Our research centres

The School has three established research Centres - the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Centre for Disability Law & Policy and the Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy.  These provide a research environment conducive to collaborative projects and this is reflected in the research output of those associated with these Centres.

The Irish Centre for Human Rights continually makes significant contributions to developing of a body of specialised human rights, international humanitarian law and conflict studies literature.  The Centre has an established international reputation for excellence in research, teaching and advocacy in human rights and related fields.

‌The Centre for Disability Law & Policy provides an innovative model for interdisciplinary research. It has formed an active collaboration with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology and the Child and Family Support Research Centre.  Its focus is the production of research that contributes to the resolution of disability law reform issues in Ireland. In doing so it aims to expand the range of policy solutions for Government and equip those who advocate for change with relevant comparative research.

‌The Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy acts as a resource for research, education and training on housing and housing related issues. Collaborating with national and international Universities, research bodies and Housing Agencies it synthesizes law, rights and policy creating a holistic approach to housing studies.

Although individual talent remains at the heart of the research process, team-building of critical mass in areas of university strengths is crucial to success.  The creation of new research clusters and maintenance of existing clusters across a broad range of areas is therefore a central element in the School of Law’s plan to enhance research.  Such endeavour underpins individual effort by attracting higher levels of funding which facilitates expanding the research infrastructure to the benefit of all.