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:

Research Groups

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.

Global Crime, Justice and Security Research Group

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

Environmental Law and Sustainability Research Group

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 funding

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.

Media engagement

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.

Research students

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.

We welcome any enquires about our work and research. Please direct any general enquiries to Professor Nicholas Ryder.

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