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The Law School

About the school

The Law School has a substantial history – we’ve been teaching Law at Hull since 1927 – and a wide network of alumni from around the world.

Our considerable research expertise in restorative justice, civil law, international and public law has always had a strong interest in justice – with a focus on social justice and criminal justice.

A forward-thinking Law School, we’ve invested heavily in creating the right environment for students – to build both academic knowledge of the law and the practical skills required to enter into legal practice. Our facilities include an excellent mock courtroom, an award-winning Legal Advice Centre and legal e-resources – helping students develop the skills needed for the modern workplace.

Research in The Law School

The Law School's vibrant research culture includes a community of researchers across all career stages – from postgraduate students to professors.

Our inclusive and outward-looking research community delivers high-quality, rigorous and socially beneficial research. Our legal academic expertise is addressing wider intellectual and real-world challenges with a developing global presence in legal research.

We contribute significantly to cross disciplinary research centres within the University – including the Wilberforce institute and the Institute for Applied Ethics – and beyond.

Our innovative research delivers new insights into the functioning of the legal system. The school’s high-quality outputs provide the basis for cross-disciplinary research partnerships, funding applications and impactful research.

Our research is focused around four core areas, reflecting the University priorities of sustainability and social justice, as well as the faculty priorities of applied ethics; systems thinking, government and sustainability:

  • International: international and comparative studies of conflict, security and human rights
  • Governance: comparative and European influences on the British polity, with consideration of constitutional, administrative and regulatory law
  • Access to justice: in housing and clinical wellbeing
  • Restorative justice: penal policy and practice

We have developed clusters of research around these themes, strengthening our research identity and profile and enabling colleagues to engage in research initiatives on a national and international scale.

Research strengths

International Law

Professor Lindsay Moir is a leading, internationally recognised expert on the legal regulation of the use of force and armed conflict and has published widely on both topics.

His work has been cited before and by international courts and tribunals; he has also provided advice to foreign governments. Professor Moir held a Visiting Fellowship at the International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago. He has also been awarded funding by the British Academy, Nuffield Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Dr Carmino Massarella’s research focuses on the field of public international law with a particular emphasis on topics relating to the law of the sea; including questions of jurisdiction and law enforcement at sea and maritime security.

Our strength in international law is reflected in the Josephine Onoh Memorial Lecture. This internationally recognised lecture series has been running at Hull run since 1985 when Judge Elias, then President of the International Court of justice, delivered the first address. The most eminent international lawyers of the day have continued to deliver lectures in the series ever since. Recent speakers have included Sir Iain Macleod KCMG, Director General (Legal) and Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2016; Professor Redgwell, Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford in 2017; Professor White, University of Nottingham in 2018; and in 2019, Professor Talmon, Universities of Bonn and Oxford, Barrister at 20 Essex Street Chambers.

Our community

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"The Law School were doing innovative things that really would help me get a career in Law"

Watch: Find out why Tracey Reymond chose Law at Hull.

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Legal Advice Centre

Our on-campus Legal Advice Centre provides free, confidential and independent legal advice to the local community. And provides our Law School students with the chance to gain valuable, practical experience in the legal profession.

Find out more about the Legal Advice Centre

How a sandwich year at the University of Hull led to Eden Barnes walking the corridors of 10 Downing Street

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Where will you wear your suit?

Watch: Law graduates Richard Rhodes and Sam Minall tell their stories.

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More than lectures

Watch: Charles Ashie, Lee Tilling and Danielle Griffin on the amazing opportunities Hull has to offer outside of the lecture theatre.

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Together, we mean business

We're proud to work with a wide variety of corporate partners at local and national levels. Our collaborations help us keep in step with the needs of business whilst providing innovative and tailored solutions for our partners. Free to join, priceless to belong. Our corporate partners help inspire the next generation of sustainable and responsible leaders

Find out more about becoming a corporate partner of The Law School.

Law School on demand

View our latest webinars, guest talks and virtual events on the Law School’s online channel

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Hands-on Experience at our Legal Mediation Centre

Our Legal Mediation Centre provides final-year law students with the opportunity to gain valuable experience working on real mediation disputes. Law students put their learning to practice within the centre to resolve the disputes between parties. While developing real-world legal skills that help them stand out from the crowd.

Our people

The school is a vibrant community of extremely talented staff and students, who collaborate to craft some incredibly creative work.

staff members in the The Law School, arranged alphabetically by last name

PhD students

PhD students in the The Law School
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    The Mechanisms of Oman Council in Enhancing Regulatory and Legislative Efficiency to Combat Corruption

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    Legal Challenges Arising from Foreign Investment in Oman (Focus on Investment Arbitration) Comparative Study with the EU Arbitration Investment System

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    Nigerian Internally Displaced Persons and International Human Rights Law

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    Offshore Renewable Energy Governance: Polity, Politics, and Policy

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    Child Trafficking, Child Protection and the Fitness of the Law: Vietnam, Albania and Nigeria

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    Non-force Enforcement of Fisheries: the Evolution of Legal Mechanisms for Achieving Compliance in National and International Fisheries

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    Reconstruing Future Conditionality In English Jurisprudence: Revealing Ancient Purposes for Common Law ‘Lives in Being’

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    Operationalising the Notion of a Restorative School Community: a Case Study in a Socio-economically Deprived Area

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    Children’s Environmental Human Rights and Marine Plastic Pollution

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    The Identification and Treatment of Human Trafficking Victims: Policy, Practice and Protection

    new mock courtroom in the law department

    Order in the court

    Put your legal expertise to the test and hone your skills in a replica courtroom.


    *Percentage of students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018