Research in Law

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Kevin Wahba studied law at the University of Dundee and now works as a Geomatics Engineer, Lawyer and an Ontario Land Surveyor

Published on 9 February 2021

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Chidinma Zik-Ikeorha, an international student from Nigeria, graduated with an LLM in International Law and currently works as a Programme Consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme.

Published on 26 January 2021

Research expertise

Corporate and commercial law

Our research expertise includes corporate insolvency, "corporate" governance and law across various organisational forms, and legal innovation and creativity .

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Criminal law and justice

Research into criminal law and justice is undertaken by leading researchers who work on Scottish, English and international criminal law. Our work embraces substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, and the law of evidence, as well as aspects of international and transnational criminal law and transitional justice.

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Environmental law

We are one of the leading law schools for environmental law research in the UK with experts in international, national and multi-level environmental governance. Particular areas of expertise include water law, sustainable development, biodiversity and ecosystems management, and environmental regulation. 

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Human rights

We are a thriving environment for research on human rights. Research is doctrinal, theoretical, and practical. It focuses on institutional mechanisms for human rights protection, substantive and jurisprudential issues about the nature of human rights, feminist approaches to human rights, human rights and terrorism, human rights and transnational corporations, human rights and the environment, human rights in the context of private international law, human rights and global justice, right to information as well as many other areas.

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Private international law 

Dundee Law School has an international reputation for research in the field of Private International Law through the work of Peter McEleavy and Aude Fiorini. Their work focuses in particular on international family law, particularly international child abduction, and the Europeanisation of private international law.

They have provided advice to the UK & foreign governments and have acted as experts to the European Commission (TAIEX Office) and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Peter’s work has been cited by appellate courts across the globe as well as by Advocates General of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Public international law

We are home to leading international law scholars who work in many different fields, such as water law, security, transnational co-operation, international criminal law, and international environmental law.

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Public law

As public law within the United Kingdom continues its fascinating evolution, we continue to provide the research and expertise needed to stay on top of these changes. Professors Alan Page and Colin Reid have provided evidence to the Scottish Parliament on a number of occasions in relation to the implications of the UK's impending exit from the European Union.

We have recently refreshed our world leading Centre for Freedom of Information.

Additionally, staff members are also currently engaged in research on comparative public law, jurisprudence, and constitutional theory. Whilst navigating the post-Brexit constitutional and administrative law landscape, we will continue to house some of the leading voices on the development of UK public law.   

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Scots Law

Most of our staff do research on Scots law and many regularly advise the Scottish Government and civil society on numerous issues, such as criminal, environmental, water, conservation, consumer protection and planning law. In addition, several members of staff have contributed to leading Scottish law textbooks and monographs.

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