Durham Law School

Coordinates: 54°46′30″N 1°34′29″W / 54.775082°N 1.574678°W / 54.775082; -1.574678

Durham University
Durham Law School
Established 1969
Address Durham University
Palatine Building
Stockton Road
, Durham, England, UK
Affiliations University of Durham
Website www.dur.ac.uk/law/

Durham Law School is the law faculty of Durham University and is one of the UK's leading centres for legal research and teaching. Durham is ranked joint 41st in the world for law by the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.[1]


Durham Law School has been ranked as the 3rd best Law School in the UK by the Complete University Guide for 2016,[2] behind Cambridge and Oxford respectively, as well as 3rd in the UK for the quality and impact of its research, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).[3] It was ranked joint 4th in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in terms of the proportion of research activity ranked at the highest 4* level,[4] and was one of only five UK law schools to be awarded the top grading of 5*A in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).[5] The School achieved the top rating of "Excellent" for its teaching in its last inspection by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and is consistently rated as one of the very top UK law schools in various league tables.[6][7][8]

Durham Law School has particular strength in the areas represented by the Human Rights Centre (HRC), the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (CCLJ), the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL), Gender & Law at Durham (GLAD), the Durham European Law Institute (DELI), Law and Conflict at Durham (LCD), Islam, Law and Modernity (ILM) and the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (Durham CELLS).

Durham Law School has been named the most impressive law school building in the world. The findings were published in 2014 by Best Choice Schools who selected the 50 most impressive law schools in the world.[9][10]


Durham Law School

The following is a brief overview of the major areas of research in the School:

Former and current staff

Current staff

Former staff


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