Much of the research conducted in the Law School adopts a socio-legal approach that examines the ways in which law operates within its social and political contexts. As such it aims to identify the societal impact of the law, as well as the policy dimensions associated with the application and enforcement of law. This is achieved by using traditional theoretical legal research methods and combining them with those adopted by other disciplines so that new perspectives are developed to help inform and develop an understanding of how law works in society. We also have recognised strengths in commercial law research for the purpose of law reform or general publication.
Information Technology Law
Research by the Institute of Law and the Web at Southampton combines legal expertise in key domains, such as information technology, Telecommunications, e-commerce, public sector information policy, and intellectual property. We are home to some of the most outstanding researchers in these fields in the UK, offering extensive links with IT practitioners worldwide through its many publications and the international academic and policy making community through the annual conference run by members of the Institute.
Health Ethics and Law
Drawing together more than 70 of the UK's foremost experts in healthcare law and scholars from other disciplines, the The Centre for Health Ethics and Law explores the nature of law, its processes of production and impact on society, through examining specific examples in healthcare law and ethics.
Law, Ethics and Globalisation
Established in March 2009, the Centre for Law, Ethics and Globalisation seeks to respond to a growing demand for wide ranging, critical thinking on the processes of globalisation and their impact on all aspects of social life and relations. The Centre encourages comparative, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas relating to law, ethics and globalisation.
The Centre aims to encourage and promote excellence and creativity in research, foster public discussion and enhance local, national and international dialogue and relations.
The Law School is a leading centre for research in and teaching of Insurance Law, national and worldwide. Although insurance law is a topic of major importance to private individuals and the commercial sector alike, it is researched or taught at only a very small number of universities in the UK and other common law jurisdictions. The University of Southampton Law School is home to several academics whose primary research interest is insurance law.
Maritime and Commercial Law
The Institute of Maritime Law was founded in 1982 to give focus to an existing interest in maritime and international trade.
Criminal Justice and Crime analysis
The Institute of Criminal Justice Research examines issues relating to the balance between order and control of crime on the one hand and the protection of civil liberties on the other. In addition to providing the postgraduate courses in crime analysis, we also run a series of successful conferences.