Law in society

We are interested in how law functions in society and in law as a social institution. We fund research that is likely to shed light on policy or practice, and practical innovation for evaluation and experiment.

Details of individual projects funded by our Law in Society programme, including their outputs where available, can be found by clicking on the relevant link in the Our work in this area section of this page.

Funding priorities
  • Projects in family justice. This includes legal policy issues such as co-habitation, divorce and separation and child contact; the operation of family courts in both public and private law cases; the use of other mechanisms to promote outcomes appropriate to promote child welfare; and international family law.
  • The administrative justice system is a key mechanism for individuals to hold the state to account. We fund projects relating to dispute resolution and how it can be improved rather than on public administration in itself. 
  • Empirical and evaluative work on the accessibility of the legal system for users (witnesses, as well as parties to a case) who may be vulnerable, including but not confined to those with mental disabilities. 
  • Wider questions about how empirical research and analysis may inform the design and operation of the justice system.
Further information

Full details about the priorities and criteria for our Law in Society funding programme, along with information about the application process is available in the apply for funding section.