A meeting of legal minds
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.