A strong focus of our research is engaging with government, private practice and civil society.
As part of our research into international conflict, Professor Shah has worked as legal advisor to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees on asylum cases. His advice work has extended to UN’s Development Programme and the EU on projects relating to human rights and rule of law. He has also worked at the UN Division for the Advancement of Women in New York dealing with the first batch of cases before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
Linking to our research in clinical and practical legal services, Diana Wallis is Commercial Mediator at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and was a Board Member of the International Mediation Institute in The Hague. She is also an Honorary Associate of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford and a Fellow in Law at Vrije Universiteit Brussels.
Reflecting our focus on government, Dr Lisa Whitehouse is working with the Ministry of Justice (including its Behavioural Insights Team), the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit, and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government as part of their reform of the civil justice system and housing possession process. She recently reported findings of the online pilot survey to the Ministry of Justice. She consulted on human rights charity Justice’s proposal for a new Housing Disputes Service and her research was included in their working party report, Solving Housing Disputes, which launched in March 2020.
Dr Mike Varney, in collaboration with Professor Chris Bovis, has provided training to civil servants from around Europe on issues relating to procurement and Brexit.
Our research collaborations include international partnerships. For example, Professor Lundmark is a Visiting Professor of Comparative Law at La Trobe University for example, and Visiting Professor of American Law at the University of Southern Denmark.