Past research topics

See a list of past research titles from our PhD graduates.

Company, Commercial and Financial Law

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Julia Jennings  Company vs Consumer – can the needs of each be met? Horace Yeung
Greg Allan 
Lisa Benjamin  Energy companies and climate change: towards a greener corporate objective?  Horace Yeung 
Bader Almaskari  Towards legal certainty: European cross-border insolvency law and multinational corporate groups
Diana Sancho Villa 
Nevi Agapiou  Buyer’s remedies under the CISG and English sales law: a comparative analysis Masood Ahmed 
Fatma Banu Kring  Minority shareholder rights in the context of M and A transactions Cosmo Graham 
Reza Beheshti  The termination of international commercial contracts under CISG, English Law, UNIDROIT and DCFR
François du Bois 
Irem Tore  Recognition of corporate governance principles in Turkish legislation and their impact on the influx of foreign equity capital into Turkey Paolo Vargiu
Sangwani Patrick Ng'ambi  The resource nationalism cycle, stabilization clauses and the need for flexibility in concession agreements Paolo Vargiu
François du Bois 
Nisar Ahmad  The implications of the global compact human rights principles for multinational enterprises in Malaysia
Fatemah Alshuraian  Market manipulation in Kuwait stock exchange: an analysis of the regulation of market manipulation prior and under law no. 7 of 2010 Cosmo Graham 
Omar Daoud  A model for the role and effectiveness of the non-executive directors
Zaid Mahayni  An analysis of capital market regulation in Saudi Arabia Janet Ulph 
Wasim Al-Jerafi  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) Paolo Vargiu 
Jacqueline Walsh  The future of the small software firm: a case for the proper balance of laws protecting software and competition Adam Cygan 
Zhenyun (George) Chen  The corporate governance reform of state-owned commercial banks in China
Yeside Oyetayo  Insurance regulation in the general agreement on trade in services: a model for liberalisation and development in Nigeria  

Criminal Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Roxanna Dehaghani  Defining and identifying vulnerability in police custody: A comparative study assessing the law and practice in the Netherlands and England and Wales Steven Cammiss
Mandy Burton 
Brian Manarin (graduate July 2019)  Discriminatory and unfair practices against the Aboriginal people of Canada in criminal jury trials: Identifying areas of concern and offering solutions Sally Kyd
Mandy Burton 
Olson Alleyne  Criminalising identity theft: a comparative study of Barbados, England and Australia Sally Kyd
Chris Clarkson 
Shawna Coxon  Criminal fantasies: risk of harm in Canadian child pornography law Sally Kyd
Kevin Crosby  Jury independence and the general verdict: a genealogy Steven Cammiss 
Robert Barron  How scientific evidence has caused injustices in the English criminal legal system John Hartshorne 
Abidah Abdul Ghafar  Legal protection for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses: a critical analysis on the UK and Malaysian law from the perspective of human rights Mandy Burton
Steven Cammiss 
James Roffee  The law on incest: a new legal realist approach to understanding the English and Welsh prohibitions Sally Kyd

Dispute Resolution

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Marie-Odile Sander  European modern forms of non-voluntary mediation: The case of England in comparative perspective Pablo Cortés
Masood Ahmed 
Dean Lewis  Testing the harmonisation and uniformity of the UNCITRAL model law on international commercial arbitration  Masood Ahmed
François du Bois 
Levi Ode  Party autonomy and enforceability of arbitration agreements and awards as the basis of arbitration Masood Ahmed
François du Bois 
Iris Truman  A proposal for International Court of State and Corporate Disputes - the ICSCD Malcolm Shaw
Katja Ziegler 

Employment Law

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Sara Benedi Lahuerta  Examining the effectiveness of the EU Race Equality Directive (2000/43/EC) in Britain and Spain Oxana Golynker 
Lisa Rodgers Can a legal theory of vulnerability in employment be constructed which represents a valid organising principle for labour law? Mark Bell 

European Law and Policy

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Ewa Zelazna  European policy on international investment after Lisbon Treaty. A legal analysis of development opportunities Adam Cygan
Paolo Vargiu 
Gautier Busschaert  Participatory democracy in the European Union: a civil perspective Adam Cygan 

Human Rights

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Anna Kweskin (graduate July 2019)  One laptop per child: Is this the next human right?
Loveday Hodson 
Burcu Zeynep Akbaba  The permissibility of pharmacotherapy for paedophilic sex offenders in the light of the rights protected under the European Convention on human rights Sally Kyd
Liz Wicks 
Mohammad Alhaddad  Arrest and provisional detention: the obligations of the UAE under Article 14 of the Arab charter on human rights David Bonner
Robin White
Gift Sotonye-Frank  A critical examination of the suitability of a human rights based approach for implementing girls’ rights to education in Nigeria Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella
Anna Carline 
Gayatri Patel  How ‘universal’ is the United Nations’ universal periodic review process? An examination from a cultural relativist perspective Loveday Hodson
Peter Cumper 
Maribel Canto-Lopez  Jurisdiction and liability under the European convention of contracting parties participating in military operations abroad Robin White 
Tutku Tugyan Extraterritorial jurisdiction on human rights treaties Loveday Hodson
Patricia Streeter  Fair trial in Lithuania: from European convention to realisation Malcolm Shaw

International Law

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Carlos Canales  Petroleum conservation: do international framework agreements for the development of transboundary hydrocarbon resources effectively apply conservation principles? Malcolm Shaw
Thoko Kaime 
Colin Flynn  Sentencing at the international criminal court: a practice in search of a rationale Troy Lavers
Yassin Brunger 
Samuel Akorimo  An assessment of the suitability of the ICT of Rwanda as a criminal justice response to the genocide of 1994
Eki Omorogbe
Malcolm Shaw 
Catherine Ovo Imoedemhe  National implementation of the complementarity regime of the Rome statute: obligations and challenges for domestic legislation with Nigeria as a case study Eki Omorogbe 
Abdelnaser Ali  Smuggling of migrants in contemporary international law Katja Ziegler 
Farhad Mirzayev  UTI Possidetis v self-determination: the lessons of post-Soviet practice Malcolm Shaw
Loveday Hodson 
Eldirdiri (Dirdeiry) Mohamed Ahmed  The African territorial regime: establishing its customary existence and arguing for its augmentation by a tight to egalitarian secession Eki Omorogbe
Katja Ziegler 
Mojeed Alabi  Analysis of the role of the ECOWAS court in regional integration in West Africa Erika Szyszczak 

Law and Theory

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Maria Paula Barrantes-Reynolds  Legal pluralism in the Constitution of Bolivia of 2009: between multiculturalism and plurinationalism Stefano Bertea
Hilary Sommerlad 
Yavuz Alkan  Facilitative secularism: the place of religious arguments in public political debate Peter Cumper
Stefano Bertea 
Henry Jones  The failures of Liberalism in international law  
Joe Wills  Socioeconomic rights as counter-hegemonic praxis in an era of neo-liberal globalization: a Neo-Gramscian analysis Loveday Hodson 
Charlotte Woodhead  A critical analysis of the legal and quasi-legal recognition of the underlying principles and norms of cultural heritage Dawn Watkins
Janet Ulph 
Stuart Wright  A global governance approach to postmodern self-determination Loveday Hodson 

Medico-legal

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Nataly Papadopolou  Assisted dying as the last human right: a critical review of the eligibility criteria for an assisted dying framework in England and Wales Liz Wicks
Tracey Elliott 
Brendan Kelly  Human rights protection for the mentally ill through mental health law in England and Ireland José Miola
Liz Wicks 

Private Law

Name Title Supervisor(s)
Serife Esra Kiraz (graduate July 2019)  Researching third party’s intellectual property rights and the responsibility under the United Nations convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
François du Bois
Barbara Bogusz 
Haward Soper  Contract, conflict and co-operation - a critical analysis of the common law approach to the breakdown of mutual or symbiotic contracts François du Bois
Richard Craven 
Rita D'Alton Harrison  Governance of the legal and domiciled parent: international surrogacy, border controls and the ‘disconnected’ family Dawn Watkins
David Bartram 
Michael Filby  Cyber piracy: can file sharing be regulated without impeding the digital revolution? Barbara Bogusz