The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of Tuition Fee Waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.
We welcome applications and research proposals for PhD Law in the following research areas.
Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form (docx., 144kb) and submit your online application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page.
Dr Maribel Canto-Lopez
Legal skills development, digital poverty and inclusive assessment.
Utilities regulation and consumer protection.
Dr Alan Desmond
International migration law; protection of migrants’ rights in international human rights law; international refugee law; regularisation of irregular / undocumented migrants.
Dr Tom Frost
I would be interested in PhD proposals which look at the law or justice in a critical or theoretical way. My research interests include any topics (broadly interpreted) covering Legal Theory, Critical Theory and Continental philosophy, especially 20th and 21st century French and Italian thought.
Dr Arwen Joyce
I welcome supervision requests in topics related to the rights of migrants and/or economic migration, in particular the rights of low-wage migrant workers and regulatory approaches to low-wage labour migration. I am especially interested in projects that take a socio-legal, comparative and/or interdisciplinary approach.
Dr Alex Maine
My research focusses on the intersections of law gender sex and sexuality. I am interested in how the law changes shapes and effects people’s relationships and their sexuality encouraging or discouraging certain forms of sexuality and also the relationship of law and gender particularly for transgender people. I primarily research and write on relationship recognition for LGBTQ people and their lived experiences particularly same-sex marriage and civil partnerships informed by queer legal theory analysis. I would welcome research projects on topics such as relationship recognition, queer legal theory, family law, conversion therapy, sex and sexuality, and criminal responses to sexuality.
I am broadly interested in International Economic Law (trade and investment) issues and how they affect developing and emerging economies. My research so far has focussed on conceptualising the meaning of flexibility in African Trade Agreements and going forward I will be researching on regional economic issues in Africa especially in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). I am also interested in competition law particularly on how developing countries balance issues of efficiency and equity in developing competition law and practice. I welcome PhD proposals that broadly or specifically relate to these areas.
I research in jurisprudence, jurisprudence & future generations, and jurisprudence and human dignity.
Regarding future generations I am in interested in answering the research questions: Why and how should jurisprudence care about the future? Is law a barrier to preparedness for likely futures? How do we give ‘the future’ meaning in jurisprudence?
Regarding jurisprudence and human dignity I am in interested in answering the research questions: What is it for human dignity to be ‘foundational’ in law? Is human dignity better understood as a legal principle or a legal right? What is human dignity’s relationship with human rights?
Dr Navajyoti Samantha
I am interested in supervising students in the broad area of corporate governance. I am especially interested in the interface between corporate governance changes and its impact on financial market. I would also be happy to supervise on topics related to comparative corporate governance, and empirical corporate governance.
My current research focuses on the areas of international commercial law, shipping law, online dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution. More specifically, my research examines: (a) the interdisciplinary areas of the impact of technology in the context of commercial and maritime alternative dispute resolution mechanisms with a focus on culture in this process; (b) online dispute resolution in international commercial law and maritime arbitration and its implications for management and governance relations for e-commerce; (c) how the new challenges and opportunities arising in cross-border worldwide trading and shipping activities present themselves to policy makers, institutions and arbitrators/mediators when developing rules and practices with a globalised, culture-sensitive nature.
Dr Rufat Babayev
My research interests, broadly construed, lie at the intersection of European Union Law (Internal Market, including Brexit), Contract Law, Private International Law and Human Rights Law (ECHR). I am happy to supervise dissertation projects that are confined to either of these legal fields or those that combine them. Both home and international students are welcome to submit a research proposal.
Dr Ed Bates
My research focusses especially on all aspects of the law of the European Convention on Human Rights, and the working of the European Court of Human Rights and regional human rights regimes. I am also very interested in the intersection between European human rights law and UK law, including against the backdrop of proposed reforms to the Human Rights Act, the possible creation of a Bill of Rights, and the future of human rights protection in the UK generally. I am very happy to be approached informally to discuss these issues with a view to establishing a PhD proposal.