A meet­ing of le­gal minds

THE (Times Higher Education) - - KING'S COLLEGE LONDON -

Ac­cord­ing to the 2014 re­search ex­cel­lence frame­work, the Dick­son Poon School of Law (pic­tured) is home to the best le­gal re­search in the coun­try.

The school has been in­creas­ingly fo­cused on transna­tional law, and the new Transna­tional Law In­sti­tute – an in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary re­search and ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre – is the cen­tre­piece of its £40 mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion project.

“The in­sti­tute is a place for... aca­demics to come to­gether and work on so­lu­tions to press­ing reg­u­la­tory chal­lenges, such as cli­mate change, in­equal­ity, fi­nan­cial reg­u­la­tion and cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, transna­tional crim­i­nal law or com­par­a­tive con­sti­tu­tional de­sign,” says Gil­lian Dou­glas, the school’s ex­ec­u­tive dean.

It is one of 10 re­search groups at the school, where cur­rent re­search projects in­clude – fem­i­nist anal­y­sis of so­cial re­pro­duc­tion laws in the global south, scru­ti­n­is­ing tran­si­tional jus­tice in Rwanda, and – with the IoPPN – ad­dress­ing con­tro­ver­sial ques­tions around men­tal ill­ness and jus­tice.

Dick­son Poon aca­demics are among the most in­flu­en­tial le­gal minds in the UK, con­tribut­ing to pol­icy pa­pers, act­ing as con­sul­tants and be­long­ing to non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, gov­ern­ment com­mit­tees and ex­pert pan­els.

Within the past year, the school has held more than 250 events to bring pol­i­cy­mak­ers and prac­ti­tion­ers un­der its roof for the pur­poses of de­bate and knowl­edge shar­ing.

“These events en­able us to... co-cre­ate re­search which is rel­e­vant and timely for users of law and le­gal pol­icy,” adds Dou­glas.

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