Research Areas

Our approach to research is two-fold. We believe in the importance of larger collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. The School’s research strategy is therefore focused on developing critical mass in our key areas of specialism:

•    Competition Law and Policy
•    Company and Commercial Law (incl. arbitration, international investment, and insurance) 
•    Media, Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law
•    Human Rights, Peaceful Protest and Policing
•    International and EU Law

In these areas, our researchers reach beyond the Law School to work with colleagues both within UEA and from other universities. We also maintain strong links with practitioners, the industry, and policy makers, domestically and globally.


Secondly, we support excellent research wherever it may be found. Our researchers are also active in medical law (Professor Rob Heywood, Dr Seb Peyer and Dr Angelika Reichstein), criminal law, criminal justice and evidence (Dr Ian Edwards); private law, including contract, tort, and chancery subjects both generally and from a comparative perspective (Dr Lucy Barnes, Dr Gareth Spark, and Dr Gemma Mitchell), environmental law (Dr Avidan Kent), refugee law (Dr Kirsten McConnachie) and data protection/Big Data (Dr Karen McCullagh ). Our research covers a host of approaches, from the purely doctrinal, theoretical or empirical, to socio-legal, economic, or anthropological analyses of law.