Current PhD/MPhil Research Topics

Leicester Law School has a thriving community of around 60 postgraduate research students. Our researchers are exploring a wide variety of areas of law.


Company, Commercgial and Financial Law

  • Sheriff Abiodun Adesanya supervision: Cosmo Graham and Lindsay Stirton (external)
    Abi's topic is a critical analysis of whether convergence is required in the regulation of the Nigerian telecommunication sector.
  • Bader Almaskari supervision: Stelios Andreadakis
    Bader's research is looking at avoiding uncertainty and lack of predictability under the European Insolvency Regulation (groups of Companies).
  • Marcelo Henrique Andrade supervision: Francois du Bois and Nicky Jackson
    The Duty to Mitigate Loss in Brazil.
  • Siavash Askarirad supervision: Tony Cole and Masood Ahmed
    A Legal analysis of the move toward economic liberalization and foreign investment in Iran.
  • Lisa Benjamin supervision: Stelios Andreadakis and Horace Yeung
    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?
  • Tom Egbe supervision: Ben Adodo and Masood Ahmed
    The Carrier’s Obligation to Exercise Reasonable Diligence in the Performance of a Contractual Voyage - A Comparative Analysis.
  • Julia Jennings supervision: Horace Yeung and Greg Allan
    Julia's title is: Company vs Consumer – can the needs of each be met?
  • Onyeka Nwoha (supervision Stelios Andreadakis and Horace Yeung
    ‘A legal research on the effectiveness of the regulation of whistle-blowing in Nigerian Companies.’
  • Niki Petridou supervision: Janet Ulph and Tracey Elliott
    Niki's research is an analytical and comparative study of the mens rea of money laundering offences in British, Greek and Cypriot Legal Systems.
  • Laura Rodes Saldana supervision: Stelios Andreadakis and Horace Yeung
    Laura was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in January 2014. Her research title is: Suitability of EU capital maintenance rules over creditor protection.
  • David Turner supervision: Stelios Andreadakis and Greg Allan
    Corporate Governance and the Human Factor, taking the next step.
  • Nazan Begum Ugurluoglu (supervision Stelios Andreadakis and Horace Yeung
    ‘Corporate governance and its effect on the protection of investors in family-owned businesses in Turkey: Challenges and Solutions Ahead’


  • Fatma Banu Kring supervision: Cosmo Graham
    Banu's research topic was ‘Minority shareholder rights in the context of M&A transactions’. Graduated 2016.
  • Reza Beheshti supervision: Francois du Bois
    Reza is researching the termination of international commercial contracts under CISG, English Law, UNIDROIT and DCFR. Graduated January 2016.
  • Sangwani Patrick Ng'ambi supervision: 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.

Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology

  • Clive Akpotaire supervision: Steven Cammiss
    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’.
  • Jennifer Armstrong supervision: 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’.
  • Victoria Beckett supervision: Steven Cammiss and Joe Wills
    Vicky's topic is ‘Animal Rights Activists and State Identities in the Criminal Justice System’.
  • Roxanna Dehaghani supervision: 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.
  • Natalie Gibson, supervision: Mandy Burton and Anna Carline
    The Defences of Loss of Control and Self Defence are Not Adequate to Ensure Victims of Domestic Abuse do Not Become Victims of the Criminal Justice System
  • Brian Manarin supervision: Sally Kyd 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’.
  • Megan Pearson, supervision:Sally Kyd and Mandy Burton
    Criminalising Association After Jogee


  • Olson Alleyne supervision: Sally Kyd
    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.
  • Shawna Coxon supervision: Sally Kyd
    Title: Criminal fantasies: risk of harm in Canadian Child Pornography law.
    Shawna graduated in January 2014.
  • Kevin Crosby supervision: Steven Cammiss
    Title: Jury independence and the general verdict: a genealogy.
    Kevin graduated in January 2014.
  • Robert Barron supervision: John Hartshorne
    Title: How scientific evidence has caused injustices in the English criminal legal system. Robert graduated in July 2013.
  • Abidah Abdul Ghafar supervision: 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.
  • James Roffee supervision: Sally Kyd
    Title: The Law on Incest: A New Legal Realist Approach to Understanding the English and Welsh Prohibitions. James graduated in January 2013.

Dispute Resolution

  • Md Maher Abbasy supervision: Masood Ahmed and Pablo Cortes
    The practice of Mediation in the England and Wales: Can parties be encouraged to use Mediation to achieve timely and cost-effective settlements without a need to make the use of Mediation mandatory in dealing with civil disputes?
  • Fatma Nursima Arslan supervision: Masood Ahmed and Pablo Cortes
    The Many faces of Mediation and Its’ Place in Modern Civil Procedure: A comparative analysis of the concept, Its’ practice and policy considerations in Turkey, UK and Ontario.
  • Valentina Dimitriou supervision: Paolo Vargiu and Tony Cole
    Bilateral Investment Treaties: A new pro-active balanced and sustainable approach to foreign investors' duties and Host-States' reinforced expression of sovereignty.
  • Harry Meliniotis supervision: Tony Cole and Pablo Cortes
    To what extent can construction statutory adjudication benefit European countries other than the UK, what the key provisions of a proposed bill should be for each concerned country, barriers to its enactment and how can it better be implemented?
  • Marie-Odile Sander supervision: 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’.
  • Anna Kyprianou Spiliakou, supervision: Tony Cole and Paolo Vargiu
    Arbitration and Courts: An inseparable relationship


  • Dean Lewis supervision: 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’. (Graduated 2015.)
  • Levi Odoe supervision: Francois du Bois and Masood Ahmed
    Title: Party autonomy as the basis of arbitration agreement. Levi graduated in July 2014.
  • Iris Truman supervision: Malcolm Shaw and Katja Ziegler
    Title: A proposal for International Court of State and Corporate Disputes - The ICSCD. Iris graduated in July 2014.

Employment Law

  • Naomi Njuguna supervision: 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.
  • Ruksar Sattar supervision: Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella and Pascale Lorber
    Reconciliation of Work and Family Life in an Evolving United Kingdom Labour Market: a Role for Grandparents?
  • Paul Taylor supervision: Lisa Rodgers and Pascale Lorber
    Historic Criminal Convictions – Storage and Usage Are they an indelible stain? What barriers do they present to employment?
  • Robert Wilks supervision: 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?’


  • Sara Benedi Lahuerta supervision: 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.
  • Lisa Rodgers
    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.

European Law and Policy

  • Ewa Zelazna supervision 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.


  • Gautier Busschaert supervision: Adam Cygan
    Title: Participatory democracy in the European Union: a civil perspective. Gautier graduated in July 2014.

Human Rights

  • Shaimaa Ragab Hassan Abdelkarim, supervisors: Loveday Hodson and Joe Wills.
    Drafting the middle: a revival of contingency of rights on the ground
  • Khalida Azhigulova supervision: 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 supervision: Mandy Burton and John Hartshorne
    Claire's topic is ‘the changing perceptions of family law’.
  • Anna Kweskin supervision: 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?’
  • Jean-Claude Kalume Misenga supervision: 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?’
  • Cristina Saenz Perez, supervision: Adam Cygan and Katja Ziegler
    From The European Arrest Warrant To The European Investigation Order - Strengthening Judicial Cooperation or Hindering Fundamental Rights?:
  • Aristi Volou supervision: Katja Ziegler and Bernard Ryan
    Interaction of legal orders in the context of socio-economic rights: Moving towards justiciability?
  • Daniel Weston supervision: Stefano Bertea and Peter Cumper
    A Conceptual Analysis of ‘Freedom of Expression’: An Inquiry into Vagueness.


  • Burcu Zeynep Akbaba supervision: Sally Kyd, Liz Wicks and Tracey Elliott)
    Zeynep's research looked at the effects of chemical castration on human rights. Graduated 2016.
  • Mohammad Alhaddad
    'Provisional detention from the perspective of international human rights conventions'. Mohammad graduated in January 2014.
  • Gift Sotonye-Frank supervision: Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella
    Gift's research project was ‘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’. Graduated 2016.
  • Gayatri Patel supervision: Peter Cumper and Loveday Hodson
    The basis of Gayatri's research was an examination of the new Human Right's Council's ‘Universal Periodic Review’ procedure in light of cultural relativism. Gayatri was a Graduate Teaching Assistant from 2010–2014. Graduated 2016.
  • Maribel Canto-Lopez
    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. Maribel has been a member of academic staff since September 2015.
  • Tutku Tugyan supervision: Loveday Hodson
    Tutku was researching extraterritorial jurisdiction on human rights treaties. Graduated 2015.
  • Patricia Streeter supervision: Malcolm Shaw
    Title: Fair Trial in Lithuania: From European Convention to Realization. Pat graduated in July 2013.

International Law

  • Siavash Askarirad supervision: Masood Ahmed and Tony Cole
    A Legal analysis of the move toward economic liberalization and foreign investment in Iran.
  • Valentina Dimitriou supervision: Tony Cole and Pablo Cortes
  • Bilateral Investment Treaties: A new pro-active balanced and sustainable approach to foreign investors' duties and Host-States' reinforced expression of sovereignty.
  • Andrea Harrison supervision: Onder Bakircioglu and Katja Ziegler
    Legal Reviews and Judicial Oversight in Non-International Armed Conflicts.
  • Stavroula Kalopsidiotou supervision: Eki Omorogbe
    Stavri's research title is the impact of regional organisations on the normative framework of international law governing peace and security: international law revisited?
  • Ying-Jun Lin supervision: Masood Ahmed and Tony Cole
    "The Intersection of Treaty Interpretation and the Boundary of Sovereign Power in International Economic Agreements".
  • Nnadike Casmir Ugwuogbonna supervision: Eki Omorogbe and Loveday Hodson
    Casmir's research is entitled ‘The use of regional mechanism to advance international criminal justice in Africa’.
  • Aristi Volou supervision: Katja Ziegler and Bernard Ryan
    Interaction of legal orders in the context of socio-economic rights: Moving towards justiciability?
  • Charlotte Wick supervision: Steven Cammiss and Troy Lavers
    Charlotte's topic is entitled ‘incitement to commit genocide. She was appointed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in September 2013.


  • Carlos Canales supervision: 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. Graduated January 2017.
  • Colin Flynn supervision: Troy Lavers
    Colin's research looks at sentencing principles and guidelines in international criminal law. Graduated January 2017.
  • Samuel Akorimo supervision: 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’. Graduated 2015.
  • Catherine Ovo Imoedemhe supervision: Eki Omorogbe
    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.
  • Abdelnaser Ali supervision: Katja Ziegler
    Title: Smuggling of migrants in contemporary international law. Naser graduated in July 2014.
  • Farhad Mirzayev supervision: 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 supervision: 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.
  • Mojeed Alabi
    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.

Law and Theory


  • Maria Paula Barrantes-Reynolds supervision: Stefano Bertea
    Paula is considring human rights v pluralism in multicultural societies, in particular the case of the Bolivian Constitution of 2009. Graduated 2016.
  • Yavuz Alkan supervision: Peter Cumper and Stefano Bertea
    Yavuz's research is on rights, secularism and democracy. Graduated 2015.
  • Henry Jones
    Title: The failures of Liberalism in international law. Henry graduated in January 2014.
  • Joe Wills supervision: 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 supervision: 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.
  • Stuart Wright supervision: Loveday Hodson
    Stuart's research title is: A global governance approach to postmodern self-determination. Graduated 2015.


  • Aikaterini Kazou supervision: 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 supervision: Sally Kyd and Tracey Elliott
    Shweta is considering the consequences for mentally disordered defendants in India and England.
  • Ebikaboere Bolanle Olaosebikan supervision: 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 supervision: Liz Wicks and Tracey Elliott
    Nataly's research is regarding the Commission on Assisted Dying and human rights impact.


  • Brendan Kelly supervision: Jose Miola and Liz Wicks
    ‘Human rights protection for the mentally ill through mental health law in England and Ireland’. Brendan graduated in July 2013.

Private Law

  • Marcelo Henrique Andrade supervision: Francois du Bois and Nicky Jackson
    The Duty to Mitigate Loss in Brazil.
  • Victoria Ball, supervision: Martin George and Francois du Bois
    Private Law Protection Methods such as the Tort of Conversion and the Protection of Digital Assets and Intangibles
  • Rita D'Alton-Harrison supervision: Dawn Watkins and David Bartram, Sociology
    Rita's topic is entitled: ‘Governance of the legal and domiciled parent: inter-country surrogacy, border controls and the 'disconnected' family’.
  • Serife Esra Kiraz supervision: Francois du Bois 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).
  • Mavis Ku supervision: Janet Ulph and Janet Marstine, Museum Studies
    “Core Values” and Management of Museum Collections: an analysis of the legal and ethical guidance provided to English and Taiwanese museums.
  • Coleen Lewis supervision: John Hartshorne and Gemma Turton
    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 supervision: 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?
  • Neil Marshall supervision: Diana Sancho Villa 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.
  • Ayesha Shakil supervision: Francois du Bois and Nicky Jackson
    Ayeshas' research question is: ‘The introduction of the good faith notion in English law: why and why not?’
  • Haward Soper supervision: Francois du Bois and Richard Craven
    Contract, conflict and co-operation - a critical analysis of the common law approach to the breakdown of mutual or symbiotic contracts.


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

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