CLRT Current Legal Research Topics Database

This database lists subjects of research in progress by students of law in the UK, and is presented for information only. The database aims to be a comprehensive listing of research for higher degrees in law, MPhil or PhD, currently underway in universities in the United Kingdom. Please note that the research listed is currently underway, and has not yet been completed. Therefore these dissertations are not yet available through libraries or other channels.

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Researchers can search this free web database by:

  • A word or words in the dissertation title
  • Subject keywords or the name of a jurisdiction
  • The Student's name
  • The name of the University

In addition, researchers can also browse the database by broad subject categories, e.g. administrative law, company law, intellectual property, etc.


For many years the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library produced an annual List of Current Legal Research Topics. The most recent annual issue was published in 1988 and listed the subjects of research currently being pursued (i.e. provisional dissertation titles) by students registered for research degrees in law (e.g. PhD, MPhil) at higher education institutions in the UK. More about the Collation of Legal Research and origins of CLRT ...

The Institute Library has decided to resume and develop this publication, and now presents the database of Current Legal Research Topics on the IALS website. We plan to update this database annually.

The purpose of the database is to provide postgraduate students (who are undertaking or thinking of undertaking a PhD or MPhil) and their supervisors and law schools with a comprehensive listing of legal research currently undertaken in British law schools at MPhil or PhD level. The database is presented for information only, and is not intended as a communications or bibliographic tool.

Adding details of your own law thesis in progress

If you are a law PhD or MPhil research student and would like to have your details added to CLRT submit online or please download and complete a submission form (docx) and email to If your research is already listed on the database, and you would like to update the entry in any way, please also get in touch - we would be glad to hear from you!

Data Protection

The Current Legal Research Topics database and Completed Legal Research database hold data supplied within the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.  Data is maintained in an electronic format and will eventually be placed on the web with open access.  Email addresses are specifically excluded.  The dissemination of such data about research is deemed to have a legitimate educational purpose, but individuals may apply to have information removed or amended.  The data will not be further processed in a manner incompatible with the stated purpose. The data will not be used for any purpose other than the preparation of the databases.

We would like to thank all the students, administrators and lecturers who submitted information to help compile the database.

For further information, please contact Alice Tyson at IALS Library (e-mail For details of research completed for higher degrees in UK, good starting points are the British Library's Thesis Service and your university or college library - see Law Theses online services.

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Page last updated: 1st February 2018