Having a direct impact on public policy Having a direct impact on public policy

The Law School's research has impact in numerous policy areas. Members of faculty proactively engage with practitioners, policy makers and industry partners at an early stage of their research. The result of this approach is internationally excellent and world leading collaborative research, grounded in practical application and the needs of, for example, government departments and industry bodies.
Our researchers also keep abreast of pending appeals to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal relating to their areas of expertise, and send their work to the relevant barristers to maximise the chance of their research having an impact. 
Members of faculty engage with the media and the public in a number of ways. For example they speak to and write for newspapers; write up their research in policy briefings (all CCP working papers now have associated policy briefings) and in blog posts and they use twitter or other social media to reach out beyond academia. We have linked to some of our more active blogs to the right of this page.
The ESRC funded Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) organises responses to consultations by public bodies such as OfCom, OFT, BIS, HM Treasury, European Commission and the UK Competition Commission. Members of CCP have presented findings to organisations such as the OFT, Competition Commission and HM Treasury. Other collaborations include Monitor, Which!, Ofwat, Ofgem and the Legal Services Board. Senior members of the BBC, Centre on Regulation in Europe, Consumer Focus, the African Forum for Utility Regulators, and the Competition Commission of South Africa have all visited the Centre.
The Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise & Technology (CREATe) is an RCUK research centre focussing on copyright and new business models in the creative economy. Numerous industry and charity partners including Google, Hewlett Packard, the FA Premier League, PRS for Music, TATE, BBC Research, Creative England, Consumer Focus and Creative Commons were consulted in the development of the multidisciplinary centre which links research across UEA in with a consortium of seven universities.
The following examples highlight some of the impact of our research:
In Competition Law the work of Andreas Stephan has been instrumental in shaping UK and Australian government policy to the inclusion of a dishonesty element in the cartel offence. His research suggests that there should be no such element as it tends to dissuade juries from conviction – the dishonesty element has been dropped from the Australian and UK proposals.
In public law, Professor David Mead's work on protest and peaceful demonstrations, particularly his book, The New Law of Public Protest has been referenced and used extensively in the Joint Committee on Human Rights' Report Demonstrating Respect for Rights - A Human Rights Approach to Policing Protest in the 2008/9 Parliamentary session and the OSCE/ODIHR Venice Guidelines on Peaceful Assembly.
Several members of the School have been cited in higher courts in the UK and abroad including Dr Stathis Banakas British Columbia v Zastowny [2008] 1 SCR 27 (Canada), Gray v Thames Trains [2009] UKHL 33 (England); Professor Rosemary Pattenden Kissel v HKSAR [2010] 2 HKC 367; Kissel v Hong Kong [2010] HKCU 355 (Hong Kong), and Professor Chris Wadlow Novelty Pte Ltd v Amanresorts,[2009] SGCA 13 (Singapore). These last two retired in December 2013

Impact Strategy

The Social Sciences faculty at UEA has developed an Impact Enhancement Strategy aimed at supporting research activity across Schools, toward stimulating greater impact and making a practical difference beyond academia.

Please click here for more information about the Faculty Impact Strategy

Blogs Blogs

Paul Bernal

Paul Bernal, Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law at UEA Law School blogging on Privacy, Human Rights, Law, The Internet and more:

Gibbs: Law and Life

David Gibbs, PhD candidate at UEA Law School and formerly an associate tutor, blogging on his research interests of Directors' duties and company law:

Ian Edwards: Law and Heritage

Ian Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Law at UEA Law School, blogging on the relationship between law, culture and heritage: http://lawandheritage.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Centre for Competition Policy

The ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), based at the University of East Anglia (UEA),  blogging on competition issues in the news, Government and agency policies and new academic research into competition policy