The Law School contains a vibrant, collegiate and growing research community with diverse interests, objectives and methodologies. Some of our members are recognised as national or international leaders in their field.

Northumbria Law School has an established and ambitious research agenda encompassing theoretical, empirical, socio-legal and doctrinal approaches. Our long-standing strengths in criminal justice, expert evidence, legal education, and law and society scholarship have been further enhanced in recent years. Innovative and significant research notably in the areas of gender and sexuality, international human rights law, environmental law and development, and space law has further enriched our vibrant research environment and is reflected in the work both of our Faculty and our dynamic research student community. The Law School has adopted Open Access principles and launched five academic journals. Global in outlook and ambitious in impact, a high proportion of our research is embedded in international and multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Research Excellence Framework 2021 results:

Law at Northumbria was ranked 7th in the UK for research power out of 69 submissions

This represents a rise of 37 places compared to 2014.

92% of our research impact is rated very considerable (3*) or outstanding (4*)

Our research is organised into three ‘signature’ research areas, reflecting our long-standing strengths in the areas of evidence and criminal justice, legal education and professional skills and law and society. Feeding into these three signature research areas are ten research interest groups that adopt a multidisciplinary approach and encompass a range of emerging and topical themes. Find out more about our signature research areas and research interest groups below.