Legal Theory at Warwick is both diverse and attuned to the School's contextual and international approaches. Interests include critical, economic, feminist, law and literature/humanities, liberal, Marxist and postcolonial theory with theoretical orientation in criminal law, international development and human rights law.
Comparative Law and Culture
Comparative Law and Culture is a hallmark of the School's research. Conducted via a range of methodologies the groups focuses include financial markets; human and minority rights; labour law and industrial relations; agriculture and biotechnology; dispute resolution processes; and Islamic vs European socio-legal systems.
Gender and the Law
Women and the law has been a focus at Warwick since 1977 with the introduction of graduate modules. The focus has expanded to include women’s relation to development issues and post colonial societies, gender and human rights in Islam and international law and gender-based violence during armed conflict.
Contract, Business and Commercial Law
The School of Law has a number of scholars carrying out research related to contract and commercial law including the concept of unfair terms and exclusion clauses within contract law, English-European comparative law, economic regulation, taxation of corporate finance and communications law.
Governance and Regulation
The Governance and Regulation Cluster incorporates a variety of contexts, from banking and business to the provision of entertainment in the leisure industry. Research is strongly influenced by national and international current events and their effects on the interface between government, markets and the citizen.
Law and Humanities
Several academics at Warwick have approach law in its cultural setting and akin to Arts and Humanities disciplines. The study of law as a humanities' discipline concerns human beings engagement with the law’s connection to writing, reading, interpretation of text, representation, performance and persuasion.
Development and Human Rights
Warwick has established an international reputation for its research in International Development Law and Human Rights. The group consists of scholars and research students actively engaging in human rights, development and social justice issues in the Global South including newly industrialised and transitional economies.
International and European Law
The International and European Law Cluster comprises academics working in the field of public international law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, refugee law, international economic law, international human rights as well as those whose work has an international dimension.
The School of Law has a strong, and growing, reputation for socio-legal empirical research. The Empirical Approaches cluster includes staff with a wide variety of interests including: criminal justice; family law; gender and the law; governance and regulation; human rights; and refugee law.