Centres, Institutes & Groups

UCL Judicial Institute

The UCL Judicial Institute (JI) is the UK’s first and only centre of excellence devoted to research, teaching and policy engagement on the judiciary.

Why a Judicial Institute?

The judiciary is effectively the third branch of government. Today, a wide range of judicial and quasi-judicial bodies have adjudicatory powers affecting the lives of citizens as well as the commercial sector.

Recent constitutional reforms have accentuated the significance of the judiciary in this country. The creation of a separate UK Supreme Court as the final court of appeal has raised questions about the political role of the new court. And the establishment of an independent Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has brought the issue of judicial appointments to the forefront of policy debate.

Despite such changes, the judiciary remains a limited area of both research and teaching in the UK.

What does the Judicial Institute do?

As the only centre for Judicial Studies in the UK, the UCL Judicial Institute is devoted to:

  • cutting-edge research on the judiciary that has a high policy impact
  • high-level policy work on courts and the judiciary in both the UK and Europe
  • teaching that brings students in direct contact with judges and policy-makers
  • expert seminars addressing key issues facing judges and courts worldwide
  • professional development courses to increase understanding of the judiciary
  • publications and scholarship on the judiciary from home and abroad
  • public events and expert commentary in the media on judicial issues.

Why a Judicial Institute at UCL Laws?

The UCL Laws Faculty is the leading UK Law School in a multi-faculty university that is ranked 11th in the world in 2013 by the QS World University Rankings.

The Laws Faculty is uniquely placed to provide expertise in Judicial Studies. Its directors, Professor Dame Hazel Genn and Professor Cheryl Thomas, are both leading experts on the judiciary, and the Institute is distinctly interdisciplinary.

The JI brings together the country’s leading experts in the study of the judiciary and includes expertise in fields such as political science, psychology, statistical analysis, forensic science & neuroscience. Visit the Centre’s website to find out more.