Our Research Groups act as enablers of intellectual innovation in both current and future research. Every member of the Law School is a member of one or more groups, enabling individuals to trial ideas and build research collaborations, with researchers and stakeholders both within and beyond Durham. Our Research Groups run an active and vibrant programme of international conferences, seminars and workshops, make submissions to consultations, co-ordinate and support bids for funding, host visiting academics and play a leading role in integrating our post-graduate research students into the life of the Law School.
The Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (CCLCJ) provides an international forum for research and postgraduate education drawing together doctrinal, socio-legal, criminological, sociological and psychological approaches to crime, criminal law and criminal justice. It is a collaborative research centre, with academics drawn from the Law School and the School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS), who work alongside others, with the express aim of providing an environment to foster interdisciplinary research and links with practitioners across criminal law and criminal justice. As well as fostering a vibrant research environment, the centre regularly organises themed conferences and seminars and promotes the creation of long-term research projects, links and publications.
The Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (Durham CELLS) was established as a university research centre in December 2011. It brings together scholars who conduct research on the relationship between biosciences, law and ethics. This field invites collaborative research from a wide range of academic disciplines. Durham CELLS has facilitated such collaboration, both within and beyond the university, through a series of workshops, conferences, funding applications, and papers presented by academics from outside of the university. Durham CELLS has both junior and senior academic members from the Departments of Anthropology, Philosophy, and Theology and Religion, and the Schools of Applied Social Sci-ences, Biological and Biomedical Science, Law, and Medicine and Health. It also organises an annual postgraduate research conference.
The Durham European Law Institute (DELI) acts as a focus for the dissemination of European Law at regional, national and international levels. It has expanded significantly in recent years, following the appointment of several members of staff interested in DELI's activities: European Constitutional Law, European Free Movement Law, EU Consumer Law, EU Intellectual and Biotechnology Law, EU Company Law, EU Competition Law, Fundamental Rights, EU External Relations Law, European co-operation in the criminal sphere and European responses to terrorism. DELI organises an Annual Lecture and hosts regular conferences, workshops and seminars. It also collaborates with other members of the University interested in European affairs, using RIG Europe as a Platform for the development of multi-disciplinary synergies.
The Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM) is a university think-tank established in 2016 to generate evidence and policy ideas to work towards a gender equal media. Targeting politicians, policy-makers, media regulators and journalists, GEM will provide valuable expertise, shared through a new online resource hub, as well as advice, consultancy and research. GEM's founding members are Holly Dustin, Dr Fiona Vera-Gray and Professor Clare McGlynn both from Durham University, and Dr Maddy Coy from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University. GEM’s International advisor is Yeliz Osman.
The research group Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) brings together scholars researching law, gender and sexuality across a number of legal boundaries, particularly criminal law and justice, diversity in the legal profession and judiciary and LGBT legal issues. Members of GLAD have secured externally funded projects facilitating effective knowledge transfer between academic and legal, statutory and third-sector communities, for instance, on the operation of hate crime scrutiny panels, reforming pornography law, women in the judiciary and feminist judgments. GLAD also hosts a series of high-profile events aimed at bringing together academic, student and activist communities and disseminating research to diverse user-groups.
The Human Rights Centre (HRC) is the largest research grouping in the Law School. Research interests include domestic protections, European and comparative dimensions, international human rights and socio-legal approaches. In detail, several members of the Centre are engaged in research concerning the human rights and international implications of legal responses to terrorism, taking account of the security service response. A number of members are working on aspects of the Human Rights Act and the Bill of Rights question. Significant contributions to the policy-making and deliberative processes have been made in both areas. The HRC has a strong track record of securing grant funding in these core areas. It organises an annual postgraduate conference on human rights issues.
The Law School has international-class research strength in commercial and corporate law. The Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL) supports and gives a formal focus for this work. Its members engage collaboratively and individually in a variety of work in the field ranging from aspects of law and finance, to corporate governance, to takeovers and mergers, to law of credit and security, to comparative and international commercial law, to arbitration, to competition law, to aspects of property law. The ICCL collaborates with the law firm Bond Dickinson sponsoring a range of mutually beneficial activities and events including an annual lecture, seminars and prizes.
Islam, Law and Modernity (ILM) was established in summer 2011 in order to stimulate research, discussion and commentary on a variety of social, political and legal issues relating to the Islamic world. It engages across multiple disciplines, providing a forum for open exchange and debate as well as joint research to move the conversation forward. To this end it holds a series of seminars with key players from the region, disseminates information in English about central documents in Arabic or other non-European languages, pursues funding avenues for projects, engages in teaching exchanges with high-level Arab universities and other institutions, and engages in transitional institution-building with key government departments, such as judicial academies and ministries of justice.
Law and Global Justice (LGJ) provides a forum for the development and dissemination of research in the field of international law and justice. We support the work of academic and post graduate researchers within Durham Law School and of colleagues in other departments throughout the University. Law and Global Justice is an inclusive research group that accommodates those with research interests in diverse subject from the law of armed conflict, international terrorism, globalisation and development, global constitutionalism and broad questions of international human rights. The group provides a forum for cultivating research ideas and projects and encouraging collaborative research and funding applications.