Our research emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach in its analysis and methodology which is broadly based within the social sciences. We have highlighted the research being conducted in the department into fields linked by a common theoretical and methodological concern with the way law shapes and is shaped by its social environment.

Faculty Research Grants and Awards

Learn more about our faculty’s research based award, grants and projects.

Student Research

Undergraduate and graduate student research is celebrated by the Department, which co-sponsors the recently revived Carleton University Legal Studies Journal and the annual Graduate Legal Studies Association conference (March).

PhD candidates are encouraged to share details of their research areas as well. This information can be viewed via the PhD Student Profiles.

Student Supervision

Undergraduate students registered in LAWS 4901, LAWS 4902, and/or LAWS 4908, as well as any graduate students seeking supervision for MA theses or MA Research Essay (MREs) should refer to the Faculty Supervision Areas page. The Department typically updates this document prior the start of each academic year (Fall/Winter).

Faculty Subject Expertise

Our teaching staff possess a number of research area strengths, as outlined in the table below. For more information on specific faculty members, select from the faculty names listed in the table, or view one of the following directory pages: Department Faculty, Adjunct Researchers, Emeritus Professors.

You can also peruse details about our faculty recipients of research grants and their impressive and important projects.

Subject Areas



Citizenship, Human Rights and Political Economy Research in this area brings together faculty strengths around hierarchies of economic and political power, both between and within states.

Conflict Resolution This field addresses the theory of conflict resolution and mediation and provides analytical and practical tools for understanding and resolving conflict.

Crime, Governance and Security This field addresses crime from local, national and international perspectives. Research in this area looks at crime as a social phenomena linked to questions of morality, identity, gender, political economy, history and culture. We take on the problem of security from the neighbourhood to the globe.

Gender, Sexuality and Identity This field captures longstanding faculty expertise and research and incorporates social justices issues around race, disability, and sexual identity.

Globalization, International Law and Transnational Justice This field explores the limits and relevance of international law in the emerging networks of global interdependence of peoples and states.

Law, History, Culture and Humanities This interdisciplinary field interrogates the various ways in which law is mediated by culture, by history, by language, or by religion. At the same time, the ways in which law regulates social, cultural, religious, literary, or linguistic practices within society are also examined.