UCL Faculty of Laws


Making an Impact

Experts from UCL Laws develop insights relevant to the great challenges facing the world

Hazel Genn - Access to Justice keynote
Our research has had far-reaching influences on the development of law and policy, within the UK and around the world. It has contributed to major improvements in legal practice and the administration of justice, as well as fostering public debate and understanding of the law and legal rights. Impact is being achieved by early-career as well as senior scholars, and at scales from the local to the global.


Shaping the world: a cross-section of our recent impact

Recognition of past impact

The UK government conducts a periodic quality exercise of research in universities known as the Research Excellence Framework (the ‘REF’). In the 2014 REF, UCL Laws submitted six impact case studies for assessment. All were judged as being either world-leading (five of the six) or internationally excellent (one of the six):

Paths to Justice: reshaping the public's access to the judicial system
Paths to Justice (PTJ) is a landmark body of survey research that has transformed our understanding of, and government policy on, the legal needs of citizens

Torture Team
Torture Team is a research project that has directly influenced legal proceedings and investigations into the treatment of suspected terrorists

Trial by Jury
The UCL Jury Project’s ground-breaking research on the jury system has directly influenced government and judicial policies and practices.

Enforcing Environmental Regulations
Professor Richard Macrory’s research has directly influenced government policy and practice on environmental regulations, enforcement and sanctions

Appointing and Training Judges
Research by Judicial Studies in the UK has led to changes in the appointment and training of national and international court judges

Transcribe Bentham
Transcribe Bentham is an award-winning crowdsourcing project that enlists the public’s help in transcribing Jeremy Bentham’s words for the 21st century