LSE Law has once again performed exceptionally well in the latest assessment of UK Higher Education research, ranking a clear overall first in the UK.

Assessors in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework awarded 38 per cent of its research output the highest (4 star) rating, indicating that it is ‘world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour’. This meant the Department took the top spot for the percentage of its work judged to meet the very highest standard.  A further 47 per cent of its research was deemed ‘internationally excellent’ (3 star).  This is a remarkable achievement given that 97 per cent of LSE Law's staff were submitted to REF 2014.

The Department has expertise across the full breadth of legal research, from corporate and commercial law to criminal justice, family law and medical and mental health. Its scholars are also often involved in inter-disciplinary research within and beyond LSE, including in criminology, European markets, human rights, risk and regulation and public affairs.

It is also home to four major research projects (International Humanitarian Law, Law and Financial Markets, Legal Biography and Transnational Law) producing world-class research on globally significant issues including financial regulation, the law of armed conflict and human rights in the 21st century.

The Department is committed to producing work that not only meets the highest standards of academic excellence but also produces substantive benefits beyond academia. It aims particularly to provide a basis for socio-political change in terms both of improved law and policy-making and of increased access to justice, democratic participation, environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility and social welfare.

To that end it shares its findings with public, private and third sector partners locally, nationally and around the world, both through collaborative and commissioned research and through the provision of specialist expertise, evidence and advice to external organisations. Departmental expertise in the field of international law is, for example, shared through Dr Chaloka Beyani’s role as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and [[Professor Christine Chinkin’s membership of the Kosovo Human Rights Advisory Panel.

Researchers also make regular contributions to the discussion and formulation of policy by bodies including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Parliament, and the UK government. Professor Conor Gearty’s research on human rights in the context of terrorism directly informed the content of the UK’s controversial Counter-Terrorism Act 2008, supporting its better alignment with the principles of traditional criminal law. Work by Professor Emily Jackson, an expert on medical law, led to her active involvement in the regulation of fertility treatment and embryo research.

Research insights are also shared with legal and associated professionals through conferences, workshops and seminars and through engagement with professional bodies such as the Law Society and Bar Standards Board. The Department meets the significant public interest in its work via a well-established Working Paper series and extensive programme of public events.

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