Law Research
  1. Research Centres, Institutes and Groups
  2. External Research Seminars
  3. Research Students
  4. Research Degrees
  5. Academic Visitor Programme
  6. Support
  7. Research ethics
  8. Working Papers Series
  9. Start-Ed Research Affiliate
  10. GLOBALLAW@CITY
  11. British Academy Project
Law Research

Research ethics

Please note, this guidance only holds information relevant to research ethics in The City Law School. For all other information about research ethics at City, including information about how to apply, participant information sheets, consent form templates, and general guidance please see City’s guidance on research ethics.

The City Law School seeks to foster and support appropriate research into law and legal practice, including that carried out as part of postgraduate and doctoral level education. Research must be carried out in accordance with the law, and in the light of current good practice, particularly the Institution Governance Framework for Good Practice in Research and the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association Statement of Principles of Ethical Research Practice.

Before commencement, all new research proposals involving human participants and/or personal data must undergo formal ethical peer review. Whilst many of these research projects represent very minimal risks, others require more ethical scrutiny.

The Law Research Ethics Committee will consider low risk ethics applications on an ad-hoc basis by a proportionate review process. Applications will be independently reviewed by two members of the Committee. An initial response to the application can normally be expected within 10 working days.

Medium risk applications are considered by the full Committee. An initial response to the application can normally be expected within 15 working days, but may take longer during busy periods.

Research Ethics Committee terms of reference

The CLS Research Ethics Committee has delegated power of authority from the Senate Research Ethics Committee(SREC). Its terms of reference align with the delegated authority conferred by SREC:

  1. To consider the ethical implications of research carried out in the CLS. Specifically, to consider research involving human participants, research involving identifiable personal data and research that may entail risk to the researcher.
  2. To review and approve low-risk and medium-risk research ethics applications through a proportionate review process.
  3. The CLS Research Ethics Committee is not responsible for considering the ethics of research that falls within the categories considered to be of ‘potential higher risk’ by the Senate Research Ethics Committee (SREC) Framework for Delegated Authority. This includes, but is not limited to: research that falls under the auspices of the NHS Research Ethics Service; research that involves participants who fall under the auspices of the Mental Capacity Act; research that involves participants who fall under the auspices of the Criminal Justice System; research involving animals, obscene or illegal material, sensitive subjects, intrusive procedures, the administration of drugs or other substances, participants who are unable to provide informed consent, the researcher travelling to countries where there is an active travel warning from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  4. To consider and approve amendments to research previously approved by the CLS Research Ethics Committee.
  5. To make available access to the online application system, guidelines and background documentation to staff and students in the Department.
  6. To advise staff and students in the departments on research ethics and the process for obtaining ethical approval for research.
  7. To report to the SREC on the activities of the CLS Research Ethics Committee as required. Minutes of all decisions and any meetings will be submitted to SREC.

Current members of the committee

  • Dr Jesse Elvin, Senior Lecturer - City Law School Ethics Director
  • Dr Aniekan Akpan, Lecturer
  • Amanda Clarke, Lecturer
  • Sarah Gale, Lecturer
  • Dr Sebrina Germain, Lecturer
  • Dr David Herling, Senior Lecturer
  • Peter Hungerford-Welch, Professor
  • Anthony Rogers, Senior Lecturer