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Welcome to the Department of Law

Created in 2008, our Department of Law provides a dynamic learning environment with a stimulating range of legal subjects on offer.

The Department of Law offers an undergraduate LLB Law and BA Law, which is part of the combined honours framework. Some of the subjects we offer will be compulsory if you are studying for a Qualifying Law Degree, others will be optional.

All Law degrees that are recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board (known as Qualifying Law Degrees) involve the study of seven key subjects known as the 'Foundations of Legal Knowledge'. The LLB at Winchester is a QLD and includes these core elements as well as optional legal subjects. Our Law courses adhere to rigorous standards and give access to a wide range of career options. Mooting at Winchester is also fully part of the learning and teaching experience.

Occupying a substantial part of the top floor of the Martial Rose Library, the Law Library consists of thousands of volumes ranging from statutes (Magna Carta to today) to case law reports, texts and learned journals. Additional electronic resources provide you with a comprehensive range of materials to support your studies.

Research in Law at Winchester is wide-ranging and firmly rooted in the modern-day world. We have research strengths in many areas including business law; human rights; medical law and ethics, and tort law.

The Department of Law is home to the Centre for Information Rights, which examines the overlap between information and privacy law, and new technologies and methods of data analysis.

We enjoy strong partnerships with a range of regional and national employers within the legal profession, providing you with the opportunity for enhanced employability and professional development

There are also plenty of opportunities for you to become involved in social and extracurricular activities through the Department and the Student Law Society.

Meet the Law team

Head of Department

Academic team

Visiting Professors

Other lecturing staff

Research in Law

Research strengths and centres

Research strengths

Business law; Criminal law; Commercial litigation; Constitutional law; Dispute resolution; Employment law; Family law; Feminist legal theory; Healthcare law; Human rights; International law; Law and religion; Legal Philosophy; Medical law and Ethics; Privacy law; Public law; Tort law.

Departmental Research Centres

Centre for Information Rights

The Centre for Information Rights examines the overlap between information and privacy law, and new technologies and methods of data analysis.

CIR organises the annual Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law (TRILCon), open to academics, postgraduate students, policy-makers and practitioners. The next TRILCon will take place on 1 May 2019; find out more about TRILCon 2019.

Centre for Parliament and Public Law

CPPL is an interdisciplinary centre focussed on all aspects of Public Law, with an emphasis on issues that cross the threshold of politics and law such as Brexit, the Monarchy, Human Rights and Devolution. CPPL was formally launched in April 2018 and works closely with the Centre for English Identity and Politics.


Postgraduate research supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Find out everything you need to know if you are thinking of studying for a postgraduate research degree at Winchester.

Online journal

Building on its expertise in information rights, the Department of Law recenty launched an online journal, Information Rights, Policy and Practice. It aims to encourage discussion of issues faced by those in policy and practice, for instance regarding the regulation of information sharing.

The journal is peer-reviewed, online and fully open-access, thus differentiating itself from many existing privacy, data protection and technology legal journals, most of which are paid subscription-only.

The first issue was published in spring 2016, with a subsequent special edition scheduled to showcase the proceedings of the 3rd Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information & the Law (TRILCon 2016).

Visit the IRP&P webpage. For any queries, contact Helen M. Ryan, Editor-in-Chief.

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