Find out more about our research and expertise in the Bristol Law School.
Bristol Law School is one of the top-rated ‘post 1992’ law departments in the country, scoring consistently high ratings in the official research assessment exercises. This reflects the fact that legal research provides a central focus for the work of the Law School, and that many staff are engaged in research of national and international significance. The Law School also places emphasis on nurturing new career researchers, investing in providing an environment in which they can flourish, and on using research to enrich the learning experience of students.
The major research interests lie within the Law School’s two Research Groups:
- Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group
- Environmental Law and Sustainability Research Group
Global Crime, Justice and Security
Members of the Global Crime, Justice and Security Group are actively involved in a wide range of related areas, as well as numerous research funded projects and knowledge exchange activities. The Group provides a forum for research activity within Bristol Law School and we support our members in the development and implementation of their research and other scholarly activity. We actively support research funding applications and encourage collaboration both within the group, the wider research community, related practitioners and key stakeholders.
Members of the Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group conduct research on the following areas:
- Criminal justice, procedure and criminal law
- Financial crime
- Corporate governance and economic crime
- Collective Security
- International organised crime
- Criminal Law
- The media and court reporting.
Environmental Law and Sustainability Research Group
The Environmental Law and Sustainability Research Group provides a forum for research activity in the field of environmental, sustainability and natural resources law. The Group’s members are drawn from across the University as well as externally. The Group is premised on the belief that environmental problems are problems of the law and society.
Members are concerned with the task of connecting global sustainability challenges to the experiences of the communities and fostering innovative and practical law and policy solutions that are necessary for societies to work in harmony with nature. The Environmental Law and Sustainability Research Group focuses on a wide range of areas including:
- Biodiversity and nature protection law
- Climate change and security
- Environment and human rights
- Environmental justice and the global south
- Environmental protection, security and armed conflict
- European environmental law
- Natural resources and investment
- Sustainable development
Research with impact
Researchers in Bristol Law School have conducted research on a wide range of issues that fall within its two research groups. One of the key aspects of our research is its impact beyond academia which includes the criminal justice system, legislation, law enforcement agencies, international organisations, telecommunication and financial institutions.
Research carried out by Law School staff is funded by a wide range of organisations including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), LexisNexis Risk Solutions, the City of London Police Force, ICT Wilmington Risk & Compliance, Universities South West, the France Telecom Group, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the European Commission, the Open Society Justice Initiative, the College of Policing, a range of UK police forces, the British Academy, the European Institute for Gender Equality, and national and international business corporations.
Bristol Law School staff members have been interviewed by and their work reported in a number of media outlets such as Bloomberg News, the BBC (national and regional), Deutsche Welle, CNBC, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
- Salman Aljawder
- Ufuo Asanwana
- Cleverline Brown
- Hiep Duong
- Demelza Hall
- Noah Afedolor Izoukumor
- Diana Johnson
- Aholu Okechukwu
- Siavash Ostovar
- Charlie Robson
Student Law Review
The UWE Bristol Student Law Review (UWESLR) showcases the best examples of undergraduate research by students on the Law and Joint Awards programmes.
Published annually, the UWESLR is intended to both promote high quality student work and enhance the sense of community amongst researchers within the Bristol Law School.
Bristol Law School staff write or contribute to a wide range of books, journal articles and other publications, which can be found either by looking at the web pages of individual staff members or by searching the UWE Bristol Research Repository.
- Blanco, E and Grear, A (2019). Personhood, Jurisdiction and Injustice: Law, Colonialities and the Global Order. 10(1) Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, 86-117.
- Blanco, EM and Sanchez, MJA (in press). Follow-ing the money’ 10 years on: Transparency and the fight against banking secrecy. In L Pasculli and N Ryder (eds), Corruption, Integrity and the Law. Global Regulatory Challenges (185-205). (1). UK: Routledge.
- Brimblecombe, F (2020). The public interest in deleted personal data? The right to be forgotten's freedom of expression exceptions examined through the lens of Article 10 ECHR. 23(10) Journal of Internet Law 1-29.
- Grant, E (2019). ‘The American Convention on Human Rights and Environmental Rights Standards’ in Turner, S; Shelton, D; Razzaque, J; McIntyre, O; and May, J (eds). Environmental Rights: The Development of Standards. Cambridge University Press, 60-92.
- Herlin-Karnell, E and Ryder, N (2019). Market Manipulation and Insider Trading – Regulatory Challenges in the United States of America, the European Union and the United Kingdom. Hart.
- Johnson, D (2020). What role does competition law have to play in the prosecution of financial crime in the UK? In Ryder, N and Pasculli, L (eds). Corruption, Integrity and the Law. Routledge, 36-53.
- Johnston, E (2019). The Adversarial Defence Lawyer: Myths, Disclosure and Efficiency – A Contemporary Analysis of the Role in the Era of the Criminal Procedure Rules. (Online) International Journal of Evidence and Proof 1-24.
- Kotze, LJ and Grant, E (2019). 'Environmental Human Rights in the Global South’ in Cullet, P and Koonan, S (eds), Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South. Edward Elgar, 86-108.
- Man, A (2019). Old player, new rules: A critique of the China-Ethiopia and China-Tanzania bilateral investment treaties in Gammage, C and Novitz, T (eds), Sustainable Trade, Investment and Finance Toward Responsible and Coherent Regulatory Frameworks. Edward Elgar, 151-171.
- Nortje, W and Quenivet, N (2019). Child Soldiers and the Defence of Duress under International Criminal Law. Palgrave.
- Pasculli, L and Ryder, N (eds). (2020). Corruption, Integrity and the Law – Global Regulatory Challenges. Routledge.
- Pasculli, L and Ryder, N (2019). Corruption in the Global Era: Causes, Sources and Forms of Manifestation. Routledge.
- Quenivet, N (2020). Binding the United Nations to Customary (Human Rights) Law. 17 International Organizations Law Review, 379-417.
- Quenivet, N (2019). Binding the United Nations to Customary (Human Rights) Law. (Online) International Organizations Law Review, 1-39.
- Quenivet, N (2019). The Obligation to Investigate after a Potential Breach of Article 2 ECHR in an Extra-Territorial Context: Mission Impossible for the Armed Forces? 37 Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 119-132.
- Querton C (2019), Gender and the Boundaries of International Refugee law: Beyond the Category of ‘Gender-related Asylum Claims’. 37(4) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 379-397.
- Querton, C (2019). The impact of Brexit on gender and asylum law in the UK, in M Dustin, N Ferreira, and S Millns (eds), Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit. Palgrave, 209-238.
- Stone, K; Vicary, S; and Spencer-Lane, T (2020). The Approved Mental Health Professional Practice Handbook. Bristol Policy Press.
- Stone, K; Vicary S; Scott C and Buckland R (2019). Ethical approval and being a virtuous social work researcher. The experience of multi-site research in UK health and social care: an approved mental health professional case study. Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare, 156-171.
- Turner, S; Shelton; Razzaque, J; McIntyre, O and May, J (eds) (2019). Environmental Rights: The Development of Standards. Cambridge University Press.
- Young, MA and Woodiwiss, M (2019). A world fit for money laundering: The Atlantic alliance’s undermining of organized crime control. Trends in Organized Crime.
- Young, M and Woodiwiss, M (2019). Organised Crime and Security Threats in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: A Critical Analysis of US Assumptions and Policies. 5 European Review of Organised Crime, 85-119.
We welcome any enquires about our work and research. Please direct any general enquiries to Professor Nicholas Ryder.