About the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law

Following a gift from Dato’ Seok K Yeoh FKC (Law LLB, 1987) and his family, the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law was founded in 2014 as a focal point for interdisciplinary research in law from the perspective of both philosophy and politics. Although based in The Dickson Poon School of Law, the Centre has close links with the Department of Philosophy and Department of Political Economy. The Centre's goal is to foster interdisciplinary research involving politics, philosophy, and law within King's, while simultaneously bridging the gap between these academic disciplines and public decision-making. The aim is to illuminate the major questions of our day through the application of rigorous interdisciplinary thought in politics, philosophy and law.

The work of the Centre underpins the teaching of King’s Politics, Philosophy & Law (PPL) LLB degree. Launched in 2012, the PPL degree is a unique programme in the UK that allows students to fulfil the requirements of a qualifying law degree while being able to choose from a range of modules in philosophy and political economy. This unique interdisciplinary degree course provides students with access to eminent academics from three outstanding faculties and challenges them to think deeply about key political, philosophical and legal issues on a global level. In recent years the Centre has hosted a series of high-profile events, bringing together world-leading academics and philosophers to tackle issues ranging from political liberty to morality; the Centre hosts the well-known KJuris workshops - legal philosophy workshops at King's - which are high-level public events featuring visiting speakers that are also open to the public.

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Those within the Centre have continued to demonstrate the highest standards of teaching in these three disciplines and this has been reflected in the testimonials received from students. In 2020, the PPL degree achieved a truly marvellous result: in the National Student Survey (NSS), students of the PPL degree returned a 100 per cent overall student satisfaction rating. This is an incredible success and a superb recognition of the effort that has gone into the PPL programme. The Centre is known for collaborations with scholars from around the world, while King’s staff have published trailblazing interdisciplinary research which provides inspiration to students as they think about their own career ambitions.

The Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law also hosts the National Security Law Research & Policy Initiative, a joint venture with the Transnational Law Institute.

The Dickson Poon School of Law

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The Dickson Poon School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world; it was rated number one in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School was established in 1831 and has played an integral role in the life of King's since the university was formed almost 200 years ago.

The School was named The Dickson Poon School of Law in 2012 following a generous donation made by Sir Dickson Poon FKC, which transformed the School's research, teaching and international profile. The School has moved steadily upward in global and national league tables and is now ranked 15th in the world and 4th in the UK in the QS World Rankings this year.

King’s has been in service to society since its foundation and the we are proud to continue that tradition to this day. Our research and teaching addresses some of the most pressing questions of our time relating to equality and human rights, the legal implications of climate change, globalisation, international relations, trade, competition and global finance, to name but a few. Members of The Dickson Poon School of Law advise governments, serve on commissions and public bodies and are seconded to national and international organisations, helping to shape policy and practice nationally and internationally. Our undergraduate, postgraduate and executive courses are informed by our research expertise, and we have a lively student community engaged in pro bono, professional development and mooting activities alongside their core studies.

The School’s research is increasingly marked by the winning of highly prestigious Fellowships, prizes and grants, with particular success in British Academy competitions. Its teaching has seen significant improvements in the NSS, while PTES and PRES scores have been consistently outstanding. In addition the School has built on its excellent links with Legal London to establish a highly successful Legal Clinic, while its Professional Law Institute has forged strong links with the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and will soon launch its Master’s in Professional Legal Practice.

The School is based in the East Wing of Somerset House on King's central London Strand Campus. We are in the heart of legal London with the Houses of Parliament, government departments, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Inns of Court and the offices of global law firms all within walking distance. The School and its staff have meaningful connections with these organisations as well as NGO's, charities and other organisations. As a result, politicians, judges and legal practitioners often give public lectures, seminars and talks at King's, all contributing to our community of scholarship and expertise.

Our research centres

The School has integrated dispersed subject areas into a smaller number of problem-based research centres and initiatives which focus on issues of global legal significance:
The Centre of British Constitutional Law & History which concentrates on Public Law & Governance; the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics (CMLE); the Centre for European Law (CEL); the Centre of Construction Law; Climate Law and Governance; the Transnational Law Institute; the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre of Politics, Philosophy & Law and KJURIS (Jurisprudence at King’s).

These centres and groups provide a framework for researchers to work across both the School and the wider university.

About King’s College London

King's College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment in which to work, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning in the service of society. We are a multi-Faculty institution, providing high-quality education, research and innovation across the sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and social sciences. As a member of the Russell Group, an association of leading UK research-intensive universities, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King's is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe and is home to five Medical Research Council Centres spread across its three teaching hospitals.
King's is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2020) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King's has over 31,000 students (including more than 12,800 postgraduates) from some 150 countries, and over 8,500 employees.

King’s provides world-class education and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of c£900 million (2019).

King’s Strategic Vision 2029

King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world.