Centre for American Legal Studies

The Centre for American Legal Studies (CALS) is a centre of excellence for the study of law and legal matters relating to the USA.

The current work of CALS members relates to federalism and states’ rights, the administration of criminal justice, the nature and role of punishment in the US legal system, the constitutional and socio-legal aspects of race, gender and sexual orientation, the role of experts and evidence in the US court system, comparative aspects of environmental protection law in the US, the US and international trade  and the protection of  human rights.

The Centre for American Legal Studies is home to an LLB in the American Legal Studies programme, and supports a suite of modules including U.S. Constitutional Law and an American Legal Practice programme. It is led by Director Dr Anne Richardson-Oakes and Associate Director Ilaria Di Gioia. Other academic and research staff are: Prof Jon Yorke, Dr Sarah Cooper, Hannah GormanDr Haydn Davies, Dr Panayotis Protopsaltis; Dr Liviu Damsa and Dr Nkem Adeleye.

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Current Projects

The Centre for American Legal Studies has several research projects on-going, that cover all aspects of the American legal system.
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Our Practice

CALS has a strong emphasis on practice, with a particular focus on providing assistance in Death Penalty cases and Innocence Projects.
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British Journal of American Legal Studies

The British Journal of American Legal Studies is a scholarly journal which publishes articles of interest to the Anglo-American legal community.
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Our People

Members of CALS come from a wide range of backgrounds and career, but they all have a keen interest in American law.
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