Funded Research

The Law School has succeeded in securing external funding for its research from a diverse range of sources including the European Union, industry and public bodies, as well as from the United Kingdom’s Research Councils.  Recently this has included peer reviewed grants from: the European Commission (FP-7), the AHRC, ESRC, the British Academy, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  Funding has also been secured from: the European Parliament; Seafarers’ Rights International; Scottish Council of Law Reporting; Carnegie Trust; World Wildlife Fund; IUCN; the Scottish and Norwegian Governments; and the UK Ministry of Justice.  In 2013 the School secured a prestigious European Union, Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship.

Funding to engage with policy communities and establish networks has been received from the Scottish Universities Insight Institute and the Foundation Open Society Institute (Centre for Freedom of Information).

Members of Staff are also engaged by public and private bodies to undertake research on specific topics.

In 2010 Professor McEleavy was instructed by the Ministry of Justice to undertake research into the 1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children in advance of the United Kingdom ratifying the instrument. Subsequently, in 2012, he wrote the Ministry of Justice’s  Practice Guide on the 1996 Hague Convention.

In 2010 Professor Raitt completed a Report for Rape Crisis Scotland “Independent Legal Representation for Complainers in Sexual Offence Trials” One outcome was the production of a Scottish model for piloting.

In 2012 Stuart Cross completed a study for Scotland’s Campaign against Irresponsible Drivers (“SCID”) on “Access in Europe by a bereaved family to information gathered during an investigation into a fatal road collision”.

Recent externally funded projects include:

  • Professor Pamela Ferguson and Professor Fiona Raitt (Scottish Universities Insight Institute) to lead workshops on Expert Scientific Evidence, and Re-thinking Responses to Rape.
  • Aude Fiorini (European Parliament) to provide a Briefing Paper on Civil Law and Justice.
  • Elizabeth Kirk (European Union) for a Marie Curie Research Fellow (to examine the role of the European Union in the protection of marine biodiversity in the Arctic.)
  • Professor Alan Page (Foundation Open Society Institute) to establish the international network of Information Commissioners led by former Scottish Information Commissioner, Kevin Dunion.
  • Professor Colin Reid (AHRC) to examine new approaches to conservation law, such as biodiversity offsets and payment for ecosystem services, which can be seen as amounting to a privatization of biodiversity.
  • Professor Andrea Ross (AHRC) to explore the relationship between national identity and sustainability in Scotland and Wales.
  • Professor Robin Churchill (Seafarers' Rights International) during 2010/11 to undertake a research project for them on the obligations of flag States to secure human rights for the seafarers employed on their ships.


Recent graduate Dr Vimal Vasu has published a paper

Dr Vimal Vasu,  a Consultant in Neonatal Medicine and a recent graduate of the Healthcare Law and Ethics Distance Learning Masters Programme, has published a paper in (2017) British Medical Journal Paediatrics.  Entitled 'Pilot evaluation of parental and professional views regarding consent in neonatal medicine by telephone interviews and questionnaires', the paper reports the author's e...

Sustainable management of the historic environment

Andrea Ross

Professor Andrea Ross has recently published an article entitled ‘Sustainable management in policy and practice:  the placing of solar panels on listed buildings in Scotland’ in Environmental Law and Management.   One of the challenges for sustainable management of the historic environment is to identify its key characteristics and to then establish the boundaries within which change can continue so that ...