The impact of our work benefits policy makers,legislators, the legal profession, trade associations, NGOs, the public sector, and international organisations. We aim to maximise the impact of our research by:

  1. a practical focus of academic research and scholarly writing;
  2. a tradition of Public Engagement with Knowledge Exchange;
  3. the provision of (i) expert advice, and (ii) CPD training.

The following case studies demonstrate how appplied research is at the heart of the School of Law's activities

Protection of Children in Private International Law

In the current era of globalisation the mobility of modern families means that disputes between parents, or the protection of children by the State, increasingly have international dimensions....

Research into the use of Independent Legal Representation

In 2008 Rape Crisis Scotland commissioned Professor Fiona E. Raitt to conduct research into the use of Independent Legal Representation (ILR) for rape ‘complainers’ (the Scottish term for those who allege that they have been the victim of a criminal offence). ...

The European Union and the Legal Protection of Marine Biodiversity in the Arctic

This project (EuroArcticLaB) will establish what powers the European Union (EU) has to pursue its stated objective of protecting marine biological diversity (biodiversity) in the Arctic (COM (2008)763 final; JOIN (2012) 19 final). ...

The Privatisation of Biodiversity? - New Approaches to Nature Conservation in the United Kingdom

The conference aims to explore new approaches that might be used as alternatives to “command-and-control” regulation to promote the conservation of biodiversity. In particular, the focus will be on Payment for Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Off-Setting....