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Law research

Find out more about the Law research we're doing, across our 3 areas of expertise

Our research in Law explores the myriad ways that laws and the legal system shape society and affect the daily lives of people at all levels within it.

The work we're doing in the 3 areas of expertise below frequently feeds in to the University's strategic themes and is used by governments, organisations and individuals who are developing and implementing new legal policies – our research around the law of succession, and the sale of ivory in the UK are two such examples. 

Following the Research Excellence Framework 2021, we are ranked joint seventh among modern universities by research power for Law, according to Times Higher Education. Read more about our Law submission to REF 2021.

Members of the School also write a number of Company and Commercial, Employment and other textbooks and use their (and others) research in their teaching.

Explore our areas of expertise in Law

Accountability risk and rights

Research in this area covers a broad range of topics within Portsmouth Law School and the Law Research Group, from employment protection to data protection and the regulation and governance of companies, to the law as it affects family members throughout their lives.

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International and European Law

We're investigating transnational laws and examining comparatively foreign national law to better understand them. Explore our international and European law research.

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Well-being, legal education and the legal profession

Our research is identifying new ways of delivering legal education and new approaches that could deliver education more broadly. It also explores the growing issue of stress and wellbeing among law students and academics 

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Interested in a PhD in Law?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Law postgraduate research degrees page.

 

News, blogs and podcasts

Find our more about our latest research successes, read blogs by our academics and listen to the latest ideas and discoveries that look set to change our lives in our Life Solved podcast.

Blogs

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Call for Papers on Surveillance Democracy and the Rule of Law

Call for Papers on Surveillance Democracy and the Rule of Law

Brexit and employment law

Michael Connolly

Brexit and employment law

The UK supreme court takes a positive approach to positive action: r (z) v hackney lbc and agudas israel housing association ltd (aiha) [2020] uksc 40

The UK supreme court takes a positive approach to positive action: r (z) v hackney lbc and agudas israel housing association ltd (aiha) [2020] uksc 40

Positive Discrimination in employment under the Equality Act 2010

James Hand

Positive Discrimination in employment under the Equality Act 2010

Life Solved

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Railway Safety Back On Track ft. Dr Mike Esbester

Railway Safety Back On Track ft. Dr Mike Esbester

Using Extreme Environments To Tackle The Obesity Crisis ft. Dr Ant Shepherd

Using Extreme Environments To Tackle The Obesity Crisis ft. Dr Ant Shepherd

Exploring Shipwrecks in UK Waters ft. Dr Ann Coats

Exploring Shipwrecks in UK Waters ft. Dr Ann Coats

Is Information the Fifth Form of Matter? Ft. Dr Melvin Vopson

Is Information the Fifth Form of Matter? Ft. Dr Melvin Vopson

Smart textile design for women’s bodies ft. Dr Jenny Burbage

Smart textile design for women’s bodies ft. Dr Jenny Burbage

Law blog

On our Law blog, our experts discuss topics such as international law and legal education, and you'll hear about the achievements and work of our School and students.
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Episode 10: The Will to Change the Law

Juliet Brook explores how 180 year-old will and inheritance laws are causing problems during the pandemic.
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