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Impact at the School of Law and Politics

Our research staff are embedded in UK, European and international networks.

Researchers are active in a variety of key international professional associations and regularly work with practitioners at a variety of levels.

Highlights

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Improving democracy in Wales

Our work on reform of the Senedd, its franchise and electoral system, has led to votes for 16 and 17 year olds, and laid the ground for further substantial reforms to the Senedd’s size and electoral arrangements.

Strengthening rights and participation under mental capacity law

Dr Lucy Series and colleagues’ work on the Mental Capacity Act strengthened the rights and participation of people who may be considered to lack capacity to make or participate in decisions about their lives.

Forging greater Christian unity through Church law

Forging greater Christian unity through Church law

Our Canon Law research has influenced church leaders, changed longstanding attitudes and enhanced approaches in ecumenical practice in the UK and Europe.

Securing a fairer framework for devolved powers in Wales

Securing a fairer framework for devolved powers in Wales

Following 2011’s referendum on the law-making powers of the National Assembly for Wales, the Wales Governance Centre, led by Professor Richard Wyn Jones, analysed constitutional design and identified improved pathways for implementation of devolved powers.

Influencing electoral reform in Kenya

Influencing electoral reform in Kenya

Research conducted at Cardiff University was instrumental in overturning an election result in Kenya and set a precedent for better accountability, fairness and the peaceful resolution of high-level political disputes.

Improving protections for vulnerable people in police custody

Improving protections for vulnerable people in police custody

Dr Roxanna Dehaghani’s research investigated the Appropriate Adult safeguard and led to legislative reform and a revision of national standards.

Embedding Deep Seabed Mining into Africa's Blue Economy policy

Embedding Deep Seabed Mining into Africa's Blue Economy policy

Research by Professor Edwin Egede helped African states develop an approach to Deep Seabed Mining which will allow the continent to access a previously untapped source of mineral wealth.

Past highlights

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A legal framework to unite a faith

Solving the conundrum of greater cooperation and house rules within the church.

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Understanding Englishness

Examining who we are amid constant political change.

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Governance and public policy‬

Examining how countries are governed and public policy is developed.