UCD Sutherland School of Law supports and generates legal research of the highest quality in an International, European and Irish context.

The School has an excellent capacity for research and scholarship of international standing, with staff regularly publishing in top peer reviewed journals and with leading academic presses. Given its status as Ireland’s leading Law School, it is a major contributor to national debates on law reform in Ireland and through publications shapes the development of the law in Ireland.

The School works closely with UCD Research to support colleagues who bid for major international research grants and we currently house two European Research Council (ERC) grants: Professor Suzanne Kingston is leading a project on Effective Nature Laws and Professor Eoin Carolan will lead on FIAT-The Foundations of Institutional Authority – a project on the constitutional issue of separation of powers from January 2020.

Research infrastructure includes the support of an experienced School Research Manager, individual research grants from the School for academic staff and doctoral researchers, regular research funding competitions at School, College and University levels, weekly research seminars and an active visiting scholar’s programme, the UCD Sutherland Fellows. The School enjoys a vibrant doctoral studies community offering doctoral research scholarships every year funded by the School and Matheson. Matheson also support the Matheson Centre for Doctoral Research and Scholarship.

We also support an annual PhD conference - this year's Atlas Agora taking place in June. We regularly secure Government of Ireland doctoral studies scholarships and have a history of hosting a number of Marie Curie post-doctoral scholars.

The School is a member of several international scholarly bodies, including the European Law Institute and the Society of Legal Scholars, regularly hosting major conferences and events. We publish a dedicated SSRN working papers series, are closely associated with the leading Irish law journal, the Irish Jurist; and faculty are members of editorial boards of several leading international journals.

The School supports three interdisciplinary university research centres: The Centre for Constitutional Studies, The Centre for Human Rights and The Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice and three research groups: BLReg, (Business, Law and Regulation Group), EnvReg (Environmental Law Group) and the Legal History Group to further support faculty in their research.

Individual staff pages can be found here.