The Department of Law and Criminology is a research-active department.

The Department of Law and Criminology participated in the Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. That assessment found that 96.5% of publications submitted were of an internationally recognised standard and that 98% of research activity in the department was rated as internationally recognised.

Departmental Research

In 2015 the Centre for the Study of Ageing, Abuse and Neglect within the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University was awarded a Big Lottery grant to carry out a research project looking into different aspects of ageing, family relationships, elder abuse and justice.

The department boasts a diverse range of research expertise, and specific themes include research involving those who are marginalised because of youth or old age, human rights, and constitutional law, devolution and the changing constitution of the United Kingdom.

The expertise of departmental staff includes membership of Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, membership of the Dyfed Powys police research board, giving evidence to the Silk Commission on Devolution in Wales, and citations in the judgments of the International Criminal Courts.

Recent projects include  ‘There’s no Place like Home’: Location and Self-defence (Dr Ffion Llewelyn), “Law in Action in Azerbaijan: Ministers, Lawyers, Political Prisoners and Weird Gifts. Just Don’t Mention Armenia” (Professor Ryszard Piotrowicz) ‘The tenth equality, and explorations into the other nine’ (Dr Catrin Fflûr Huws) and Culture and Assisted Dying (Dr Glenys Williams).

Departmental Research - Expertise & Interests

Human Rights Protection

Anel Marais – human rights theory

Catrin Fflur Huws – language rights and minority rights

Sarah Wydall – human rights and domestic violence policy development

Marco Odello – humanitarian law, international commissions of inquiry, international human rights organisations, international law

Ryszard Piotrowicz – humanitarian law, people trafficking, refugees, migration law, international law

Law and Society

Anel Marais – family and gender issues, law and language, semiotics, law and politics

Glenys Williams – euthanasia

Catrin Fflur Huws – law and theatre, law and literature, law and linguistics

Sarah Wydall – gender-based harms

Ryszard Piotrowicz – law and gender

Criminal Justice

Sarah Wydall – justice mechanisms

Glenys Williams – emotions in criminal law

Jen Phipps – criminological perspectives on the military and veterans, gender in the military, early intervention/crime prevention, reintegration of offenders, victim-offender mediation, police training and education

Ola Olusanya – international crimes, war and veterans, criminological theory, theoretical integration in criminology, punishment, race and crime

Ryszard Piotrowicz – human trafficking and human smuggling

Welsh Affairs

Catrin Fflur Huws – Welsh language rights, bilingual law making and statutory interpretation

Glenys Williams – health care in rural Wales

Technology and Society

Catrin Fflur Huws – artificial intelligence and statutory interpretation

David Poyton – Consumer protection and electronic commerce

Governance and Constitutional Studies

Anel Marais – governance and gender equality

Sarah Wydall – research ethics and qualitative methodologies

Nathan Gibbs – constitutional theory, history of legal theory, comparative law

If you are interested in completing research in an area not mentioned here, please also get in touch as this list is indicative only.

Research Project - Elder Abuse & Justice