Research & Scholarship


KU Law ranks 40th overall and 16th among public law schools for scholarly impact, according to a 2021 study. Many professors are authors of textbooks and casebooks used in classes at KU and in law schools across the U.S. and overseas.

Faculty regularly present their research in presentations and lectures at conferences and law schools across the nation and around the globe.

Learn about recent research, scholarship, service and publications from the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Research & Scholarship Stats

  • #16 – ranking among public schools for scholarly impact

  • 150 – presentations and lectures in 2019-20

Faculty Scholarship Highlights

Faculty regularly publish articles and studies in their fields. Recent examples include law review articles, casebooks and book chapters. Learn about previous publications and accomplishments in the Faculty News Archive.

Environmental vision misses mark

Professor John Head has published a new scholarly article arguing that while the goals were noble, the international community has fallen short of meeting the aims of the Stockholm Conference.

John Head

Whistleblower program lacking transparency

According to a new study by Alexander Platt, associate professor of law, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is becoming increasingly secretive regarding some of its own activities - even as it is increasingly aggressive in demanding disclosures from private actors.

Alexander Platt

Professor argues for arbitration precedent

Professor Stephen Ware has written an article and spoken at judicial and academic conferences urging courts to follow the many precedents enforcing arbitration agreements notwithstanding “rejection” in bankruptcy.

Stephen Ware

Education privacy law failing

New research from Associate Professor Najarian Peters argues that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA, should be enhanced to add more protections to prevent the inclusion of inaccurate and misleading data, known as dirty data, in the education record.

Najarian Peters

Equal voice in switch to renewable energy

Professor Uma Outka is a co-principal investigator on a project to give communities a voice in policy guiding the transition to renewable energy, supported by a $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Uma Outka

Innovation in scholarly communication

Professor Corey Rayburn Yung is one of two recipients of the 2022 David Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication, granted by the KU Libraries. Yung is recognized for his publication of two OER law textbooks that have helped reduce costs for students in a particularly expensive field.

Corey Rayburn Yung

Faculty Service Highlights

In addition to scholarship and teaching, our faculty serve in leadership positions with professional organizations and contribute to legal research projects.

International service

Raj Bhala, Brenneisen Distinguished Professor, testified to the House of Commons International Trade Committee about the use of free trade agreements to advance the rights of women and LGBTQ+ individuals.

Raj Bhala

Professor becomes editor of legal education blog

Melanie Daily recently became editor of the Best Practices for Legal Education blog. The influential online outlet discusses, documents and records reforms in legal education. Daily has been a blog commentator and author for several years.

Melanie Daily

Recent Faculty Books

Raj Bhala, Brenneisen Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

Trade War: Causes, Conduct, and Consequences of Sino-American Confrontation

Raj Bhala (Carolina Academic Press) – The world's first full-length legal and interdisciplinary analysis of the U.S.-China trade war.
Stephen Ware speaks about arbitration law

Principles of Arbitration Law

Stephen Ware, second edition (West Academic Publishing) - Co-authored by Ariana Levinson of the University of Louisville, this new book in the Concise Hornbook series is designed to guide law students, practicing lawyers and researchers through arbitration law.
Raj Bhala, Brenneisen Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

Understanding Islamic Law (Shari'a)

Raj Bhala, third edition (Carolina Academic Press) – This critically-acclaimed treatise provides both newcomers and experts with clear, accessible, and comprehensive materials and critical comparative analyses for the study of Islamic Law.

Faculty Media Coverage

KU Law faculty are frequently interviewed as subject matter experts for news stories.
Faculty Media Coverage

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