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Strathclyde Law School is committed to excellence in both teaching and research as our recent rankings testify. We hold the highest grade possible (‘exemplary’) after the official independent review conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 60 per cent of the Law School’s output received the highest gradings - 4* ‘world-class’ or 3* ‘internationally excellent’ – placing us seventh best in the UK (out of 67) and top in Scotland.

That is the finding of the much-awaited official assessment of the quality of research conducted by staff in all UK Law Schools. Published on the 18th December, the results are emphatic: Strathclyde Law School’s academic staff are among the top experts in their fields, whose research is recognised as being not just nationally but internationally excellent.

Criminal Justice

See also The Centre for Law, Crime and Justice

Key Areas Include: sentencing, punishment, childhood and crime, homicide, desistance from crime, home detention orders, prisons and imprisonment, parole and release from prison, community-based penalties, financial penalties, penal cultures and penal change, prostitution and sex work, the criminal justice process, guilty pleas and plea-bargaining; judicial accountability, impact of imprisonment on families, restorative justice, access to justice, desistance from crime, technologies of risk and surveillance, human rights, international justice, transitional justice, terrorism, criminal justice law and policy; violence; and comparative criminal justice; female offending and justice.

Key Staff

Rt Hon Professor Dame Elish Angiolini QC DBE

Dr Monica Barry

Professor Rebecca Dobash

Professor Russell Dobash

Professor Neil Hutton

Niall Kearney

Professor Tony Kelly

Professor Nancy Loucks

Dr Claire McDiarmid

Mary Munro

Professor Mike Nellis

Therese O’Donnell

Dr Laura Piacentini

Professor Jane Scoular

Dr Cyrus Tata (Director of the Centre for Law, Crime & Justice)

Beth Weaver

Dr Hakeem Yusuf



Dispute Resolution

Including alternative dispute resolution particularly mediation and negotiation, redress mechanisms and public services, and international dispute resolution.

Key academic staff include:

Dr. Bryan Clark

Prof. Alan Paterson

Prof. Peter Robson

Human Rights

Including degrading and inhuman treatment, socio-economic rights for asylum seekers and irregular migrants, international human rights, environmental rights, rights consciousness, administering human rights, penal reform, children’s rights and discrimination law.

Key academic staff include:

Dr. Sylvie Da Lomba

Prof. Tony Kelly

Prof. Alan Miller

Therese O’Donnell

Dr. Laura Piacentini

Prof. Mark Poustie

Dr. Elaine Webster

Legal Profession

Including legal education, (ethical learning, ICT and web-based learning environments, simulation and gaming and learning, curriculum design, clinical legal education) professional ethics, criminal legal aid and the criminal process, judiciary, and, funding and quality of legal services, access to justice

Key academic staff include:

Karen Barton

Prof. Charles Hennessy

Prof. Donald Nicolson

Prof. Alan Paterson

Dr. Cyrus Tata


Including competition law, corporate governance, environmental regulation, internet governance, e-commerce, regulation of the legal profession and administrative justice.

Key academic staff include:

Dr. Bryan Clark

Prof. Lilian Edwards

Dr. Konstantinos Komaitis

Prof. Alan Paterson

Prof. Mark Poustie

Prof. Barry Rodger

Prof. Richard Susskind

Scots Private Law

Is an area of particular strength, including Family Law, Bio-ethics and Personhood, Child Law and Child Protection, Sexual Orientation and Same Sex Families, Personal Bar, Obligations, and History of Scots Private Law, Private International Law, and Gender and Legal Theory.

Key academic staff include:

Prof. John Blackie

Dr. Mary Ford

Dr. Claire McDiarmid

Prof. Kenneth Norrie

Prof. Barry Rodger