The School of law has maintained active links with the legal profession in the United States through its innovative American Legal Practice programme which has been running since 1997. Specific research interests in relation to US law include:

  • Comparative environmental protection and climate change law
    Research into comparative environmental protection and climate change law concentrates particularly on approaches to policy formulation, legislation and enforcement and the liaison between executive, legislature and judiciary in environmental protection in the USA.
    Supervisor: Dr Haydn Davies. Acting Director of Research.
  • Desegregation and the role of the US judiciary
    Research into desegregation in educational provision in the USA, historically and in the present day, concentrates on the central role of the US judiciary in achieving federal policy and the opposition it must overcome.
    Supervisor: Dr Anne Richardson Oakes. Reader in Law.
  • The influence of the culture of honour on US jurisprudence
    This involves the study of how attitudes to honour and self-respect inculcated in the herding communities of Europe were exported to America as ‘the culture of honour’ and how these attitudes have influenced the development of law in different parts of the USA dominated by these communities.
    Supervisor: Professor Julian Killingley. Professor of American Public Law.
  • Innocence and wrongful conviction and in particular the role of scientific evidence in wrongful conviction and subsequent exoneration
    This has developed through the School’s involvement in the Justice Project in Arizona and has emerged from the involvement of staff in attempting to exonerate individuals wrongly convicted on the basis of faulty forensic evidence.
    Supervisor: Sarah Cooper. Barrister and Senior Lecturer in Law.
  • Federalism and governance in the US
    This research area studies the increasing backlash to ‘big’ government in the USA following Roosevelt’s New Deal reforms in the aftermath of the depression. In recent times the machinations of the neoconservatives and the Tea Party branch of Republicanism has brought this debate back into the limelight.
    Supervisor: Professor Julian Killingley. Professor of American Public Law.
  • Judicial ethics in the US