The School of Law is committed to high-quality research and to enhancing its position as a centre of scholarship, nationally and internationally. School members are encouraged to develop and pursue a strong and committed research agenda and to foster in our students high standards of scholarship. Whilst most of the research output continues to be in the form of individually authored publications, a significant proportion of staff members collaborate on collective national and international research projects and networks and/or are working within specific research centres.
The School has four established research Centres - the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Centre for Disability Law & Policy, the Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy, and the Centre for Marine Law and Ocean Policy. These provide a research environment conducive to collaborative projects and this is reflected in the research output of those associated with these Centres.
The Irish Centre for Human Rights continually makes significant contributions to developing of a body of specialised human rights, international humanitarian law and conflict studies literature. The Centre has an established international reputation for excellence in research, teaching and advocacy in human rights and related fields.
The Centre for Disability Law & Policy provides an innovative model for interdisciplinary research. It has formed an active collaboration with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and the Child and Family Support Research Centre. Its focus is the production of research that contributes to the resolution of disability law reform issues in Ireland. In doing so it aims to expand the range of policy solutions for Government and equip those who advocate for change with relevant comparative research.
Pictured right is Professor Gerard Quinn, Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy.
The Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy acts as a resource for research, education and training on housing and housing related issues. Collaborating with national and international Universities, research bodies and Housing Agencies it synthesizes law, rights and policy creating a holistic approach to housing studies.
The Marine Law and Ocean Policy Centre is an inter-disciplinary research initiative between participants from the Law School, the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences and Trinity College Dublin. The Centre engages in the study of the legal, political, economic and social aspects of the ocean, the coastal zone and marine resources under a number of European and international research programmes.
Pictured right is Dr. Ronan Long, Research Director at the Marine Law and Ocean Policy Centre.
Although individual talent remains at the heart of the research process, team-building of critical mass in areas of university strengths is crucial to success. The creation of new research clusters and maintenance of existing clusters across a broad range of areas is therefore a central element in the School of Law’s plan to enhance research. Such endeavour underpins individual effort by attracting higher levels of funding which facilitates expanding the research infrastructure to the benefit of all.