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Society & policy Justice, rights and governance

Our Law School experts are recognised as world leading. Through education, research and work with external partners, our legal knowledge and expertise influences policy-making and practice with a real impact on society. 

The Strathclyde Centre for Law, Crime and Justice brings together expertise in the study of law, crime, criminal justice, as well as inter-disciplinary between:

We have broad expertise in legal matters facing criminology, health policy, policy relating to children, education, migration, and security studies

Strathclyde has a wealth of research on justice, and the Justice, rights & governance sub-theme encompasses several disciplinary perspectives (including social work & policy, and psychology), and areas of expertise.

Human rights standards have become relevant to many spheres of law and policy, nationally and internationally. The expanding impact of human rights law on society is reflected in the breadth of our research interests. These include:

  • socio-economic rights in the contexts of immigration and asylum
  • multinational corporations
  • child care and protection in the context of the right to respect for private and family life
  • human rights dimensions of climate change

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law (CSHRL) is a focal point for research and teaching in human rights law.  Our research goes beyond academia in a range of human rights areas. We hold regular conferences and seminars that brings together the academic community, legal profession, public and non-governmental sector in Scotland, in the UK and internationally. 

Amongst the CSHRL's Visiting Professors is Alan Miller, Special Envoy of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) and was formerly the inaugural Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission (2008-2016).  Read his blog post on Human rights, social protections and Brexit - Scotland's voice?

Scottish Institute for Policing Research

Strathclyde plays a key role in the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), a strategic collaboration between 14 of Scotland's universities and the Police Service of Scotland.  The Institute offer a range of opportunities for conducting relevant, applicable research to help the police meet the challenges of the 21st century and for achieving international excellence for policing research in Scotland.


Justice, rights & governance co-ordinator