The Department of Law constitutes the newest addition to the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Hope, as it was officially established in September 2014. The Department fully embraces Liverpool Hope University’s mission to impact the community providing a ‘life with more meaning’. We strive to do so with both our teaching and our research, engaging academic and non-academic stakeholders alike.
The Department research strategy revolves around five main research clusters based on the research specialisms of the team members: applied legal philosophy, constitutional and administrative law, mediation, succession law, and commercial law. Being a new department we are currently in the process of designing a postgraduate research degree in law, which we aim to add to our formative offer very soon.
The Department hosted the first international conference on ‘Mediation: Bridging Theory and Practice’, which took place on Hope Campus on the 16th of February 2015. This successful conference saw speakers from two continents and delegates from the UK and abroad gathering together to discuss mediation from many different (but intertwined) viewpoints. You can find more information on the conference programme here.
The Department's Research Coordinator, Dr Paolo Sandro, has recently authored a chapter entitled ‘To Whom Does the Law Speak? Canvassing a Neglected Picture of Law’s Interpretive Field’ in an important volume edited by Springer (for more information click here). He was an invited speaker to the UK IVR Annual Conference 2014, which took place at LSE, and was selected to present an original paper to the Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in Legal Theory 2015 (for more information click here).
The Department Staff have a variety of professional links and are actively in the process of establishing strong partnerships with stakeholders inside and outside academia. Staff members contribute regularly to blogs, TV and Radio shows, and other public engagement opportunities as they arise to disseminate their research and to provide the general public with expert opinions. We are also working towards the establishment of a Hope Centre for Mediation Studies which will constitute a unique opportunity for effectively engage with the local community.