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    University of Southampton offering qualifying law degrees recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    The University of Southampton is a British public university located in the city of Southampton, England. The origins of the university can be dated back to the founding of the Hartley Institution in 1862 by Henry Robertson Hartley. In 1902 the Institution developed into the Hartley University College, with degrees were awarded by the University of London. On 29 April 1952, HM Queen Elizabeth II, granted a Royal Charter to give the University of Southampton full University status. This was the first Royal Charter granted by HM Queen Elizabeth II on her accession to the throne.

    The university is a member of the Russell Group of research universities and the Worldwide Universities Network. It currently has over 17,000 undergraduate and 7,000 postgraduate students, making it the largest university by higher education students in the South East region. The main campus is located in the Highfield area of Southampton. Four other campuses are located throughout the city alongside the School of Art based in nearby Winchester.

    The university has a strong emphasis on research, having one of the highest proportions of income derived from research activities in Britain. Southampton is highly regarded as a centre for educational excellence, ranking as a top 20 university in various tables, and regularly rated in the top 10 of the National Student Survey.

    University of Southampton

    Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences
    • Arts
    • Law
    • Humanities (Archaeology, English, History, Music, Modern Languages and Philosophy
    • Social Sciences (Economics, Politics, Sociology and Social Policy, Statistics and Social Work Studies)
    • Education
    • Management

    The School of Law


    Postgraduate Admissions Tutor:
    Professor Brenda Hannigan
    Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3447
    Email: [email protected]
    Web: School of Law

    Choosing to undertake an LLM at the School of Law means you will enjoy teaching and research facilities that are among the very best in the UK. The School was established in 1952 and is noted for excellence in legal research and teaching.

    RAE rating: 2.50

    Teaching assessment: Highest possible rating of “absolute confidence” (2003)

    Academic staff: 35

    Postgraduate taught students: We aim to recruit 110 postgraduate taught students for 2009

    Postgraduate research students: 20

    Location: Highfield Campus

    Internal links: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton; School of Health Sciences; School of Medicine

    External links: Law firms; maritime organisations; the Bar


    Comprehensive online legal resources (including Westlaw, LexisNexis Professional and Justis), providing access to extensive holdings of international and domestic journals and law reports; a newly extended law library, with individual study rooms, extensive holdings in the main areas of legal study, and exceptional collections in the fields of maritime, commercial and European law, especially in the Phillippa Kaye Maritime Library, as well as the Ford Collection of Parliamentary Papers (a comprehensive collection of UK official publications)


    European Law research group; Health Ethics and Law research grouping; Institute for Law and the Web at Southampton (ILAWS); Institute of Maritime Law

    Find out more: School of Law

    Research areas

    All full-time members of academic staff are active researchers across a broad spectrum of legal subjects, in public, private, domestic and international law, and many are leading authors and experts in their respective fields.

    We host a number of prestigious law centres, including the internationally renowned Institute of Maritime Law, which was founded in 1982 and is now the largest such research and teaching centre in the UK. We have an extremely active and innovative European Law research group, and a newly formed and progressive Health Ethics and Law research grouping. In addition, in 2006, the Institute for Law and the Web at Southampton (ILAWS) was founded as a unique interdisciplinary research and teaching centre, which combines legal expertise in key domains such as information technology law; e-commerce; IT law and public policy; and intellectual property law.

    Student profile

    JinJing Meng (23)
    After completing her LLM Maritime Law at Southampton, Jing returned to China, where she works in a law firm, advising clients from the shipping industry.

    “At Southampton, emphasis is placed on the development of academic and personal skills, which really shapes the way you think and helps you to focus on your career plan. Lecturers and tutors are all experts in their fields, and many are qualified solicitors and barristers, so you have the best academic help available. If you are motivated and want to have a great time, as well as leaving with a well-respected degree, the supportive and friendly environment of the School of Law could be ideal.”
    • Professor Yvonne Baatz: Admiralty; carriage of goods by sea; conflicts of law; international trade; marine insurance
    • Dr Ed Bates: International human rights law – the protection of civil and political rights within Europe
    • Dr Oren Ben-Dor: Jurisprudence; social and political theory
    • Professor Gerrit Betlem: European Union law; European private law; international business law
    • Professor Charles Debattista: International trade law; carriage of goods by sea
    • Dr Julia Fionda: Youth justice; criminal justice; criminology
    • Professor Nick Gaskell: Maritime law: admiralty law; the carriage of goods by sea
    • Professor Brenda Hannigan: Company and insolvency law; takeovers and mergers
    • Mr Nicholas Hopkins: Land law and equity; European Union law
    • Dr Caroline Jones: Family law; health care law
    • Dr Emma Laurie: Housing law; law of contract
    • Professor Natalie Lee (Head of School): Revenue law, especially personal taxation; equity and trusts
    • Mr Filippo Lorenzon: Commercial law: the international sale of goods law
    • Dr Paul Meredith: Administrative law: the governance of education
    • Professor Rob Merkin: Insurance; reinsurance; arbitration
    • Professor Jonathan Montgomery: Health care law; family law
    • Dr Renato Nazzini: International commercial litigation and arbitration
    • Ms Sarah Nield: Land law and equity; legal education; legal skills
    • Dr Remegius Nwabueze: Property law; intellectual property law
    • Mr Phil Palmer: Criminal justice, employment law
    • Dr Emily Reid: European Union; international economic law
    • Professor Stephen Saxby: Information technology law; access to official information and e-government
    • Ms Hedvig Schmidt: European law, especially competition law
    • Mr Andrew Serdy: International law, especially the law of the sea and environmental law
    • Professor Peter Sparkes: Land law and equity; local taxation; legal computing
    • Professor Hilton Staniland: Admiralty law
    • Mr Mark Telford: Criminal justice
    • Dr Michael Tsimplis: Maritime law: admiralty; carriage of goods by sea; physical oceanography; climate change
    • Professor Nick Wikeley: Child support law and policy; social security law; child support; legal aspects of industrial diseases
    • Ms Caroline Wilson: Intellectual property and information technology law; patent law and the regulation of domain names

    More Info: School of Law - overview :: University of Southampton


    University contacts

    Postal Address

    University of Southampton
    University Road
    Southampton SO17 1BJ

    Main switchboard:
    Tel. +44 (0)23 8059 5000
    Fax +44 (0)23 8059 3131

    Admissions enquiries:
    Email: [email protected]

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