The Law School is active in a number of applied research projects and provides doctoral research opportunities and expertise in a wide range of law subject areas.

Our research has been determined to be either at the level of 'International Excellence' or internationally recognised in over half of its output, in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. The department has also been awarded substantial research grants from the Scottish Executive, the Nuffield Foundation and The European Social Fund, and organisations such as the British Academy.

Research Publications and Themes

Our law research publications, projects and research groupings are as follows:

PhD Supervision

We are particularly interested in applications in the following topic areas;

Managing concurrent criminal jurisdiction. A critical analysis of the attempts to address concurrent criminal jurisdiction internationally – with Dr. Paul Arnell.

The right to personal autonomy and freedom of decision-making for incompetent patients: is there a need to provide a legislative framework for advance decision-making? – with Dr Sarah Christie.

We are also interested in applications in the broad areas of;

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Commercial, Corporate and International Trade Law
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Criminal Law and Theory
  • Evidence and Procedure
  • Legal Theory and Ethics
  • Medical Law 
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Employment and Discrimination Law 
  • EU Law 
  • Commercial Law and Taxation 
  • Property and Construction Law
  • IT and Intellectual Property Law
  • Access to Justice, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration

Current PhDs in the Law School include

  • Legal regulation in the sphere of foreign investments in the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Contract stability and the national interest
  • ADR systems and access to justice in developing countries
  • Harnessing the regulatory framework for optimising environmental compliance in the hydrocarbon sector in Nigeria
  • The rise and fall of the right to a fair trial
  • Prosecuting information infrastructure criminals: Beyond borders
  • Building a legal regime for counteracting climate change: A comparative analysis of Scottish and Nigerian response

See individual staff pages for further details about the research expertise of Law staff members.

Research Contact

For further information on research within the department or related enquiries, please contact Law Research Co-ordinator:

Dr Sarah Christie
Tel: +44 (0)1224 263424