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Research clusters


We have specialist research clusters in public law, commercial law and human rights. They provide a focus for debate, research collaboration and teaching development among our academic staff.

We welcome opportunities to work with external partners to share our expertise. Our research engages with practical issues in commercial law, human rights, and public law, examining how they impact on the work of legal practitioners, organisations and the public.

Our academics have extensive experience of working with businesses, governments, parliaments and organisations in the UK and abroad. This includes the United Nations, the European Union and the UK government, as well as law firms such as Allen & Overy, Birkett Long, Clifford Chance, Ince & Co and Nabarro.

How we can work with you

We can work with you on consultancy, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), collaborative and commissioned research projects, as well as through training and internships.

External partners also work with us to help produce the next generation of legal professionals by participating in events and initiatives designed to support our students' development. These include our annual Law Fair, law lectures, Essex Law Clinic and a range of other legal skills training opportunities.

Contact us to find out how we can work with you.

Continuing professional development

We work closely with Suffolk and North Essex Law Society to deliver a Continuing Professional Development programme, including our Select Law Lecture series featuring leading experts from across the legal sector.

Our Essex Summer School in Human Rights Research Methods takes place annually and is organised by our world-leading Human Rights Centre. Discounts are available for not-for-profit organisations.

Working with schools

Our award-winning Essex Street Law project is a unique opportunity for schools to give their pupils an insight into the world of law and legal training. School of Law students visit participating schools to deliver exciting and interactive sessions on a range of legal topics, helping pupils to understand how law has an impact on our everyday lives.

Essex Law Clinic

Our Essex Law Clinic benefits the local community by offering free initial advice about legal problems while giving our students the opportunity to develop practical experience of working alongside practising lawyers advising clients.

Transitional justice

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The Essex Transitional Justice Network explores issues faced by societies experiencing socio-political changes, such as the transition from repressive to democratic regimes, or from civil war to peace.

EU law blog

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How does European Union law affect our lives? Read Professor Steve Peer’s EU Law Analysis blog for expert insight into the latest developments in EU law and its impact on governments and citizens.

Summer school

Summer school

The Human Rights Centre runs a pioneering summer school on methods for human rights research. Discounts available for academic and not-for profit sectors as well as Essex research students, alumni and staff.

Human Rights Centre

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Our Human Rights Centre is a global leader in human rights research, practice and education. The Centre was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2010 in recognition of its work.