The Evidence-Based Law and Practice Priority Research Initiative (ELP PRI) conducts research within four thematic areas: Legal Education, Equity & Scholarship;

EVIDENCE-BASED LAW AND PRACTICE
Priority Research Initiative

About us

The Evidence-Based Law and Practice Priority Research Initiative (ELP PRI) conducts research within four thematic areas: Legal Education, Equity & Scholarship; Health, Justice & Social Affairs; Human Rights & International Affairs; and Business, Regulation & Compliance.

Bringing the evidence-based movement to law

The evidence-based movement has had a transformative influence on research and practice in numerous disciplines, including healthcare, education, management and policy.

In contrast, law lags behind. Law, in many respects, is still ‘eminence based’, relying on the opinions of authority figures, not ‘evidence-based’, relying on robust and thorough research evidence. There is too often a gulf between academic research and the reality of lawmaking and legal practice.

Drawing on evidence-based definitions from other fields, evidence-based law and practice urges the production of rigorous research evidence and incorporation of that evidence into debate about legal doctrine, legislation and professional practices, analysis of the impacts of law in society, and proposals for reforms in law and practice.

Our research themes

Health, Justice and Social Affairs

Health, Justice and Social Affairs

Research in this theme investigates how the law regulates and affects some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our society: victims of crime; ... Read more >


Human Rights and International Affairs

Human Rights and International Affairs

Research in this theme examines human rights issues in international contexts and seeks to advance evidence-informed debate and action on some of the most pressing ... Read more >


Business Regulation and Compliance

Business Regulation and Compliance

The question of how to most effectively regulate business enterprises is strongly contested and scholars and policy makers have developed a broad range of regulatory ... Read more >