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Cardiff Law School has a well established reputation for outstanding research across the range of legal studies which makes a vital contribution to scholarship and the development of the law. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised the School as a leading legal research institution, with most activity classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

We are committed to a productive and reciprocal relationship between our world leading research and the high quality teaching we provide at post-graduate and undergraduate levels.

We are proud of our diverse and vibrant research culture. Our long established reputation for scholarship in the area of socio-legal studies is focused on the newly established Centre for Law and Society and the Journal of Law and Society which the School hosts. It is enriched by extensive collaboration with the Department of Politics and International Relations, as well as other Schools in the University and beyond. 

Our world leading work on legal doctrine and law in practice benefits from our close and distinctive relationship with the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at Cardiff. 

The quality of our scholarship and a systematic commitment to engagement with stakeholders led to Cardiff being rated third nationally for research impact in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We work extensively with government, civil society and industry in Wales, the UK, the EU and internationally.

The School’s research

Research within Cardiff Law School can be broken down into five Thematic Groups:

Procedural Justice includes the Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice and has links with other disciplines including Business, Psychology and Social Science.

Regulation of commercial activity working in collaboration with the University Research Institute PLACE. This group has links with Business and Planning and Geography.

Medicine, Health Care and Society includes Centre for Health and Social Care Law and Cardiff Centre for Ethics, law and Society. Links with other disciplines include Philosophy and Social Science.

Governance & Constitutionalism includes the Wales Governance Centre, Centre for Law and Religion, Centre for European Law and Governance and Centre for Human Rights and Public Law. Links with other disciplines include European Studies and Religion.

Socio-legal studies includes Cardiff Centre for Ethics, law and Society and the Centre for Law and Society.