The University of Sheffield is a leading UK research-led higher education institution, and is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-led universities, which includes Oxford, Cambridge, London and Edinburgh Universities. It celebrated its centenary in 2005. The University has over 24,000 students and 6,000 staff. The School of Law has 45 members of academic staff and over 50 research students. It was rated 5 (out of 5) for its research outputs in the last government directed Research Assessment Exercise in 2001. At the University of Sheffield, the Centre for the study of Law in its International Context, directed by Prof. Nigel White, focuses on the global and European aspects of legal issues, and more broadly draws on the School’s strengths in many forms of International, European and Comparative Law to consider the wider legal implications of current problems. To this end the Centre aims to: facilitate and foster research into law in its international context, in particular research that is: intra-disciplinary; inter-disciplinary; collaborative; sponsor and support conferences, workshops, roundtables, seminars and research projects; develop a research community of academics, visiting fellows, researchers and research students; engage with the wider legal community and other experts and interested parties. CLIC currently has 19 members with expertise across the range of International and European Law. Professor Nigel White has been Director of the Centre since 2005.