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The Institute's Research Programme

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has established the following Research Programmes:

The Institute conducts research across the broad range of public international law, private international law, comparative law and European law. Our focus is primarily on applied research, based on strong conceptual foundations, which is practical and can offer examples of good practice, and recommendations for policy and legal actions. Our research often crosses the traditional boundaries of law, so as to integrate private and public international law, and engage with national, European and comparative law, and can have an impact on legislation and policy.

The Institute Forums also conduct research in the fields of Competition Law, Investment Treaty Law and Product Liability Law.

Research funding

The Institute is not publicly or privately funded by any one government, institution or person. Research projects are supported by a wide variety of bodies including law firms, accountancy firms, national governments, the European Commission, private trusts and foundations, and non-governmental organisations. In many instances, the research is funded by more than one body. The Institute is recognised as an Independent Research Organisation by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

The Institute is always willing to consider funded research proposals in line with its ethical funding guidelines. Please contact the Director to discuss these.

Research integrity and ethics

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) endorses the commitments set out in the Universities UK concordat to support research integrity by:

  • Maintaining the highest standards of rigour and integrity in all aspects of research;
  • Ensuring that research is conducted according to appropriate ethical, legal and professional frameworks, obligations and standards;
  • Supporting a research environment that is underpinned by a culture of integrity and based on good governance, best practice and support for the development of researchers; and
  • Using transparent, robust and fair processes to deal with allegations of research misconduct should they arise.

We ensure that all research proposals undergo an ethics review at an appropriate level, depending on the type of research to be undertaken. You can find further details in our Research Ethics Policy or contact the Institute Deputy Director if you have any questions.

Examples of BIICL research

In almost all instances the Institute's research projects are publicly available and disseminated widely once completed. Many of them result in Institute publications.

You can find some selected examples of our research in this section of the website. Further detailed information about the Institute's research activities may be found in its Annual Reports. Summaries of selected past research projects may also be found here.