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About the Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR)

At UWE Bristol Law School’s Centre for Applied Legal Research (CALR), we study and assess the crucial role that law plays in society. Our wide range of activities are dedicated to improving our understanding of the law and its application in the real world.

Established by the University in October 2002, one of our key functions is to promote and coordinate research activity within the Bristol Law School. We are home to leading scholars whose work has impacted on policy debates within government, the scholarly community, businesses, charities and the voluntary sector.

Our research units

We have a wide breadth of activities and have organised CALR into three subject-based research units, focusing on the legal subjects we view as being of social and legal importance:

We also train and support the next generation of legal minds. As such, we are home to a host of doctoral students researching legal topics and issues both in a full and part-time capacity.

We see it as our responsibility to spark discussions about the law and our work with the public at large. Our researchers regularly attend and host seminars and conferences, and we have also brought speakers to UWE Bristol from around the world. They have helped us cultivate our reputation for training, knowledge exchange, informed debate and public engagement.

Another key aspect of our activities is consultancy work. We work with a wide range of entities including governmental agencies, commercial bodies and non-profit organisations to evaluate, train and provide advice on a wide range of legal issues.

Dr Elena Blanco, Associate Professor of International Economic Law and active member of the Centre for Applied Legal Research, talks about her research into globalization and how UWE Bristol Law School engages with its students and local businesses.

Research funding

We believe that it is vital to link our research to real-world issues. We have attracted funding from many UK and international bodies, including:

  • Public Health England
  • ESRC
  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary
  • Orange
  • College of Policing
  • Bristol City Council
  • Nuffield Foundation
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Open Society Foundation.

Find out more about the CALR

In this short YouTube video below, CALR former Director, Professor Phil Rumney, talks about the Centre members and their research specialisms.

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