The Law School's PGR Students and their research
Please see a few of our PGR students and their experiences below:
Gayane AtoyanGayane Atoyan
The Role of Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making
The research aims to study Environmental Justice and Management laws and regulations in developed countries (UK, France, other EU Countries) and in International and EU Law context to find the best legal enforcement mechanisms in environmental decision making.
The core study material is Environmental Impact Assessment Law of the Republic of Armenia which is analyzed and compared with UK and French Environmental Impact Assessment Laws and regulations based on EC directive and Aarhus convention requirements.
The research is using mixed methodology including field work and participant interviews. Discovered best theories and practices in environmental legislations of the developed world will be proposed to localize in Armenia and other CIS countries in future.
Catherine CaineCatherine Caine
‘Renewable Energy Construction and Habitat Protection: A Study of the legal mechanisms employed in the construction of a renewable energy project and the extent to which they protect the existing environment’
Having completed my LLB studies, I moved to Newcastle University to undertake an LLM by research in Environmental Law and Policy, and subsequently a PhD in the field of environmental law.
My research aims to explore the consistency between the legal mechanisms that are designed to protect the environment during the construction of renewable energy projects, and understand what level of environmental protection they achieve by applying them to four different case studies around the United Kingdom.
I will use both empirical and doctrinal research methods in order to gain a deeper insight into how the law is operating in practice by ascertaining the attitudes and opinions of those applying the law
Samet CaliskanSamet Caliskan
I have received a BA in Business Administration from Gazi University in Turkey and LLM in International Business Law from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio/US.
Under supervision of Prof. TT Arvind and Dr. Jonathan Galloway, the scope of my research will focus on exploring the relationship between two aspects of law.
The first aspect is civil and criminal liabilities of directors, officers (D&Os) and the company under UK Competition Law.
The second aspect is the relationship between the company and the D&Os under UK Company Law. In this regard, I will also be examining the Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and the concept of maxim ex turpi causa.
Ioannis GiokarisIoannis Giokaris
I am from Athens, Greece. I studied Law at National Kapodistrian University of Athens.
After the completion of my undergraduate studies I moved to London and obtained my LLM degree on Commercial-Corporate Law from Queen Mary (University of London).
Now I am a PHD student at Newcastle University. In my research I will define and critically evaluate the phenomenon of 'Europeanisation of private law'. Furthermore, I shall analyse the functioning and the goals of this phenomenon and establish whether it is legitimate legally and politically.
Finally I am going to argue if a consensus among the different European legal systems is possible and achievable.
Cosmas IkegwurukaCosmas Ikegwuruka
'The legality of deportation and removal of migrants in the UK within the context of liberal democracy'
I am an immigration practitioner regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, UK.
The topic of my research is 'The legality of deportation and removal of migrants in the UK within the context of liberal democracy'.
The research investigates state practice in the realm of immigration control (detention, removal and or deportation) that have multiplier effects on the rights of migrants in the UK within the liberal democratic paradigm.
It thus seeks to unravel immigration control mechanisms and perspectives in some selected liberal democracies in the light of international human rights standards. This is in order to know whether these rights are merely theoretical and illusory or whether they are real and practical. Moreover, the research seeks to find whether the ever increasing power of States in the detention, removal and or deportation of migrants is a new paradigm of state power?
Foteini Kyriakopoulou-KolliaFoteini Kyriakopoulou-Kollia
'Examination of The Criminal Justice System in the UK Regarding the Physical and Emotional Spousal Abuse against Women'.
I have studied for my LLB in the Aristotle University of Greece.
After the completion of my undergraduate studies, I completed two LLMs in American General Law and Criminal Law at Cardozo Law School (Yeshiva University) and a Master in Criminal Justice (Specialization: Criminology and Deviance) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the US.
My research interests are focused on criminal law and criminology. My prior research experience has mostly involved issues of crimes against life, and sexual crimes against women.
The current thesis topic for my PhD concentrates on domestic violence crimes against women by their spouses, and specifically the title is the 'Examination of The Criminal Justice System in the UK Regarding the Physical and Emotional Intimate Partners Abuse against Women'.
Naiyue MaNaiyue Ma
Regulation on the agricultural biotechnology, especially the regulation approaches of GMO food production used in the EU and the US.
I am from China. From the year of 2010, I started my study with Newcastle Law School. I did my LL.M. in Environmental Law and Policy and started my PhD research in February 2012.
My research interest is the regulation on the agricultural biotechnology, especially the regulation approaches of GMO food production used in the EU and the US.
The methodology I am using in my research is a comparative method. I am aiming to measure out the valuable and practical experience of the EU and the US in regulating agricultural biotechnology, that China could learn in order to build up a comprehensive and effective system in governing and managing the use of GM technology in food production and marketing.
Emilia MickiewiczEmilia Mickiewicz
Negligence Law and Public Policy
A number of prominent contemporary legal scholars, such as Ernest Weinrib, suggest that a meaningful argument in negligence law must be always informed by the ideal of corrective justice. However, other purposes (including distributive justice and the pursuit of economic efficiency) figure prominently in the case law concerning this area of tort.
The purpose of my research is a coherent reconstruction of negligence law doctrine, which does not ignore but takes into account these plural impulses and accommodates them in a rational and intelligible manner.
To this end, I draw on the theories of meaning in the philosophical contributions of Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein. With reference to Wittgenstein’s insights on aspect perception I explain how complex phenomena, such as negligence law, could be disclosed as meaningful in multiple ways. Drawing on Heidegger’s concept of “Umsicht” (“looking-about”) I develop a method whereby such a circumspective disclosure could be conducted.
Both, Heidegger and Wittgenstein insisted that phenomena cannot be understood when isolated from their everyday background. They recognised that such a context is at the same time structured and dynamic. This, in turn, means that understanding is an on-going activity which requires constant reflection. Moreover, they recognise that reflection of the sort they argue for cannot guarantee ever-valid outcomes.
For better understanding of negligence law a concentrated effort of seeing it as a part of everyday human practice is required. Formal accounts, such as the one proposed by Weinrib, isolate negligence law from a complex field in which it is embedded and provide merely a fragmentary picture of this intricate phenomenon.
Yuki MotoyoshiYuki Motoyoshi
I joined Newcastle Law School from September 2015 supported by Japanese government funding.
I have received BA and Master at Yokohama National University in Japan.
My research topic is that "The Rules of Attribution in Self-Defence through the Analysis of Recent Uses of Force."
The research aim is to clarify the customary boundaries of the right of self-defence in contemporary situation.
Yasmine NahlawiYasmine Nahlawi
"I completed my LLM in International Legal Studies at Newcastle University in August 2012 and returned upon graduation to work on my Ph.D.
My research focuses on the emerging 'responsibility to protect' (R2P) doctrine in relation to the Syrian and Libyan crises, exploring legal precedents that the Arab Spring may come to offer in terms of responding to future mass atrocity situations.
I am also a teaching assistant for the undergraduate Human Rights Law module and the postgraduate Public International Law module at Newcastle Law School.
Apart from my studies I also serve as the External Affairs Director of the Syrian Legal Development Programme and the Advocacy and Policy Coordinator of the Rethink Rebuild Society"
PhD student Yasmine Nahlawi promoted her research on Uniting for Peace in a Channel 4 interview and in a written article in the Middle East Monitor. Yasmine's research pertains to the 'responsibility to protect' doctrine and its applicability in Syria and Libya. She suggests that the Uniting for Peace procedure can represent both a legal and a legitimate means of overcoming the abusive Russian vetoes in the UN Security Council with respect to the Syrian conflict.
Lida PitsillidouLida Pitsillidou
‘The UK statutory derivative action: an opportunity to bring ‘justice’ to minority shareholders’.
I joined Newcastle University’s Law School as a PhD candidate in January 2011.
Under the supervision of Mr Ian Dawson and Dr Abdul Karim Aldohni, the primary aim of my research is to clarify the actual purpose of derivative actions and see whether those actions can provide ‘justice’ to minority shareholders through the use of the jurisprudential analysis.
My research has identified that there may be some gaps in the remedies available to minority shareholders, the purpose of my research therefore is to fill those gaps.
In order to test how far this is so, my research has embarked on an enquiry into justice which has involved the researcher moving from justice in general terms to justice focused on the commercial arena and even more tightly spotlighting what justice means in the shareholder context.
Prior joining Newcastle Law School, I completed my LLB (Hons) at the University of Sunderland and my LLM in International Business and Commercial Law at the University of Manchester.
During my studies, I capitalised on an opportunity to develop my research interests in the areas of corporate law and corporate governance, particularly on the issues of minority shareholders’ protection and director’s duties.
I also had the opportunity to teach Company Law, Contract Law and Copyright Law to undergraduate students.
Christel QuertonChristel Querton
‘Gender, Generalised Violence and Refugees: The International Protection of Women and Girls fleeing Armed Conflict in the European Union’
I enrolled at Newcastle University in September 2016 as a PhD candidate funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the supervision of Dr Maria-Teresa Gil-Bazo, Professor Richard Collier and Professor Colin Harvey (Queen’s University, Belfast).
My research examines whether women and girls who flee armed conflicts and seek international protection in the European Union (‘EU’) are adequately protected in a manner which takes account of specific forms of gender-related persecution or gender-based violence and in particular the gender-differentiated impact of armed conflict. The research aims to critically analyse the law, jurisprudence and policy in the EU by looking at selected Member States (Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom) to determine the way in which EU Member States implement and interpret international and European refugee and human rights law standards in the asylum claims of women and girls who flee armed conflict and generalised violence.
I was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013 (Middle Temple) and I am barrister at Lamb Building specialising in asylum, immigration and human rights law. I am also a Trustee of the Asylum Research Consultancy Foundation and a member of the Women’s Project Advisory Committee at Asylum Aid. I was previously employed at Asylum Aid and Wilson Solicitors LLP.
Pereowei SubaiPereowei Subai
'Towards a functional Petroleum Industry Model (PIM), a comparative analysis of the Nigerian and Brazilian Petroleum Industry Models'.
I am from Nigeria and my topic is the core of my argument that while PIMs can have positive impact on industry performance, there are other factors whose impact can affect industry performance.
Once these factors are in place, irrespective of the model adopted, there will be successful industry performance.
Derek WhaymanDerek Whayman
'Equitable Duties: to what extent have formalistic models of equitable liability been replaced with duty models? How far could or should this change go?'
I read a two year senior status LLM in Law at the University of Leeds. Following that, I taught Land Law and Equity and Trust at the same University for a year, where I became more and more interested in the academic side of the law.
My PhD concerns the underlying theories (or models) of equitable liability. For instance, while there is little doubt that the recipient of a bribe must account for it, must that recipient also account for any profits? The underlying theory will be determinative of that, and many similar, questions.
While the most productive time for the development of the law of contract was the nineteenth century, recent cases in equity from the 1980s onward have seen sharp differences of opinion among our most senior judges and changes in the principles applied.
My research aims to look more deeply into the different competing models, investigate the extent of their adoption, and determine the consequences for the law as it is changing before us.
Bev WilliamsonBev Williamson
I am a part-time PhD candidate with the Law School, researching the regulatory dynamics of anti-cartel enforcement in the UK.
Having recently had my first Sports Law article published in the Competition Law Review, I have been invited to the TMC Asser Sports Law Institute in The Hague to work with the researchers there on various projects.
I will be travelling to The Hague, supported by the Law School, for the first time for 3 days in November, and hope to be able to visit once a month for the remainder of my PhD candidature.
The Sports Law centre works to bridge the gap between academic expertise and practical, often policy-orientated activities. It has an excellent reputation in the organisation and implementation of sports-related studies for various EU institutions, and regularly provides advice on a variety of issues to athletes, sponsors and governing bodies.
I plan to use my time with the institute to further expand my knowledge of Sports Law matters, and to create links with the centre.
Abdullah YassenAbdullah Yassen
‘The Right of Refugees to Durable Solutions: Examination of Iraqi Refugees as a Case Study’.
My main research interests lie within the fields of International Refugee Law/ International Human Right Law.
The research aims is to address one of the current gaps in the legal literature on refugee protection, namely the legal nature of refugees’ rights to a durable solution.
It is unique because even though it has received more attention in other disciplines such as international relations and political science, there has not been extensive research conducted from the legal perspective. It argues that the failure to resolve the Iraqi refugees’ situation is closely related to the lack of express recognition of the refugees’ rights to durable solutions under international law.
However, so far the literature has focused on States’ Obligations rather than rights of individuals. Therefore, this paper has the potential to make a significant contribution to the literature and in particular to the emerging debates on the theoretical shift in refugee studies from the State to the individual as subjects of international law.
Further, it is the ultimate aim of my research to investigate which of the three durable solutions (voluntary reparation, local integration and third country resettlement) are most appropriate for the Iraqi refugees in current climate.