School reaches out to influence policy
The School has always favoured applied research and engagement in addition to traditional scholarship. The Welsh Government's legislation on children's rights was, for example, partly drafted by our academics. Here are some more examples of research impact:
- IP Wales, a £3.5m award-winning Intellectual Property initiative recognised by WIPO as a world-class example of business support in a knowledge economy, has operated from the School since 2002.
- The Department of Professional Studies maintains close contacts with the profession in Wales and elsewhere.
- The Institute for International Shipping and Trade Law is involved in specialised commercial law training for City solicitors and others at home and abroad. It also collaborates closely with bodies such as the Law Commission in promoting and guiding reform of commercial law.
- The director of the Hywel Dda Research Institute is a member of the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Advisory Panel.
- A senior member of the Institute for International Shipping and Trade Law is a member of BIMCO.
Individuals within the college have also been involved in many other projects, ranging from promoting intellectual property awareness in Wales (through IP Wales), to publicising the legal implications of climate change and creating American-style Restatements of contract and restitution.
College members have advised the Home Office, the House of Commons Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs, the Griffiths Commission on over-indebtedness in the UK, the Wales Public Law and Human Rights Association, the Welsh Development Agency, the National Assembly for Wales, Save the Children, the Law Society, the British Maritime Law Association, and the DETR Advisory Committee on the International Convention on Arrest of Ships.
The Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology belongs to the Wales Centre for Crime and Social Justice, uniting criminologists from eight Welsh universities, and promotes conferences to target practitioner and policy audiences. It has also briefed Welsh Assembly members on youth justice and sex work.
- The centre has members in international organisations such as the Conférence Permanente Européenne de la Probation and UK bodies such as:
- The Ministry of Justice’s Correctional Services Accreditation and Advisory Panel
- The Academic Reference Group for the Offender Engagement Programme
- The Scottish National Advisory Body on Offender Management
- The Wales Criminal Justice Forum
- The Youth Justice Board Cymru Practice Development Panel
- The Welsh Youth Justice Advisory Panel; and
- The Classification Panel of the YJB for England and Wales