Research is an integral part of Leeds Law School's activities. We have expertise in a wide variety of legal areas and we are able to supervise research degrees in the following areas:
• Legal Education including pedagogy
• European Union Law
• International Trade Law
• Criminal Law and Justice
• Human Rights Law
• Equality Law
• Law and Terrorism/Security
• Medical Law including Mental Health
• Tort Law
• Sports Law and Regulation
Please get in touch with Professor Simon Gardiner outlining your research proposal for an initial informal discussion as to whether we have the right expertise to take on your project and support you on your research journey.
Throughout your research you will supported by a supervisory team of at least two experienced academics as well as a university wide Graduate Schools (which offers a significant amount of training for all stages of your work).
We have particular strengths around the following areas:
Applied Legal Education
The Applied Legal Education Research Group encourages and promotes scholarship, knowledge transfer and research on all aspects of legal education. The group brings together researchers with a variety of backgrounds who share an interest in pedagogy, the academic discipline of law, learning and teaching on vocational and professional courses, the education and training of lawyers and other legal education issues. The research carried out within and through the group is grounded in appropriate theories but seeks to make a difference to students, law teachers and others working with(in) Law Schools or otherwise involved in legal education.
The group is led by Dr Jessica Guth.
International Law, Human Rights and SecurityThe International Law, Human Rights and Security Research Group captures the connected research areas of law and terrorism and human rights law. As far the threat of and the actual manifestations of terrorism, the focus is on exploring the role that law has within a wider counter-terrorism framework. Similarly, in an increasingly complex and globalised world, the focus is on the fundamental role that law has in the protection of individual rights. Current PhD research projects include studies around aviation-related terrorism, counter-terrorism Prevent policy in higher education, the United Nations Universal Declaration; human rights and migration and Modern Day Slavery.
The Group is led by Professor Simon Gardiner.
In today's society, sport is not simply a leisure activity – it is a multi-billion pound industry. Both professional and recreational sports involve a myriad of regulatory issues and the law has played an increasingly central role alongside sporting rules and regulations. These include legal engagement with racism and homophobia in sport, as well as the regulatory dynamics surrounding financial corruption in sport and improving governance. A Recent research project has focused on the concept of ‘integrity' in sport.
The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.