Our research reflects the breadth of our academic expertise, spanning both doctrinal and socio-legal work. Themes include Theory; Family, Gender and Sexuality; Public Policy; Legal History; Property, Transactions and Markets; Commercial Law and Financial Regulation.
Our areas of expertise
Dr Charlotte Smith
Acting Research Division Leader
Research that makes an impact
99% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Law).
Recent projects include work on topics such as human rights and the Rule of Law in military operations, the articulation of rationing decisions in public healthcare, and accessorial liability under English criminal law.
Putting our research in the spotlight
Our research spotlight articles highlight some of the influential research our academics are undertaking.
Recent examples include Professor Rosa Freedman's work on 'Safeguarding Children in Peacekeeping Project' and Professor Mike Schmitt's very current research into how the COVID-19 pandemic is being exploited in cyberspace.
We have world-leading researchers working on a diverse range of legal issues across all areas of law. Our research is organised into three groups:
Global Law at Reading
Global Law at Reading (GLAR) is one of the largest groups of expert staff researching and teaching global law at any university within the UK.
As Reading's research hub for public international law, EU law and human rights law, it has a proud international reputation for research excellence in these areas.
Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation
The Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation was founded by the School of Law and the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) Centre in 2011.
The Centre was established as the home of research in commercial, competition, company, corporate, financial and intellectual property law and legal issues relating to oil and gas and network industries.
Find out more about the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation
Law, Justice and Society
The Law, Justice and Society research group showcases the full breadth of legal research found at the University of Reading.
Academics explore the interactions between law, justice and society through the lens of diverse methodological and conceptual approaches, including doctrinal, socio-legal, empirical, historical, literary and theoretical approaches to the study of law.
Find out more about the law, Justice and Society research group
News, events and publications
Our academics undertake a wide variety of research, much of which has produced a tangible impact beyond the School.
Keep informed of our latest research activities, publications and conference papers
We host a diverse series of research events throughout the year, including symposia, conferences and seminars,
Events are often funded in whole or part by external funders and organised on the initiative of the members of the different research themes.
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Meet our experts
Our academics are leading subject experts who contribute regularly to global and UK policy development and law reforms through their work with governments and regulatory agencies.
Study a PhD
Our staff and students are involved in research that fundamentally changes what we know about law and the legal system.