Law and Innovation & the Legal Innovation Centre
The Law School welcomes PhD proposals in the area of law and innovation and especially proposal related to the work of the Legal Innovation Centre.
Examples of proposals in the area of law and innovation would include Legal technology: innovation and informatics; Intellectual property law; Unusual trademarks; Pharmaceutical patents & access rights; Privacy protection in the digital age; Internet governance; Intellectual property & human rights
The Legal Innovation Centre was established in 2016 with the support of key industry stakeholders. A pioneering collaboration between the School of Law and the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at Ulster University, the Centre promotes and supports innovation in legal services and access to justice.
Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors in good time to discuss draft research proposals.
We welcome interdisciplinary research proposals and may appoint supervisors from outside the law unit of assessment.
Our Philosophy: Innovation is more than just technology - it is the pursuit of improvement. For us, innovation harnesses new methods of designing, thinking, creating and delivering legal services and promoting access to justice. We approach innovation from a design-thinking perspective, grounded by a robust understanding of the evidence base.
Our Mission: The Legal Innovation Centre at Ulster University brings together research into the application and impact of new legal technology and opportunities for the education and training of current and future lawyers in essential legal tech skills.
We seek to innovate in three main ways, by:
Providing education and training to equip law students and legal professionals with the tools to become active innovators in the legal services market;
Undertaking research for industry clients, the public sector and the academic community, to explore and better understand how innovation can improve legal service delivery and access to justice; and,
Engaging in collaborative research and development through partnership with stakeholders in order to capitalise on the benefits of innovative approaches to legal practice.
The Legal Innovation Centre is at the forefront of understanding and facilitating the innovation of legal services. We welcome opportunities for collaboration, partnership and knowledge-exchange, and look forward to working with you to enhance the work of the legal services profession and to promote access to justice.
Our Development Strategy 2017-2019 details the work priorities of the Centre as well as the way in which the Centre contributes to the University's overall 5 & 50 Strategy.
Legal Innovation Centre staff maintain an online resource for legal innovation. It contains lots of information and news about legal tech. Check it out here and sign up to the newsletter to stay in the loop.
Our Environment: Ulster University was included, for the first time, in the prestigious Times Higher Education ranking of the top 150 universities under 50 years old. We are a modern and dynamic university, enabling a cohort of almost 27,000 students to meet their personal and professional ambitions. Students at Ulster University are among the most satisfied in the UK according to the 2015 National Student Survey, in which the University achieved 89% on the overall satisfaction score. In addition the 2014 Research Excellence Framework identified Ulster University as one of the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research, based on research power.
For more see https://www.ulster.ac.uk/legalinnovation
Ulster University Law School marries a focus on research excellence in an applied sense, with an ethic of providing highly employable skilled graduates. In the most recent UK wide audit of research excellence it placed overall 4th in the UK, and 1st in research 'impact' – a measure of the social significance and value of research undertaken. These results eclipse those of other larger and more resourced Schools. In line with the broader University mission it actively seeks out industry collaboration in order to influence social change in a positive direction.