We are helping develop Welsh law and policy

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The Challenge

It is over 20 years since the Senedd (or Welsh Parliament) was first established as the National Assembly for Wales. During this period, it has gained increasing powers to develop law and influence policy in this Wales. Researchers at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law have contributed to research analysing its progress and making suggestions for the future in a variety of different contexts; from ​human rights and especially children’s rights and youth justice to environmental protection and the development of a separate jurisdiction for Wales.

The Method

Our researchers have engaged with a variety of organisations across Wales, including Welsh Government and the Senedd, as well as non-governmental organisations, to assist in developing Welsh law and policy and respond to challenges such as Brexit and the cost of living crisis. 

The Impact

There are several examples of law, policy and change in practice that have been influenced by our researchers. For example, the Observatory on Human Rights of Children was instrumental in shaping legislation in Wales to embed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Welsh Law.

PHD researchers

  • Joe Janes
  • Gerli Orumaa
  • Alun Thomas
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UN Sustainable goal - Justice
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