The field of research in jurisprudence is very broad. It may concern which person or persons decide on different issues, and what happens when someone goes beyond the limits. Research at Linköping university has two areas of specialisation: commercial law and welfare law. 

Commercial law – a clear link to business life

Jurisprudence research at LiU can be divided into three broad categories: commercial law perspectives on civil law, tax and accounting law, and the right of access to private land, environmental law and legal history.
Examples of commercial law matters at LiU include how corporate inventions and innovations can be protected, for example through patents, or which tax and accounting implications different businesses have. Another characteristic of our commercial law research is that the expected behaviours of those the rules apply to and affect, such as companies and their owners, are an important part of our analysis.

Welfare law – creating and maintaining a welfare society

Welfare law is about the law's relation to the concept of welfare. Researchers at LiU investigate how the legislation seeks to influence social conditions and the consequences of the application of laws on individuals.

How social services realise the goals set by laws, the role international rights conventions play in national law or how to combine social knowledge with legal knowledge are some examples of research at LiU.

Through increased knowledge about legal regulations, we want to contribute to the legally secure and socially effective application within the social services and the administrative court.

At Linköping University, we use both social and legal theories and methods when studying welfare law.

Research based on commercial law and welfare law

A research project or a research field might well contain elements of both commercial law and welfare law. For example, liability in the exercise of public authority, EU law and medical law. A range of issues related to the pharmaceutical industry may primarily be commercial law, while others, such as the regulation of privacy and consent issues, are more welfare law.