The Institute for Law, Justice and Society brings together a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise in order to explore the role of law in addressing inequalities, towards a fairer and more just society.
Our activities fall within four broadly-defined clusters (criminal law and justice; international law; law, sexuality and gender; and interdisciplinary legal studies) within which we are engaged in empirical, doctrinal and theoretically-informed research on some of the most challenging questions of our age. These include, for example, modern slavery, human trafficking, domestic violence, non-traditional marriages, climate change, the migration crisis, pollution offences, sustainable development, ethical business regulation, law and political economy, corporate social responsibility, international human rights, children’s rights, police powers, mental disorder and criminal responsibility, sentencing and penal policy, organised crime, and law, rights and technology. Supported by the ESRC and Nuffield Foundation, our researchers are currently investigating a variety of novel legal responses to the social implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Law is a social institution and, from professors to doctoral students, the Institute of Law, Justice and Society represents an international community of legal scholars who are committed to the public good and actively seek to promote the ideal of social justice through transformational scholarship.