Law centre researches gay rights.
The Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality will also look at the relationship between lesbian and gay communities and local government.
Britain's first female Law Lord, Baroness Hale of Richmond, gave a lecture at the centre to mark its launch. Baroness Hale's many public roles include being a founding member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Her talk focused on discussing the progress made towards equal treatment for lesbian, gay and transsexuals and the effectiveness of antidiscrimination laws.