The School of Law's institutes focus their research on various branches of legal science. Currently the School has two institutes: the Institute of Human Rights and the Institute of European and International Studies:
Institute of Human Rights
The Institute of Human Rights is a center for study and research on human rights. It is linked to the University of Navarra's Philosophy of Law area. It was created in 1991 at the initiative of Javier Hervada, who was the head of the department at that time.
Institute of European and International Studies
The Institute of European and International Studies is a research center at the University of Navarra School of Law whose objectives are:
- To study the international and European setting from an economic, legal, political and social point of view in order to prepare and produce analyses of working papers and reports that contribute to academic debate on these issues.
- To offer University of Navarra students and exchange students specialized programs on European and international issues.
- To serve as a forum for meeting and debate that facilitates more and better communication among public and private actors in the field of international and European relations.
- To promote the dissemination of research results in periodicals, edited volumes and monographs.
Parliamentary Law Research Group
The Parliamentary Law Research Group was created in 2002 through an agreement between the University of Navarra and the Parliament of Navarre; its basic purpose is to "be an instrument at the service of the university community in general, intended to generate more in-depth study and knowledge of the political and parliamentary system."
In order to accomplish this goal, the Group is managed loosely by the University of Navarra Department of Constitutional Law, of which it is a subsidiary organization.
Each year, the Group organizes workshops and lectures on various topics, all of them presented by renowned speakers who meet the highest academic standards.
Local Government Law Research Group
The University of Navarra School of Law offers the Local Government Law Research Group for the purpose of facilitating continuing education and refresher knowledge on Navarre regional law for legal practitioners and alumni.
This is an activity geared toward the mutual enrichment of theorists and practitioners who are knowledgeable about the various branches of Navarre local law, based on an exchange of knowledge.
Every quarter, a lecture series is held that alternates between lectures on theory, updates on jurisprudence and joint analyses of new legislative proposals conducted by experts who are knowledgeable about Navarre regional law. Each of these events sets forth the most significant new developments in law and jurisprudence in the corresponding branch of law.
In addition, depending on the occasion, special single-topic sessions are held on topics such as significant potential legal reform in Navarre. Sessions are also held on certain other branches of law, such as the history of Navarre regional law.
The Local Government Law Research Group was created in 2007 within the framework of the partnership agreement signed by the University of Navarra School of Law and the Department of the Presidency, Justice and the Interior of the Regional Government of Navarre. This agreement was geared toward encouraging the study of Navarre-specific public and private law.
From the beginning, it sought to create closer links between Navarre regional law and students, and to offer a useful tool to legal professionals so they could acquire in-depth knowledge about the origins of Navarre regional law, its unique features and the key conditions that shape it.
After the 12 events that the Local Government Law Research Group has held, it has become a place for the presentation and discussion of major new legislative developments in administrative and tax law, the reforms to Navarre regional law, and suggestions regarding doctrine and jurisprudence on some of the institutions characterized by private law in Navarre. Two sessions were also dedicated to the history of Navarre law and institutions, motivated by the centennials of 1512 and 1812.