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The Law School is active in a number of applied research projects and provides doctoral research opportunities and expertise in a wide range of law subject areas. The School's research has been determined to be either at the level of 'International Excellence' or internationally recognised in over half of its output, in terms of its originality, significance and rigour.

Areas of particular interest include:

Criminal Law – corporate offending and the adequacy of sanctions;
International Criminal Law – management of concurrent jurisdiction;
Employment Law – the impact of tribunal fees on access to tribunals in Scotland;
Private International Law – the regulation of contractual disputes and choice of applicable law;
Medical Law – the legal regulation of assisted suicide; the right to personal autonomy and freedom of decision-making for incompetent patients;
Energy Law;
Property Law.