Leicester Law School PGR Conference, 16 June 2020

Online Postgraduate Research Conference provides an opportunity for PGRs and early career researchers to present their ongoing research
Leicester Law School PGR Conference, 16 June 2020

Leicester Law School

Leicester Law School’s research culture fosters a range of perspectives and provides an opportunity for postgraduate students and early career researchers to present their ongoing research and engage with others. This, online, conference will feature approximately 40 presenters in 12 different streams who will be presenting on a range of topics that broaden the boundaries of legal discourse.

We are also excited to announce that this year’s keynote will be delivered by Dr Melissa Bone (Leicester Law School) who will share tips on navigating the PhD process and her early career research experience of publishing, funding and creating impact through collaborations with non-academics.

Presenters who submit a paper of up to 10,000 words by 1 June are eligible to be considered for two prizes: Best Paper and Highly Commendable Paper.

If you have any questions, please contact lawpgrconference@le.ac.uk and follow @LeicsLawPGRConf on Twitter for updates.


09:30-10:00  Opening session for all conference attendees

10:00-11:30  Alternative Approaches to International Law (Chair: Dr Stephen Riley)

  • A Brief History of Trade Theories, Ruhi Anand, University of Limerick, ruhi.anand@ul.ie
  • (Re)Constructing the Asylum System through the Lens of Applied Theatre, Sofia Nakou, University of Edinburgh, sofia.nakou@ed.ac.uk
  • Slouching Towards Nuremberg: The Chimerical Histories of International Criminal Law and the Origins of 'International Crime', Ellis Witcher, University College Dublin, ellis.witcher@ucdconnect.ie

10:30-12:00  Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Law (Chair: Dr Patrick Masiyakurima)

  • The Indian Trade Marks Act – A Comparative Analysis, Amit Jamsandekar, University of Leicester, aj305@leicester.ac.uk
  • The Autonomy Doctrine in the Law of Letters of Credit and Demand Guarantees in Libya, Egypt and England: A Comparative Study, Tajeldin Mukhtar, University of Leicester, tesm1@leicester.ac.uk
  • Forks, Airdrops and Splits: An analysis of Blockchain and ICO offers, Dr Craig Wright, University of Leicester, csw26@leicester.ac.uk

11:00-12:30  Technology and International Human Rights (Chair: Dr Rossana Deplano)

  • The Concept of ‘Democratic Surveillance’ in Liberal Democracies: Striking the Balance Between Secrecy and Security, Alethea Lucas, University of Leicester, arl30@leicester.ac.uk
  • What gaps exist for the regulation of lethal autonomous weapons under International Humanitarian Law?, Harry Brown III, University of Leicester, hbi2@leicester.ac.uk
  • Fake News and International Human Rights: Identifying Conflicting Rights in the Battle Against Electoral Disinformation, Ethan Shattock, Maynooth University, ethan.shattock.2013@mumail.ie

11:30-13:00  Comparative Dispute Resolution (Chair: Fatma Arslan)

  • Comparative Analysis of Dispute Resolution Processes in the UK and Nigeria Electricity Industry , Chudi Ojukwu, University of Leicester, cno5@leicester.ac.uk
  • Feeding outcomes of consumer dispute mechanisms in financial services: A comparative jurisdictional analysis, Geoffrey Bezzina, University of Leicester, gb270@leicester.ac.uk
  • The effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment Disputes: A Comparative Study of the UK and Turkey, Mustafa Nalban, University of Nottingham, mustafa.nalbant@nottingham.ac.uk

12:00-13:30  International Human Rights Law (Chair: Professor Liz Wicks)

  • Human rights violations, due diligence and extraterritoriality: The case of Moneypoint (ESB), Karina Savchuk, Griffith College, karina.savchuk@student.griffith.ie
  • The Principle of Sustainability in Norwegian Energy Law, Alexandru Gociu, Trinity College Dublin, gociua@tcd.ie
  • Criminalization of legally protected speech? The case of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), Nadia Silhi Chahin, University of Edinburgh, nadia.silhi@ed.ac.uk
  • Hybrid judicial mechanisms at the regional level: the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Dejana Radisavljević, University of Sheffield, dradisavljevic1@sheffield.ac.uk

12:30-14:00  Regulation and Reform of Finance and Trade (Chair: Dr Paolo Vargiu)

  • Regulatory technology to combat algorithmic biases in finance, Zhizhen Yu, University of Edinburgh, S1853081@ed.ac.uk
  • (Got to) Break Free – Law’s Response to FinTech, Sadhbh McGrath, Trinity College Dublin, mcgrats3@tcd.ie
  • Basel III: The LCR-Defined HQLA Requirement as a Law or Guide, Chiemerem Oranugo, University of Leeds, lw10cve@leeds.ac.uk
  • The Future of Multilateralism in the WTO: Explaining the United States of America’s Apathy, Opeyemi Kolawole, University College Dublin, kolawole.opeyemi@ucdconnect.ie

13:00-14:30  Gender Studies and Feminist Perspectives (Chair: Dr Kimberley Brayson)

  • Due Diligence and Positive Obligation of States in Combatting Violence against Women: A Case Study on Turkey, Devran Gülel, University of Portsmouth, devran.gulel@myport.ac.uk,
  • Belonging While Brown: Engaging with UK Citizenship Law through Structural Violence Theory, Lisa Koduthore, SOAS University of London, 667135@soas.ac.uk

13:30-15:00  Human Rights Across Borders (Chair: Alan Desmond)

  • Refugee family reunification in Europe: a safe legal route to international protection?, Claudia Zugno, University of Bedfordshire, claudia.zugno@study.beds.ac.uk
  • What impact does the hostile environment have on the professional decision-making of solicitors and doctors that assist asylum seekers?, Ayesha Riaz, Queen Mary University of London, ayesha.riaz@qmul.ac.uk
  • The abuse of anti-smuggling laws in Italy: criminalisation of migration and consequences for trafficking victims and asylum seekers, Marta Minetti, Queen Mary University of London, m.minetti@qmul.ac.uk
  • From Laval to Dobersberger: Lessons about posted workers from the Court of Justice of the EU, Marta Lasek-Markey, Trinity College Dublin, mlasek@tcd.ie

14:00-15:30  Frontiers in Legal Research (Chair: Dr Katherine Wade)

  • Challenging Subjects: Sentience and the Legal Status of Research Animals in UK Law, Carley Lightfoot, University of Leicester, ccl23@leicester.ac.uk
  • Contemporary Islamic Discourse: Tax System Reforms in the Islamic Developed Countries, Nora Aljarallah, University College Dublin, nora.aljarallah@ucdconnect.ie
  • The End of Life, Islam and the Law, Kulsum Patel, University of Leicester, kaap3@leicester.ac.uk
  • Child Protection Law in Multicultural Britain: The Dutiful Child from a Children’s Rights Perspective, Stephanie Coker, University of Leicester, sc681@leicester.ac.uk

14:30-16:00  Bankruptcy Law (Chair: Dr Horace Yeung)

  • A critical appraisal of the recovery powers of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, Wolemi Esan, University of Leicester, aoe7@leicester.ac.uk
  • Environmental Liabilities and Insolvent Polluters: A New Reform Direction of China’s Bankruptcy Law, Xingwei Li, University of Leeds, lwxl@leeds.ac.uk
  • The role of Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVAs) and Pre-packaged Administrations (Pre-packs) in Retail Insolvency, Jadesola Faseluka, University of Leeds, lw16jtf@leeds.ac.uk

15:00-16:30  Economic and Social Rights (Chair: Dr Ewa Zelazna)

  • Narrowing of State Budgetary Initiatives: Are Legislative ‘Golden Rules’ Better Suited than Enforceable Constitutional Rights to Securing the Enjoyment of Socio-Economic Rights?, Samuel Lemire, Trinity College Dublin, lemires@tcd.ie
  • Austerity and the ‘Big Society’ as Inherently Destitution Inducing: The Implications of this from a Human Rights-Based Perspective, Luke D. Graham, Lancaster University, l.graham2@lancaster.ac.uk
  • Constitutionalising the Right to Housing in Ireland: Solution to a Crisis?, Fionn Toland, Maynooth University, fionn.toland.2010@mumail.ie

15:30-17:00  Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (Chair: Daniel Bansal)

  • A Critical Comparative Analysis of Sentencing Law and Practice of Life Imprisonment in England and Wales and Turkey, Ergul Celiksoy, University of Nottingham ergul.celiksoy@nottingham.ac.uk,
  • A Model for Assessing the Quality of Scientific References before State Legislative Committees, Rose Tempowski, Birmingham City University, rosemary.tempowski@mail.bcu.ac.uk
  • Effectiveness of insider dealing regulations: Is there any way of strengthening them?, Rustam E. Mirrakhimov, Lancaster University, r.mirrakhimov@lancaster.ac.uk

17:00-18:00  Closing Plenary Session and Awards Presentation

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr Melissa Bone, Lecturer, University of Leicester


Open to: All

Date and time: Tuesday, 16 June, 9:30am—6:00pm

Venue: Online (via Microsoft Teams)


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