Current PhD/MPhil Research Topics

Current PhD/MPhil Research Topics

The School of Law has a thriving community of around 60 postgraduate research students. Our researchers are exploring a wide variety of areas of law. The main themes covered are:

Civil Justice and Criminal Justice Systems

(including Private International Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution)

  • Jennifer Armstrong (Supervisors Steven Cammiss and Veronique Voruz)
    The title of Jennifer's research project is 'The issue of prior record as a consideration in sentencing in Canada'.

  • Roxanna Fatemi-Dehaghani (Supervisors Steven Cammiss and Mandy Burton)
    Roxanna was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in January 2014. Her research topic is entitled: Defining and identifying vulnerability in police custody: a comparative study assessing the law and practice in the Netherlands and England and Wales.
  • Coleen Lewis (Supervisors John Hartshorne and Lorna Gillies)
    Coleen is making a critical and comparative analysis of the cyber defamation laws in England, USA and Australia, and considering proposals for reform of the Jamaican Defamation Act.

  • Ann Marie Mangion (Supervisor Mandy Burton and Dawn Watkins)
    Ann Marie's research is considering whether the new Maltese divorce legislation is fair and just vis-a-vis comparative divorce legislations?

  • Marie-Odile Sander (Supervisors Pablo Cortes and Masood Ahmed)

    The title of Marie-Odile's research topic is 'European modern forms of non-voluntary mediation: the case of England in comparative perspective'.

Commercial Law

(including Company Law, Corporate Social Responsibility, CISG, Financial Regulation)

  • Sheriff Abiodun Adesanya (Supervisor Cosmo Graham and Lindsay Stirton)
    Abi's topic is a critical analysis of whether convergence is required in the regulation of the Nigerian telecommunication sector.
  • Nevi Agapiou (Supervisors Sean Thomas and Masood Ahmed)
    Nevi is researching a predictive analysis of the legal reception of the 1980 UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) in the United Kingdom.
  • Bader Almaskari (Supervisor Lorna Gillies and Stelios Andreadakis)
    Bader's research is looking at avoiding uncertainty and lack of predictability under the European Insolvency Regulation (groups of Companies).
  • Reza Beheshti (Supervisors Sean Thomas and Francois du Bois)
    Reza is researching the termination of international commercial contracts under CISG, English Law , UNIDROIT and DCFR. Reza is a research student member of the Centre for European Law and Internationalisation.
  • Lisa Benjamin (Supervisors Daniel Attenborough and Stelios Andreadakis)
    Lisa's title is: Towards a greener corporate objective? Multinational corporations and climate change - have voluntary codes of conduct and reports on corporate social responsibility in the context of climate change affected corporate objectives?
  • Julia Jennings (Supervisor Daniel Attenborough and Lorna Gillies)
    Julia's title is: Company vs Consumer - can the needs of each be met?
  • Serife Esra Kiraz (Supervisors Sean Thomas and Barbara Bogusz)
    Esra is researching third party’s intellectual property rights and the responsibility under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).
  • Fatma Banu Kring (Supervisors Cosmo Graham and Flora Huang)
    Banu's research topic is entitled 'Minority shareholder rights in the context of M&A transactions'.
  • Dean Lewis (Supervisors Masood Ahmed and Francois Du Bois)
    Dean's research is in the area of Arbitration and his topic is entitled 'Harmonisation in adoption and interpretation of the judicial intervention provisions of the UNCITRAL model law in Pacific rim jurisdictions'.
  • Laura Rodes Saldana (Supervisors Albert Sanchez-Graells and Stelios Andreadakis)
    Laura was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in January 2014. Her research title is: Suitability of EU capital maintenance rules over creditor protection.
  • Ayesha Shakil (Supervisors Francois du Bois and Sean Thomas)
    Ayeshas' research question is: 'The introduction of the good faith notion in English law: why and why not?'
  • Irem Tore (Supervisors Paolo Vargiu and Stelios Andreadakis)
    Irem's topic is The Impact of Corporate Governance on Investment Decisions and Turkey.

Criminal Law

  • Clive Akpotaire (Supervisors Steven Cammiss and Thoko Kaime)
    The title of Clive's research topic is 'The socio-legal policy considerations on international modern slavery and organised crime: Nigeria as a case study'.
  • Victoria Beckett (Supervisors Steven Cammiss and Jill Marshall)
    Vicky's topic is 'Animal Rights Activists and State Identities in the Criminal Justice System'.
  • Colin Flynn (Supervisor Troy Lavers and Yassin Brunger)
    Colin's research looks at sentencing principles and guidelines in international criminal law.
  • Shweta Luthra (Supervisors Tracey Elliott and Sally Cunningham)
    Shweta is researching the consequences for mentally disordered defendants in India and England.
  • Brian Manarin (Supervisors Sally Kyd Cunningham and Mandy Burton)
    Brian's topic is entitled 'Discriminatory and unfair practices against the Aboriginal people of Canada in Criminal Jury trials: identifying areas of concern and offering solutions'.
  • Neil Marshall (Supervisors Lorna Gillies and Barbara Bogusz)
    Neil is researching the impact of the changing role of online intermediaries on their legal obligations and other issues concerning cyber crime.
  • Niki Petridou (Supervisors Janet Ulph and Sean Thomas)
    Niki's research is an analytical and comparative study of the mens rea of money laundering offences in British, Greek and Cypriot Legal Systems.
  • Charlotte Wick (Supervisors Steven Cammiss and Yassin Brunger)
    Charlotte's topic is entitled 'incitement to commit genocide. She was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in September 2013.

Employment Law

  • Sara Benedi Lahuerta (Supervisors Mark Bell and Oxana Golynker)
    Sara's research is examining the effectiveness of the EU Race Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) in Britain and Spain, in the field of employment law.
  • Julie McClelland (Supervisors Pascale Lorber and Oxana Golynker)
    Julie's research topic is entitled 'Can the reach of employment protection be extended to atypical working patterns through a unified concept of employee and employment contract?' Julie is a research student member of the Centre for European Law and Internationalisation.
  • Nicolas Staley (Supervisors Pascale Lorber and Liz Wicks)
    Nick has recently started his PhD, looking at 'How do employment law and human rights act in police employment, what are the ramifications and what alternative ECHR compatible frameworks are there for regulating and controlling police employment?'
  • Robert  Wilks (Supervisors Pascale Lorber and Lisa Rodgers)
    The title of Rob's research project is 'Can the official recognition of sign language offer a solution to the apparent conflict between disability law and Deaf identity, and if so, how?'

European Union Law

  • Sara Benedi Lahuerta (Supervisors Mark Bell and Oxana Golynker)
    Sara's research is examining the effectiveness of the EU Race Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) in Britain and Spain, in the field of employment law.
  • Fatma Banu Kring (Supervisors Cosmo Graham and Flora Huang)
    Banu's research topic is entitled 'Minority shareholder rights in the context of M&A transactions'.
  • Wan Loi Man (Supervisors Adam Cygan and Bernard Ryan)
    Wan Loi's research is examining to what extent is the Dutch immigration and asylum regime reflective of the EU immigration and asylum law and international human rights law.
  • Neoclis Neocleous (Supervisors Paolo Vargiu and Katja Ziegler)
    Neoclis' title is The Cyprus Memorandum and its implications on the Regulation of Statehood.
  • Laura Rodes Saldana (Supervisors Albert Sanchez-Graells and Stelios Andreadakis)
    Laura was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in January 2014. Her research title is: Suitability of EU capital maintenance rules over creditor protection.
  • Ewa Zelazna (Supervisors Adam Cygan and Pablo Cortes)
    The title of Ewa's research project is 'European policy on international investment after Lisbon Treaty. A legal analysis of development opportunities'. Ewa was appointed to a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in September 2013.

Human Rights

  • Burcu Zeynep Akbaba (Supervisors Sally Cunningham, Elizabeth Wicks and Tracey Elliott)
    Zeynep's research looks at the effects of chemical castration on human rights.
  • Khalida Azhigulova (Supervisors Bernard Ryan and Tehila Sagy)
    The title of Khalida's research topic is 'Management of mixed migration movements In Central Asia: efficiency of the regional inter-state cooperation in balancing human rights obligations against national security concerns'.
  • Claire Bessant (Supervisors Mandy Burton and John Hartshorne)
    Claire's topic is 'the changing perceptions of family law'.
  • Roxanna Fatemi-Dehaghani (Supervisors Steven Cammiss and Mandy Burton)
    Roxanna was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in January 2014. Her research topic is entitled: Defining and identifying vulnerability in police custody: a comparative study assessing the law and practice in the Netherlands and England and Wales.
  • Jean-Claude Kalume Misenga (Supervisors Jill Marshall and Yassin Brunger)
    Jean-Claude's topic is entitled 'Eliminating Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: What role for international law?'.
  • Aikaterini Kazou (Supervisors Liz Wicks and Tracey Elliott)
    Aikaterini's research topic is entitled: 'The implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in English mental health law'.
  • Anna Kweskin (Supervisors Yassin Brunger and Loveday Hodson)
    Anna's research is in the human rights area, entitled 'one laptop per child: is this the next human right?
  • Shweta Luthra (Supervisors Sally Cunningham and Tracey Elliott)
    Shweta is considering the consequences for mentally disordered defendants in India and England.
  • Naomi Njuguna (Supervisors Lisa Rodgers, Joe Wills and Stefano Bertea)
    The topic of Naomi's research is concerned with the right to health, and protecting the occupational psycho-social well being of Health Care workers in Kenya.
  • Nataly Papadopolou (Supervisors Liz Wicks and Tracey Elliott)
    Nataly's research is regarding the Commission on Assisted Dying and human rights impact.
  • Gayatri Patel (Supervisors Peter Cumper and Loveday Hodson)
    The basis of Gayatri's research is an examination of the new Human Right's Council's 'Universal Periodic Review' procedure in light of cultural relativism. Gayatri was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in September 2010.
  • Gift Sotonye-Frank (Supervisors Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella and Thoko Kaime)
    The title of Gift's research project is 'Assessing the Child Rights Act 2003: a study into the potentials as well as the limitations of relying on legislation to protect child rights in Nigeria'.
  • Tutku Tugyan (Supervisors Troy Lavers and Loveday Hodson)
    Tutku is researching extraterritorial jurisdiction on human rights treaties.
  • Stuart Wright (Supervisors Troy Lavers and Loveday Hodson)
    Stuart's research title is: A global governance approach to postmodern self-determination.

Intellectual Property Law

  • Neil Marshall (Supervisors Lorna Gillies and Barbara Bogusz)
    Neil is researching the impact of the changing role of online intermediaries on their legal obligations and other issues concerning cyber crime.

International Law

  • Samuel Akorimo (Supervisor Eki Omorogbe - formerly supervised by Malcolm Shaw)
    Samuel's topic is 'an assessment of the suitability of the ICT of Rwanda as a criminal justice response to the genocide of 1994'.
  • Carlos Canales (Supervisos Thoko Kaime and Loveday Hodson)
    Carlos's topic is regarding the principle of the preservation of the unity of a common oil and gas deposit in the international law of the sea, and whether boundaries matter any more.
  • Colin Flynn (Supervisors Troy Lavers and Yassin Brunger)
    Colin's research looks at sentencing principles and guidelines in international criminal law.
  • Biobelemabo Inko-Tariah (Supervisors Eki Omorogbe and Katja Ziegler)
    Biobele is examining whether humanitarian intervention is being used as justification by more powerful nations to intervene in weaker nations in breach of international law.
  • Tamar Jorkoshvili (Supervisors Paolo Vargiu and Albert Sanchez-Graells)
    The title of Tamar's research project is 'The role of public international law in ICSID arbitration within the context of Article 42(1) of the ICSID Convention'.
  • Stavroula Kalopsidiotou (Supervisors Eki Omorogbe and Yassin Brunger)
    Stavri's research title is the impact of regional organisations on the normative framework of international law governing peace and security: international law revisited?
  • Jean-Claude Kalume Misenga (Supervisors Jill Marshall and Yassin Brunger)
    Jean-Claude's title is 'Eliminating Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: What role for international law?'
  • Peter Mason (Supervisors Thoko Kaime and Katja Ziegler)
    Peter's topic is entitled 'Is the UK implementing a marine conservation policy that fulfils its obligations under international law with particular reference to marine conservation areas and the Marine and Coastal Access Act?'
  • Neoclis Neocleous (Supervisors Paolo Vargiu and Katja Ziegler)
    Neoclis' title is The Cyprus Memorandum and its implications on the Regulation of Statehood.
  • Naomi Njuguna (Supervisors Lisa Rodgers, Joe Wills and Stefano Bertea)
    The topic of Naomi's research is concerned with the right to health, and protecting the occupational psycho-social well being of Health Care workers in Kenya.
  • Gayatri Patel (Supervisors Peter Cumper and Loveday Hodson)
    The basis of Gayatri's research is an examination of the new Human Right's Council's 'Universal Periodic Review' procedure in light of cultural relativism. Gayatri was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in September 2010.
  • Suliana Sivivatu (Supervisors Jill Marshall and Loveday Hodson)
    Suliana's research centres around the topic of 'women, culture and international law in the South Pacific, and Tonga's refusal to ratify CEDAW'.
  • Irem Tore (Supervisors Paolo Vargiu, Stelios Andreadakis and Cosmo Graham)
    Irem's topic is The Impact of Corporate Governance on Investment Decisions and Turkey.
  • Nnadike Casmir Ugwuogbonna (Supervisors Eki Omorogbe and Loveday Hodson)
    Casmir's research is entitled 'The use of regional mechanism to advance international criminal justice in Africa'.

Law and Development

  • Irem Tore (Supervisors Paolo Vargiu and Stelios Andreadakis)
    Irem's topic is The Impact of Corporate Governance on Investment Decisions and Turkey.

Legal / Political Theory

  • Yavuz Alkan (Supervisors Peter Cumper and Stefano Bertea)
    Yavuz's research is on rights, secularism and democracy.
  • Maria Paula Barrantes-Reynolds (Supervisors Stefano Bertea and Hilary Sommerlad)
    Paula is considring human rights v pluralism in multicultural societies, in particular the case of the Bolivian Constitution of 2009.
  • Jeremy Bradley (Supervisors Stefano Bertea and Jill Marshall)
    Jeremy's topic is entitled 'In Defence of Empathetic Reasoning in Legal Decision-Making'.

Medical Law and Ethics

  • Rita D'Alton-Harrison (Supervisors Dawn Watkins and David Bartram)
    Rita's topic is entitled: 'Governance of the legal and domiciled parent: inter-country surrogacy, border controls and the 'disconnected' family'.
  • Aikaterini Kazou (Supervisors Liz Wicks and Tracey Elliott)
    Katerina's research topic is entitled: 'The implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in English mental health law'.
  • Shweta Luthra (Supervisors Sally Cunningham and Tracey Elliott)
    Shweta is considering the consequences for mentally disordered defendants in India and England.
  • Azin Niksefaty (Supervisors Elizabeth Wicks and José Miola)
    Azin's research considers if the practice of assisted suicide and euthanasia be supported by the human rights authorities for the better protection of human rights.
  • Ebikaboere Bolanle Olaosebikan (Supervisors Jose Miola and Tracey Elliott)

    Ebi is investigating the issue of autonomy in advanced dementia patients with dysphagia who have an advance directive.

  • Nataly Papadopolou (Supervisors Liz Wicks and Tracey Elliott)
    Nataly's research is regarding the Commission on Assisted Dying and human rights impact.

Recent PhD/MPhil Graduates

  • Abidah Abdul Ghafar (Supervisors Mandy Burton and Steven Cammiss)
    Title: Legal protection for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses:  a critical analysis on the UK and Malaysian law from the perspective of human rights. Abidah graduated in July 2013.
  • Nisar Ahmad (Supervisor Priscilla Schwartz)
    Title: The implications of the global compack human rights principles for multinational enterprises in Malaysia. Nisar graduated in January 2014.
  • Mojeed Alabi (Supervisor Erika Szyszczak)
    Title: Judicial regime of regional integration in Africa: an examination of the role of the ECOWAS Court in the Evolution of a regional legal order in West Africa.
    Mojeed graduated in July 2013.
  • Mohammad Alhaddad (Supervisors David Bonner and Robin White)
    Title: Provisional detention from the prospective of international human rights conventions. Mohammad graduated in January 2014.
  • Abdelnaser Ali (Supervisor Katja Ziegler)
    Title: Smuggling of migrants in contemporary international law. Nasergraduated in July 2014.
  • Wasim Al-Jerafi (Supervisors Camilla Andersen and Paolo Vargiu)
    Title: Yemen’s ratification of the New York Convention: an analysis of compatibility and the uniform interpretation of Articles v(1)(a) and v(2)(b)".
    Wasim graduated in July 2013.
  • Olson Alleyne (Supervisor Sally Kyd Cunningham)
    Title: Confronting identity theft: a critical and comparative analysis of the emerging response of the criminal law in England, Barbados and Australia. Olson graduated in July 2014.
  • Fatemah Alshuraian (Supervisor Cosmo Graham)
    Title: Market manipulations regulatory framework in Kuwait Stock Exchange. Fatma graduated in July 2014.
  • Robert Barron (Supervisor John Hartshorne)
    Title: How scientific evidence has caused injustices in the English criminal legal system. Robert graduated in July 2013.
  • Gautier Busschaert (Supervisor Adam Cygan)
    Title: Participatory democracy in the European Union: a civil perspective. Gautier  graduated in July 2014.
  • Maribel Canto-Lopez (Supervisor Robin White)
    Title: Are international and regional human rights instruments up to the challenge of globalization in the 21st century? Extraterritorial responsibility of States and the 'war on terror'. Maribel graduated in January 2013, and was invited to give a Doctoral Inaugural Lecture in March 2014.
  • Zhenyun (George) Chen (Supervisor Christopher Bisping)
    Title:  Risks, challenges and prospects for China's banking industry after entry into WTO. Zhenyun graduated in January 2013.

  • Shawna Coxon (Supervisor Sally Kyd Cunningham)
    Title: Criminal fantasies: risk of harm in Canadian Child Pornography law.
    Shawna graduated in January 2014.
  • Kevin Crosby (Supervisor Steven Cammiss)
    Title: Jury independence and the general verdict: a genealogy.
    Kevin graduated in January 2014.
  • Omar Daoud (Supervisor Daniel Attenborough)
    Title: A model for the role and effectiveness of the non-executive directors.
    Omar graduated in January 2014.

  • Michael Filby (Supervisor Barbara Bogusz)
    Title: Cyber Piracy: Can file sharing be regulated without impeding the digital revolution? Michael graduated in July 2013

  • Catherine Ovo Imoedemhe (Supervisors Eki Omorogbe and Troy Lavers)
    Title: National Implementation of the Complementarity Regime of the Rome Statute: Obligations and Challenges for Domestic Legislation with Nigeria as a Case study. Ovo will graduate in January 2015
  • Henry Jones (Supervisors Paul O'Connell and Daniel Attenborough)
    Title: The failures of Liberalism in international law. Henry graduated in January 2014.
  • Brendan Kelly (Supervisors Jose Miola and Liz Wicks)
    Title: Human rights protection for the mentally ill through mental health law in England and Ireland. Brendan graduated in July 2013.
  • Zaid Mahayni (Supervisors Janet Ulph and Martin Petrin)
    Title: An Analysis of Capital Market Regulation in Saudi Arabia. Zaid graduated in January 2014.
  • Farhad Mirzayev (Supervisor Malcolm Shaw and Loveday Hodson)
    Title: UTI Possidetis v self-determination: the lessons of post-Soviet practice. Farhad graduated in July 2014.
  • Eldirdiri (Dirdeiry) Mohamed Ahmed (Supervisors Eki Omorogbe and Katja Ziegler)
    Title: The African Territorial Regime:establishing its customary existence and arguing for its Augmentation by a Right to Egalitarian Secession. Dirdeiry graduated in January 2014.
  • Sangwani Patrick Ng'ambi (Supervisors Paolo Vargiu and Francois du Bois)
    Title: The resource nationalism cycle, stabilization clauses and the need for flexibility in concession agreements. Sangwani will graduate in January 2015.
  • Levi Odoe (Supervisors Francois du Bois and Masood Ahmed)
    Title: Party autonomy as the basis of arbitration agreement.  Levi graduated in July 2014.
  • Julie Oseko (Supervisor Liz Wicks)
    Title: Judicial Independence In Kenya: Constitutional Challenges And Opportunities For Reform. Julie graduated in January 2013.
  • Yeside Oyetayo (Supervisor Dr Priscilla Schwartz)
    Title: Insurance Regulation in The General Agreement on Trade in Services:  A Model for Liberalisation and Development in Nigeria.
    Yeside graduated in January 2013.
  • Lisa Rodgers (Supervisor Mark Bell)
    Title: Can a legal theory of vulnerability in employment be constructed which represents a valid organising principle for labour law? Lisa graduated in January 2014, and was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Leicester in May 2013.
  • James Roffee (Supervisor Sally Cunningham)
    Title: The Law on Incest: A New Legal Realist Approach to Understanding the English and Welsh Prohibitions. James graduated in January 2013.
  • Ngozi Stewart (Supervisor David Bonner)
    Title: Environmental terrorism: turning a nagging menace into an impetus for the reform and effective enforcement of environmental laws in Nigeria.
    Ngozi graduated in July 2013.
  • Patricia Streeter (Supervisor Malcolm Shaw)
    Title: Fair Trial in Lithuania:  From European Convention to Realization.
    Pat graduated in July 2013.
  • Iris Truman (Supervisors Malcolm Shaw and Katja Ziegler)
    Title: A proposal for International Court of State and Corporate Disputes - The ICSCD.  Iris graduated in July 2014.
  • Jacqueline Walsh (Supervisor Adam Cygan)
    Title: The Competitive Plight of the Small Software Firm: A Case for Statutory Reform.
    Jacqui graduated in July 2013.
  • Joe Wills (Supervisor Loveday Hodson)
    Title: Socioeconomic Rights as counter-hegemonic praxis in an era of neo-liberal globalization: A Neo-Gramscian analysis . Joe graduated in July 2014, and was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Leicester in January 2014.
  • Charlotte Woodhead (Supervisors Dawn Watkins and Janet Ulph)
    Title: A critical analysis of the legal and quasi-legal recognition of the underlying principles and norms of cultural heritage. Charlotte graduated in July 2014.

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Application deadline: 14 January 2015
Application writing workshop: 26 November 2014