Postgraduate research

Law PhD Tuition Fee Waivers

Qualification: PhD

Department: Leicester Law School

Application deadline: 14 September 2022

Start date: 9 January 2023


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

Pedagogic research

  • Legal skills development, digital poverty and inclusive assessment.

Academic research

  • 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.

Arinze Okiche

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. 

Stephen Riley

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.

Constantina Sampani

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.



  • 6 UK tuition fee waivers for 3 years for full time study or 6 years part time study (part time only available to UK applicants)
  • 1 full time overseas fee waiver for 3 years

International applicants must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.

There is no stipend or additional funding available to support living costs.

The fee waivers are not available for distance learning study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a UK Bachelor's Degree with at least a 2:1 and a Master's Degree or overseas equivalent qualifications.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

For enquiries about the proposed research please email the relevant supervisor listed above.

For application enquiries please email

How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please select click on the Apply button below and then select January 2023*.

Look at the supervisors and research areas above and prepare your research proposal on the Proposal Form (docx., 144kb)

With your application, please include:

  • In the proposal section please provide the name of the your proposed project supervisor (from the list above)  and your project title
  • Upload your completed Research Proposal Form
  • Personal statement explaining, briefly, your interest in the project and your experience. International applicants also must demonstrate on their personal statement how they intend to fund the difference in fees (£11,004 per year) and their living costs for the duration of their studies.
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of all degree level study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • CV
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
  • In the funding section please state CSSAH Fee Waiver

Incomplete applications and Research Proposals not submitted using the Proposal Form will not be considered.

*UK applicants may apply for either full time or part time study. International applicants may only apply for full time study if they require a Student Visa to study in the UK



UK and International Students are welcome to apply.

The University of Leicester prides itself on the diversity of its student population and on being an inclusive employer. We encourage applications from candidates who represent the diversity of our student population, local communities and wider society. In particular, we welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates, as this is a group currently underrepresented in the University.


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