) looked at the ways in which different legal regimes are able to respond to property disputes following domestic relationship breakdown. It has proved highly influential in informing the work of the Law Commission around Cohabitation and Matrimonial Property Rights, providing particularly useful evidence as to the value of systems that provide for the rule-based sharing of property when relationships break down. The work has also been cited in the Court of Appeal and has informed judicial decision-making on these issues.

To see the full range of areas and activities that colleagues are working on, please visit the individual staff profiles. If you would like to know more about the impact of our research, or would like to discuss any possible or potential links with our researchers that you might benefit from, please contact Professor Paul Almond.

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