The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The School of Law has an international reputation for research and a commitment to providing legal education of the highest quality. The School of Law offers courses taught by internationally renowned experts who sit on, or work for, UN bodies including the Human Rights Committee, the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee and UNHCR. The School's courses offer scope for those interested in careers in either law or in one of many related spheres like industry, commerce, financial services, the media, or governmental and non-governmental agencies.
Research supervision includes: Jurisprudence, Legal and Political Theory; Constitutional and Administrative Law; Access to justice issues including the use of courts and the impact of judicial decisions, especially in the context of public law; Criminal Law; Corporate Crime; Property Law ; English Legal History; Medical and Health Care Law; Social Welfare Law; Election Law; Human Rights Act; Race Equality and Discrimination Law; Labour Law, including Comparative Labour Law; Environmental Law; Law of the European Union; Media Law and Broadcasting Regulation; Communications law, Telecommunications law, Information Technology, e-commerce; Commercial Law; Company Law; Competition Law; International Banking Law; Law of International Finance; International Commercial Law; International Economic Law; International arbitration; International dispute resolution; Human Rights Aspects of Trade and Investment Law; Reparations; Public International Law; International Human Rights Law, in particular: International Law of Armed Conflict, International Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, International Protection of Minorities, Economic and Social Rights, including the Right to Health, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Religion.